Daily Archives: August 17, 2012

ART TAX HITS BALLOT, "INCOME TAX," NOT ‘HEAD TAX’

FYI from Listener 5.8 An alert 5th Listener just sent this to me. Bolding is mine. Art is wonderful and you should VOTE NO on this initiative. Ridiculous.
 
Statement from Creative Advocacy Network regarding the Circuit Court Ruling on Arts Education and Access Fund Ballot Measure Language:
Today Multnomah County Circuit Court Judge John A. Wittmayer largely dismissed the challenges to the City of Portland’s Arts Education & Access Fund ballot language, allowing the ballot measure to move forward to a citizen vote with one wording change. Replacing the word “capped” with “of”, the ballot title will now read: “Shall Portland restore arts, music for schools and fund arts through income tax of 35 dollars per year?”
Furthermore, Judge Wittmayer put questions of the legality of the proposed tax to rest by clarifying: “The proposed tax at issue here is not a head tax or a poll tax because it is not assessed per capita – it is assessed only upon income-earning individuals age 18 or older in households above the federal poverty guidelines.”
“We are thrilled to be proceeding to the ballot with a proposal that will restore arts and

music teachers to Portland’s elementary schools and provide vital grants to schools and non-profits,” said Creative Advocacy Network Executive Director Jessica Jarratt Miller. “The rate of decline for arts education here has been shockingly steep. In the last five years, two of Portland’s six school districts (Parkrose and Centennial) have cut their arts and music teaching staff by half, while our largest district (Portland Public Schools) has dropped all arts instruction in 22 schools in just two years.”
The ballot language was challenged last month under a state law that allows electors to petition the circuit court for a different title by proving the original filed by the City to be insufficient, not concise or unfair. According to Oregon state law, the circuit court’s ruling is final and cannot be appealed.
“We appreciate this decision and are glad the measure can go forward so that the citizens of this city can decide for themselves. Today just two out of 10 elementary schools have an art teacher, and nearly 12,000 Portland students have no art, music, dance or drama in school stimulate economic development. National research links access to arts and music education to improved test scores, graduation rates and college admittance,” Mayor Sam Adams said. “This measure is also essential to our ability to develop a workforce equipped with the creative thinking and problem solving skills necessary to compete in a modern economy.”
With repeated polls reflecting support at above 70% for this proposal, the Creative Advocacy Network’s 501(c4) partner organization, the CAN Action Fund, will now register a political action committee called Schools & Arts Together to conduct a campaign in support of the Arts Education and Access Fund. This week Schools & Arts Together launched their website at SchoolsArtsTogether.com to rally supporters for the November ballot.
If approved by voters, the fund will restore arts and music teachers to every Portland elementary school and provide grants to schools and non-profits to fund the arts city-wide and increase access to the arts for school children and underserved communities. The Arts Education & Access Fund will raise approximately $12.6 Million annually through an income tax limited to $35 per year for adult, income-earning residents of Portland in households above the federal poverty level.
“Portland’s embarrassing lack of arts and music education in our public schools puts our kids’ future at risk. The Arts Education and Access Fund is a powerful and creative solution that will help keep students engaged in school and on track to graduate.” concludes Gwen Sullivan, President of the Portland Association of Teachers.
To read more about the current state of arts education in Portland, go to http://bit.ly/canreports. To learn more about the Schools & Arts Together Campaign, visit SchoolsArtsTogether.com or follow us on Facebook at SchoolsArtsTogether.
Media Contact:
Jessica Jarratt Miller
Tell ’em where you saw it. Http://www.victoriataft.com

The Jefferson Smith Driving School

Jefferson Smith is the guy who got the Oregon version of the Bus Project up and running to serve as a way to launch fellow Oppressives to office. He succeeded in getting himself elected to the Oregon State House. And his most notable claim to fame there was his ability to set up his fellow house members for a Rick Roll. 

We all love a bit of humor but jokes should be confined to what the person does, not the person himself.

Now he’s running for Mayor of Portland. No, he has no executive experience. He’s never run a large organization. His employment record is spotty, he’s had his law license suspended three times, and now, it turns out, his driving record is in even worse shape than the last time the Zero reported on it.

The Zero found out that since the last time they’ve checked, Smith has had his license suspended three more times.

