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56 05/05/17 FastNav, Research

FastNav.com has completed two phases and is moving on to the next

Perhaps you've witnessed this site taking shape.

Phase 1 - Research and develop web resources driven by automated composition tools.

Phase 2 - Test drive the new engine with daily content.

Phase 3 - Explore multi-channel / multi-use capabilities and create specialty content.

The daily content generation of phase 2 is being replaced by behind the scenes work on phase 3. You are invited to watch the live experiment morph and transform as tests are conducted.

We each are entrusted by our Creator as stewards of talents, abilities, resources, and opportunities. Let's learn how to maximize their potential.
Link David Madore Video
55 05/04/17 News, National

President signed Executive Order on Religious Liberty and Freedom of Speech

On this National Day of Prayer, President Trump signed an executive order to restore freedom of speech to pastors, churches, and religious organizations.

Listing examples that included the IRS going after Martin Luther King Jr for speaking on political issues from the pulpit, the president fulfilled his promise to remove the threat of federal punishment caused by the 1954 Johnson Amendment.

A link to the text of the executive order is and Highlights of our president's speech are provided.

Key excerpts:
" It shall be the policy of the executive branch to vigorously enforce Federal law's robust protections for religious freedom.

The Founders envisioned a Nation in which religious voices and views were integral to a vibrant public square, and in which religious people and institutions were free to practice their faith without fear of discrimination or retaliation by the Federal Government.

For that reason, the United States Constitution enshrines and protects the fundamental right to religious liberty as Americans' first freedom.

Federal law protects the freedom of Americans and their organizations to exercise religion and participate fully in civic life without undue interference by the Federal Government.

The executive branch will honor and enforce those protections.

All executive departments and agencies (agencies) shall, to the greatest extent practicable and to the extent permitted by law, respect and protect the freedom of persons and organizations to engage in religious and political speech.

In particular, the Secretary of the Treasury shall ensure, to the extent permitted by law, that the Department of the Treasury does not take any adverse action against any individual, house of worship, or other religious organization on the basis that such individual or organization speaks or has spoken about moral or political issues from a religious perspective, where speech of similar character has, consistent with law, not ordinarily been treated as participation or intervention in a political campaign on behalf of (or in opposition to) a candidate for public office by the Department of the Treasury.

The Secretary of the Treasury, the Secretary of Labor, and the Secretary of Health and Human Services shall consider issuing amended regulations, consistent with applicable law, to address conscience-based objections to the preventive-care mandate..."
Link C-Span, highlights by David Madore Video
53 05/03/17 News, Israel

Israel cuts another $1 million to United Nations after another anti-Israel vote

Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Wednesday directed the Foreign Ministry to deduct another $1 million from the funds Israel annually pays to the UN in response to UNESCO's "delusional' vote to disavow Israeli sovereignty in Jerusalem.

Following these cuts, Israel will contribute only $2.7m this year to the UN, instead of the $10.7m that was originally earmarked.

"There is a price for harassment," Netanyahu said at the start of the weekly cabinet meeting. "I directed the director-general of the Foreign Ministry to deduct a further million dollars from the money Israel transfers to the UN."

Noting that more countries abstained, absented themselves from the vote, or voted against the UNESCO resolution (36), than voted for it (22), Netanyahu said that Israel was working continuously to increase its support in international forums and expressed hope that "one day we will cancel this theater of the absurd."...
Link Jerusalem Post & Reuters Video
52 05/03/17 Education, News Media

News Media - then and now - and what we can do

As Walter Cronkite testified in the last chapter of his autobiography, "A Reporter's Life by Walter Cronkite", the news media, as a norm, has forfeited its trustworthiness by trading objectivity and professional journalism for political manipulation and sensationalism.

We each can help solve the problem by supporting trustworthy sources and not rewarding untrustworthy news sources with our dollars and advertising.

Several local sources are emerging in our own community including ClarkCountyToday.com and this site, FastNav.com to share original documents and videos at a glance. Let's help spread the word.
Link Prager University & New York Times Video
51 05/02/17 News, Clark County

Rural Private Property Rights - harmed by Clark County, helped by Liz Pike

As this moving 3-minute video clip shows, our rural neighbors have been literally crying as county commissioners continue to strip away their private property rights. Their families have endured that pain and nearly 3 decades now.

The disastrous problem has become even worse since this May 2016 video now that Clark County has placed a moratorium on most rural private properties meaning that they cannot even apply for permits.

The problem is two-fold: The state's anti-growth implementation of the Growth Management Act and Clark County's more oppressive policies that go even further in abridging rural private property rights.

This week, state Representative Liz Pike succeeded in passing a bill (HB 1504) to help bring some common-sense balance to the state's growth Management Act and some relief to rural citizens.

