Daily Archives: June 27, 2012

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This is what Attorney David Rivkin told me is likely to happen in court Thursday morning. Please hear our conversation from Wednesday’s show here. Rivkin is a court watcher, inside the beltway big shot lawyer, arguer of the case for the 28 states in a lower court. He writes for the Wall Street Journal op ed page on constitutional issues and is a frequent guest on The Victoria Taft Show.

He believes Justice Kagan will start things off and read the opinion on the Stolen Valor case. Rivkin believes the Stolen Valor Act will go down because you can’t criminalize speech-ha! hate crimes anyone?–but we’ll see. He’s as sharp as they come and he’s probably right.

Justice Thomas is likely to take on an important decision about who has standing before the court. This is a biggie but inside baseball stuff. Something this important would not likely be given to the newbies on the court.

Then Chief Justice John Roberts will read the ObamaCare decision. He has written nothing this term and has taken on responsibility for writing the majority opinion in a case that legal scholars will parse and teach and learn from for decades to come. The ObamaCare decision is as important to individual liberty and the relationship of an individual to his government as Brown or Roe. It will determine if Americans are mere subjects or if they are Citizens.

My hope is that all of ObamaCare goes down because of the impossibility of determining congressional intent and the lack of a severability clause, but I know it’s too much to hope for. That said, I think we’re possibly looking at a 5-4 or 6-3 decision (hopefully with Sotomayor coming over–don’t ask me why, I’m just hoping) throwing out the mandate but keeping some of the superstructure of the bill. Like a black dwarf, it’s big but meaningless.

What’s your prediction?

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Oregon House Candidate Manuel Castaneda Makes a National Splash

When I first met Manuel Castaneda from Hillsboro I told a friend,  “I think I’ve just met a future governor of Oregon.” But I get ahead of myself. First up Castaneda must win his house seat.

Manuel Castaneda is a businessman from Washington County. Ever heard of Pro Landscaping? He’s a self made man with 30 employees.

Castaneda was born in a shack with no electricity and water in a Mexican village and came to this country when he was a kid.  He’s a legal citizen. He’s an American success story. And now he’s running for office as a Republican. He’s running against Jeff Barker, a Democrat for House District 28.

The Aloha businessman is what so many Americans of Mexican descent are: Self reliant, hard working, family oriented, conservative minded. Castaneda epitomizes the values of the Republican party and is an example of why more Americans of Mexican descent should be a part of the GOP. Being in the GOP isn’t a white guy thing, it’s an American values thing. He believes in hard work, few government hand outs and the American dream. That’s how he’s made it.

He is also the left’s worst nightmare: He’s Hispanic and he’s on OUR side. People have noticed. According to the Daily Caller, Castaneda is on the National Party’s radar:

The Mexican-born owner of a landscaping business from Washington County is one of 114 Hispanics involved in the Future Majority Project, an effort of veteran GOP strategist Ed Gillespie’s Republican State Leadership Committee.

The project is an organized effort to recruit and support qualified Hispanic candidates for legislative and other seats at the state level. The idea is to develop a farm team of candidates for a party that is looking for ways to appeal to and win over Hispanics.

Last week, Castaneda and nine other top-tier recruits of the Future Majority Project from nine states gathered in Dallas for a private summit that included meetings with prominent Hispanics like Republican Govs. Susana Martinez of New Mexico and Brian Sandoval of Nevada.

Get to know him. He could be your Governor one day. 

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Oregon *STILL* in Play; Obama Comes to Shore Up Support

First Barack Obama sent out a pathetic missive begging for newly married couples to put him on their bridal registry because he’s worth more than a gravy boat. Then he sent one plaintively begging for money because he might be outspent this election cycle. Then his wife sent out a missive telling supporters to get their money in for the next dinnerpalooza saying it would be their last supper before the election.

Now he’s coming to Oregon to beg for money and to shore up support for what’s left of his buddies on broke base mountain. That Obama has to come to Oregon and spend money in the upcoming election to keep his base excited is a very good sign for those of us in red Oregon. He’s scurred.

I know the President thinks he’s between a Barack and hard place on money raising, but those of us in Oregon and Southwest Washington are hurting. Badly. We need a new start. We need someone who won’t continue to make things worse by spending more and more of our money.

It’s for those reasons and more that we once again dutifully report that Oregon is still in play this election cycle.

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Tom Thurman@Mayortommm

@VictoriaTaft I try to combine trips in the car and have started bringing my lunch to work instead of buying lunch..$$

  • 19 hours ago ·

    Tammy Koivisto it’s caused me to start a class through battleground community education. ‘ ” cheap is chic ” – how to save money on just about anything’. i offer the class to any group or organization as well. that’s what the recession changed my life.

    19 hours ago ·

    Shellie Grammer My family cut back on extras and vacations. Vacations are close to home. We don’t drive as much and pay cash for everything!!! No more credit cards.

    19 hours ago · · 2
  • Jason Graham It’s forced me to work two full time jobs 15+ hours a day. Dropped cable, credit cards and fun vacation. Me a Netflix all the way.

    19 hours ago via mobile ·

    Melissa D. Nourigat I didn’t spend wisely and suffered. What took me 7 years to get into, one year to get out of, but my child was cared for by relatives and is now coming home! No more credit cards!
Didn’t have time to call in, but yeah hit hard by the recession. This in fact has been the worst year on record for us. I am ashamed to say I may have to sigh up for food stamps just to keep the kids fed. Work has been spotty at best. Doing odd jobs under the radar, etc etc.

I was moved by the Congresswoman. I have teens. I need a job. Think she’s hiring? maybe you could put us in touch. I’d love to get paid to take dirtbags down……

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  • Tammy Koivisto it’s caused me to start a class through battleground community education. ‘ ” cheap is chic ” – how to save money on just about anything’. i offer the class to any group or organization as well. that’s what the recession changed my life.

    3 hours ago ·

    Shellie Grammer My family cut back on extras and vacations. Vacations are close to home. We don’t drive as much and pay cash for everything!!! No more credit cards.

    3 hours ago · · 2
  • Jason Graham It’s forced me to work two full time jobs 15+ hours a day. Dropped cable, credit cards and fun vacation. Me a Netflix all the way.

    2 hours ago via mobile ·

    19 hours ago ·

    Tammy Koivisto it’s caused me to start a class through battleground community education. ‘ ” cheap is chic ” – how to save money on just about anything’. i offer the class to any group or organization as well. that’s what the recession changed my life.

    19 hours ago ·

    Shellie Grammer My family cut back on extras and vacations. Vacations are close to home. We don’t drive as much and pay cash for everything!!! No more credit cards.

    19 hours ago · · 2
  • Jason Graham It’s forced me to work two full time jobs 15+ hours a day. Dropped cable, credit cards and fun vacation. Me a Netflix all the way.

    19 hours ago via mobile ·

    Melissa D. Nourigat I didn’t spend wisely and suffered. What took me 7 years to get into, one year to get out of, but my child was cared for by relatives and is now coming home! No more credit cards!
Didn’t have time to call in, but yeah hit hard by the recession. This in fact has been the worst year on record for us. I am ashamed to say I may have to sigh up for food stamps just to keep the kids fed. Work has been spotty at best. Doing odd jobs under the radar, etc etc.

I was moved by the Congresswoman. I have teens. I need a job. Think she’s hiring? maybe you could put us in touch. I’d love to get paid to take dirtbags down……

Chat Conversation End