Right From the Start
Last week, the stock market incurred its largest weekly drop since 2011. Last week, the Bureau of Labor Statistic released its latest figures showing that the labor force participation rate (the ratio between those having jobs and the total available workforce) is the lowest in nearly forty years. A recent revelation confirmed that President Barack Obama knew at the time of the attack in Benghazi that it was a terrorist attack and yet orchestrated the canard that it was a spontaneous uprising by locals incensed over some BS video produced about Mohammed. A recent FOX poll demonstrated the nearly sixty percent of Americans opposed Obamacare. Target, Inc. announced that it will cancel healthcare coverage for part time employees joining a growing chorus of large businesses that have done likewise – Trader Joe’s, Home Depot, Walmart, etc. And Tuesday’s headlines in the Wall Street Journal announced “Obama to Face an Unsettled Nation.”
Really. Do you think? Continue reading
by NW Spotlight
The Oregonian and Statesman Journal have articles on a recent poll on gun background checks. Both mention that the polling was done by Public Policy Polling. But both The Oregonian and the Statesman Journal neglected to reveal anything about Public Policy Polling.
Public Policy Polling is a controversial and flippant Democratic Pollster based in North Carolina that “polls only for Democratic and progressive campaigns and organizations.”
The link to the actual poll results in the Statesman Journal article goes to the Center for American Progress Action Fund web site. Continue reading
by NW Spotlight
On the heels of a Senate Intelligence Committee report from a few weeks ago that said the 2012 attack on Benghazi was “likely preventable,” former Sec. of State Hillary Clinton is now saying that Benghazi is her biggest regret. The Hill reported that when Hillary Clinton was asked yesterday to identify “do-overs” while she was Secretary of State, she answered “My biggest, you know, regret is what happened in Benghazi.”
Hillary Clinton has publicly taken responsibility for the September 11, 2012 attacks in Benghazi that left four Americans dead, including U.S. Ambassador Chris Stevens. Continue reading
By Kathryn Hickok
Millions of Americans nationwide will voice their support for educational opportunity during the fourth-annual National School Choice Week, which begins January 26, 2014. The Week will include an unprecedented 5,500 events across all 50 states, with a goal of increasing public awareness of the importance of empowering parents with the freedom to choose the best educational environments for their children.
National School Choice Week events will be independently planned and independently funded by schools, organizations, individuals, and coalitions. Events—which include rallies, roundtable discussions, school fairs, parent information sessions, movie screenings, and more—will focus on a variety of school choice issues important to families in local communities, including open enrollment policies in traditional public schools, public charter and magnet schools, private school choice programs, online learning, and homeschooling. Continue reading
by NW Spotlight
NBC in Washington D.C. is reporting that three people are dead, including the shooter, at an active shooting at a Maryland mall between Washington D.C. and Baltimore – the Columbia Mall.
In the coming days and weeks there will be much discussion of how best to prevent these types of tragedies, but for now our thoughts and prayers are with all of the victims and their families and friends, and to all the members of law enforcement and emergency services who responded to this tragedy.
by Sen. Doug Whitsett
House Bill 2800, authorizing the construction of the Columbia River Crossing, was passed last March during the regular Legislative Session. The bill determined that it was in the best interest of the people of Oregon to construct the Interstate 5 Columbia River Crossing Bridge. It is my understanding that the bill’s “best interest” statement was contingent upon several specific and salient conditions.
The entire project funded by Oregon, Washington, the Federal Government and any toll-backed revenue bonds could cost no more than $3.413 billion, in addition to the money already spent on the project. Also, the state of Oregon could borrow and bond no more than $450 million in principal owed at any one time for the project. Continue reading
by Lars Larson
It is long past time that somebody in the Obama administration got an outside agency to take a look at these IRS scandals.
There were efforts by the Obama administration to use the IRS to go after Americans in their free speech and political activities.
We all know that it happened. We saw it happening. We saw dozens of conservative groups who were targeted by the IRS, denied their tax-exempt status that they were guaranteed under law, and kept from engaging in the 2012 elections. Continue reading