Monthly Archives: December 2007

Oregon’s Domestic Partners Law Postponed…for Now…

JUDGE GRANTS TEMPORARY RESTRAINING ORDER IN PORTLAND FEDERAL COURT ROOM


The Alliance Defense Fund (www.telladf.org) argued the case in Portland’s Federal Court Building
ADF attorneys filed a lawsuit on behalf of several Oregonians after the Secretary of State and clerks’ offices in 12 different counties invalidated their petition signatures for a referendum that would allow voters to decide the “civil unions” issue (www.telladf.org/news/story.aspx?cid=4317). Many of the citizens sought, in person, to have their signatures revalidated since no legitimate reason existed to refuse to recognize them.

THE FOLLOWING IS FROM RESTORE AMERICA:

December 28, 2007

Greetings!

Today Was A Victory!

U.S. District Judge Michael Mossman, after hearing oral arguments by Alliance Defense Fund attorney Austin Nimocks, and state attorneys, granted the requested temporary restraining order preventing HB 2007 from becoming law on January 1, 2008.

The factual showing to determine if HB 2007 is submitted to a vote of the people will take place on Friday, February 1. The merits of the case will be heard then.

By all accounts Judge Mossman has a high regard for the law and will rule fairly.

We shall see.

Earlier, at a 10AM hearing to consider that State of Oregon’s request to quash subpoenas of defendant County Clerks, the State obtained only temporary restraints.

The Court Room was full and we were well represented.

Thanks for your continued prayers, faith in our efforts, and support.

Pamplin Media Article on Hearing

CWA Article on Domestic Partnerships

Motion to Sta

Restore America Homepage www.restoreamerica.org

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Oregon’s Domestic Partners Law Postponed…for Now…

JUDGE GRANTS TEMPORARY RESTRAINING ORDER IN PORTLAND FEDERAL COURT ROOM


The Alliance Defense Fund (www.telladf.org) argued the case in Portland’s Federal Court Building
ADF attorneys filed a lawsuit on behalf of several Oregonians after the Secretary of State and clerks’ offices in 12 different counties invalidated their petition signatures for a referendum that would allow voters to decide the “civil unions” issue (www.telladf.org/news/story.aspx?cid=4317). Many of the citizens sought, in person, to have their signatures revalidated since no legitimate reason existed to refuse to recognize them.

THE FOLLOWING IS FROM RESTORE AMERICA:

December 28, 2007

Greetings!

Today Was A Victory!

U.S. District Judge Michael Mossman, after hearing oral arguments by Alliance Defense Fund attorney Austin Nimocks, and state attorneys, granted the requested temporary restraining order preventing HB 2007 from becoming law on January 1, 2008.

The factual showing to determine if HB 2007 is submitted to a vote of the people will take place on Friday, February 1. The merits of the case will be heard then.

By all accounts Judge Mossman has a high regard for the law and will rule fairly.

We shall see.

Earlier, at a 10AM hearing to consider that State of Oregon’s request to quash subpoenas of defendant County Clerks, the State obtained only temporary restraints.

The Court Room was full and we were well represented.

Thanks for your continued prayers, faith in our efforts, and support.

Pamplin Media Article on Hearing

CWA Article on Domestic Partnerships

Motion to Sta

Restore America Homepage www.restoreamerica.org

Tell ’em where you saw it. Http://www.victoriataft.com

Your Vote for Top (Local) Stories of the Year

Nominees:


  • Government run amok: Snowball, Bucky and Baby Gabriel


  • McMinnville middle schoolers charged and jailed for “spanking” girls in the hall


  • Portland’s professional protesters defecate on flag, urinate on flag, drive Schumachers out of business


  • Cesar Chavez Boulevard


  • Floods of 2007


  • The coming fiscal meltdown of the region: abatements, OHSU fiscal woes, urban renewal take toll on infrastructure, condo meltdown


  • Cars in the crossfire in Metro area


  • Fresh Del Monte raid and the Mayor Moonbeam’s response


  • Mayor Moonbeam plans to open Day Labor site for illegal aliens


  • The ghost of Neil Goldschmidt comes back to haunt Bernie Giusto and Ted Kulongoski


Tell ’em where you saw it. Http://www.victoriataft.com

Your Vote for Top (Local) Stories of the Year

Nominees:


  • Government run amok: Snowball, Bucky and Baby Gabriel


  • McMinnville middle schoolers charged and jailed for “spanking” girls in the hall


  • Portland’s professional protesters defecate on flag, urinate on flag, drive Schumachers out of business


  • Cesar Chavez Boulevard


  • Floods of 2007


  • The coming fiscal meltdown of the region: abatements, OHSU fiscal woes, urban renewal take toll on infrastructure, condo meltdown


  • Cars in the crossfire in Metro area


  • Fresh Del Monte raid and the Mayor Moonbeam’s response


  • Mayor Moonbeam plans to open Day Labor site for illegal aliens


  • The ghost of Neil Goldschmidt comes back to haunt Bernie Giusto and Ted Kulongoski


Tell ’em where you saw it. Http://www.victoriataft.com

Could This be The Most UNDERreported Story of the Year/Decade?

