Tag: Oregon

Cruz Cedes OR, NM Primaries to Kasich; Focuses on Indiana (UPDATE: Trump Responds)

 

Jeff Roe, Cruz for President’s campaign manager released the following statement late Sunday:

Having Donald Trump at the top of the ticket in November would be a sure disaster for Republicans. Not only would Trump get blown out by Clinton or Sanders, but having him as our nominee would set the party back a generation. To ensure that we nominate a Republican who can unify the Republican Party and win in November, our campaign will focus its time and resources in Indiana and in turn clear the path for Gov. Kasich to compete in Oregon and New Mexico, and we would hope that the allies of both campaigns would follow our lead. In other states holding their elections for the remainder of the primary season, our campaign will continue to compete vigorously to win.

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My family used to live smack dab in the middle of the Frank Church River of No Return Wilderness, the largest wilderness area in the lower 48 states. And the Feds hated us. It was surely mutual. They pulled out no stops in trying to get us to leave and sell. They would, illegally, arbitrarily close off access by road […]

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At the time of this writing on Thursday evening, very little is known about the sicko who shot up a community college in Oregon (which had no armed security), snuffing out lives and dreams before the police ended his spree. We know that the shooter (whose name we won’t repeat here) was 26 years old, […]

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As news broke of Oregon allowing 15-year-olds to receive tax-payer funded sex change surgery without parental notification, school choice still remains a controversial issue in the state. Some states in the forefront of educational reform have charters, ESAs, tax credits, and even vouchers for the needy.  Neither ESA nor tax credit legislation has ever made it to […]

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Sweet Cakes by Melissa was a bakery in Gresham, Oregon.  They became famous because they declined to provide the wedding cake for a lesbian wedding.  The bakery was punished severely for this.  Nearly two years after the shop was closed, a very large fine was recently pronounced by the State of Oregon.  I am posting […]

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So for those of you who read the Ricochet Daily Shot (and those of you who don’t, you’re seriously missing out – stop reading this post and sign up now, then come back), you’ll know that today it was reported that the Oregonian has called for Gov. Kitzhaber’s resignation for allowing First Lady Cylvia Hayes […]

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One of Tuesday’s Big Winners: Science

 

See what I did there in the headline? If I’ve learned anything about modern political communications, it’s that the use of “Science” as a proper noun ends any and all arguments decisively in favor of the speaker. While Ezra Klein is declaring that the biggest loser in this year’s election was the climate (because Ezra Klein is a person who’s paid handsomely to be wrong in print), I’m actually much more bullish about the scientific literacy of voters. Why? Because of this bit of good news from two unlikely places. As reported by NPR:

An effort to label genetically modified foods in Colorado failed to garner enough support Tuesday. It’s the latest of several state-based GMO labeling ballot measures to fail. A similar measure in Oregon was also defeated by a narrow margin.

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I just ranted on Twitter. I defied their 140 character rules and spewed forth a rant about Oregon politics. What’s wrong with it? Let’s start here. Republican Senatorial candidate Monica Wehby is everything that the pundits say will be a winner. She’s moderate. She’s a doctor who’s against the ACA. She’s a she. She’s moderate […]

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A Historical Primer on Modern Oregon Politics So in the “What’s Happening in Your State” post, Troy asked if electing a Republican was possible again, considering that our last Republican Senator, Gordon Smith, left the office only six years ago. I gave as brief an answer as I could within 200 characters, but I think […]

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For most of the last two years, I’ve been trying to convince my lovely wife that Oregon is a decent place to be despite being more expensive, more liberal, and difficult to navigate through street-wise. Okay, so it’s obviously not going well. Still, until we find a way we can pack up and move to […]

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Today, a Federal judge ruled Oregon’s traditional marriage measure to be unconstitutional. This really wasn’t a surprise, to tell the truth. Taking a cue from California, Oregon’s state government chose not to defend the measure, and the Federal judge disallowed anyone else to take up defense of the measure. It’s expected that same sex marriages will […]

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