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  • Oregon Issues Gag Order Against Christian Bakers Who Declined to Make ‘Gay Wedding’ Cake

    07/06/2015 7:46:17 PM PDT · by Faith Presses On · 49 replies
    The Christian Post ^ | 7/6/15 | Heather Clark
    GRESHAM, Ore. — The Oregon Bureau of Labor and Industries has issued a gag order against the Christian owners of a bakery in the state, banning them from speaking about their convictions not to participate in same-sex ceremonies by baking, decorating and delivering a cake for the event. “The Commissioner of the Bureau of Labor and Industries hereby orders [Aaron and Melissa Klein] to cease and desist from publishing, circulating, issuing or displaying, or causing to be published … any communication to the effect that any of the accommodations … will be refused, withheld from or denied to, or that...
  • Oregon Baker to Christians: 'Get Ready for Civil Disobedience'

    07/05/2015 8:06:14 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 50 replies
    Newsmax ^ | July 3, 2015 | Cathy Burke
    Defiant Oregon bakers fined $135,000 for their 2013 refusal to make a cake for a lesbian wedding reportedly vow to "fight back" against the state labor commissioner's stiff penalty – and are calling on "Christians … to take a stand." "For years, we’ve heard same-sex marriage will not affect anybody," Aaron Klein, co-owner of Sweet Cakes by Melissa, told The Blaze. "I’m here firsthand to tell everyone in America that it has already impacted people. Christians, get ready to take a stand. Get ready for civil disobedience." Oregon's Labor Commissioner Brad Avakian on Thursday issued a final ruling in the...
  • 'Sweetcakes' owner defiant in face of $135,000 fine

    07/05/2015 5:50:00 AM PDT · by sheikdetailfeather · 152 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 7-3-2015 | Barbara Boland
    After getting hit with a financially-crushing $135,000 fine Thursday for their decision to not bake a cake for a lesbian wedding, the owner of the Oregon "Sweetcakes by Melissa" bakery has a dire warning for Americans. "For years, we've heard same-sex marriage will not affect anybody," Aaron Klein said in an interview with The Blaze. "I'm here firsthand to tell everyone in America that it has already impacted people." Aaron and his wife Melissa are required to immediately write a $135,000 check to the lesbian couple they refused to bake a wedding cake for, Rachel Cryer-Bowman and Laurel Bowman-Cryer, to...
  • Baker Has a Message for the Gov’t Official Who Just Fined Him $135,000 for Declining......

    07/03/2015 3:18:22 PM PDT · by Morgana · 119 replies
    BLAZE.COM ^ | Jul. 3, 2015 | Billy Hallowell
    FULL TITLE: Baker Has a Message for the Gov’t Official Who Just Fined Him $135,000 for Declining a Gay Wedding Cake: ‘He’s Doing This With the Wrong Christian Just hours after Oregon officials announced that Aaron and Melissa Klein, owners of Sweetcakes by Melissa, would be fined $135,000 for their refusal to bake a cake for a lesbian wedding, Aaron Klein had a message for government officials: He has no plans of backing down. “He wants to silence anyone who opposes his point of view,” Klein told TheBlaze, speaking specifically about Oregon Labor Commissioner Brad Avakian, who has spearheaded the...
  • Happy Independence Day: State of Oregon fines Christian bakers $135,000 over a wedding cake

    07/03/2015 6:20:59 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 45 replies
    Hotair ^ | 07/03/2015 | Ed Morrissey
    The last we had heard from Aaron and Melissa Klein, the former owners of Sweet Cakes in Oregon that lost their bakery business after refusing to make a wedding cake for a same-sex couple, the site GoFundMe had shut down their crowdfunding operation. That was in April, but the drama was not over for the Kleins, who faced a stiff fine for their allegedly discriminatory conduct. Aaron and Melissa defended themselves in media interviews in an attempt to prevent the state of Oregon from further penalizing them, but Oregon Labor Commissioner Brad Avakian went even further than anyone might...
  • State Silences Bakers Who Refused to Make Cake for Lesbian Couple, Fines Them $135K

    07/03/2015 9:48:59 AM PDT · by NRx · 24 replies
    The Daily Signal ^ | 07-02-2015 | Kelsey Harkness
    Oregon Labor Commissioner Brad Avakian finalized a preliminary ruling today ordering Aaron and Melissa Klein, the bakers who refused to make a cake for a same-sex wedding, to pay $135,000 in emotional damages to the couple they denied service. “This case is not about a wedding cake or a marriage,” Avakian wrote. “It is about a business’s refusal to serve someone because of their sexual orientation. Under Oregon law, that is illegal.” In the ruling, Avakian placed an effective gag order on the Kleins, ordering them to “cease and desist” from speaking publicly about not wanting to bake cakes for...
  • Oregon imposes gag order on Christian bakers in gay wedding case

