“Run for Cover Oregon” & Columbia River Crossing (CRC) failures delaying Kitzhaber campaign
By Taxpayer Association of Oregon
Kitzhaber plans to run for governor. He’s even raising money but is unexpectedly late to announce. Capitol insiders are already saying that his announcement is being delayed by being blindsided by the Cover Oregon crisis (we so name Cover Oregon “Run-for-Cover-Oregon”). Cover Oregon was supposed to be the national example because Oregon started early and aggressive and took in more federal funding than every other state, except four. After spending $82 million and not enrolling a single person a month and half later, “Run for Cover Oregon” has officially made national news for being among the worst states (see Cover Oregon failure national news)
At firs,t Kitzhaber hired 100 people to bypass the ($82 million) website and to instead process paperwork by hand. Then the number grew to 400 helpers. Less known, is the December 31st deadline where 10,000 Oregonians in the high risk pool will be dropped. They are supposed to use the Cover Oregon website to make the change but currently can’t. Currently different populations of people are facing deadlines, fines and cancellations with no working website. The multi-level disaster must have governor Kitzhaber in a panic. Continue reading
by Oregon Capitol Watch
Petunia The Pork Detective sez: “It Pays to Sue the IRS!”
SALEM-Oregon Capitol Watch Foundation’s Executive Director and former State Representative Jeff Kropf announces the IRS’s granting of their 501C3 tax exempt status after suing the IRS for their alleged unfair and unconstitutional targeting of the Foundation’s application.
“It sure looks like the IRS granted our tax exempt status in response to our joining the ACLJ lawsuit because they communicated the approval of our application through the ACLJ and not our corporate lawyer or me as the Executive Director” said Kropf. “Normally, they would have notified Capitol Watch or our lawyer first, but it seems they are so embarrassed by such a high profile lawsuit they decided to send us notification through our litigation attorneys. I guess Petunia is right: it really does pay to sue the IRS.”
OCWF joined 40 other plaintiffs in 22 states represented by The American Center for Law and Justice in their amended filing in federal court in Washington D.C. alleging the constitutional rights of these groups were violated by secretly targeting these organizations because of their political beliefs. Continue reading
by NW Spotlight
Back in 2009 and 2010, Democrats controlled the White House and the U.S. House and U.S. Senate. President Obama, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and then House Speaker Nancy Pelosi rammed Obamacare through without a single Republican vote.
The Washington Post said of the Obamacare fight at the time “It has inflamed the partisanship that Obama pledged to tame when he campaigned for the White House and has limited Congress’s ability to pass any other major legislation.” Continue reading
Right From the Start
Early in comedian Steve Martin’s career, while he was still performing on Saturday Night Live he created a bit that has become part of cultural history: “You say, Steve, how can I be a millionaire and never pay taxes?” Martin’s reply was to tell the taxman, “I forgot!”
That bit was applied to all sorts of life’s unpleasantries. And apparently that’s what has happened with the attempt to address a traffic problem between Portland and Vancouver. Continue reading
by NW Spotlight
The NY Times is reporting that J.P. Morgan Chase & Co. has agreed to a huge $13 billion settlement with the Justice Department. The settlement is for “JPMorgan’s sale of troubled mortgage securities to pension funds and other investors from 2005 through 2008,” without “fully disclosing the risks.”
J.P. Morgan Chase & Co. has donated over $1 million to President Obama’s campaigns.
Two years ago Oregon Catalyst reported that President Obama was the biggest recipient of Wall Street money in over 20 years. Even two years ago, President Obama had already received more campaign contributions from Wall Street than President George W. Bush did in his entire eight years.
by NW Spotlight
President Lincoln delivered the Gettysburg Address on this day 150 years ago, on November 19, 1863. As a part of a project to mark the 150th anniversary, filmmaker Ken Burns recorded President Obama reading the Gettysburg Address and uploaded the video to Youtube.
Conservative internet news aggregator Weasel Zippers noticed that President Obama left out the words “under God” from the address. Continue reading