The Power of the Prosecutor

The Power of the Prosecutor

This report in The National Law Journal details how the power of the prosecutor was abused in the Ted Stevens case.  It should stand as a reminder of the fundamental importance of our constitutional guarantee of due process.

The Real War on Women

The Real War on Women

In tomorrow’s Wall Street Journal,, Peggy Noonan writes: “There is a war against women. It is something comparatively new in our national life, and we have to start noticing it. It is not a “Republican war on women.” It has nothing to do with White House attempts to paint conservative efforts to protect religious liberty as […]

Portland city auditor’s careful eye, diligence getting results

Portland city auditor’s careful eye, diligence getting results

Originally published in The Oregonian — 3/15/12 – From calling into question potential misuse of ratepayer dollars to holding up a caution sign to the city’s unsustainable borrowing and spending practices, Portland City Auditor LaVonne Griffin-Valade and her staff continue their efforts to watchdog the taxpayers’ money with the tenacity of a pit bull. The […]

Is Someone Cooking the Jobs Books?

Is Someone Cooking the Jobs Books?

Dick Morris, writing on TheHill.com, says yes.  Morris writes: “Obama’s entire claim that the economy is reviving is based on phony numbers and rigged statistics. Nothing is more misleading than the recent administration claims that the economy added over 200,000 jobs during each of the past three months and that unemployment is stable at 8.3 […]

Senators Put Aside Differences to Support Corporate Welfare

Senators Put Aside Differences to Support Corporate Welfare

Originally published on The Daily Caller — 03/14/12 – Recent votes in the United States Senate demonstrate that bipartisanship is not dead. Given the votes in question, we might well wish that it were. And who would have guessed that the Senate’s filibuster rule, which now allows 41 senators to block almost any piece of […]

Hold On To Your Wallets

Hold On To Your Wallets

The Tax Man Cometh – Grover Norquist, writing on Human Events catalogues numerous ways in which taxes will rise beginning in 2013 without Congress doing a thing.  According to Norquist the increase could total $6 to $7 trillion over the next decade.  Read Norquist’s article here.

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 […]

Obama’s Energy Policy and the Price of Gas

Obama’s Energy Policy and the Price of Gas

Jonah Goldberg, writing in the Los Angeles Times, notes that the President faces a serious political challenge because of rising gasoline prices.  Somehow he needs to convince voters that his energy policies have been a success notwithstanding the high gas prices.  “The dilemma [for the President]” says Goldberg, “is that he’s invested so much of […]

The Costs of Regulation

The Costs of Regulation

A recent study from The Heritage Foundation concludes that the Obama Administration has implemented new regulations costing 4 to 5 times as much as regulations issued during the first three years of the Bush Administration.  The abstract of the report appears below.  The full report is available here. During the first three years of the […]

Could Oregon Turn Red?

Could Oregon Turn Red?

It seems unlikely, but according to Michael Barone it could happen.  Barone does not speak specifically to Oregon, but he does describe past changes in what we come to view as permanently red and blue states.  Read more here in The American.

Is Civililty a One Way Street?

Is Civililty a One Way Street?

According to William McGurn, writing in today’s Wall Street Journal, it is.  McGurn comments on Bill Maher’s unlikely defense of Rush Limbaugh, and then moves on to describe the many ways in which the liberal commentariat have felt free to levy vindictive insult on conservatives and Republicans.  And they don’t even understand the opprobrium they […]

Bobby Jindal on Obama’s Energy “Policy”

Bobby Jindal on Obama’s Energy “Policy”

Louisiana governor Bobby Jindal, writing in today’s Wall Street Journal, argues that President Obama’s policies are a drag on the U.S. economy.  He proposes these changes: Create a more predictable environment for exploration and production Open new areas to exploration, particularly where there is bipartisan local support Make it clear that his administration will not […]

Bob Caldwell, Old School Journalist

Bob Caldwell, Old School Journalist

Bob Caldwell’s passing is an enormous loss for The Oregonian and for Oregon.  At a time when newspapers everywhere are struggling to survive, and too many have become mouthpieces rather than objective news sources, people like Bob have become rare in the news business.  Although I disagreed with Bob far more often than I agreed […]

Labor and justice: Two statewide races to watch in the May primary

Labor and justice: Two statewide races to watch in the May primary

Originally published in The Oregonian — 3/8/12 – With no governor or U.S. Senate race on the Oregon ballot this year, can voter interest be stirred by the four intermediate nonjudicial statewide offices that are up for grabs? History suggests not, but at least two of those races deserve special attention, particularly since they should […]

A Tale of Two Birds

A Tale of Two Birds

WIND, TIMBER AND HYPOCRISY IN THE PACIFIC NORTHWEST – Originally published on The Daily Caller — 3/9/12 – Writing in yesterday’s Wall Street Journal, Robert Bryce described the toll that the nation’s burgeoning wind farms have taken on endangered birds. At one site alone — Altamont in Alameda County, California — 2,400 raptors, including 70 […]

Incentives Matter: Even in the Public Schools

Incentives Matter: Even in the Public Schools

The Cascade Policy Institute has been a long time and steadfast supporter of choice in public education.  During its 2011 session, the Oregon Legislature took a major step in the direction of greater choice by allowing students to freely transfer from one district to another.  Districts could not prevent students in their geographic area from […]

Obama Bypasses Senate on Space Regulation

Obama Bypasses Senate on Space Regulation

“Constitutional principles seem to be mere inconveniences to Mr. Obama.”  Those are the words of John Yoo and Ambassador John Bolton writing in today’s New York Times.  They are talking about the Obama Administration’s announced intention to comply with a European draft “code of conduct for outer space.”  Read more here.

Wyden and Merkley Vote No on Jobs and Energy Independence

Wyden and Merkley Vote No on Jobs and Energy Independence

The United States Senate failed to pass a bill that would have authorized the Keystone XL Pipeline to go forward.  Under the peculiar rules that now operate in the Senate, it takes 60 votes to pass anything.  56 senators voted for the bill including all Republicans and 10 Democrats.  Oregon Senators Wyden and Merkley voted […]

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