June 6, 2018

By all means yes! Prosecute the food stamp recipients engaging in fraud! It is a missing part of solving food stamp 'cash back' fraud here in Oregon. Secretary of State Dennis Richardson has issued an advisory report about food stamp fraud investigations and while it details prosecutions of retailers engaging in this fraud, it doesn't include prosecuting the other willing participants, the food stamp recipients. The full report is here.

If they were prosecuted and forced to pay back the money, the word would get out on the street quickly and the cash back fraud that allows recipients to buy banned items like alcohol and lottery tickets would stop.

An interesting note: the data about 1% fraud in EBT is 10 years old before the massive Obama administr...

May 21, 2018

It seems Oregon Governor Kate Brown is taking a page out of disgraced fellow democrat Brad Avakian's playbook by redacting large portions of her official calendar according to this recent article by Adam Andrzejeweski in Forbes magazine.


Is she hiding the same kind of illegal activity that Avakian did?

As noted in our post about Avakian's calendar redactions which lead to the admission that BOLI employees were in fact illegally working for Avakian's campaign during normal work hours, it isn't a stretch to believe that Kate Brown is doing the same.

This time honored Democrat technique of using taxpayer funded resources to illegally benefit Democrats like Governor Kitzhaber and BOLI Commissioner Avakian appears to be the same tactic Governor Brown...

May 14, 2018

As California goes, so goes Oregon.

California is considering a mandate that all new homes must install solar panels and if Oregon follows true to form, we may soon do the same thing as this Bend Bulletin editorial points out. It seems the leftists that run our state often copycat California's mistakes or try to with middle class crushing ideas like a complicated carbon trading scheme which we barely avoided in the February session.

The nanny state mentality of Oregon lawmakers who worship at the church of man made global warming prevails here with laws that only raise the cost of living, hurting the poor and middle class. Oregon's gas prices are considerably higher than the national average as the low carbon fuel standard kicks in and our normall...

May 2, 2018

 Well it seems the forgotten workers (left behind by liberal politicians) are getting pay, benefit increases, new 401K matches ect. here in Oregon despite the leftists saying that only the big corporations are going to benefit and not their workers.

They are wrong once again and here is the proof. Click on this link to see the list of large, midsize and small companies here in Oregon that are passing the tax cuts on to their workers.

The leftist politicians who run this state and who have never owned a business don't understand the capitalist profit motive which built the greatest economy in the world's history. Companies want to grow and make more money, which is why they reinvest new found dollars from the Trump tax cut into their companies and...

April 2, 2018

It's no April Fools joke.

After Republicans and Democrats passed a massive, 5 billion dollar transportation package with a smorgasbord of higher taxes and fees we are starting to see new repair contracts awarded. Low and behold what do we find? Same old ODOT wasteful spending, different day.

Below are several recently awarded contracts with thousands for bird watching and public outreach for cutting trees. We will dig deeper to see how much of this waste is really happening so stay tuned.

January 25, 2018

Oregon Capitol Watch Foundation filed a formal ethics complaint today with the Oregon Ethics Commission against Governor Kate Brown based on this Forbes magazine article by Adam Andrzejewski yesterday. We did this because the Governor continues to exhibit the same incompetence or intentional non-transparency that we experienced with previous public records requests.

It's time to hold her accountable.

And we aren't alone as many editorial boards have taken the Governor to task for talking transparency in the wake of the Kitzhaber scandals but doing just the opposite.

In this case, her office filed deceptive and misleading required lobbying reports that show she wasn't spending any taxpayer money on lobbying when in reality she spent over $165,000.

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January 3, 2018

Engineer and successful entrepreneur Allen Alley knows numbers and the numbers don't lie! He has done a deep dive into the PERS crisis and what he has found will blow your mind! The numbers reveal the truth of how bad the PERS crisis really is which leads us to only one conclusion:either the Salem politicians in the legislature are too stupid to understand basic math or they are lying to us! You can judge for yourself and see his PowerPoint presentation tonight at the Oregon Executive Club meeting, 7pm at the Portland Airport Shilo Inn .

December 15, 2017

Stopping Oregon legislators from selling their vote to get on the PERS gravy train begins with public awareness.

The recent abuse of PERS pension spiking by legislators illustrated by the appointment of Senate Republican leader Ted Ferrioli to a $119,000 year position by Democrat Gov Kate Brown leads one to ask the question, which Republican legislator will be tempted to sell their vote for a big fat PERS pension?

PERS pension spiking can only occur if a legislator is enrolled in PERS and has been serving for a long time. Since Republicans are likely to remain in the minority because of their incompetent or conflicted leadership, the perfect storm occurs that provides the opportunity for discouraged or corrupt Republican legislators to sell their...

December 5, 2017

 Those aren't our words, but rather the words and gist of an editorial from the Bend Bulletin published a couple of days ago. It centers on former long time state Republican senator Ted Ferrioli getting a huge taxpayer funded PERS pension spike as a result of his recent appointment to the Northwest Power and Conservation Council at a salary of $119,000 per year. The editorial states the obvious observation that this occurred after Ferrioli voted for the massive new health care tax and even co authored a voters pamphlet statement with Democrat Senate President Peter Courtney urging a yes vote  in January.

Coincidence?

Not hardly.

The carrot of a big salary that creates a ridiculously high PERS pension for Sen Ferrioli was most likely dangled in fro...

October 27, 2017

Petunia and OCWF researcher Barbara Guardino at the 2013 Oregon State Fair

SALEM-Oregon Capitol Watch Foundation’s Executive Director and former State Representative Jeff Kropf announces the IRS’s historic settlement of an unconstitutional political targeting lawsuit brought by OCWF and 40 other conservative tax exempt applicants through the American Center for Law and Justice.

“After five and a half years in Federal court we finally have some measure of justice against the illegal and unconstitutional politically motivated acts of the Obama administration” said Kropf. “This consent order prohibits the IRS from ever engaging in this type of overt political targeting and sends a strong message to other Federal government agencies that such illegal a...

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