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Posts published in “Day: February 6, 2014”

Oregon’s got it together

rainey BARRETT
RAINEY

 
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At the end of 2013, United Van Lines checked moving tickets for the year and found the greatest percentage of people for whom the company hauled household goods went to one state. Oregon.

More than 61% of all interstate moves made in Oregon last year were for people coming from some other place. Lest you think this is some small sampling, the company tracked 129,000 trips in the country for the period. And Oregon topped the pack. Washington D.C. had led the list for the previous five years but - in 2013 - dropped to fourth,

Why Oregon? Why do so many folks want to come here? What is it about the place? What makes our real estate so desirable? Oh, lots of answers could be the Pacific Ocean, the Cascades, Mt. Hood, a good and varied climate, better environment, outdoor activities, cleaner water, better air quality and on and on,. You hear all those a lot.

My take is - as usual - different. I think people come here because we’ve “got our s*%t together.”

“Oh, Momma, look what he said!”

Well, it’s true. We do have it together. Especially politically. Compared to a couple dozen other states, we’re downright - rational. Oh, we’ve got some dim bulbs and political zeroes. One of them is actually the chairman of the Oregon Republican Party. But we’ve got him right out there on a stick where he can be seen so we know what foil-hat-idiocy he’s up to. That’s different. In North and South Carolina, Florida, Oklahoma, Arizona, Texas - especially Texas - residents have allowed them to go underground - into the legislatures and governor’s bedrooms. Real folks lost control.

But here - in Oregon - we’ve kept the system pretty balanced and most of the loonies penned up. When you think back a couple of years, we ran an evenly divided House of Representatives with dual Speakers from different parties and duplicate committee chairs and, all in all, it went very, very well. How many other states could do that today? The two major parties get along most of the time around here. That sort of sends messages to folks in other states that we’ve “got our s*%t together.”

“Good Lord, Momma. He said it again.”

And it’s still true. Nobody here is trying to stop “undesirables” from voting. Nobody here is living under legislated “uterus attacks.” The governor is not talking secession. We’re not drug-checking people who just happen to be unemployed at the moment for whatever reason. We’re not even making food stamp recipients take a leak in a bottle!

Idaho, for example, used to have a slogan: “Idaho is what American was” which they really can’t say anymore ‘cause the nation’s reddest state is falling further behind with an increasingly flat earth contingent that has pretty well contaminated government. Idahoans have lost control. Oregon’s Republicans and Democrats still “Howdy” each other and the state is better for that. “Oregon is still what it was,” I guess.

We, in Oregon, even vote differently than voters in most other states. By mail. And it works! The only fraud we’ve had in recent years was a couple of over-zealous office volunteers messing up a few ballots. We caught ‘em. I think they were escorted to the border. Idaho, maybe. (more…)

On the front pages

news

Here’s what public affairs news made the front page of newspapers in the Northwest today, excluding local crime, features and sports stories. (Newspaper names contracted with location)

Idaho State Police not investigating CCA (Boise Statesman)
Barbieri's spending count way off (Boise Statesman)
DBSI finance trial begins (Boise Statesman)
Debate over 'religious freedom' bill (Nampa Press Tribune, TF Times News, Lewiston Tribune, Moscow News)
More profits for Clearwater Paper (Lewiston Tribune)
Regulators hit Syring home park at Moscow (Moscow News)
Pre-K pilot effort proposed at legislature (Moscow News)
Sex abuse charge at juvenile facility (Nampa Press Tribune)
Nampa school levy considered (Nampa Press Tribune)
Winter storm compning (Pocatello Journal, Sandpoint Bee)
Approval of Chubbuck events center (Pocatello Journal)
Power County may change utilities ordinance (Pocatello Journal)
Would be jumper not giving up (TF Times News)

School graduation rates varied (Portland Oregonian, Eugene Register Guard, Salem Statesman Journal, Corvallis Gazette Times)
No money for climate hub at OSU (Corvallis Gazette Times)
Winter storm coming (Eugene Register Guard, Medford Tribune, Corvallis Gazette Times)
Eugene schools still quiet on civic stadium (Eugene Register Guard)
Utility district funds rejected (KF Herald & News)
Klamath reviewing pot dispensary options (KF Herald & News)
Ashland still considering filing regs (Ashland Tidings)
Teachers at Medford on verge of strike (Medford Tribune, Ashland Tidings)
Jacksonville may ban pot stores (Medford Tribune)
No bond measure for BMCC this year (Pendleton East Oregonian)
Stanfield's new fee on utlity bills (Pendleton East Oregonian)
Teachers at Portland vote to strike (Portland Oregonian)
Video lottery public health issues (Portland Oregonian)
Nordstrom pulls out at Lloyd Center, Vancouver (Portland Oregnian)
Did Cover Oregon mislead feds? (Portland Oregonian)
Gun legislation arises (Salem Statesman Journal)

Boeing cost-cutting may be damaging itself (Everett Herald)
Quarter-mill donation for wine center at WSU-Tri (Kennewick Herald)
Annexation process bill dies at legislature (Kennewick Herald)
Seahawks celebration (Seattle Times, Spokane Spokesman, Tacoma News Tribune, Everett Herald, Yakima Herald Republic, Kennewick Herald, Longview News, Port Angeles News)
Smelt dipping legal for a month (Longview News)
Jail levy could go to voters (Longview News)
Death of oldest member of Klallam Tribe (Port Angeles News)
Third day of Clallam corrections lockdown (Port Angeles News)
Idaho law may bar 'revenge porn' (Spokane Spokesman)
Nordstrom closes at Vancouver (Vancouver Columbian)
Clark considers effect of waiving fees (Vancouver Columbian)
Money possible for Yakima water projects (Yakima Herald Republic)