    07/03/2015 9:53:58 AM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 88 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 07/03/15 | Dan Calabrese
    Aaron and Melissa Klein ordered not to talk publicly about their faith. I don’t know if you’ve followed the case of Sweet Cakes by Melissa. This is the now-closed bakery in Oregon that has become a target of state officials because its Christian owners declined to bake a cake for a lesbian wedding. Not only has the business been forced to close, the state has fined the Kleins $135,000. But it gets worse. Much worse. Now that state has responded to a radio interview the Kleins gave by ordering them to no longer talk publicly about why their faith compels...
  • Oregon launches program to tax drivers by the mile

    07/03/2015 6:45:07 AM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 55 replies
    Fox News ^ | 07/03/15 | Dan Springer
    Oregon launches program to tax drivers per mile Never autoplay videos David Hastings is a rare American. This long-time hybrid car owner from Oregon wants to pay higher taxes for roads and bridges and says the current 30 cents per gallon state gas tax barely affects him. "I've been free-loading on the highways for 20 years driving electric cars or hybrid cars, getting at least 40 miles to the gallon. So I haven't been paying my share," Hastings said. Now, Hastings will pay more thanks to OReGO -- the first pay-by-the-mile program in the U.S. Oregon’s Department of Transportation has...
  • Sweet Cakes final order: Gresham Bakery must pay $135,000 (Oregon)

    07/02/2015 3:11:28 PM PDT · by aimhigh · 116 replies
    Oregonian ^ | 07/02/2015 | George Rede
    Oregon Labor Commissioner Brad Avakian on Thursday ordered the owners of a former Gresham bakery to pay $135,000 in damages to a lesbian couple for refusing to make them a wedding cake. Avakian's ruling upheld a preliminary finding earlier this year that the owners of Sweet Cakes by Melissa had discriminated against the women on the basis of their sexual orientation.
  • Oregon takes first steps into era of legal retail marijuana

    07/01/2015 11:28:26 AM PDT · by ConservingFreedom · 66 replies
    The Monroe News [OR] ^ | July 1, 2015
    Forty-two years after Oregon became the first state to decriminalize small amounts of marijuana, the state is taking its first steps along a road leading to state-licensed stores selling limited amounts of it to anyone over 21. "Oregon has long been a pioneer on sensible marijuana policies," said Anthony Johnson, chief petitioner on Measure 91, which on Wednesday makes Oregon the fourth state to adopt laws legalizing recreational use of cannabis for people old enough to drink. He added though that he doesn't expect much increased demand for it. Smoking it in public is illegal, but in Portland police are...
  • Your cat is on a killing spree that's destroying the planet; study finds you're in denial about it

    07/01/2015 8:36:24 AM PDT · by Rio · 84 replies
    OregonLive.com ^ | July 1, 2015 | Douglas Perry
    Your cat is a killer. And we're not just talking about the hit to your soul when Fluffy stares right past you despite your sweetest cooing. Cats, no matter how adorable, are predators. They stalk, they pounce -- and then they snap the neck of whatever little flying or skittering thing they've just caught. Most of us view this as a good thing. We're all better off with fewer rodents around, and if some pretty little birds get caught up in the killing spree, we can live with that. Biologists, it seems, aren't so sure. Domestic cats aren't a natural...
  • Do your neighbors believe in global warming? New map has answer

    06/26/2015 6:00:24 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 20 replies
    The Oregonian ^ | June 25, 2015 | By Kelly House
    Multnomah County has the state's highest percentage of global warming believers, according to new figures from Yale University. According to the university's national climate change opinions map, 74 percent of residents believe global warming is happening, while 13 percent don't buy it. The newly released figures are based on a complex statistical analysis of public perceptions about climate change in every state, congressional district and county across the country. Washington, D.C. residents led the nation in climate change affirmation, with 81 percent of residents. Floridians' title as the nation's biggest climate change deniers. Curious what your neighbors think about global...
  • Oregon men hospitalized - recovering after rare beaver attack

