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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Why there’s a federal land dispute brewing out West

By   /  June 20, 2014  /  Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Idaho, Montana, New Mexico, Oregon, Washington, Wyoming  /  No Comments

WHOSE LAND IS THIS LAND? Unlike states in the East, vast swaths of acreage in the West is owned by the federal government.

A glance at a map showing the percentage of state land owned by the federal government shows a remarkable difference between the East and the West.

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Prospects for coal exports dim in the Northwest

By   /  May 19, 2014  /  Around the Web, Northwest, Oregon  /  No Comments

Coal mining operations in Virginia could decline under new federal rules.

By Zack Colman | Washington Examiner
PORTLAND — It might be a little too early for a victory lap, but Cesia Kearns is getting warmed up.
The Sierra Club‘s campaign organizer has been fighting to block a slate of proposed Oregon coal export projects. And the Morrow Pacific project looks like it’s in trouble. If it fails to win state approval, [...]

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HI’s troubled health-care exchange draws congressional attention

By   /  March 31, 2014  /  California, Hawaii, Maryland, Minnesota, News, Oregon, Uncategorized  /  No Comments

SIGN HERE: Hawaii Health Connector sign ups improved Hawaii's uninsured rate by 2.75 percent at a cost of $204 million, study shows.

A Hawaii state senator wants the Government Accountability Office to investigate a $204 million federal grant to the state’s health-care exchange.

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Here are 5 problems with Merkley’s 2014 big-government agenda

By   /  February 6, 2014  /  National, News, Northwest, Oregon  /  No Comments

HE'S GOT A PLAN: U.S. Sen. Jeff Merkley's 2014 Middle Class Agenda reads more like a progressive wish list than a template for economic prosperity.

By Dustin Hurst | NorthwestWatchdog.org
Oregon U.S. Sen. Jeff Merkley’s 2014 Middle Class Agenda has all the right buzzwords that will surely grab some headlines in an election year — good-paying jobs, minimum wage and economic growth.
Unfortunately for Oregonians, the document, which reveals the Democratic senator’s playbook for the year, reads more like a progressive wish list than a [...]

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