Daily Archives: June 19, 2012

Oregon’s Left Gleeful. Wingard to Serve Out Term; Not Seek Re-Election

*Correction on Wingard’s marital status. Thanks, AM.

Oregon State Representative Matt Wingard announced late this afternoon he would not run for re-election. This comes after a days long drama that has roiled the Oregon Republican Party and involves political vendettas, a randy law maker, and a sympathetic young woman who accused the Wilsonville Republican of engaging in a consensual sexual relationship with her and possibly more shady dealings.

When the Blue Oregon crowd started slashing away at Wingard at the end of May on Twitter I knew they were teeing him up for a bigger attack. BO’s attack dog took to twitter and commenced talking about how Wingard “tortured” his son with a screw driver.

I rolled my eyes, but took note of the tweet. The left was going nuclear on Wingard and bringing up old divorce stories with his ex wife  girlfriend and attaching a new, elevated attack word: “torture.”  While I can’t find the tweet tonight, this attack was a cheap shot, hackneyed and hyperbolic, but troubling just the same. Troubling because I knew something was coming for Wingard and the left was going to go after him with gusto.

The reasons are understandable. Wingard presents a clear and present threat to the left. He’s savvy, smart, and is a 21st century pol. He showed the way for Oregon Republicans to use social media–especially You Tube–in going around the moribund mainstream media and directly to the in-boxes of his constituents. He is an effective and polished leader on education issues and is a bit of a wonk.  Wingard was elected in 2008 but was elevated to leadership in this last legislative session. He was considered a rising star.

Little did I know when the left was teeing up Wingard for a future attack that they were getting a big assist from the head of the Washington County Republican Party, Rachel Lucas. Lucas’ daughter is friends with the victim and had worked with her in Salem.

Rachel Lucas did the right thing and went to Republican leadership with her concerns about the allegations by her daughter’s friend. See them pictured nearby at a friendly dance party. But Wingard and Lucas had crossed swords before. She believed Wingard had cost a family member a political post. The reported bad blood that followed was characterized as a political vendetta.

Rachel Lucas and Wingard’s young paramour

When the GOP leadership didn’t move decisively and investigations by law enforcement–including hyper partisan Attorney General John Kroger –didn’t result in charges against Wingard, the story eventually made its way to alternative newspaper Willamette Week. See the story here.

Today Wingard issued a statement (here). The following is an excerpt:

After balancing the tremendous respect that I have for the voters, and above all, my concern for my family, I have reached the decision not to seek another term as District 26 State Representative.
I will continue to serve in office until a new representative is elected and sworn in. During my time of service, we’ve accomplished many things that have made this District and our great State a better place.
I decided to run in 2008 because I could not find an education reform champion in the Oregon Legislature. Giving low-income and minority children access to a world-class education has been my passion for more than a decade. I am very pleased that last year we were able to pass the most comprehensive package of education reforms in Oregon history giving tens of thousands of parents and students more school choices. I am dedicated to that political struggle.
I wish to thank my family, especially my son, my dedicated staff, and all of my friends within the Republican Party.  Thank you for the hundreds of messages of support.  I will forever be grateful to you for your kindness.

Pursuing a sexual relationship with a much younger person, especially a person in your employ shows very bad judgement. It’s flat wrong. It’s stupid. Matt is now paying the price. I wish him well.

Furthermore, I challenge the left, which is gleefully receiving news of Wingard’s fall from grace, to be mindful that one of their own is under scrutiny for some of the same –if not worse–things that Matt Wingard is alleged to have done. Would that their glee be the same for his political demise as Matt’s. I’m not holding my breath.