    06/27/2015 7:02:05 PM PDT · by smokingfrog · 83 replies
    NewsDaily ^ | 6-26-15 | Courtney Sherwood
    PORTLAND, Ore. – Two Oregon hikers who were assaulted by a beaver after they climbed onto its dam have been hospitalized for injuries incurred during the rare attack, law enforcement officials said on Friday. Clayton Mitchell, 23, told the Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office that he and a friend had been hiking along a river near his central Oregon home..
  • Two bodies found in freezer at Springfield home; family members identify couple

    06/25/2015 2:00:34 PM PDT · by markomalley · 5 replies
    Eugene Register-Guard ^ | 6/25/15 | Chelsea Gorrow
    Detectives on Wednesday evening were still in the process of removing evidence, including a number of cellphones, as they worked to determine how two bodies ended up in a chest-style freezer at a Nicholas Drive home. From the doorway where police entered Tuesday to bring a man outside — identified as 38-year-old Jeremy Daniel Ringquist — a white freezer was apparent as police officers from both Springfield and Eugene went in and out of the garage through a broken doorframe. Detectives also performed a three dimensional scan of the scene, preserving images for future use. As of 5 p.m., the...
  • Oregon dumps cold water on low Obamacare rates

    06/22/2015 4:15:14 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 15 replies
    CNBC ^ | June 22, 2015 | by Dan Mangan
    They wanted their Obamacare prices to be low—but the state said "no." The state of Oregon reportedly has ordered a number of insurers to raise proposed Obamacare premiums for 2016 after some of those companies asked for rates that were only moderately higher, if not lower than this year. Now, many Obamacare customers there are looking at likely double-digit percentage rate increases after having experienced some of "the lowest premiums in the nation," the Oregonian noted. For example, Oregon's Health CO-OP asked for a 5.3-percent average rate increase for next year, but the state's preliminary decision calls for a 19.9...
  • Oregonians' health premiums poised for big hikes next year

    06/19/2015 7:30:20 PM PDT · by QT3.14 · 15 replies
    OregonLive ^ | June 18, 2015 | Nick Budnick
    More than 220,000 Oregonians who buy their own health insurance are poised to pay higher premiums next year -- some of them a lot higher. State regulators on Thursday announced rates for people who aren't covered by their employers or government programs. And the news is not good. While some insurers proposed rates similar to or better than this year's, officials are ordering them to be raised -- saying they need to close a sizable gap between what insurers have collected and what they spend on claims. As a result, the least expensive "silver" plan premium available to a 40-year-old...
  • Nail-gun sales subject to background checks? Legislator plans to make sure they're not

    06/13/2015 4:35:36 PM PDT · by Red in Blue PA · 25 replies
    A certain type of high-powered nail gun may technically qualify as a firearm in Oregon -- meaning that purchasers could be subject to criminal background checks. That prospect has legislators scrambling to change the law to avoid being accused of making tool buyers go through new regulatory hoops. Senate Judiciary Chairman Floyd Prozanski, D-Eugene, on Thursday won approval of his committee to amend a House-passed gun bill to include language making it clear that a "low-velocity powder-actuated tool or similar apparatus" is not a firearm under Oregon law.
  • Hillary takes the reins of Democratic Party after Obama defeat

    06/13/2015 11:42:23 AM PDT · by upchuck · 20 replies
    washington examiner ^ | June 13, 2015 | W. James Antle III
    Hillary Clinton's Saturday campaign reboot isn't just her first public rally. Coming a day after President Obama suffered an embarrassing legislative defeat, it is a changing of the guard for the Democratic Party. Make no mistake: while House Republicans also voted overwhelmingly against the president on a key trade bill Friday, it was his fellow Democrats who handed him the most stinging rebuke. Just 40 Democrats out of 188 voted with Obama. Nearly 80 percent of House Democrats, including Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, went against him. A mere two of the 10 Democrats representing Obama's home state of Illinois in...
  • NAACP releases statement standing by Rachel Dolezal (#Transracial)

    06/12/2015 9:52:26 AM PDT · by tcrlaf · 105 replies
    KHQ ^ | 6-12-2015 | KHQ
    A day after the parents of Rachel Dolezal, the President of the Spokane Chapter of the NAACP, said she has been misrepresenting herself as black for years, the NAACP says they are standing by Dolezal. In a statement released Friday, the organization said: "For 106 years, the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People has held a long and proud tradition of receiving support from people of all faiths, races, colors and creeds. NAACP Spokane Washington Branch President Rachel Dolezal is enduring a legal issue with her family, and we respect her privacy in this matter. One's racial identity...
  • Christian Bakers Respond to Report That Oregon Gov't, LGBT Group Colluded Against Them

