Sen. Doug Whitsett

GUEST CONTRIBUTOR: Senator Doug Whitsett is currently serving his second term in the Oregon State Senate representing Senate District 28 - Klamath, Lake, Crook and parts of Jackson and Deschutes counties, the second largest district in Oregon. Doug grew up on a small dairy farm in Powell Butte, OR. Doug received his Associates degree from Central Oregon Community College and his Doctor of Veterinary Medicine from Washington State University. Doug is a past president of the Oregon Veterinary Medical Association and has been active with the Oregon Cattlemen's Association and served as past President of Water for Life. He has been active in Klamath Basin and state water issues. Doug is also a past president of the Klamath County Cattlemen's Association and the Lake County Veterinary Medical Association. Doug and his wife, Gail, currently own and operate two small farms in the Klamath Basin where they breed and raise European Warmblood Horses.

Oregon Needs to Cap Spending

Oregon Needs to Cap Spending

Originally published in The Oregonian, February 15, 2013 – Oregon must cap the growth of spending with a constitutional limit – Oregon desperately needs to establish a constitutional limit on the growth of state spending. That’s clear when you compare what the growth of state budgets would have been with a spending cap over the […]

Will Today’s Americans Cross Their Deleware?

Will Today’s Americans Cross Their Deleware?

This great nation has experienced immense peril during more than one Christmas season. Both war and political upheaval have threatened our survival as a free nation. Each time, when it was their turn to be counted, men and women of equally great valor have risen to the occasion. History tells us that our fledgling nation […]

Kitzhaber’s Nike Bill: Constitutional Questions

Kitzhaber’s Nike Bill: Constitutional Questions

Last Friday, Governor John Kitzhaber called a special session of the Oregon Legislative Assembly to enact a single new law. House Bill 4200 authorizes our Governor to enact a contract with an Oregon company that assures the company that its current single sales tax factor will not be changed for thirty years. The bill does […]

Fires in Federal Forests

Fires in Federal Forests

Originally published in The Oregonian, October 28, 2012 – Barry Point wildfire highlights shortfalls of forest management The devastation is incredible. Ignited by a lightning strike on the Fremont-Winema National Forest, the Barry Point wildfire near Lakeview ran for about 30 miles, burning more than 10 miles into California. In places the fire was more […]

I Believe in America

I Believe in America

(Editor’s note)  As the November election approaches and the airwaves are filled with politicians carefully avoiding the pitfalls of saying something that might offend a potential voter, it is a rare pleasure to read a forthright statement of beliefs by a leading member of Oregon’s Senate.  Whether you agree with all, or some or none […]

The Plight of Irrigated Agriculture

The Plight of Irrigated Agriculture

Senator Doug Whitsett’s Newsletter of October 2, 2012 – The combined annual economic output of agricultural production, food processing and related services from irrigated agriculture exceeds $128 billion in the seventeen western states. The economic output from irrigated lands attributable to the beef cattle industry ranks either first or second in fourteen of those seventeen […]

The Reagan and Obama Recoveries

The Reagan and Obama Recoveries

Originally appeared as Senator Whittsett’s regular newsletter, September 4, 2012 — The American economy was in deep recession when both Ronald Reagan and Barack Obama were first elected president. Unemployment was in double digits and family wealth was eroding away. Working families were deeply concerned that our middle class way of life was coming to […]

Nancy Leonard: A Friend of Southern Oregon

Nancy Leonard: A Friend of Southern Oregon

Last week, Southern Oregon lost an outstanding citizen. Nancy Leonard had dedicated nearly three decades of her life in service to the Upper Rogue communities. She was widely respected both as a civic minded individual and as owner and editor of Eagle Point’s Upper Rogue Independent newspaper. Nancy truly held the education and the interests […]

Thank Uncle Sam (with some help from Mother Nature) for Food Price Inflation

Thank Uncle Sam (with some help from Mother Nature) for Food Price Inflation

The combined effects of widespread drought conditions, and ill-advised government interference in the free market, have created the potential for a perfect inflationary storm for domestic food prices. Over the past quarter century, the United States has averaged an annual increase of just less than 3% per year in the cost of food. Last year, […]

On Federal Taxes and Their Impact on Oregonians

On Federal Taxes and Their Impact on Oregonians

Under current law, American families and businesses are facing nearly half a trillion dollars in increased federal taxes next year. If Congress and the President fail to take action, this unprecedented expansion in federal taxes will equal nearly $1,600 for every man, woman and child in the United States. The specter of these enormous additional […]

Dear Whistleblower, You’re Fired

Dear Whistleblower, You’re Fired

EXPERT WHO PUBLICLY CHALLENGED THE SCIENCE OF THE KLAMATH DAM REMOVAL LOSES HIS JOB — This story was first reported on I Spy here. Dr. Paul R. Houser is the whistleblower who was recently fired by the United States Bureau of Reclamation (Bureau) for publicly expressing his concerns regarding the integrity of the science being […]

Sen. Doug Whitsett’s e-Newsletter

Sen. Doug Whitsett’s e-Newsletter

The Endangered Species Act was intended to identify animal and plant life that is determined to be in peril of extinction and to recover those species. This original purpose was and remains a laudable goal. However, the Act has two fundamental flaws. The first is that no economic considerations are permitted to be included as […]

Sen. Doug Whitsett’s e-Newsletter

Sen. Doug Whitsett’s e-Newsletter

Last week we reprinted Representative Dennis Richardson’s newsletter describing the most recent shortfall in projected state revenues.  Richardson noted that Republicans anticipated this outcome and provided for a cushion that will help but may not be enough.  Here we reprint Senator Doug Whitsett’s newsletter elaborating on why the state continues to be in financial difficulties: […]

Senator Doug Whitsett’s E-newsletter

Senator Doug Whitsett’s E-newsletter

Last week Gail and I met with Oregon Department of Agriculture Director Katy Coba and Assistant Director Dalton Hobbs in my Senate office. We talked about their recent trade mission to Pacific Rim countries and other Ag related topics for more than an hour. Agriculture is Oregon’s second leading industry. The more than $900 million […]

Lost Opportunities for Job Creation in Oregon’s 2011 Legislative Session

Lost Opportunities for Job Creation in Oregon’s 2011 Legislative Session

Missed opportunities were an everyday occurrence during the 76th Legislative Assembly. Many Senate bills designed to improve Oregon’s business environment, and to encourage growth in private sector jobs, were not given the opportunity for a vote. It was disappointing, and more than a little upsetting, to watch the Democrat Senate leadership daily refuse to address […]

e-newsletter: Senator Doug Whitsett

e-newsletter: Senator Doug Whitsett

We believe that more than 20,000 private sector family-wage jobs would be created by the passage of three bills currently stuck in the Senate Environment and Natural Resources Committee. It becomes less likely with each passing day that these bills will move because time is running out on this legislative session. To date, neither the […]