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

Pete the Banker: Jobs? What Jobs? New Low in # of Jobs

Pete the Banker sends along this depressing story from CNBC: 

Job Openings Report Shows Market Is…Really, Really Bad

 “Job openings fell to a five-month low in April and showed their sharpest percentage decline in about seven and a half years, according to a government report Tuesday that helped confirm a slowdown in the labor market.”
 “The Job Openings and Labor Turnover Survey, or JOLTS, indicated 3.4 million job openings at the end of April, an 8 percent decline from the previous month.
 The pace of total hiring also slowed, with 160,000 fewer jobs filled during the month.
 Moreover, the drop showed weakness across the employment spectrum, with manufacturing seeing 62,000 fewer job openings and construction dropping by 2,000.”
Tell ’em where you saw it. Http://www.victoriataft.com

Ladies and Gentlemen: Your Mayor

Portland Mayor Sam Adams is one of the more conservatively dressed at “Pride” Parade

The annual drag show known as the “Gay Pride” Parade has come and gone. Once again we inveigh against the the date of the parade–Father’s Day–and beg the “proud” homosexual community to change it. It’s never been seriously considered to my knowledge.

The “Gay Pride” parade consists mostly of drag queens trying to look like Ru Paul, leather festooned men and butch chicks. It’s a freak show for the “flamboyant” crowd.

I feel sorry for button down gay folks for whom this parade is a civic embarrassment. They’re not proud, they’re chagrined.

I feel sorry for families as well. In my last testimony to the Portland City Council I noted that Portland almost goes out of its way to offend families. This is just another example of the City giving its imprimatur on an event that openly thumbs its nose at families.

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

What Color Are the Perps? No Idea Says Zero.

Man rams cart into suspects after they threaten him on North Portland golf course, police says

Published: Monday, June 18, 2012, 9:12 PM     Updated: Monday, June 18, 2012, 9:21 PM
Everton Bailey Jr., The Oregonian By Everton Bailey Jr., The Oregonian 
Police are looking for four male suspects accused of threatening a golfer in North Portland with a BB Gun, but then ran when he hit them with his cart in response.
The incident occurred at about 7:47 p.m. Monday at the Herron Lakes Golf Course at 3500 N. Victory Blvd, said Lt. Robert King, a police bureau spokesman.
One of the suspects may have had a handgun tucked into his waistband, said police, and the unidentified male golfer picked up the BB gun as the suspects fled on foot.
One suspect was last seen wearing a black shirt, black pants and is described as appearing in his 20s, 5-foot-8 and weighing 180 pounds.
The other three suspects are described as possibly appearing in their teens and all were seen wearing long pants, said King.
One suspect is believed to be wearing a brown and white shirt and one may also be limping after being rammed with the cart.
Anyone with more information on the incident or the suspects is being asked to contact Portland police.

Occupy Gets Special Rights. Again.

The City of Portland told Occupy Portland last week that it could no longer use Directors Park for their General Assemblies. It seemed fair enough, after all this is the same park that a photographer was kicked out of for taking pictures professionally. That issue is dealt with in this post.

Now we learn that Occupy Portland will be allowed to stay in Directors Park. Will the same rule apply to photographers? From the Smirkury:

On Second Thought, City Says Occupy Portland Can (Mostly) Stay at Director Park
POSTED BY DENIS C. THERIAULT ON MON, JUN 18, 2012 AT 10:44 AMLate Friday, word got out that the city had sent a letter to Occupy Portland, asking it to get a permit or move its Sunday general assembly meetings out of downtown’s Director Park—which, apparently, gets pretty hopping with programmed activities during the summer months.
The letter maybe was more indelicate than it needed to be, however. And when the Sunday GA meeting at Director Park was convened last night, the parks bureau official who wrote the letter, security manager Art Hendricks, was on hand to offer an apology and an explanation.Occupy Portland’s GA can stay if it wants to, partly because the thing rarely draws enough people to trigger park rules about too-large crowds, and also because parks rules are actually pretty clear about protecting free-speech right

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

Tax Payer Funded "Political Website" for PSU Planners Established to Drown Out "Loud Voices" & "Talk Radio"

Portland State University has set up what’s described as a “political website” in an attempt to replace the dissenting “loud voices or talk radio” to find out “what Oregonians think.” Apparently blogs or programs voicing conservative ideas aren’t what real “Oregonians think.”