    06/06/2015 7:01:12 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 13 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 06/06/2015 | BY RAY NOTHSTINE
    Aaron and Melissa Klein, former owners of an Oregon bakery that refused to bake a wedding cake for a lesbian couple and as a result was fined over $130,000, declared in an exclusive interview with the Daily Signal that the case against them needs to be removed from the bureaucratic governmental agency that oversees discrimination complaints because of possible new evidence of bias. "I think the case should be pulled out of [the Bureau of Labor and Industries court and put into a civil court because I cannot get due process here," Aaron Klein told The Daily Signal. Last week...
  • Fake Orca Used to Scare Sea Lions in Oregon Town Flops

    06/06/2015 10:10:36 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 21 replies
    ABC News ^ | Jun 5, 2015 | RACHEL HAWATMEH
    It's a whale of a tale. An Oregon fishing community tried to use a life-size replica of an orca to scare off thousands of sea lions that clogged up the docks, but the effort came to a sudden halt when the whale capsized. Robert Evert, the Permit and Project Manager of the Port of Astoria, tells ABC News that at least 2,000 sea lions hang out on the boat docks and vessels, impacting the local and regional economy. Miami Man and Dog Find Giant Alligator on Front Doorstep “We’re losing probably $50,000 plus a year in revenue based on the...
  • Fossils of previously unknown beaver species found in Oregon

    06/05/2015 10:07:52 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 61 replies
    Phys.org ^ | Jun 01, 2015 | Staff
    A fossilized skull and teeth from a newly described species of beaver that lived 28 million years ago have been unearthed in eastern Oregon. The fossils worked their way out of the soil within a mile of the visitor center at the John Day Fossil Beds National Monument, said the monument's paleontologist, Joshua Samuels. The find is significant, he said, because unlike the other species of ancient beavers found at the monument, this one appears related to the modern beaver, a symbol of Oregon found on the state flag. The others all went extinct. The species is named Microtheriomys brevirhinus....
  • Police: Witnesses to lewd act tip over porta-potty to trap man inside

    06/05/2015 8:09:55 AM PDT · by Responsibility2nd · 24 replies
    Fox 12 ^ | 06/04/2015 | Paul Craig
    PORTLAND, OR (KPTV) - A porta-potty was tipped over. There was a man trapped inside. And police said witnesses did it on purpose because the man was touching himself while holding the door open. It was not your everyday call for assistance at the foot of the Hawthorne Bridge on Thursday morning. An officer was flagged down about a man trapped in a portable toilet near the Eastbank Esplanade at 8 a.m. The Honey Bucket's door was against the ground, so Portland Fire & Rescue personnel responded to lift it back up and free the man who was inside. The...
  • Rep. Blumenauer: Marijuana Sales Taxes in Oregon to Be Spent on Drug Addiction Treatment

    06/03/2015 1:00:04 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 47 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | June 3, 2015 | 11:30 AM EDT | Melanie Hunter
    Rep. Earl Blumenauer (D-Ore.) said Wednesday on C-SPAN’s “Newsmakers” that the tax revenue from legalized marijuana sales in his state will go in part towards treating drug addiction. When asked how much Oregon will tax legalized marijuana and how the tax revenue will be spent, Blumenauer said it will be allocated among a number of things, one of which will be to deal with addiction. “Voters decided that it’s available to deal with addiction, people who are addicted—whether it’s to a drug or alcohol, gambling—we need more resources,” he said, adding that some voters want it to go towards law...
  • Christian Bakers Respond to Government Agency’s Ties to LGBT Group

    06/03/2015 3:35:04 AM PDT · by markomalley · 18 replies
    Daily Signal ^ | 6/3/15 | Kelsey Harkness
    The Oregon couple who refused to bake a cake for a same-sex wedding says the case against them should be “pulled out” of the state’s administrative court system due to concerns that the government agency responsible for overseeing the trial is biased.The Daily Signal obtained communications between Basic Rights Oregon, a prominent gay rights group, and the Bureau of Labor and Industries, which is the state agency pursuing the case against Aaron and Melissa Klein.Based on that information, the couple’s lawyers suggested potential bias against the Kleins and requested the judge re-open the case for further investigation.Now the Kleins, who...
  • Did government conspire with homosexual group to punish Christian bakers?