The bill that passed both houses with a majority large enough to be veto-proof, awaits the governor's signature.
Link InvestigateWest & David Madore Video
50 05/02/17 Education, America

Why America must lead from the front, not from behind

There is only one nation who can lead the free world against corrupt autocrats, rogue states, and terrorists.

This message from Anders Fogh Rasmussen, the Prime Minister of Denmark from 2001 - 2009 and Secretary General of NATO from 2009 - 2014, lays out the facts.
Link Prager University Video
49 05/02/17 News, Clark County

Congresswoman Jaime Herrera Beutler votes for budget opposing Trump priorities

Once again, Republicans, who now control the House, the Senate, and the Presidency, passed a new budget that Democrats celebrate as a victory.

"There is no money in the budget for the border wall. The money to Planned Parenthood continues. There's no cut to domestic nondefense spending. The cutoff of sanctuary cities money is nowhere in the bill. Every single thing that Trump wanted is not in that bill. And yet the Republicans went along with it."

"They say there are two parties, the wrong party and the stupid party. And boy, the Republicans qualify for the stupid party these days."

The budget, passed by the Republican Majority Congress, continues full funding for ObamaCare and, in nearly every other area, frustrates the priorities of the Trump administration.
Link Dick Morris & ThinkProgress Video
48 05/01/17 News, National / Local

House Republicans continue to fight the Trump Administration on nearly every issue

Vice President Mike Pence, today reaffirmed our president's commitment to fulfill his promises including repealing Obama Care, cutting taxes and regulations that hinder job creators, and rebuilding America's roads, bridges, highways, and airports.

Today's speech was given at the National Small Business Awards.

Locally, Congresswoman Jaime Herrera Beutler continues to consistently oppose President Trump's attempts to fulfill his campaign promise.

Herrera's voting record includes opposing repealing ObamaCare, supporting fully funding Planned Parenthood, opposing funding the wall to secure our southern border, against funding a deportation force, and against cuts to sanctuary cities.
Link C-Span Video
47 05/01/17 News, National

US Pacific Commander reports on the escalating threat of North Korea

Admiral Harry Harris testified to the Senate Armed Services Committee in a frank discussion on the situation we face and options being considered.

Kim Jong-un has openly declared his intent to fire nuclear missiles at America, Japan, and Australia. Our leaders are taking him seriously.

This video is an example of the wealth of information provided directly by C-Span that bypasses the national news media.

This clip starts near the 11:30 mark as the main meeting gets underway.
Link C-Span Video
46 05/01/17 Education, May Day

As Communists riot in America, why isn't Communism as hated as Nazism?

When people think of humanity's greatest evils, why is "communism" rarely mentioned?

After all, it has caused more suffering than any other ideology, including Nazism. Watch Dennis Prager's account of communism's horrific legacy.
Link Prager University Video
44 04/30/17 News, National

President's Weekly Address 04/28/2017

• Our top priority is bringing back jobs.
• Car companies are roaring back.
• Healthy profits are returning to American companies.
• Federal overreach is being reversed to unleash job creation instead.
• A substantial tax cut is in the works.
• The Keystone Pipeline, the Dakota Pipeline is moving forward.
• The F-35 fighter jet program has been renegotiated to save $725 million.
• We're cutting costs and America is becoming competitive again.
• America has withdrawn from the Trans-Pacific Partnership.
• Neil Gorsuch now sits on the US Supreme Court...
Link the White House Video
43 04/29/17 History, North Korea

How Jimmy Carter & Bill Clinton resulted in North Korea’s Bomb

We could have stopped North Korea from getting the bomb. But we failed to.

In 1985, North Korea signed the Nonproliferation Agreement, agreeing not to develop nuclear weapons. In 1993, it announced it was going to pull out of the agreement and be free to develop the bomb.

Here's how the actions and inactions by the Bill Clinton and Jimmy Carter resulted in threat that we face today.
Link Dick Morris & Gordon Chang Video
42 04/28/17 News, Seattle

Seattle - a prime target. America will do whatever we have to do.

K.T. McFarland discussed how the Donald J. Trump Administration will prevent North Korea from becoming a nuclear threat.

"We will do what we have to do to stop the North Koreans from having nuclear weapons that can hit the United States."

Channel 13 in Seattle reported that "Michael Hayden, the former head of the CIA, along with other experts and analysts, has predicted that North Korea will probably be able to hit Seattle with a nuclear weapon aboard an intercontinental ballistic missile."

"We have JBLM whose primary purpose is to reinforce the Korean Peninsula in case hostilities break out. We have Boeing, we have the trident missile base, intercontinental ballistic missiles on trident submarines."

"We have the shining city on the hill. We are the ultimate target to hold hostage from the North Korean perspective."
Link Lou Dobbs & Q13 Seattle News
41 04/28/17 News, North Korea

Will there be a nuclear war with North Korea?

