Portland Book Ban Stifles Education
Americans tend to think about local school boards at only two times: when colorful signs dotting yards indicate an upcoming election, and when schools’ inane decisions provoke media firestorms. Today, it’s the latter: In what has become an annual tradition …
The Oregon Occupation Is Not Terrorism
I’m one of the thankfully small percentage of Americans who’s seen the results of true terrorist violence firsthand, and it’s difficult to describe the horror. I’m not sure which sight has impacted me the most — was it the enormous …
The Bundys’ Occupation of an Oregon Wildlife Refuge Is Distasteful
The Malheur National Wildlife Refuge hasn’t heretofore been known as a locus of government tyranny, or much of anything else.
Saying that the refuge, established in 1908 by Theodore Roosevelt, is in the middle of nowhere makes it sound too …
Multiple Casualties Reported in Shooting at Oregon Community College
Terrible news from Oregon:
Multiple people are reportedly dead at a community college campus in southwestern Oregon, where authorities told Fox News they responded to a report of a shooting Thursday at around 10:30 a.m. local time.
There is “no …
Do Christians Even Have a Chance Against Oregon’s Bureaucracy?
On July 2, Brad Avakian, commissioner of Oregon’s Bureau of Labor and Industries (BOLI), ordered Aaron and Melissa Klein to pay $135,000 in damages for “emotional, mental and physical suffering” to a lesbian couple after the Kleins — owners of Sweet …
Oregon Governor to Face Recall Effort in July
From the first Morning Jolt of the week:
A Chance to Un-Do One of 2014’s Worst Incumbent Victories
Remember John Kitzhaber, the terrible governor of Oregon, whose fiancée was running a “consulting business” with groups that wanted to influence …
Careful Around Those Oregon Kindergartens!
It’s a beautiful state, but if you’re worried about measles, stay away from Oregon kindergartens.
According to the CDC, among the 46 states plus the District of Columbia reporting 2013–14 school vaccination exemption data, the percentage of kindergartners with an exemption was …
A Slightly Better Outlook for Oregon Republicans, but Not Enough Yet
Here’s the slightly good news for Dennis Richardson, the Republican candidate for governor in Oregon: The latest poll by YouGov puts him down, 48 percent to 42 percent, to incumbent Democrat John Kitzhaber. That’s a bit better than the last …
What’s Wrong With Oregon Republicans?
Also in today’s Jolt:
Another Un-charismatic, Underachieving Partisan Democrat Coasts to Reelection
I know what you want to hear. You want to hear that Republican Monica Wehby has a shot at winning Oregon’s Senate race.
She’s trailing most …
Blue Oregon . . . Strongly Opposed to Driver’s Permits for Illegal Immigrants
Something to keep in mind for future immigration debates: Oregon — deep-blue, heavily Democratic, crunchy, progressive, let-me-pour-you-another-organic-quinoa-microbrew Oregon — appears set to decisively reject a proposal to provide driver’s permits to individuals who cannot prove legal residence in the state.
A Shooting in Oregon — It Was Past Time for the Bundy Protest to End
It appears that the Bundys’ Oregon standoff is ending tragically, with further violence still possible. Through grandiose demands and threats of violence, the Bundy brothers hijacked an entirely proper and justifiable protest of the federal government’s treatment of ranchers Steven …
Oregon Standoff Reveals There Is No Adult Supervision of Federal Agencies in the West
‘Over the past two decades#…#government officials, and perhaps [others], entered into a literal, intentional conspiracy to deprive [the family members] not only of their [grazing] permits but also of their vested water rights. This behavior shocks the conscience.” These …
The Case for Civil Disobedience in Oregon
Watching the news yesterday, a person could be forgiven for thinking that a small group of Americans had literally lost their minds. Militias are marching through Oregon on behalf of convicted arsonists? A small band of armed men has taken …
Oregon to Christian Bakers: Pay $135,000 by Monday or Face a Potential Lien on Your Home
Yesterday I wrote a piece about how Oregon’s Bureau of Labor and Industries (BOLI) acted as investigator, prosecutor, judge, and jury as it pursued Aaron and Melissa Klein for refusing to bake a cake for a lesbian wedding (though they …
An Interruption to Oregon’s ‘Set It and Forget It Leftism’
Oregon Gov. John Kitzhaber now faces a revolt of the rest of the state government:
State Treasurer Ted Wheeler has called for Kitzhaber’s resignation.
“It is with deep sadness that I ask Governor John Kitzhaber to resign his position as …
John Kitzhaber, the Bob McDonnell of Oregon
The Oregonian newspaper’s editorial board assesses the scandals surrounding Democratic governor John Kitzhaber, and comes to a dire conclusion:
It it should be clear by now to Kitzhaber that his credibility has evaporated to such a degree that …
Another Incumbent Democrat Sees His Big Lead Shrink
An intriguing late development in Minnesota’s governor’s race:
In the governor’s race, incumbent Democrat Mark Dayton still leads Republican Jeff Johnson 47 percent to 42 percent. Hannah Nicollet of the Independence Party is at 2 percent tied with Libertarian candidate Chris Holbrook. Another 6 …
There’s Good News for Oregon Republicans, but Not That Good News
Your friendly neighborhood Oregon-trotting campaign correspondent, in a piece written Tuesday night:
Could Oregon governor John Kitzhaber, a three-term Democrat, lose his bid for reelection because of scandals involving his fiancée? After Kitzhaber survived a cavalcade of embarrassing and …
How Do You Turn a Blue State Like Oregon Purple?
From the Monday edition of the Morning Jolt:
How Do You Turn a Blue State Like Oregon Purple?
If you want to talk about an overlooked all-time woulda-coulda-shoulda race that haunts the Republicans, let’s take a look at Oregon’…
Oregon and Our Future of ‘Set It and Forget It’ Leftism
From the last Morning Jolt of the week:
Oregon: Our Progressive Future of Corrupt Government and Oblivious Voters
Greetings from Portland, Oregon — the state with the most egregiously failing Obamacare exchange in the country, now set to reelect the governor …