The website called, “The Kitchen Table” “launched by Portland State University’s College of Urban and Public Affairs aims to bridge the gap between Oregon lawmakers and their constituents.”  It’s funded by a bunch of lefty trusts and foundations and, of course, you. That’s right taxpayers, you’re funding a “political website” on behalf of a University program to drown out “loud voices or talk radio.”

FundersCircle Foundation
Ford Family Foundation
Johnson Family Foundation
Oregon Community Foundation
Meyer Memorial Trust
Portland State University College of Urban and Public Affairs TAXPAYERSPSG Foundation
The State of Oregon (Department of Administrative Services) TAXPAYERS

As the Zero puts it:

“The plan is for the site to one day have enough members signed up to provide a true representative sample of Oregon. Till then, a hired company will create representative samples. The company will ask the same questions on the site.” [Emphasis mine]

In other words the website will consist of self selected individuals to whom the PSU College of Urban and Public Affairs will only listen. Put simply, they’ve set up their own echo chamber because the voices of dissent are too loud.

The leftists running the state are apparently seeing their efforts to bend the arc of the statist command and control planning narrative overtaken by conservative opposition to the Central Planner Class. PSU’s College of Urban and Public Affairs is the home base for the Professional Planner Class.

Why might they now be a little cranky about “loud voices” and “talk radio?” The Oregon Transformation Project is making inroads in changing the way people think about the way the state is run. This spring the Transformation PAC successfully backed candidates for Clackamas County Commission based on an anti Portland creep message. It was an arrow in the heart of the planner class.

The Cato Institute’s Randal O’Toole is out with a new book about gridlock and the failure of central planning. He’s been at this for years. People are listening to him in greater numbers than ever before–including me. *The Bojack blog has been all over the Urban Renewal story for YEARS. And consider this: I’ve testified, spoken to groups, talked on the show and produced a ten + part series on Portland’s new urban renewal areas–the bread and butter of the Planner Class–and it’s been reproduced and heavily read. THAT MIGHT have something to do with it.  Ruh, roh.

Here are some of the titles and links of my recent posts and activities:
VICTORIA TAFTCash for Cronies: Portland’s New “Radical” Urban victoriataftkpam.blogspot.com/…/cash-for-cronies-portlands-new-rad…Mar 19, 2012 – Cash for Cronies: Portland’s New “Radical” Urban Renewal Program. The Professional Planner Class in Portland plans to declare seven areas VICTORIA TAFT: “Blighted” Lincoln High School: Cash for Cronies IIvictoriataftkpam.blogspot.com/…/blighted-lincoln-high-school-cash-f…Mar 20, 2012 – “Blighted” Lincoln High School: Cash for Cronies II. This is blight. Those old enough will remember what urban renewal was intended to be.VICTORIA TAFTCash for Cronies III: Well Leave the Blight on For Ya!victoriataftkpam.blogspot.com/…/cash-for-cronies-iii-wellleavebligMar 23, 2012 – Cash for Cronies III: Well Leave the Blight on For Ya! Is Portland State University a blighted area in need of urban renewal? Official Portland 
PDX Council Votes to STEAL MONEY FROM SCHOOLS – Victoria Taftvictoriataftkpam.blogspot.com/…/pdx-council-votes-to-steal-money-f…Apr 11, 2012 – (See my previous posts on this Cash for Cronies here, here, here, here The main event is the urban renewal area called the “Education URA.VICTORIA TAFTCash for Cronies IV: PSU Goes From Verdant victoriataftkpam.blogspot.com/…/cash-for-cronies-iv-psu-goes-from….Mar 29, 2012 – Planners have come up with a new urban renewal idea that even one It’s cash. For cronies. And it’s corrupt. Here are the nuts and bolts of it.VICTORIA TAFT: Portland Planning Poohbah Says, “We Are Broke”victoriataftkpam.blogspot.com/…/portland-planning-poohbah-says-w…Jun 5, 2012 – Portland’s top Professional Planning Poohbah says the era of big urban renewal plans financed by “Tax Increment Financing” is over and Executive Club April 4 Speaker: Victoria Taft | The Oregon Catalystoregoncatalyst.com/16164-executive-club-april-4-speaker-victoriataApr 3, 2012 – Currently, Victoria is lighting up the corrupt, wasteful tax scam which isUrban Renewal and “tax-increment financing.” Taft’s presentation, will 

