Entries Tagged as 'Oregon Politics'

Mover Mike Hit 2,000,000

After an incredible June, Mover Mike hit 2,000,000 page views. I have been blogging since 2004 and it is nice to see that more people are finding this blog. Sometimes, I have considered quitting, thinking why bother, no one reads me. However, conservative fiscally, Libertarian socially, this blog joins many others who don’t like the path the U.S. is on.

No longer can we discuss things rationally and heatedly.  Now it seems the play book says to ignore the message, savage the messenger. We are seeing that currently with Trump and we read that Hillary hasn’t answered the press questions in two weeks. AND…more and more people are considering leaving the country.

Mexico”sends” their unemployed to the U.S.. How long will 93,000,000 unemployed and under employed wait to move south? How long will the drought stricken  in the south west wait to move? What happens when the U.S. becomes like Greece and can’t feed the 43,000,000 on EBT?

Stay tuned, dear reader. I hope to cover it and provide some answers. Thanks for reading Mover Mike

What Brought You to Portland?

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Portland State University is conducting a survey to find out What brought you to Portland?  What has kept you here?  They want to read your story.

They say:

  • Roughly two-thirds of the region’s (and state’s) population growth is the result of net in-migration.  Given that migration brings together people of various backgrounds, including different political viewpoints, age, race/ethnicity, and culture, improving our understanding of who is moving here today will better prepare us for understanding what Portland will look like tomorrow.
  • Portland migrants place strong value on the region’s natural amenities (e.g. climate, access to the gorge), bicycle and regional transit infrastructure, and economic opportunity, but also consistently cite opportunities for social/community engagement as important factors as well. 

Multnomah County is a very liberal city. The county was over 72% for Kerry. I wonder if the immigrants will change the mix or propel it even further to the left. It would be nice to see more of a balance and make politicians compete for our vote.

The survey takes about 15 minutes to complete and is completely confidential.  Our survey asks why people chose to move to Portland, why they have stayed, and what they value most in place to live and work.

Click here to take the survey: What Moves You? Tell Your Portland Story.

I would be interested in hearing what would drive you away, as we prepare to move to Mexico.

Cover Oregon Wastes $245 Million

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Well that was fun, wasn’t it?

“Cover Oregon closed one of the sorrier chapters in the history of Oregon state government Friday when it opted to dump its troubled $245 million health insurance exchange in favor of the federal exchange.”

The Population is about 3.9 million so that’s almost $63 for every man, woman and child. The two of us could have had a nice dinner at a fancy restaurant for $126. Insteadwe got this screwing that just left us sore. Gov. Kitzhaber you are ultimately responsible for this disaster. I hope voters remember which party you belong to: The Democrat Party!

Happy, Happy, Happy

“Kathleen Sebelius, the health and human services secretary, is resigning, ending a stormy five-year tenure marred by the disastrous rollout of President Obama’s signature legislative achievement, the Affordable Care Act,” writes the NY Times.

Now maybe Oregon Governor Kitzhaber will follow suit.

Two Charts To Ponder

The first chart from Business Insider shows which states are experiencing people migrating into or out of states. Oregon is experiencing Inbound movement.

The second chart shows the degree of friendliness to business:

What are those inbounds going to do for jobs? Are the people working going to experience a bigger tax burden? How many years go by before the inbounds become outbounds for lack of jobs and high taxes?

2.6 In La Pine

Are they getting bigger in La Pine?

MAP 2.6 2012/11/19 22:51:46 43.794 -121.683 0.6

15 km ( 9 mi) NW of La Pine, OR

Convention Center Hotel Nears

A proposal for a publicly subsidized Hyatt hotel — or maybe two — at the Oregon Convention Center will go to a vote next week after an advisory committee Tuesday gave it a stamp of approval.

I started following the topic in 2005 and Mayor Sam Adams said, “I’m more optimistic than I’ve been in the last two decades on this project.”

IBEW/ILWU Fight Costs Port of Portland

My readers know that over at the Port of Portland the IBEW and ILWU have been fighting over two jobs. Two jobs that plug, unplug and maintain refrigerated containers at the terminal.  Compared to June,  July business at the Port is down 80.1%!

The Oregonian writes that port commissioners voted 6-1 to pay up to $4.7 million to ICTSI Oregon Inc.

Commissioners and port managers said ICTSI’s viability operating the port’s Terminal 6 is crucial for local businesses. Port Director Bill Wyatt said the maximum payment would equal ICTSI’s annual rent, and include no tax revenue.

The fight over TWO jobs is costing all of us up to $4.7 million! $4.7 million is equal to all the net income in 2010 according to audited financial statements.

Man Has “three illegal reservoirs” On His Property

“A rural Oregon man was sentenced Wednesday to 30 days in jail and over $1,500 in fines because he had three reservoirs on his property to collect and use rainwater.”

Suppose we all started using rain barrels at our homes. Wouldn’t we be in alleged violation of Oregon laws? How about if someone has a leaking roof and collected that rain water in a bucket, would they be in alleged violation of Oregon laws?

Is This A Charlie Hales Scam?

Max Redline posts that the Multnomah County elections director, Tim Scott, concluded

Mr. Hales was eligible to be registered to vote and to vote in Oregon during the time he lived in Washington State.”

Unbelievable, Charlie Hales “… lives out of state for 5 years, files taxes as a Washington resident, signs a statement certifying to Oregon Department of Revenue that he is not an Oregon resident – and saves himself over $30,000 in taxes – but Mr. Tim doesn’t see any issue. The corruption hangs thick in this burg.”

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