On Wednesday, all 100 US Senators met at the White House for a special briefing on the threat posed by North Korea and our possible response to that threat.

We are closer to a nuclear war than we've been since the Cuban missile crisis of 1962. We are being advised that we must stop North Korea from having the capacity to deliver a nuclear bomb with a ballistic missile...
Link Dick Morris Video
40 04/28/17 Education, North Korea

The North Korean nuclear threat, explained

Experts are urging Trump to act now, while he still can.

The bad news is that North Korea is getting close, and experts believe they will successfully test an ICBM within a decade, if not sooner.

Their recent missile tests demonstrate that they are getting better, and the US intelligence community thinks they have successfully made a nuclear warhead small enough to fit on an ICBM, arguably one of the most difficult steps in building one.

So what would happen if North Korea got a working ICBM? Watch the video to find out what the implications are and why the US needs to stop the North Korean ICBM program while it still can. ...
Link Sam Ellis for Vox & Hungary Today Video
39 04/28/17 Editorial, Clark County

The self-professed tolerant ones are often the most intolerant

Why does it seem like those who consider themselves to be the defenders of tolerance are often the most intolerant among us?

On Tuesday, the 82nd Avenue of Roses Business Association in Portland canceled the 82nd Avenue of Roses Parade. The group has hosted the annual event for more than a decade, but won't this year because of threats of violence against members of the Multnomah County Republican Party who were set to march in the event, scheduled for April 29...

The video shows violent intolerance caused by radical leftists ashamed to show their faces at the most recent event right here at home in Vancouver, Washington.

The irony is hypocrisy of the name Antifas - short for anti-fascists.

Fascism, by definition, seeks to suppress dissent and opposing points of view by aggressive threats of violence and employing tactics to suppress free speech.
Link Ken Vance at ClarkCountyToday.com, summary by David Madore Video
38 04/27/17 News, National

Iranian prison swap deal - revealed as a deception

Last year, President Barack Obama, in a deal with Iran, announced the "one-time gesture" of releasing seven civilians who "were not charged with terrorism or any violent offenses".

The statement and the deal have now been exposed as a deception. Judge Napolitano revealed that Obama's own Justice Department had charged some of these Iranian-born prisoners as national security threats and terrorists who had supplied material to terrorist organizations in the Middle East and who had supplied nuclear components to Iran.

"They were being prosecuted for this with a tremendous amount of evidence." One was already serving an eight-year sentence for conspiring to supply Iran with satellite technology and hardware.

The facts are now being released that add to the evidence of the deception.
Link Politico Video
37 04/27/17 News, National

President Trump's First 100 Days - national media vs. reality

Counselor to the President Kellyanne Conway, told Sean Hannity that voters are judging Trump "based on what they see, and they see ... constant action, they see constant moves toward progress and keeping those campaign promises.

"His response has been swift and resolute and decisive and that of a leader."...
Link Kellyanne Conway & Fox News
36 04/26/17 Education, Economics

Sharing wealth sounds nice. But CREATING wealth is what matters in the long run

Couldn't we solve the problem of global poverty overnight by sharing our wealth?

Extreme poverty is all that the vast majority of people throughout most of human history, have ever known. Starting around 1800, that suddenly began to change.

What's made life so remarkably better for the poor since then? Welfare? Charity?

What happened was the creation of new wealth on an enormous scale - economic growth. Economic growth has been history's most successful anti-poverty program...
Link Learn Liberty Video
35 04/25/17 Education, Society

How to improve society: Right vs. Left

In a violent and evil society, such as fascist, communist, or Islamist tyrannies, the individual must be preoccupied with battling outside forces.

In a free and decent country like America, the greatest battle of the individual must be inner forces - that is with his or her moral failings...

Link Prager University Video
34 04/25/17 News, Clark County

How safe is the Interstate 5 bridge? - Just the Facts - Ma'am

According to a list of "structurally deficient" bridges in Washington state, as reported by the Seattle Times in May 2013, there is only one listed in Clark County. (Hint — it's not the I-5 Bridge. It is a bridge crossing the east fork of the Lewis River on I-5.)

The list shows 143 bridges. Of those, 12 were "fracture critical" that carry 10,000 or more vehicles per day (no I-5 Bridge here.) Next were 20 are other "fracture critical" bridges (no I-5 Bridge listed.)

Next were 66 bridges with a sufficiency rating of 50 or lower (the I-5 Bridge is not listed.)

Finally, there were 81 "structurally deficient" bridges built over 50 years ago, with a sufficiency rating of 50 or less (the I-5 Bridge was not listed)...
Link John Ley for ClarkCountyToday.com Video
33 04/25/17 News, National

President Trump's First 100 Days - The Real Story

Dick Morris, one of the most informed individuals on multiple presidential administrations, reported on the contrast between this president compared to others.