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advice-in the City ofefiles.portlandoregon.gov/webdrawer/rec/4913194/view/File Format: PDF/Adobe Acrobat – Quick ViewMay 17, 2012 – Comments of Victoria Taft before the Portland City Council May 23. The current urban renewal areas on the books between 2010 and 2015 

So I do this for free while working a day job and raising a family and they need to ‘jack money from your pocket and go grant hunting to drown me out? Sounds like we’re making a difference over here.

And, of course, we are. As one of The Kitchen Table fans, the estimable Dave Frohnmayer, says:

“Any time you have more information about the larger public reaction and ideas about the government process, it helps reduce mystery and increases trust,” said Dave Frohnmayer, a member of the site’s advisory board who brings his experience as former president of the University of Oregon and the state’s attorney general. “Instead of loud voices or talk radio, this has been designed with a lot of really scientific architecture. The more people participate, the deeper decision makers can probe into the cross sections of what Oregonians think.”

The Kitchen Table folks say theirs is a “bi partisan” group of people who only care about the future of Oregon. If they’d bothered to have conservatives on their project maybe I’d believe them.

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

Pete the Banker: Jobs? What Jobs? New Low in # of Jobs

Pete the Banker sends along this depressing story from CNBC: 

Job Openings Report Shows Market Is…Really, Really Bad

 “Job openings fell to a five-month low in April and showed their sharpest percentage decline in about seven and a half years, according to a government report Tuesday that helped confirm a slowdown in the labor market.”
 “The Job Openings and Labor Turnover Survey, or JOLTS, indicated 3.4 million job openings at the end of April, an 8 percent decline from the previous month.
 The pace of total hiring also slowed, with 160,000 fewer jobs filled during the month.
 Moreover, the drop showed weakness across the employment spectrum, with manufacturing seeing 62,000 fewer job openings and construction dropping by 2,000.”
Tell ’em where you saw it. Http://www.victoriataft.com

Ladies and Gentlemen: Your Mayor

Portland Mayor Sam Adams is one of the more conservatively dressed at “Pride” Parade

The annual drag show known as the “Gay Pride” Parade has come and gone. Once again we inveigh against the the date of the parade–Father’s Day–and beg the “proud” homosexual community to change it. It’s never been seriously considered to my knowledge.

The “Gay Pride” parade consists mostly of drag queens trying to look like Ru Paul, leather festooned men and butch chicks. It’s a freak show for the “flamboyant” crowd.

I feel sorry for button down gay folks for whom this parade is a civic embarrassment. They’re not proud, they’re chagrined.

I feel sorry for families as well. In my last testimony to the Portland City Council I noted that Portland almost goes out of its way to offend families. This is just another example of the City giving its imprimatur on an event that openly thumbs its nose at families.

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

What Color Are the Perps? No Idea Says Zero.