 [N]ewly obtained records from Oregon Driver and Motor Vehicle Services show that suspension plus three more: two in July 2004 and one in May 2010.

When asked to comment Smith said,

“I have a bad driving record, and it’s embarrassing.”

Yes, we know. But there’s more:

“I’m not proud of my driving record.” 

Well, there’s a relief. 

The DMV records show Smith took nearly two years to get his license reinstated after the July 2004 suspensions — each ordered to last 30 days — and eight months after the one in 2010; the ordered lengths of the first and last suspensions are unknown.  

Under what circumstances does one get one’s license suspended? Failure to appear? Three moving violations in a year. Failure to report an accident. Failure to report proof of insurance.
He claims no one else was ever in any danger and he was not charged with DUII. However,

“I have a bad driving record, and it’s embarrassing.”

Can you have your license suspended for 30 days for this?

The latest suspension occurred after he was stopped Jan. 12, 2010, in Woodburn and cited for improperly displaying stickers and failing to show proof of insurance. At the time, he was running for his second term in the Oregon House. His license was suspended May 14, 2010. Smith had it reinstated in January 2011.

Smith’s reaction when asked?

“I’m not proud of my driving record.”

Smith, asked repeatedly whether he lacked insurance or failed to show his insurance information, would not clarify. “I’m not proud of my driving record,” he said.

I’ll give him this at any rate. At least he doesn’t blame everything on his ADHD. While he does allow as he has “a messy desk but an organized mind,” I’m pretty sure Portlanders can take a pass on another official who has a problem following the law.

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

Be sure to watch the video at the article link below.  La Raza is warning “Dreamers” (young aliens) that by signing up for what they believe is amnesty (deferred deportation and work permit), they are actually voluntarily turning themselves in to DHS and entering the deportation system, permanently.  Technically it appears they are right.  Very interesting.  Looks to me like Obama is using these illegal aliens (mostly poor, desperate Hispanics) for his own political gain and hoping they are too stupid or desperate to realize they are signing up for their own eventual deportations, especially if Obama gets voted out in 3 months.
 
What we citizens need to be concerned with is what ICE is now doing with young illegal aliens (18-30) that they arrest or contact.  Is it catch and release by orders from Janet or are they still being deported as per FEDERAL LAW?  In other words, is there some unwritten amnesty for youth that is returning criminal aliens to our streets instead of their home countries?  Be on the lookout for that the real deportation policy and changes.
 
 
A group of pro-immigrant activists in Chicago on Tuesday released an informational video warning about the possible dangers of deferred action, which on Wednesday will begin to register undocumented young people who want to try and postpone deportation.
The video, “Defer the Bullsh-t,” may be seen online at www.moratoriumondeportations.org and is an effort to resist the government’s alleged disinformation campaign about the program.
“While some youth may have a chance at relief, Deferred Action is at best insufficient, and at worst misleading, dangerous and deliberately deceptive,” said Jose Herrera of the Moratorium on Deportations Campaign on Tuesday.
Some 20 members of various groups gathered in front of Barack Obama’s campaign headquarters in Chicago to denounce the president for “using immigrants as guinea pigs for his own political gains.”
The activists also criticized Rep. Luis Gutierrez (D-Ill.) and the Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights, who on Wednesday in Chicago will hold a huge registration drive for youths hoping to take advantage of deferred action to postpone deportation.
Herrera said that in the promotional activities for the event the possible – that is, non-guaranteed – postponement of deportations in accord with deferred action is erroneously linked with the DREAM Act, which remains stalled in Congress.
The deferred action policy “is not a law, it does not have the protection of a law,” he said.
According to the activists, the documents released by the Department of Homeland Security clearly state that even young people who fulfill the requirements for deferred action can be rejected and turned over to Immigration and Customs Enforcement for deportation, at the discretion of the government……..
 

Romney’s Chalk Talk on Medicare

HT Real Clear Politics
Mitt Romney brought along his markers and board yesterday to explain and lay out for the American people the difference between his Medicare plan and the President’s. The differences couldn’t be any more startling.
This is quite effective.
I’m sure that there will be those who will mock it. Fine. But when you can simply draw the X’s and O’x of your Medicare playbook so that even the folks who live on Hawthorne understand it, then you’ve done  pretty good job.

