Portland is back in national news again, for all the wrong reasons.
A Multnomah County, Oregon, judge had some pretty pointed things to say about who he thought was responsible for a murder, with the murderer standing before him awaiting sentencing. This being Oregon, you've probably guessed that the judge wasn't lecturing the murderer himself. That's right, he blamed the guns for the murder.
I'll give you a moment to pick yourself up off the floor.
Judge Kenneth Walker doesn't want you to think he's anti-gun, though. He's clearly read the United States Constitution. After all, when he finally finished his rant, he said, "But it is a right of people in this country to own and possess them, and I will not say anything to affect that right."
"Hillary's America: The Secret History of the Democratic Party" is showing at four different venues in the Portland area on Friday 7/22 and Saturday 7/23!!! How wonderful! Thank you, everyone, who worked to locate this documentary in our area. Theaters include Regal Fox Tower Stadium, Regal Division Street Stadium 13, Cinemark Century Clackamas Town Center, and Regal Bridgeport Village Stadium 18. Friday night, after the showing at the Clackamas Town Theater showing, stop in to the Claim Jumper Restaurant on the other side of the Mall for a nightcap and to visit with other republicans who viewed the movie. Most important, please see this documentary on opening day weekend! That ensures a good run. Movie times for Friday and Saturday are as follows:
Multnomah County Republican Party wants to welcome a new batch of PCPs to our precinct organization. We have plenty of room for many hands to make light work for us all including some leadership positions.
Thanks to the newsletter from our Oregon State Senator Doug Whitsett who is serving on the “Joint Interim Committee on Department of Energy Oversight,” we have a high level look into the spending of taxpayer money on green energy programs.Read more
What an amazing exciting time to be republican. Never in my lifetime have I seen such huge crowds gathering to a republican candidate. Having republican voters so excited about their candidate has been invigorating. The crowd sizes even in the numbers that the liberal news media was willing to report were impressive. Night after night Donald Trump was meeting with thousands of Americans. It felt like a wave of excitement was sweeping through America.Read more
This July 22nd the long awaited Dinesh D'Souza video "Hillary's America: The Secret History Of The Democratic Party" is set to be released to a limited number of theaters. If you want to see this documentary on opening day weekend, we will need to be contacting our local theaters and asking if they will be showing it. If the large chains such as Regal Cinemas and Cinemark are paying attention to the past economic success of past Dinesh D'Souza's documentaries, they would be showing this film.Read more
Someone called the Multnomah County Republican Office asking about Oregon's primary impact on republican presidential race delegates. So to clear any confusion, here is a good portion of the Oregon Republican Party press release:
OREGON REPUBLICAN PARTY ANNOUNCES NATIONAL DELEGATE ALLOCATIONS
WILSONVILLE, OR -- Today, Oregon Republican Party (ORP) Chairman Bill Currier announced the national delegate allocations for the three presidential candidates received following the May 17, 2016 Primary Election.
Koin News 6 disclosed nearly half of the 64 million expected "Street Tax" dollars would be spent on safety improvements associated with the Vision Zero plan. Were you thinking the full 64 million would be spent on road repairs, paving and maintenance or that the improvements would improve traffic congestion? Think again. Lowering the speed limit and lowering the legal limit for drunk driving from 0.8 to 0.5 are a couple of the Vision Zero ideas put forth by Portland Bureau of Transportation Safety Manager Gabe Graff. The city has already requested permission to lower the speed limit on Burnside.
The 10 cents per gallon tax is expected to raise 64 million in 4 years.Read more
A few people have asked me what I think of the Occupiers of Harney County. In his work The Collapse of Complex Societies, archeologist Joseph Tainter identifies decreasing benefits from complexity as the great common thread among civilizational collapses. Simply put, families, towns and entire provinces begin to get very little out of the central government; only unjustified and unfair controls and burdens. The Harney County Committee of Safety recently issued a public statement demonstrating that Harney County, Oregon stands as a flashpoint in our own civilizational collapse—but it is a collapse that, if the Roman precedent holds, could take decades or even centuries to play out.