Man rams cart into suspects after they threaten him on North Portland golf course, police says

Published: Monday, June 18, 2012, 9:12 PM     Updated: Monday, June 18, 2012, 9:21 PM
Everton Bailey Jr., The Oregonian By Everton Bailey Jr., The Oregonian 
Police are looking for four male suspects accused of threatening a golfer in North Portland with a BB Gun, but then ran when he hit them with his cart in response.
The incident occurred at about 7:47 p.m. Monday at the Herron Lakes Golf Course at 3500 N. Victory Blvd, said Lt. Robert King, a police bureau spokesman.
One of the suspects may have had a handgun tucked into his waistband, said police, and the unidentified male golfer picked up the BB gun as the suspects fled on foot.
One suspect was last seen wearing a black shirt, black pants and is described as appearing in his 20s, 5-foot-8 and weighing 180 pounds.
The other three suspects are described as possibly appearing in their teens and all were seen wearing long pants, said King.
One suspect is believed to be wearing a brown and white shirt and one may also be limping after being rammed with the cart.
Anyone with more information on the incident or the suspects is being asked to contact Portland police.

Occupy Gets Special Rights. Again.

The City of Portland told Occupy Portland last week that it could no longer use Directors Park for their General Assemblies. It seemed fair enough, after all this is the same park that a photographer was kicked out of for taking pictures professionally. That issue is dealt with in this post.

Now we learn that Occupy Portland will be allowed to stay in Directors Park. Will the same rule apply to photographers? From the Smirkury:

On Second Thought, City Says Occupy Portland Can (Mostly) Stay at Director Park
POSTED BY DENIS C. THERIAULT ON MON, JUN 18, 2012 AT 10:44 AMLate Friday, word got out that the city had sent a letter to Occupy Portland, asking it to get a permit or move its Sunday general assembly meetings out of downtown’s Director Park—which, apparently, gets pretty hopping with programmed activities during the summer months.
The letter maybe was more indelicate than it needed to be, however. And when the Sunday GA meeting at Director Park was convened last night, the parks bureau official who wrote the letter, security manager Art Hendricks, was on hand to offer an apology and an explanation.Occupy Portland’s GA can stay if it wants to, partly because the thing rarely draws enough people to trigger park rules about too-large crowds, and also because parks rules are actually pretty clear about protecting free-speech right

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

Tax Payer Funded "Political Website" for PSU Planners Established to Drown Out "Loud Voices" & "Talk Radio"

Portland State University has set up what’s described as a “political website” in an attempt to replace the dissenting “loud voices or talk radio” to find out “what Oregonians think.” Apparently blogs or programs voicing conservative ideas aren’t what real “Oregonians think.”

The website called, “The Kitchen Table” “launched by Portland State University’s College of Urban and Public Affairs aims to bridge the gap between Oregon lawmakers and their constituents.”  It’s funded by a bunch of lefty trusts and foundations and, of course, you. That’s right taxpayers, you’re funding a “political website” on behalf of a University program to drown out “loud voices or talk radio.”

FundersCircle Foundation
Ford Family Foundation
Johnson Family Foundation
Oregon Community Foundation
Meyer Memorial Trust
Portland State University College of Urban and Public Affairs TAXPAYERSPSG Foundation
The State of Oregon (Department of Administrative Services) TAXPAYERS

As the Zero puts it:

“The plan is for the site to one day have enough members signed up to provide a true representative sample of Oregon. Till then, a hired company will create representative samples. The company will ask the same questions on the site.” [Emphasis mine]

In other words the website will consist of self selected individuals to whom the PSU College of Urban and Public Affairs will only listen. Put simply, they’ve set up their own echo chamber because the voices of dissent are too loud.

The leftists running the state are apparently seeing their efforts to bend the arc of the statist command and control planning narrative overtaken by conservative opposition to the Central Planner Class. PSU’s College of Urban and Public Affairs is the home base for the Professional Planner Class.

Why might they now be a little cranky about “loud voices” and “talk radio?” The Oregon Transformation Project is making inroads in changing the way people think about the way the state is run. This spring the Transformation PAC successfully backed candidates for Clackamas County Commission based on an anti Portland creep message. It was an arrow in the heart of the planner class.