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

ART TAX HITS BALLOT, "INCOME TAX," NOT ‘HEAD TAX’

FYI from Listener 5.8 An alert 5th Listener just sent this to me. Bolding is mine. Art is wonderful and you should VOTE NO on this initiative. Ridiculous.
 
Statement from Creative Advocacy Network regarding the Circuit Court Ruling on Arts Education and Access Fund Ballot Measure Language:
Today Multnomah County Circuit Court Judge John A. Wittmayer largely dismissed the challenges to the City of Portland’s Arts Education & Access Fund ballot language, allowing the ballot measure to move forward to a citizen vote with one wording change. Replacing the word “capped” with “of”, the ballot title will now read: “Shall Portland restore arts, music for schools and fund arts through income tax of 35 dollars per year?”
Furthermore, Judge Wittmayer put questions of the legality of the proposed tax to rest by clarifying: “The proposed tax at issue here is not a head tax or a poll tax because it is not assessed per capita – it is assessed only upon income-earning individuals age 18 or older in households above the federal poverty guidelines.”
“We are thrilled to be proceeding to the ballot with a proposal that will restore arts and

music teachers to Portland’s elementary schools and provide vital grants to schools and non-profits,” said Creative Advocacy Network Executive Director Jessica Jarratt Miller. “The rate of decline for arts education here has been shockingly steep. In the last five years, two of Portland’s six school districts (Parkrose and Centennial) have cut their arts and music teaching staff by half, while our largest district (Portland Public Schools) has dropped all arts instruction in 22 schools in just two years.”
The ballot language was challenged last month under a state law that allows electors to petition the circuit court for a different title by proving the original filed by the City to be insufficient, not concise or unfair. According to Oregon state law, the circuit court’s ruling is final and cannot be appealed.
“We appreciate this decision and are glad the measure can go forward so that the citizens of this city can decide for themselves. Today just two out of 10 elementary schools have an art teacher, and nearly 12,000 Portland students have no art, music, dance or drama in school stimulate economic development. National research links access to arts and music education to improved test scores, graduation rates and college admittance,” Mayor Sam Adams said. “This measure is also essential to our ability to develop a workforce equipped with the creative thinking and problem solving skills necessary to compete in a modern economy.”
With repeated polls reflecting support at above 70% for this proposal, the Creative Advocacy Network’s 501(c4) partner organization, the CAN Action Fund, will now register a political action committee called Schools & Arts Together to conduct a campaign in support of the Arts Education and Access Fund. This week Schools & Arts Together launched their website at SchoolsArtsTogether.com to rally supporters for the November ballot.
If approved by voters, the fund will restore arts and music teachers to every Portland elementary school and provide grants to schools and non-profits to fund the arts city-wide and increase access to the arts for school children and underserved communities. The Arts Education & Access Fund will raise approximately $12.6 Million annually through an income tax limited to $35 per year for adult, income-earning residents of Portland in households above the federal poverty level.
“Portland’s embarrassing lack of arts and music education in our public schools puts our kids’ future at risk. The Arts Education and Access Fund is a powerful and creative solution that will help keep students engaged in school and on track to graduate.” concludes Gwen Sullivan, President of the Portland Association of Teachers.
To read more about the current state of arts education in Portland, go to http://bit.ly/canreports. To learn more about the Schools & Arts Together Campaign, visit SchoolsArtsTogether.com or follow us on Facebook at SchoolsArtsTogether.
Media Contact:
Jessica Jarratt Miller
Tell ’em where you saw it. Http://www.victoriataft.com

The Jefferson Smith Driving School

Jefferson Smith is the guy who got the Oregon version of the Bus Project up and running to serve as a way to launch fellow Oppressives to office. He succeeded in getting himself elected to the Oregon State House. And his most notable claim to fame there was his ability to set up his fellow house members for a Rick Roll. 

We all love a bit of humor but jokes should be confined to what the person does, not the person himself.

Now he’s running for Mayor of Portland. No, he has no executive experience. He’s never run a large organization. His employment record is spotty, he’s had his law license suspended three times, and now, it turns out, his driving record is in even worse shape than the last time the Zero reported on it.

The Zero found out that since the last time they’ve checked, Smith has had his license suspended three more times.

