by Dan Lucas
You might not know it from following the media, but Ferguson police Officer Darren Wilson was cleared by a Missouri grand jury last November and by the U.S. Department of Justice in a report that came out 10 days ago. The DOJ found that the claim of “hands up, don’t shoot” was NOT CREDIBLE – but the lies continue and this week those lies contributed to the ambush shooting of two Ferguson police officers.
The national media and some national figures did a much better job of publicizing how they thought Officer Darren Wilson was guilty (before the facts were known) in the weeks following the shooting of 18-year-old Michael Brown last August than they have done in reporting that Officer Wilson has now been cleared by a Missouri grand jury and by the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ). Continue reading
by Sen. Jeff Kruse (R-Roseburg)
This week, Gov. Kate Brown signed one of her first bills into law. I, along with many of my colleagues, called upon the governor to veto that bill and send it back to the Legislature because we don’t know the extent of the negative consequences of SB 324. She chose to sign the bill anyway, closing the door on her first opportunity as governor to show pragmatic leadership and restore faith in our state government.
SB 324, known as the low carbon fuel standard, was the wrong bill at the wrong time. As gas prices spike, the Legislature should not be responsible for a guaranteed price increase for Oregonians at the pump, the amount of which even proponents of the bill admit is unknown. Oregon has long been a leader in carbon reduction and pioneering environmental policies, but we cannot abide laws that sacrifice our small businesses and working families in their wake. Continue reading
by Sen. Doug Whitsett
Administrative rules adopted by state agencies have the same legal authority as the statutes that are vetted and passed by elected representatives. Keeping track of all of these rules and regulations is virtually impossible for legislators and is especially difficult for the average citizen or small business owner. It is now nearly impossible to determine if we are in compliance with all of the myriad Oregon administrative rules.
The 2015 legislative session is now into its second month. Elected representatives from throughout the state have spent the past several weeks debating literally hundreds of bills that are being worked through the lawmaking process. Continue reading
Right From the Start
Like Oregon’s ubiquitous banana slug, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton leaves a trail of slime on everything she touches. I recognize that this is an unkind cut but the unbroken line of unethical conduct by Ms. Clinton well deserves the reference. And only recently we are treated once again to Ms. Clinton skirting the law by declining to use an official State Department email account while serving as Secretary and choosing instead to use a personal email account AND server so as to avoid transparency and control the retention and distribution of information contained therein.
It would take volumes to detail the many and routine acts of Ms. Clinton that raise questions on her legal and ethical conduct so let’s just highlight a few over her career. Continue reading
Oregon Senate Republicans
Oregon House Republicans
Statement from Senate Republican Leader Ted Ferrioli on the Passing of Former Oregon Attorney General Dave Frohnmeyer
“I am deeply saddened today to learn of the loss of Dave Frohnmayer. Dave embodied the Oregonian spirit of public service and collaboration as a legislator, Attorney General and president of the University of Oregon. His leadership helped shape the landscape of Oregon politics. Dave’s passing is a great loss to our state. The thoughts and prayers of the Senate Republicans are with the Frohnmayer family today.” Continue reading
Oregon Senate Republicans
Salem, OR – Today, Senator Tim Knopp (R-Bend) testified in the Joint Ways & Means Subcommittee on Education in support of an $8 billion K-12 budget. Knopp testified in favor of the -1 amendment to SB 5017 that mirrors his earlier bill, SB 642, to give $765 million more to the State School Fund than currently recommended in the Democrat Co-Chair’s budget framework.
“We must stop shortchanging our kids by allocating funds to other state agencies first and giving schools the leftovers,” said Senator Knopp. “Not only does an $8 billion budget exceed current service levels, it allows school districts to invest much-needed resources in targeted, strategic programs that enable students to succeed.” Continue reading
Willamette University College of Law – Federalist Society
Last week the Oregon House Republicans – outnumbered, outgunned, and surrounded – fixed bayonets and charged into a six hour floor debate on the Low Carbon Fuel Standard (“LCFS”), a backdoor gas-tax that brings no revenue into the state coffers for roads and infrastructure while also doing very little to limit greenhouse gas emissions. Instead, it adds to Oregon’s already high price for gasoline providing subsidies for green energy producers, some of the same companies who paid former First Lady Cylvia Hayes to lobby on their behalf while she acted as a policy advisor to disgraced former Governor John Kitzhaber. Continue reading