    06/03/2015 4:11:54 AM PDT · by HomerBohn · 18 replies
    GOP USA ^ | 6/2/2015 | Charlie Butts
    Allegations of collusion have surfaced in Oregon, where a husband and wife are being punished for their views on natural marriage and homosexuality. The Daily Signal broke the story June 1 that a state government agency that punished Melissa and Aaron Klein is working closely with a homosexual rights group. The Kleins refused a lesbian couple's cake order in 2013, based on their religious beliefs, and the lesbians filed a complaint against Sweet Cakes by Melissa with the Oregon Bureau of Labor and Industries. A judge with the Bureau recommended a $135,000 fine in April, and the Kleins are awaiting...
  • Did Oregon Gov't Agency Collude With LGBT Group Against Christian Bakers?

    06/02/2015 8:35:43 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 6 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 06/02/2015 | BY RAY NOTHSTINE
    There may be evidence that the government agency in charge of enforcing Oregon anti-discrimination laws colluded against Aaron and Melissa Klein, former owners of Sweet Cakes by Melissa bakery, with the pro-LGBT group Basic Rights Oregon. The Daily Signal, the news arm of The Heritage Foundation, exposed the communications contact between officials at the Oregon Bureau of Labor and Industries and Basic Rights Oregon, obtained through a public records request, in their story titled, "Emails Raise Questions of Bias in Case Against Bakers Who Denied Service for Same-Sex Wedding." The communications between the two groups raises questions of the impartiality...
  • Emails Raise Questions of Bias in Case Against Bakers Who Denied Service for Same-Sex Wedding

    06/01/2015 2:36:32 PM PDT · by lowbridge · 21 replies
    dailysignal.com ^ | june 1, 2015 | kelsey harkness
    The Daily Signal has exclusively learned that the government agency responsible for enforcing Oregon’s anti-discrimination law appears to be working closely with a powerful gay rights advocacy group in its case against Aaron and Melissa Klein, owners of Sweet Cakes by Melissa. Communications between the agency, theOregon Bureau of Labor and Industries, and the LGBT organization, Basic Rights Oregon, raise questions about potential bias in the state’s decision to charge the Kleins with discrimination for refusing to make a cake for a same-sex wedding. In April, a judge for the agency recommended the Kleins be fined $135,000. Communications obtained through a public...
  • USGS Retracts Three ‘Ghost’ Earthquakes, Blames Northern California Sensors

    05/30/2015 7:06:05 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 8 replies
    l a times ^ | Ben Welsh
    In the past two days, malfunctions in the network of sensors that detect earthquakes in Northern California have issued three false alarms, forcing the U.S. Geological Survey to make a series of embarrassing retractions.. Just after midnight Friday morning, a magnitude 6.7 quake struck off the coast of Alaska. When its waves reached sensors operated by the Northern California Seismic Network, they were mistakenly interpreted as a 5.1 temblor near the Oregon border in Lewiston, officials say. ... The error occurred again Saturday morning after a magnitude 7.8 quake struck off the coast of Japan and the same Northern California...
  • This Is How Little It Cost Goldman To Bribe America's Senators To Fast Track Obama's TPP Bill

    05/31/2015 6:16:54 AM PDT · by cutty · 56 replies
    Zero Hedge ^ | 05/30/2015 | Tyler Durden
    It took just a few days after the stunning defeat of Obama's attempt to fast-track the Trans Pacific Partnership bill in the Senate at the hands of his own Democratic party, before everything returned back to normal and the TPP fast-track was promptly passed. Why? The simple answer: money. Or rather, even more money. Because while the actual contents of the TPP may be highly confidential, and their public dissemination may lead to prison time for the "perpetrator" of such illegal transparency .... fast-tracking the TPP, meaning its passage through Congress without having its contents available for debate or amendments,...
  • Suspected gang shootings 'coming in so fast' that police playing catch-up (Portland, Oregon)

    05/30/2015 1:07:46 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 37 replies
    The Oregonian ^ | May 29, 2015 | Maxine Bernstein
    Turon Lamont Walker is accused of shooting three people after someone "eyed" him at the Last Thursday street fair on Thursday, May 28, 2015.Sgt. Don Livingston, a supervisor of the city's gang enforcement team, and his investigators were still busy gathering police reports and examining evidence from last week's shootings when bullets scattered the crowd and wounded three people at the jampacked Last Thursday street fair in Northeast Portland. "We're playing catch-up here," Livingston said in the aftermath of the latest violence. "They're coming in so fast." The shooting Thursday night pushed gang violence response calls to 64 this year...
  • ASSISTED SUICIDE IN OREGON: LESSONS LEARNED AND UNANSWERED QUESTIONS

