Cylvia Hayes admits she once bought land to illegally grow marijuana

By   /  October 20, 2014  /  News, Oregon, State Politics, Watchdog Citizen News  /  No Comments

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Oregon First Lady Cylvia Hayes was, in addition to her other scandals, involved in an illegal marijuana growing operation in 1997-1998.

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Oregon’s first lady admits to past ‘green-card marriage’ with 18-year-old

By   /  October 10, 2014  /  Elections, Ethics, Northwest, Oregon, Politics & Elections, State Government, State Politics, Watchdog Citizen News  /  No Comments

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By Josh Kaib |
Talk about an October surprise!
The first lady of Oregon — though she’s technically not married to the governor yet —tearfully admitted Thursday that she once married an 18-year-old Ethiopian immigrant in exchange for around $5,000 so he could get a green-card.
Cylvia Hayes was forced to come clean after the the Willamette Week, an alternative newspaper, began [...]

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Credence given to Oregon’s anti-rural jobs conspiracy theory

By   /  October 8, 2014  /  Abuse of power, Business, Economy, Energy and Environment, Oregon, State Government, State Politics, Watchdog Citizen News  /  No Comments

Highway 207 barn in Wheeler County by Gary Halvorson, Oregon State Archives via Wikimedia Commons

Many in rural Oregon have long suspected—half in jest—that there is a conspiracy to stop job creation outside of Portlandia. The conspiracy is no joke.

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Unions take dues from more than 250,000 public workers

By   /  October 2, 2014  /  Alaska, California, Connecticut, Delaware, Hawaii, Illinois, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Montana, National, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, News, Ohio, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, unions, Vermont, Washington, Wisconsin  /  No Comments

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Public-sector unions took forced dues from more than 250,000 public employees in 2013, siphoning away taxpayer money to support the unions’ shared goal of bigger government.

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End of some fair-share fees drains millions from union coffers

By   /  August 8, 2014  /  Abuse of power, California, Connecticut, Health Care, Illinois, Maryland, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, News, Oregon, State Government, Supreme Court, unions, Washington  /  No Comments

THE FAIR THING TO DO: Unions in several states are notifying home and child care providers they will no longer charge fair-share fees for non-members.

A weeks-old Supreme Court decision freeing home-based care providers from paying union fair-share fees could cost two major unions tens of millions of dollars annually.

Notices going out in several affected states paint a grim picture for the coffers of Service Employees International Union and American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees.

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Protest, prayers surround Oregon’s Adolescent Sexuality Conference

By   /  July 24, 2014  /  News, Oregon  /  No Comments

SAY WHAT?: Protesters organize against an Adolscent Sexuality Conference.

By Matt Kaufman | U-Choose Education Forum
SEASIDE, Ore. — In the parish hall of Our Lady of Victory Catholic Church, a group of protesters are going over the ground rules: Keep it silent and dignified. Let your signs speak for you. Don’t let yourself be provoked into arguments.
“We’re doing this with the love of Jesus Christ in [...]

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