pay to play

Pay to Play: The Currency of Politics

Pay to play, sometimes pay for play, is a phrase used for a variety of situations in which money is exchanged for services or the privilege to engage in certain activities. The common denominator of all forms of pay to play is that one must pay to “get in the game,”  Oregon has no limits […]

Ten Billion dollars

It’s just Business: A Buyout rather than impeachment

Could it be that Donald Trump gave us the key to understanding his administration back in September 2015 when he was talking about the Iran Nuclear deal? “We have a horrible contract, but we do have a contract,” Mr. Trump said on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe.” “I have all my life — I love to buy […]


Representatives Esquivel and Nearman have a bill that could cost us plenty

Rep. Sal Esquivel, R-Medford, and Rep. Mike Nearman, R-Independence, have introduced a bill (House Bill 2921) that would require Oregon’s cities and counties to comply with federal immigration detainer requests. This bill is contrary to the Fourth Amendment and the equal protection clauses of the United States Constitution and could cost taxpayers plenty. Every single […]


Unusual Table of the Day:

Complete voter registration statistics were published today on the Secretary of State web site for January, 2017. Rather than month to month changes today I looked at a 6 year window and compared major party growth. I was surprised. Since January, 2011 the Independent Party of Oregon has actually added more members than the Republican […]

Nkenge Harmon Johnson on non partisan redistricting panel?

In a series of tweets late last night, the Oregon Independent Party suggested that Secretary of State name Urban League President and CEO Nkenge Harmon Johnson to his redistricting panel. @OregonSoS we recommend @TrueNkenge as  participant on your redistricting task force #overqualified #reformswanted The Secretary of State responded We would be honored to have @TrueNkenge […]

redistricting map

Non Partisan Redistricting plan task force gets started today

The current Republican domination in State Houses and Congress is caused in part, many argue, by the fact that Republican strategists ran vigorous state level campaigns with the express intent to win as many State Houses as possible in 2008-2010 so they would be in charge of drawing new state and congressional district lines. In […]

coloring outside the lines

Could Oregon Oregon’s first Independent Representative solve Oregon’s budget deadlock?

Today Senator Vic Gilliam announced his resignation as State Representative from House District 18. I wish Representative Gillian well and am humbled by his service and courage. A Challenging environment in 2017 Legislature On Wednesday, the Oregon legislature convenes, and faces one of it’s most challenging sessions with a budget that is deeply out of […]



The economic model of news organizations that adhere to journalistic standards and ethics to deliver verified facts and even-handed analysis has been under assault for the last few decades. One of the biggest reasons for the current un-mooring of reality and the growth of fake news is that the professional journalism sector is shrinking because it […]

Happenings: Deschutes County LWV First Thursday features Planned Parenthood representative

The League of Women Voters of Deschutes County will offer a free informational meeting at its first Thursday presentation on February 2nd, 2017 Speaker will be: Liliana Cabrera, of Planned Parenthood Columbia Willamette. Liliana Cabrera comes to Central Oregon from the Central Coast of California. Prior to moving to Redmond, Liliana worked as a Community […]

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