    04/29/2004 1:16:08 AM PDT · by Deacon_m · 228+ views
    [LifeNews.com ^ | April 29, 2004 | By Alex Schadenberg
    On April 17, 2004 Dr. Kenneth Stevens, the President of Physicians for Compassionate Care (PCC) and a cancer specialist spoke to the provincial pro-life conference in Hamilton. Physicians for Compassionate Care is an organization which was founded in 1995 in response to the legalization of assisted suicide in the State of Oregon. Dr. Kenneth Stevens understands the issue of physician-assisted suicide both personally and professionally. In 1982 his terminally ill wife was told by her doctor that "Nothing more can be done." The doctor then said: "I can write an "extra-large" prescription." Dr. Stevens wife told him that: "he wants...
  • Brown: 'Some People Have a Right to More Water Than Others'

    04/05/2015 10:14:38 PM PDT · by QT3.14 · 62 replies
    Truth Revolt ^ | April 5, 2015 | Trey Sanchez
    Jerry Brown, Democrat governor of drought-stricken California, appeared Sunday on ABC's This Week and defended his executive actions that placed mandatory water restrictions on citizens but not on the agriculture industry. "There are farmers who have senior water rights," Brown told guest-host Martha Raddatz. "Some people have a right to more water than others." Of his own actions, Brown stated: This executive order is done under emergency power and it has the force of law. Very unusual. And it's requiring action and changes in behavior from the Oregon border all the way to the Mexican border. It affects lawns. It...
  • America's First Openly Bisexual Governor Bans Gay Conversion Therapy in Oregon

    05/21/2015 8:07:25 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 21 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 05/21/2015 | Stoyan Zaimov
    Oregon became the third state in the United States to ban gay conversion therapy, a practice that has attracted much debate. Democratic Gov. Kate Brown signed the bill into law earlier this week, though an ex-gay group has protested and called the bill "child abuse." CNN reported on Wednesday that the bill signed by Brown, the first openly bisexual governor in the U.S., will block therapist from offering conversion or reparative therapy on individuals who are younger than 18. Laws against the practice have also been made in California, New Jersey, and Washington D.C. While the American Psychological Association has...
  • Oregon to test pay-per-mile idea as replacement for gas tax

    05/20/2015 11:34:05 AM PDT · by Timber Rattler · 27 replies
    AP ^ | May 20, 2015 | GOSIA WOZNIACKA
    Oregon is about to embark on a first-in-the-nation program that aims to charge car owners not for the fuel they use, but for the miles they drive. The program is meant to help the state raise more revenue to pay for road and bridge projects at a time when money generated from gasoline taxes are declining across the country, in part, because of greater fuel efficiency and the increasing popularity of fuel-efficient, hybrid and electric cars. Starting July 1, up to 5,000 volunteers in Oregon can sign up to drive with devices that collect data on how much they have...
  • Oregon to test pay-per-mile idea as replacement for gas tax

    05/20/2015 8:52:09 AM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 66 replies
    My Way ^ | 05/20/15
    Oregon is about to embark on a first-in-the-nation program that aims to charge car owners not for the fuel they use, but for the miles they drive. The program is meant to help the state raise more revenue to pay for road and bridge projects at a time when money generated from gasoline taxes are declining across the country, in part, because of greater fuel efficiency and the increasing popularity of fuel-efficient, hybrid and electric cars. Starting July 1, up to 5,000 volunteers in Oregon can sign up to drive with devices that collect data on how much they have...
  • Oregon Gun Owners Plan Noncompliance Rally

    05/17/2015 1:17:44 PM PDT · by george76 · 19 replies
    Gateway ^ | May 16, 2015 | Michael Strickland
    Now that Oregon’s SB 941 has been signed by the Governor, gun rights activists have banded together and are organizing a facebook event page for a rally entitled “SB 941 I Will Not Comply Demonstration“. The rally is set for May 30th, at the Capitol building in Salem, and will feature a host of speakers. SB 941 is the “universal background check” bill, meaning that if you want to trade guns with your next door neighbor whom you’ve known for 10 years, you must both submit yourselves to background checks and get permission from the state police before the exchange...
  • How Much Did It Cost Bloomberg to Force Gun Control on Oregonians?

