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Challenging the feds via local self-government ordinance

Challenging the feds via local self-government ordinance

Companies that include Williams Partners backing the Constitution Pipeline connecting New York to New England used eminent domain to acquire access to properties against the owners’ wishes. U.S. District Judge Malachy Mannion ruled that the Constitution Pipeline has the necessary permits from the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission and that it serves the public interest by […]

Real grassroots democracy at work, the right to local self-governance

Real grassroots democracy at work, the right to local self-governance

All governments owe their existence to the people of the community that those governments serve, and governments exist to secure and protect the rights of the people and those communities. Any system of government that becomes destructive of those ends is not legitimate, lawful, or constitutional. All too often, Coos County has been the victim […]

Oregon senate unanimously approves governor's appointments

Oregon senate unanimously approves governor's appointments

According to Senator Whitsett, the Oregon State Senate unanimously confirmed the appointments of Donna Opitz and Eric Farm to the Port Commission and ” followed the lead of three other Coastal caucus Senator members (Roblan, Johnson, Kruse) in voting to confirm their appointments”. Perhaps the Coastal caucus senators can demand an accounting of all monies […]

ALEC Exposed – Corporate influence on Oregon legislation

ALEC Exposed – Corporate influence on Oregon legislation

ALEC’s model legislation reflects long-term goals: downsizing government, removing regulations on corporations and making it harder to hold the economically and politically powerful to account. Corporate donors retain veto power over the language, which is developed by the secretive task forces. The task forces cover issues from education to health policy. ALEC’s priorities for the 2011 session included bills to privatize education, break unions, deregulate major industries, pass voter ID laws and more.