The Cato Institute’s Randal O’Toole is out with a new book about gridlock and the failure of central planning. He’s been at this for years. People are listening to him in greater numbers than ever before–including me. *The Bojack blog has been all over the Urban Renewal story for YEARS. And consider this: I’ve testified, spoken to groups, talked on the show and produced a ten + part series on Portland’s new urban renewal areas–the bread and butter of the Planner Class–and it’s been reproduced and heavily read. THAT MIGHT have something to do with it.  Ruh, roh.

Here are some of the titles and links of my recent posts and activities:
VICTORIA TAFTCash for Cronies: Portland’s New “Radical” Urban victoriataftkpam.blogspot.com/…/cash-for-cronies-portlands-new-rad…Mar 19, 2012 – Cash for Cronies: Portland’s New “Radical” Urban Renewal Program. The Professional Planner Class in Portland plans to declare seven areas VICTORIA TAFT: “Blighted” Lincoln High School: Cash for Cronies IIvictoriataftkpam.blogspot.com/…/blighted-lincoln-high-school-cash-f…Mar 20, 2012 – “Blighted” Lincoln High School: Cash for Cronies II. This is blight. Those old enough will remember what urban renewal was intended to be.VICTORIA TAFTCash for Cronies III: Well Leave the Blight on For Ya!victoriataftkpam.blogspot.com/…/cash-for-cronies-iii-wellleavebligMar 23, 2012 – Cash for Cronies III: Well Leave the Blight on For Ya! Is Portland State University a blighted area in need of urban renewal? Official Portland 
PDX Council Votes to STEAL MONEY FROM SCHOOLS – Victoria Taftvictoriataftkpam.blogspot.com/…/pdx-council-votes-to-steal-money-f…Apr 11, 2012 – (See my previous posts on this Cash for Cronies here, here, here, here The main event is the urban renewal area called the “Education URA.VICTORIA TAFTCash for Cronies IV: PSU Goes From Verdant victoriataftkpam.blogspot.com/…/cash-for-cronies-iv-psu-goes-from….Mar 29, 2012 – Planners have come up with a new urban renewal idea that even one It’s cash. For cronies. And it’s corrupt. Here are the nuts and bolts of it.VICTORIA TAFT: Portland Planning Poohbah Says, “We Are Broke”victoriataftkpam.blogspot.com/…/portland-planning-poohbah-says-w…Jun 5, 2012 – Portland’s top Professional Planning Poohbah says the era of big urban renewal plans financed by “Tax Increment Financing” is over and Executive Club April 4 Speaker: Victoria Taft | The Oregon Catalystoregoncatalyst.com/16164-executive-club-april-4-speaker-victoriataApr 3, 2012 – Currently, Victoria is lighting up the corrupt, wasteful tax scam which isUrban Renewal and “tax-increment financing.” Taft’s presentation, will 

  1. [PDF]
  2.  

advice-in the City ofefiles.portlandoregon.gov/webdrawer/rec/4913194/view/File Format: PDF/Adobe Acrobat – Quick ViewMay 17, 2012 – Comments of Victoria Taft before the Portland City Council May 23. The current urban renewal areas on the books between 2010 and 2015 

So I do this for free while working a day job and raising a family and they need to ‘jack money from your pocket and go grant hunting to drown me out? Sounds like we’re making a difference over here.

And, of course, we are. As one of The Kitchen Table fans, the estimable Dave Frohnmayer, says:

“Any time you have more information about the larger public reaction and ideas about the government process, it helps reduce mystery and increases trust,” said Dave Frohnmayer, a member of the site’s advisory board who brings his experience as former president of the University of Oregon and the state’s attorney general. “Instead of loud voices or talk radio, this has been designed with a lot of really scientific architecture. The more people participate, the deeper decision makers can probe into the cross sections of what Oregonians think.”

The Kitchen Table folks say theirs is a “bi partisan” group of people who only care about the future of Oregon. If they’d bothered to have conservatives on their project maybe I’d believe them.

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