 [N]ewly obtained records from Oregon Driver and Motor Vehicle Services show that suspension plus three more: two in July 2004 and one in May 2010.

When asked to comment Smith said,

“I have a bad driving record, and it’s embarrassing.”

Yes, we know. But there’s more:

“I’m not proud of my driving record.” 

Well, there’s a relief. 

The DMV records show Smith took nearly two years to get his license reinstated after the July 2004 suspensions — each ordered to last 30 days — and eight months after the one in 2010; the ordered lengths of the first and last suspensions are unknown.  

Under what circumstances does one get one’s license suspended? Failure to appear? Three moving violations in a year. Failure to report an accident. Failure to report proof of insurance.
He claims no one else was ever in any danger and he was not charged with DUII. However,

“I have a bad driving record, and it’s embarrassing.”

Can you have your license suspended for 30 days for this?

The latest suspension occurred after he was stopped Jan. 12, 2010, in Woodburn and cited for improperly displaying stickers and failing to show proof of insurance. At the time, he was running for his second term in the Oregon House. His license was suspended May 14, 2010. Smith had it reinstated in January 2011.

Smith’s reaction when asked?

“I’m not proud of my driving record.”

Smith, asked repeatedly whether he lacked insurance or failed to show his insurance information, would not clarify. “I’m not proud of my driving record,” he said.

I’ll give him this at any rate. At least he doesn’t blame everything on his ADHD. While he does allow as he has “a messy desk but an organized mind,” I’m pretty sure Portlanders can take a pass on another official who has a problem following the law.

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

Be sure to watch the video at the article link below.  La Raza is warning “Dreamers” (young aliens) that by signing up for what they believe is amnesty (deferred deportation and work permit), they are actually voluntarily turning themselves in to DHS and entering the deportation system, permanently.  Technically it appears they are right.  Very interesting.  Looks to me like Obama is using these illegal aliens (mostly poor, desperate Hispanics) for his own political gain and hoping they are too stupid or desperate to realize they are signing up for their own eventual deportations, especially if Obama gets voted out in 3 months.
 
What we citizens need to be concerned with is what ICE is now doing with young illegal aliens (18-30) that they arrest or contact.  Is it catch and release by orders from Janet or are they still being deported as per FEDERAL LAW?  In other words, is there some unwritten amnesty for youth that is returning criminal aliens to our streets instead of their home countries?  Be on the lookout for that the real deportation policy and changes.
 
 
A group of pro-immigrant activists in Chicago on Tuesday released an informational video warning about the possible dangers of deferred action, which on Wednesday will begin to register undocumented young people who want to try and postpone deportation.
The video, “Defer the Bullsh-t,” may be seen online at www.moratoriumondeportations.org and is an effort to resist the government’s alleged disinformation campaign about the program.
“While some youth may have a chance at relief, Deferred Action is at best insufficient, and at worst misleading, dangerous and deliberately deceptive,” said Jose Herrera of the Moratorium on Deportations Campaign on Tuesday.
Some 20 members of various groups gathered in front of Barack Obama’s campaign headquarters in Chicago to denounce the president for “using immigrants as guinea pigs for his own political gains.”
The activists also criticized Rep. Luis Gutierrez (D-Ill.) and the Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights, who on Wednesday in Chicago will hold a huge registration drive for youths hoping to take advantage of deferred action to postpone deportation.
Herrera said that in the promotional activities for the event the possible – that is, non-guaranteed – postponement of deportations in accord with deferred action is erroneously linked with the DREAM Act, which remains stalled in Congress.
The deferred action policy “is not a law, it does not have the protection of a law,” he said.
According to the activists, the documents released by the Department of Homeland Security clearly state that even young people who fulfill the requirements for deferred action can be rejected and turned over to Immigration and Customs Enforcement for deportation, at the discretion of the government……..
 

Romney’s Chalk Talk on Medicare

HT Real Clear Politics
Mitt Romney brought along his markers and board yesterday to explain and lay out for the American people the difference between his Medicare plan and the President’s. The differences couldn’t be any more startling.
This is quite effective.
I’m sure that there will be those who will mock it. Fine. But when you can simply draw the X’s and O’x of your Medicare playbook so that even the folks who live on Hawthorne understand it, then you’ve done  pretty good job.

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