Willis campaign hits fundraising stride

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Colm for Congress

Raises Over $100k Since Launch

Stayton, OR — Colm Willis, candidate for Congress, announced yesterday that his campaign has raised over $100,000 since November. This surpasses the total amounts raised by Republican nominees in the fifth congressional district in 2012 and 2014 combined. Over 300 donors have supported the campaign, with an average donation just over $330.

“I continue to be grateful for the support of hard working people here in the 5th Congressional District. My donors are small business owners, working families, and seniors on fixed incomes.” said Willis. “I am honored to receive the support of Oregon families, not special interests.” Continue reading

Posted by at 10:47 | Posted in 2016 Election, Congressional Races | 2 Comments

Portland’s Springwater Trail has become dangerous

by Jeff Anderson

A couple of years ago, this would have made me angry. Not anymore.

horse manure photo_Jeff Anderson

I used to complain about horse-crap on the trail – problems now are much more serious

For years I would ride my bike on the Springwater Trail. This was a great trail to ride, walk or jog. Continue reading

Posted by at 07:00 | Posted in Portland | 12 Comments

Ballots drop in 15 days for 2016 Oregon Primary

Oregon Ballot

Oregon Ballot

by NW Spotlight

According to the Oregon Secretary of State’s 2016 Elections Calendar, April 27th is the first day to mail ballots to voters – just 15 days from now.

It’s even less time until ballots go to Oregon voters with a mailing address outside Oregon (who are not military or overseas voters) – the first day for that will be April 18th – just 6 days from now. The last day to mail ballots to military and overseas voters was back on April 2nd.

Oregon’s 2016 Primary election is 35 days away – on May 17th. The majority of the voting will take place in the 3 weeks between April 27th and May 17th. Continue reading

Posted by at 05:00 | Posted in 2016 Election, Voting | Leave a comment

TriMet’s Edifice Complex

CascadeNewLogoBy John A. Charles, Jr.

Recently TriMet announced that after two years of planning for an expensive new “bus rapid transit” line from Gresham to Portland, the new service would actually take 8-11 minutes longer than current buses.

Over in Southwest Portland, TriMet is planning a $2 billion light rail line to Bridgeport Village near Tualatin, a suburban shopping mall.

Agency planners are fascinated with shiny new objects, but most riders don’t benefit. For example, between 2000 and 2015, TriMet opened five new rail lines, but the total vehicle-miles of daily transit service actually dropped by 5%. Continue reading

Posted by at 05:00 | Posted in Metro, Portland, Public Transportation, Transportation, TriMet | Tagged , , , | 5 Comments

Oregon GOP legislative leaders respond to Gov. Kate Brown


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Oregon House Republicans

On Friday, Oregon Gov. Kate Brown (D) delivered her 2016 State of the State Address at the City Club of Portland’s Friday Forum.

Senate Republican Leader Ted Ferrioli Responds to Governor Brown’s 2016 State of the State Address

Salem, Ore. – Senate Republican Leader Ted Ferrioli (R-John Day) released the following statement following Governor Kate Brown’s second State of the State address held at the Portland City Club:

“In February, Governor Brown and Democrat leadership failed to do the one thing Oregonians were counting on: take meaningful steps toward restoring transparency and accountability to state government. Continue reading

Posted by at 07:05 | Posted in Gov. Kate Brown, Oregon House, Oregon Senate | 7 Comments

New Kitzhaber video ‘Why I resigned’

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by NW Spotlight

A few weeks ago we reported on former Oregon Gov. John Kitzhaber resurfacing. Kitzhaber had launched a Facebook page and video – and did an interview with Jeff Mapes, now with OPB. Mapes reported “In the months before his resignation, the Oregon Government Ethics Commission had launched an investigation into the pair, as did the state attorney general’s office. But both probes have been on hold while the FBI and U.S. Department of Justice investigate Kitzhaber and Hayes.”

Now yesterday, Kitzhaber posted a second video on Facebook – this one on “Why I resigned.” Continue reading

Posted by at 07:38 | Posted in Crime & Sentencing, Ethics, Gov. Kitzhaber | 4 Comments

70% of signed bills had “Fake Emergency” Clauses

emg-nofake-piechart-toonNearly 70% of signed bills had “Fake Emergency” Clauses
By Taxpayer Association of Oregon

The liberal politicians are brazenly censoring the Oregon public by stuffing most of their bills with “Fake Emergency” clauses.   By the current count, nearly 70% of the bills signed into law by Governor Brown contained a “Fake” Emergency Clause which has the legal effect of blocking voters from immediately repealing the law through  a citizen referendum drive.

This is why you must sign the petition to stop the abuse of emergency clauses.  Sign the No Fake Emergency petition here. Continue reading

Posted by at 05:00 | Posted in Uncategorized | 6 Comments

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