Apparently peace prizes don’t stop nuclear missiles

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by NW Spotlight

2009: President Obama won the Nobel Peace Prize for his “pledges to reduce the world stock of nuclear arms.”

2015: Russia is getting 40 new nuclear missiles. From the Associated Press today “Russia’s military this year alone will receive over 40 new intercontinental ballistic missiles capable of piercing any missile defenses, President Vladimir Putin said Tuesday in a blunt reminder of the nation’s nuclear might amid tensions with the West over Ukraine.”

Posted by at 10:09 | Posted in Foreign Relations, President Obama, Ukraine | 3 Comments

Dems haven’t learned from Kitzhaber-Hayes scandals

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Oregon House Republican Office

House Democrats kill comprehensive, meaningful ethics reform proposals
Impeachment resolution, HJR 31, remains stalled in senate

Salem, OR – On nearly party-line votes, House Democrats yesterday voted down 5 Republican-sponsored bills aimed at restoring trust, accountability and transparency in state government. House Republicans introduced the comprehensive ethics package in April as a meaningful and clear contrast to the proposals put forth by Governor Kate Brown. The killed bills sought to establish clear guidelines for public officials, hold public officials accountable for unethical conduct, and update antiquated, hard-to-navigate public records request processes. Continue reading

Posted by at 05:00 | Posted in Ethics, Gov. Kate Brown, Gov. Kitzhaber, Government corruption, Government reform, OR 78th Legislative Session | 4 Comments

Minimum Wage Follies

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Fourteen bills have been introduced in the Oregon legislature to raise Oregon’s already high minimum wage or let localities do so. Apparently, some legislators believe that political laws can override the laws of economics.

In this case, the law of supply and demand tells us that raising the price of labor will lead employers to demand less of it. Those hurt will likely be less skilled, younger, and less educated workers who will find it harder to find jobs or will be let go from jobs they did have at lower wages. Continue reading

Posted by at 05:00 | Posted in Economy, Employment, Labor, Oregon Government, State Budget | Tagged , | 12 Comments

The Real Agenda: Dems are anti-small business

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by Sen. Jeff Kruse (R-Roseburg)

At the beginning of this Session the majority party laid out their agenda, and we have now reached the point where they are finishing their objectives.

In February they passed the low carbon fuel standards as a payback to the environmental groups and re-wrote class action common law as a payback to the trial lawyers. We are now seeing the passage of legislation designed as a payback to the unions.

This week in the Senate we passed paid sick leave (SB 454) and the House passed the Treasurer’s retirement plan (HB 2960). Continue reading

Posted by at 07:30 | Posted in Economy, Jobs, OR 78th Legislative Session, Oregon Senate | 2 Comments

Protect whistleblowers: Sign on as citizen co-sponsor

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Dr. Knute Buehler

Last week, I asked you to join me in supporting an Oregon hero – Michael Rodgers.

In the face of indifference at best – or intimidation at worst – Rodgers blew the whistle on potential corruption at the highest levels of our state government. He was facing mounting legal bills for simply doing the right thing.

Thankfully, the District Attorneys have suspended their investigations into Rodgers. But our work is not done yet. Continue reading

Posted by at 07:30 | Posted in Cylvia Hayes, Ethics, Gov. Kitzhaber, Government corruption, Government reform, OR 78th Legislative Session | 5 Comments

Deschutes GOP to oppose local gas tax

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Deschutes County Republicans

BEND, OR – The Deschutes County Republicans announced their opposition to a gas tax for the City of Bend, after continued suggestions from city councilors that it could appear on the ballot in an upcoming election. Local Republicans are concerned about the effect raising taxes would have on citizens in the greater Bend area.

“Democrats in the Oregon Legislature already rammed through a hidden gas tax that will hurt working families all across Oregon and they’re considering raising the gas tax too. The City of Bend shouldn’t pass a local gas tax. Lower and middle income residents would be hit the hardest because more than 80% of these individuals commute to work. It would affect them significantly,” said Reagan Knopp, Chair of the Deschutes Republicans. Continue reading

Posted by at 05:51 | Posted in Local Taxes, Taxes | 4 Comments

Liberal states reject gas taxes

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Two very liberal states, Massachusetts and Michigan, have recently rejected gas taxes at the ballot by spectacular margins.

Michigan’s gas tax was defeated by voters by 80%. The defeat made it the worst defeat of a constitutional measure in nearly a half century. It failed in all of 83 counties. Having a gas tax fail so miserably that it becomes the most hated measure in the state’s history is not an uncommon event. A few years ago, Oklahoma defeated a gas tax increase by 87% making it the largest defeat of any ballot measure in their history. If you wish to go down in history as a colossal failure– a gas tax is a good way to do it. Continue reading

Posted by at 05:00 | Posted in Uncategorized | 3 Comments

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