Is Hillary’s campaign sinking?

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by NW Spotlight

There have only ever been two ships thought unsinkable: Titanic and Hillary Clinton’s coronation as the Democratic Party’s 2016 presidential nominee. The likelihood that both will have met a similar fate seems to be increasing daily.

FBI now has Hillary’s email server

The Washington Post reported earlier this week that “The e-mail server used by Hillary Rodham Clinton when she served as secretary of state was turned over to the FBI,” and “In addition to obtaining the old server, the FBI recently obtained a thumb drive in the possession of Clinton’s lawyer.” The FBI is interested in the server and the thumb drive because of “a referral from the intelligence community’s inspector general to the Justice Department in July.” Politico reports that “an inspector general found that Clinton had at least two ‘top secret’ emails stored on her unsecured computer network.” That inspector general is the U.S. intelligence community’s inspector general, Charles McCullough III. Continue reading

Posted by at 05:00 | Posted in 2016 Presidential Election, Hillary Clinton | 45 Comments

Look back at 2015 Oregon Legislative Session

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Basically a group of four people made all the major decisions

by Sen. Jeff Kruse (R-Roseburg)

It is helpful to let a bit of time pass before taking a look at what was and wasn’t accomplished during a Legislative Session.

While the majority party “talked” about jobs and the economy, it became quite clear the first priority was political payback. There were bills that gave clear wins to trial lawyers, public sector unions, anti-gun groups and environmental organizations. All one needs to do is take a look at campaign contributions to understand why these passed.

It was also interesting that the Roseburg Chamber of Commerce had a list of bills they supported and a list they opposed. None of the bills they supported passed and all but one of the bills they opposed did pass. So much for “jobs and the economy.” Continue reading

Posted by at 05:00 | Posted in OR 78th Legislative Session | 10 Comments

Fresh Droppings on the Campaign Trail

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Right From the Start

With the first nationally televised primary campaign debate ended, it is safe to say that the quadrennial presidential campaign season is now in full swing. You don’t have to be a big game tracker to understand the importance of “droppings on the trail.” Like scat, political droppings tend to show where the candidates have been and where they might be headed. “Political droppings” usually take the form of vignettes – small in size but descriptive of the larger essence of candidates. Here are a few to whet your appetite.

Carly Fiorina

Carly Fiorina, despite being relegated to the second tier, was the clear winner of the FOX News primary debates. The surprising thing was not that she won but that the press and politicians have given her such short shrift in the lead up to these debates. Continue reading

Posted by at 05:00 | Posted in 2016 Presidential Election, Bernie Sanders, Carly Fiorina, Ethics, Hillary Clinton, Leadership | 19 Comments

Am I accountable for the abortions I fund?

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by Dan Lucas

In the 1973 Roe v. Wade ruling, the U.S. Supreme Court legalized abortion. Since that ruling, there have been more than 53 million abortions in the U.S. That’s more lives stopped than the entire population of the United States in 1880.

Abortion has been in the news lately because a pro-life group is releasing a series of video exposés of Planned Parenthood that reveal aborted fetuses being “sold for parts.” They are uncomfortable videos to watch. The first video shows a Planned Parenthood senior director of medical research discussing “crushing” fetuses in just the right place to avoid damaging the parts they want to sell, as she casually eats her salad and sips wine at a nice restaurant. Continue reading

Posted by at 05:00 | Posted in Abortion, Religious Liberty, State Taxes, Taxes | 172 Comments

The Extinction of Public Transit

CascadeNewLogoBy Emma Newman

Uber and Lyft have recently gained over 50 percent of the taxi market in Portland. This is especially notable as Portland was initially hostile to ridesharing companies, to the point of filing a lawsuit against Uber late last year. This industry takeover is just one example of how private market innovation has upended government-regulated transit.

At a recent Metro hearing on the SW Corridor project, one of the main arguments for pursuing a costly light rail tunnel requiring the destruction of several homes was that ten years of disruption is worth 100 years of use. But considering the speed at which the transportation industry is changing, is long-term use of public transit infrastructure likely? Continue reading

Posted by at 05:00 | Posted in Economy, Environment, Portland, Portland Politics, Public Transportation, Transportation | Tagged , , , , , , , | 14 Comments

GOP debates SHOULD ask the tough questions


by Lars Larson

A few thoughts on the Trump debate question as the dust settles. I’ve never been shy about my admiration for Trump for forcing the GOP to seriously discuss important issues the Establishment wants buried. But I never held back my opposition for a Presidential candidate who says

1) I want the GOP nomination

2) I might run against the GOP nominee if it’s not ME!

3) I think Hillary is so bad she “should be in jail


4) If you don’t give The Donald the Nom, I’ll put Hillary in the White House. Continue reading

Posted by at 02:24 | Posted in 2016 Presidential Election, Media | 14 Comments

Should English be official language of Oregon?

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by Rep. Mike Nearman

The idea seems pretty clear to me. I don’t want to cause any trouble. I just want to put the question to the voters, “Do you want English to be the official language of the State of Oregon?”

I’m one of the chief sponsors of an initiative petition, sponsored by Oregonians for Immigration Reform (OFIR), to do just that.

It’s not as if this is unusual. Currently 31 states have English as their official language – including California and Idaho.  Continue reading

Posted by at 06:28 | Posted in Initiative & Referendum, Oregon Attorney General, Oregon Supreme Court | 148 Comments

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