They just never get enough of your money, that’s why they keep asking for higher taxes and fees. Now the Zero FINALLY (although obliquely) confirms what talkers and naysayers have been telling you for years: Urban Renewal is good for Homer Halliburton Williams but bad for Portland schools, fire fighters and police. Go here for the story. Here’s the nut:

Portland should end two downtown economic development districts early, advisers say — a rare move that would forgo roughly $50 million for building projects, but eventually return millions of dollars to schools and county-run social services.
Cogen and other county and school officials urged Portland to end the districts as soon as possible, so they could get back the taxes they are forgoing.
When the two urban renewal areas are paid off, the county should get $3.7 million a year, with schools getting $4.3 million a year and Portland getting $5.4 million.

But they still haven’t learned their lesson:

The Portland Business Alliance also urged the advisory group to end the districts early. Once the districts are paid off, the city can start a new downtown renewal district, said alliance official Marion Haynes. Because of URA rules, a new area could be bigger and yield more money than the city could get by extending the existing areas.

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Back (door) Draft

Remember the statement ‘back door draft?’

That was term used by John Kerry during the 2004 campaign as President Bush used the National Guard to fill in spots for the regular Army and Marines?

That was the disparaging term used by the John Murthas of the world and Mayor Moonbeam and the Rainbow City Council to decry the use of stop loss to make sure we had enough men and women in the military to do the job in Iraq. Imagine that.

Now, member of the Rainbow City Council, Erik Sten, is essentially using a stop loss–back (door) draft–of his own to retain fire fighters.

He’s asking fire fighters who have retired to come back at rookie pay to fight fires to fill in for all the guys who have retired with their generous Portland benefits.

Where‘s the outrage?

Where are the people suggesting we leave fire fighting because we’re using the wrong kind of manpower? “U.S. OUT OF FIRE FIGHTING!”

Do you suppose the folks who decried the Iraq war at city hall would now suggest this is a good management tool to keep up man power?

At least George Bush gave our guys a bonus when they chose to stay

.

Tell ’em where you saw it. Http://www.victoriataft.com

Could This be The Most UNDERreported Story of the Year/Decade?

They just never get enough of your money, that’s why they keep asking for higher taxes and fees. Now the Zero FINALLY (although obliquely) confirms what talkers and naysayers have been telling you for years: Urban Renewal is good for Homer Halliburton Williams but bad for Portland schools, fire fighters and police. Go here for the story. Here’s the nut:

Portland should end two downtown economic development districts early, advisers say — a rare move that would forgo roughly $50 million for building projects, but eventually return millions of dollars to schools and county-run social services.
Cogen and other county and school officials urged Portland to end the districts as soon as possible, so they could get back the taxes they are forgoing.
When the two urban renewal areas are paid off, the county should get $3.7 million a year, with schools getting $4.3 million a year and Portland getting $5.4 million.

But they still haven’t learned their lesson:

The Portland Business Alliance also urged the advisory group to end the districts early. Once the districts are paid off, the city can start a new downtown renewal district, said alliance official Marion Haynes. Because of URA rules, a new area could be bigger and yield more money than the city could get by extending the existing areas.

Tell ’em where you saw it. Http://www.victoriataft.com

Back (door) Draft

Remember the statement ‘back door draft?’

That was term used by John Kerry during the 2004 campaign as President Bush used the National Guard to fill in spots for the regular Army and Marines?

That was the disparaging term used by the John Murthas of the world and Mayor Moonbeam and the Rainbow City Council to decry the use of stop loss to make sure we had enough men and women in the military to do the job in Iraq. Imagine that.

Now, member of the Rainbow City Council, Erik Sten, is essentially using a stop loss–back (door) draft–of his own to retain fire fighters.

He’s asking fire fighters who have retired to come back at rookie pay to fight fires to fill in for all the guys who have retired with their generous Portland benefits.

Where‘s the outrage?

Where are the people suggesting we leave fire fighting because we’re using the wrong kind of manpower? “U.S. OUT OF FIRE FIGHTING!”

Do you suppose the folks who decried the Iraq war at city hall would now suggest this is a good management tool to keep up man power?

At least George Bush gave our guys a bonus when they chose to stay

.

Tell ’em where you saw it. Http://www.victoriataft.com

Will Washington Sacrifice Humans for Fish Following Chehalis/Centralia Flooding?

It’s dry now and the stores are reopened, but when the time comes to solve the Chehalis River flooding problem will the state choose fish over people? Will the state allow damming and dredging or will they, as Congressman Brian Baird has suggested, expect blow back from enviros?
Can they both coexist? Watch what happens now. The Victoria Taft Show is in Chehalis and Centralia today on KPAM 860 where we’ll talk to the locals about how this fight is already starting.
This amazing image, by the way, is from the Seattle PI.

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