    05/14/2015 8:54:00 AM PDT · by rktman · 6 replies
    breitbart.com ^ | 5/14/2015 | AWR Hawkins
    When the Oregon Senate passed expanded background checks on April 14, it marked a change from 2013 and 2014–when the same type of legislation was taken up but defeated without even making it to the floor for a vote. What was the difference in 2015? One huge differences was the influx of Michael Bloomberg’s money into the state, which showed itself not only in the establishment of an apparatus to help gun control candidates get elected but also in gifts to gun control senator Chuck Riley (D-Hillsboro).
  • Senate deals stinging defeat to Obama trade agenda (fails 52-45)

    05/12/2015 12:04:31 PM PDT · by GIdget2004 · 115 replies
    The Hill ^ | 05/12/2015 | Alexander Bolton
    Senate Democrats on Tuesday delivered a stinging blow to President Obama’s trade agenda by voting to prevent the chamber from picking up fast-track legislation. A motion to cut off a filibuster and proceed to the trade bill fell short of a 60-vote hurdle in the 52-45 vote. Sen. Tom Carper (Del.) was the only Democrat to back it. Senate GOP Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) switched his vote from yes to no to reserve his ability to return to the measure at a later date. Fast-track is a top legislative priority for the White House, but it has run into significant...
  • Dems press Obama to 'ban the box' (convictions)

    05/11/2015 12:10:13 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 37 replies
    The Hill ^ | May 11, 2015 | Jordain Carney
    Twenty-seven senators want President Obama to block federal agencies and contractors from asking job applicants about prior criminal convictions. The senators, including 26 Democrats and presidential hopeful Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), want Obama to take executive action to "ban the box," referring to a question on job applications that asks if an applicant has any convictions. "We ask you to require federal contractors and agencies to refrain from asking job applicants about prior convictions until later in the hiring process," they said in a letter to Obama on Monday. "This policy would eliminate unnecessary barriers to employment for all job...
  • BREAKING THROUGH WITH INTIMACY [ charistmatic caucus]

    05/06/2015 10:56:23 AM PDT · by Jedediah · 1 replies
    Intimacy is the key to your breaking through in your days ahead . So persevere as Daniel and Gabriel for I will send My angels of My Presence as Michael (AS GOD) as you spend time in mine . . . DANIEL 10:12-21 12 Then he said to me, “Do not fear, Daniel, for from the first day that you set your heart to understand, and to humble yourself before your God, your words were heard; and I have come because of your words. 13 But the prince of the kingdom of Persia withstood me twenty-one days; and behold, Michael,...
  • Gun Bill Passes Oregon House, Moves to Governor’s Desk

    05/05/2015 6:21:43 PM PDT · by smokingfrog · 15 replies
    WSJ ^ | 5-5-15 | Ashby Jones
    Ever since the 2012 massacre at the Sandy Hook School in Newtown, Conn., gun-control advocates have worked hard to close so-called “loopholes” in background-check laws. Not all the efforts have been successful; gun-rights advocates say such measures are needlessly burdensome and do little to stop violent crime. But last year, Washington state residents voted to toughen the state’s background-check laws. And now the Oregon legislature has done the same. On Monday, the Oregon House voted 32-28 in support of Senate Bill 941, which requires background checks for all purchasers of guns through private sales. Currently, background checks in Oregon are...
  • Bake Me a Cake—or Else

    05/02/2015 3:32:20 PM PDT · by BlatherNaut · 59 replies
    The Weekly Standard ^ | 5/11/15 | Mark Hemingway
    In January 2013, Rachel Cryer and her mother walked into Sweet Cakes By Melissa, a bakery in Gresham, Oregon, and tried to order a wedding cake. Aaron Klein, the co-owner (and Melissa’s husband), was informed Cryer would be marrying another woman. He apologized and told them that providing a cake for a same-sex wedding violated his Christian convictions. Cryer walked out of the store. In a suburb adjacent to Portland, one of the most progressive cities in America, Sweet Cakes By Melissa was living on borrowed time once the incident became public. (The city is so famously tolerant that Sam...
  • No arrests after police clash with May Day protesters (Portland OR)

    05/02/2015 1:27:38 PM PDT · by mojito · 3 replies
    KGW ^ | 5/2/2015 | Staff
    Portland police used tear gas, flash bangs and what they called "noise distractionary devices" to try and disperse protesters in downtown Portland Friday evening. At least one officer was injured during the clashes. No arrests were made. The group Don't Shoot Portland, protesting excessive force by law enforcement, marched through downtown Portland Friday afternoon and joined an unrelated May Day rally for immigrant rights. Hundreds of marchers began winding their way through downtown Portland at 4:30 p.m., but some protesters disregarded the planned route and walked against traffic. TriMet buses and MAX trains were delayed.Streets in downtown Portland were blocked...
  • Scientists monitor undersea volcanic eruption off Oregon coast