Willamette Week reports that Portland’s young voters gave presidential candidate Bernie Sanders his biggest applause for the following 13 lines. Those voters might want to consider some additional facts.
1. “This campaign is sending a message to the billionaire class: Yes, we have the guts to take you on.”
Billionaires, as a class, have long pursued a strategy in America of supporting "progressive" candidates like Sanders who spout Leftist rhetoric, but somehow never really challenge the established financial powers bleeding the country dry through the manipulation of money—and these are certainly not American manufacturers like the Koch Brothers (see also Line #10 below). Again, this problem goes way, way back:
Young voters might want to notice that the Democratic zeal for bank regulation in the wake of the 2008 crisis somehow has managed to destroy smaller banks, benefitting the biggest ones. An unholy alliance of federal power and large banking power will not end well.
2. On his Supreme Court nominees: “They will have to tell the American people that their first order of business will be to overturn Citizens United.”
Giving the government further controls over freedom in political speech will do the same thing as giving government power over anything: we will get less of it. Government is an inherently anti-progressive force, for it is inevitably dominated by established powers that misuse government to protect themselves. In the Republican ideal, government is a referee, not pulling for one side or the other. All that repealing Citizens United does is protect established politicians and tilt the playing field in favor of unions; few remember that the case was about whether publishing a documentary critical of Hillary Clinton should be punished by the government. Do you really think it should be illegal to show movies critical of Hillary Clinton?Read more
More than 220,000 Oregonians who buy their own health insurance will face higher premiums next year, according to the Oregonian.
Portlanders could see some of the biggest hikes in the country.
Officials say the rate increases reflect changes to the market due to Obamacare, which kicked in in 2014. More people, including sick people, bought policies in part because insurers were prohibited from denying coverage for preexisting medical conditions. A new tax penalty also punishess those who go uninsured.
The blog on taxrates.com announced “Anti-Sales Tax Oregon Embraces Marijuana Tax” referring to Oregon’s new state sales tax in HB2041 on all marijuana leaves, flowers, immature plants, and cannabinoid products initially at 25% and then at 17% with allowances for local jurisdictions to add another 3% sales tax. It was largely without fanfare passing in the House on June 25th (43 aye-15 nay) and in the Senate June 30th (24 aye-4 nay) before being prepped for Governor Kate Brown’s signature. Was the bill rushed at the end of the session? Where are the large headline news articles?
So why should anyone who does not plan to spend much money on weed care what sort of tax is on it? Presumably, anyone planning to spend a lot is just too happy that it is finally legal to even notice what form of tax is on it. After all, Measure 91 to legalize marijuana passed by a handy margin, and it included a growers' tax and a privilege tax on retailers. We’ve had an excise tax on cigarettes for years. Why fuss?
The very important issue of the SW Corridor Light Rail project is now providing us with an opportunity to voice our opinions. This is the nearly $2 billion dollar SW Corridor High Capacity Transit project, originated by METRO, going mostly along Pacific Highway south to Tigard, Sherwood and Tualatin. There have been a number of initiative efforts aimed at giving residents along the way a larger voice about what light rail projects happen in their local communities. Please take advantage of this chance to voice your opinions.Read more
The Multnomah County budget which is currently being discussed includes some outrageous spending for a courthouse renovation and for bridge retrofits. Wasteful spending on mega projects like $250 million on a courthouse and something like $1 billion bridge retrofits are not good stewardship of the public trust. The email addresses for each Commissioner are below for communications about the budget. There are also upcoming public meetings at which citizen comment is scheduled. Feel free to use the sample below, or editorialize, them to fit your views.Read more
Last Wednesday, April 8th, Rep Mike Nearman on the Joint Ways & Means SubCommittee on Transportation & Economic Development attended the hearing on SB5513 an appropriation bill for Dept of Housing & Community Services with invited testimony only. Sounds routine. But, this was related to the Oregon Prosperity Initiative that Gov Kitzhaber directed to include Cylvia Hayes and for which a spokesperson was hired by Oregon Business Council to help the First Lady and is the focus of a state and federal investigation.Read more