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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Taxpayers lose out when companies ‘go green’

By   /  December 12, 2013  /  Arkansas, Energy and Environment, National, News, Oregon  /  No Comments

IT AIN'T EASY BEING GREEN: Environmental programs that encourage green-energy initiatives are costing taxpayers big bucks.

A recent editorial by David Williams in the Washington Times is shedding light on an important, but little known topic that has big implications for both taxpayers and jobs across the United States.

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Under the bus: Union-backed group turning America’s West blue

By   /  December 10, 2013  /  Colorado, Idaho, Montana, Northwest, Oregon, Washington  /  No Comments

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By Dustin Hurst and Shelby Sebens  | Watchdog.org
Examining the Portland, Ore.-based Bus Project, one could use plenty of adjectives to describe the operation’s tactics and activities: aggressive, unique and innovative.
The one descriptor that group, a 501(c)3 nonprofit, wants you to believe, though, is the least-fitting: nonpartisan.
Sure, the group holds a banner that professes to soar [...]

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