    05/01/2015 5:31:59 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 15 replies
    dailymail.co.uk ^ | Courtney Sherwood
    An undersea volcano about 300 miles (480 km) off Oregon's coast has been spewing lava for the past seven days, confirming forecasts made last fall and giving researchers unique insight into a hidden ocean hot spot, a scientist said on Friday. Researchers know of two previous eruptions by the volcano, dubbed "Axial Seamount" for its location along the axis of an underwater mountain ridge, Oregon State University geologist Bill Chadwick said on Friday. But those 1998 and 2011 eruptions were detected months or years afterward, Chadwick added. Last year, researchers connected monitoring gear to an undersea cable that, for the...
  • Candidate cries foul over debate participation

    04/28/2015 6:46:30 AM PDT · by logi_cal869
    Register Guard ^ | 4/23/2015 | Josephine Woolington
    Eugene School Board incumbent Mary Walston, who is up for re-election next month, urged neighborhood organizers of a school board candidates’ debate next week to either reschedule the debate or prevent her opponent from participating because she will be out of town. Organizers of the debate agreed to honor Walston’s request to bar her opponent from the debate — which, in turn, prompted the opponent, Colin Farnsworth, to cry foul. A substitute teacher in the Bethel, Eugene, Springfield and South Lane school districts, Farnsworth said it is “extremely unfair and undemocratic that my participation and perspective will be censored during...
  • GoFundMe shuts down another donations page for a Christian business owner accused of discrimination?

    04/27/2015 3:15:25 PM PDT · by markomalley · 53 replies
    Hot Air ^ | 4/27/15 | Allahpundit
    The question mark’s in the headline because they haven’t commented yet on where the page went or why, but you can guess what happened if you read Jazz’s post yesterday. A GoFundMe page for a different Christian-owned business, Sweet Cakes by Melissa in Oregon, was yanked down by GFM because there are discrimination charges pending against the owner and it’s GFM’s policy not to raise money “in defense of formal charges of heinous crimes, including violent, hateful, or sexual acts.” Politely refusing to cater a gay wedding is, evidently, now a “heinous crime.” But that raised a question: If charity...
  • Ex-Oregon jail staffer sentenced after caught having sex with inmate in closet

    04/26/2015 10:53:44 AM PDT · by GrandJediMasterYoda · 20 replies
    nydailynews.com ^ | 4/26/15 | BY NINA GOLGOWSKI
    Ex-Oregon jail staffer sentenced after caught having sex with inmate in closet BY NINA GOLGOWSKI An Oregon mother said it was her crumbling marriage and vulnerability that drove her to cheat on her husband. But it was the former jail staffer's decision to do it with a maximum security inmate — more than a dozen times in a supply closet — that earned her more than four years behind bars Monday. Jill Curry, sobbing before a Washington County judge and deputies, apologized for her actions over the last year that saw her repeatedly sneak a convicted gang member out of...
  • GoFundMe Page for Christian ‘Sweet Cakes’ Bakery Goes Dark

    04/25/2015 6:22:49 PM PDT · by markomalley · 41 replies
    Gateway Pundit ^ | 4/25/15 | Jim Hoft
    Christian Bakery Ordered To Pay $135,000 To Lesbian CoupleThe trials and tribulations for Sweet Cakes By Melissa continue. You may recall that this is the Oregon bakery that refused to bake a cake for a lesbian couple’s wedding. Since then, they’ve been on the receiving end of protests, hit piece articles, and a lawsuit.The Klein family The Oregonian reports: The lesbian couple turned away by a Gresham bakery that refused to make them a wedding cake for religious reasons should receive $135,000 in damages for their emotional suffering, a state hearings officer says.Rachel Bowman-Cryer should collect $75,000 and her wife,...
  • Bakers must pay $135,000 for refusing to make cake for gay wedding

    04/25/2015 4:35:25 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 104 replies
    Fox News ^ | April 25, 2015 | Todd Starnes
    The owners of an Oregon bakery learned Friday that there is a severe price to pay for following their Christian faith. A judge for the Oregon Bureau of Labor and Industries (BOLI) recommended a lesbian couple should receive $135,000 in damages for their emotional suffering after Sweet Cakes by Melissa refused to make them a wedding cake. As a result - Aaron and Melissa Klein could lose everything they own — including their home. The Oregonian reports the recommended penalty is not final and could be raised or lowered by State Labor Commissioner Brad Avakian. The controversy started in 2013...