I’ve told you previously about my work to protect internet freedom at home and abroad. I’ve held hearings regarding the ongoing threat to internet freedom, and I wrote legislation making it the official policy of the United States to promote a global Internet free from government control.
I’m proud that the House Energy and Commerce Committee unanimously approved this bipartisan legislation (H.R. 1580). Governments’ hands-off approach has enabled the Internet to grow at an astonishing pace and become perhaps the most powerful engine of social and economic freedom and job creation the world has ever known. Continue reading →
School choice programs empower parents to choose the schools their children attend―public or private―by allowing parents to direct a portion of public education funding for their child through tax credits, scholarships, vouchers, and education savings accounts. School choice programs are among the most prominent and successful reforms in education today.
The left/Democrats are continuing to wage a war on women and on minorities against S.C. Republican Governor Nikki Haley. The Blaze is reporting that “A South Carolina Democrat vowed Friday to send Indian-American Gov. Nikki Haley (R) ‘back to wherever the hell she came from.’”
The Democrat was either S.C. Dem Party Chair Dick Harpootlian or the Gov. Haley’s 2014 opponent Vincent Sheheen, at a Democratic Party fundraiser yesterday. (A Yahoo! News’ reporter tweeted that it was the Dem Party Chair and the Daily Caller attributed it to Sheheen.)
Gov. Haley is from South Carolina and her parents are from India. She is the first Indian-American woman Governor. Continue reading →
SALEM, OR – The Oregon House voted unanimously this week to pass HB 3363, a bill to help Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) serve and protect children in dependency hearings.
“CASA helps some of Oregon’s most vulnerable children and we need to make sure the tools are there to support the program.” said Rep. Jason Conger (R – Bend), who co-sponsored HB 3363. “This legislation will assist in getting the nearly 5,100 children CASA serves through the judicial system as quickly and safely as possible.” Continue reading →
Salem, OR – The State Senate unanimously passed Senate Bill 617, a bill that will establish a third-party panel to review complaints filed against appraisers. Concerns have been raised that the Appraisal Certification and Licensure Board has not maintained a fair enforcement of its rules.
“Sometimes a board loses sight of its mission and boundaries,” said Winters. “The legislature is responsible for holding Oregon boards and commissions to the highest standards of accountability and transparency. This bill provides some important new measures of transparency and accountability for the ACLB.”
Boards are designed for the purposes of creating a level playing field for its practitioners and to equitably enforce its rules when its membership steps out of bounds. When a board doesn’t hold to this purpose, the legislature must intervene. The Appraisal Licensure and Certification Board is a semi-independent board whose operations have continued to raise concerns. Continue reading →
This is Part 2 of 2 on the story that KATU ran on Monday about “security concerns” at Lake Oswego Junior High School (LOJHS). The story started because a “concerned KATU viewer”, a “parent”, complained to KATU that she didn’t think that LOJHS was taking safety seriously.
Who is this concerned viewer, this parent? She is Marti Long. According to the email sent out by the Lake Oswego School District, Marti Long is not a LOJHS parent, or even a Lake Oswego School District parent. Marti is associated with the group Lake Oswego United for Schools. She has written on the Lake Oswego United for Schools web site, and Marti was setting up for a candidate forum sponsored by LO United for Schools in early April when “she wandered the halls and became alarmed when no one stopped her” at LOJHS. Continue reading →