He lists these changes in America's circumstances:
• Persuading entrepreneurs to invest money, create jobs, and take risks where they never would have done so under Obama
• Job growth up 30% over Obama's last three months
• Dow up 11%
• NASDAQ up 12%
• Existing home sales up 4%; New homes up 5%
• Illegal border crossings down 71%
• Trade deficit down 10%
• Barometer of current economic conditions highest since November 2000
• Biggest jump in business confidence in eight years

But ObamaCare is still on the books. The Border Wall is not even begun. Trump's signature proposals are still just proposals.

Morris listed these accomplishments that confirm that there is a new management in town:

EPA: Get Out of the Way
• Keystone Pipeline approved
• Reversing Obama regs on power plants
• Rolling back vehicle emission standards
• Killed regs on small streams and rivers

Seal the Border
• Banned refugees from terrorist nations
• 5,000 new ICE agents
• No federal money to sanctuary cities
• Big cuts in H1-B Visas

• Rescinded federal orders to local police limiting law enforcement
• Formed task force on opioid abuse
• Ordered study on cutting attacks on police

• Imposed $3 billion in fines for illegal imports

• Ordered flexibility in rules for insurance plans

Draining the Swamp
• Banned lobbying by former govt employees for 5 years
Link Dick Morris
32 04/25/17 News, Clark County

Clark County's job growth is good but is predictably losing steam

Thousands of new local full time jobs continue to be added by hundreds of businesses that obtained zero-fee business building permits during the 2013-2016 period of Clark County's pro-jobs fee waiver policy.

Until that business-friendly policy change, Clark County's economy was forecasted to continue lagging the rest of the state for the foreseeable future. The Columbia River Economic Council confirmed the outlook as our new norm and warned us to expect to keep lagging the rest of the state with dismal job growth compared to other counties.

For that reason, Clark County's business-killing policies were reversed and the pro-jobs fee waiver resolution was approved in June 2013. Within two months, Clark County transformed from last to first place in jobs growth - easily outcompeting Washington, Oregon, and the Portland Metro area.

The hundreds of businesses that chose to obtain no-fee building permits during that era are being completed and adding thousands of new local full time jobs and economic prosperity.

The latest report (May 2017) by regional economist Scott Bailey shows the dramatic turnaround beginning in August 2013.

The business-friendly pro-jobs fee waiver policy, by a 3:2 vote by the Clark County Council (Marc Boldt, Jeanne Stewart, Julie Olson vs. Tom Mielke and David Madore), was discontinued at the end of 2016.

As the report shows, Clark County's job growth momentum is still healthy but is predictably slowing like a flywheel without a reliable power source.

Here are the annualized numbers:
Clark County: 3.5%
Washington: 2.5%
Oregon: 2.5%
Portland Metro: 1.9%
Nationally: 1.6%

Clark County: +5,400 jobs (down from 6,500)

Construction & Resources: +900, 7.8%
Leisure & Hospitality: +1,300 jobs, 8.8%
Government: +1,100 jobs, +4.3%
Other Government: +1,000 jobs

Professional & Business services: +700 jobs, 3.7%
Financial services: +300 jobs, 3.6%
Education & Health services: +800 jobs, 3.2%

Trade, Transportation & Utilities: +300 jobs, 1.1%
Other Services: +100 jobs, 1.7%
Information Services: 0 jobs, 0%
Manufacturing & Government: -100 jobs, -0.7%

Clark County's unemployment rate was 5.0%

This story was updated on JUne 22, 2017
Link David Madore VideoReference
31 04/24/17 News, France

Riots in Paris after Le Pen election results final count announced

France is experiencing the same kind of riots from anarchists as America experienced after President Trump was elected.

It is nearly impossible to find objective news on this race as we witness the same pattern of news networks characterizing their preferred candidate as moderate, centrist and balanced who will win, while branding the populist candidate as an extremist to be shunned.

When was the last time we heard a major news network use the term "far left" to describe any candidate?
Link Jerusalem Online Video
30 04/24/17 News, Clark County

Newly opened ilani Casino backs up I-5 northbound traffic for 8 miles

The massive, $510 million complex is located right off of Interstate 5 in La Center opended with massive traffic jams this morning.

The Cowlitz tribe and other native developers own and operate the nearly 370,000 square foot building that includes 2,500 slots and 75 gaming tables, as well several restaurants and bars.

Developers plan to eventually add more large event spaces. Currently, they can accommodate concerts in a space that hold us to 2,500 people.

Casino operators say they hope to attract some 4.5 million people a year.

All of those guests will mean more traffic in the area, and that impact on the roads was already being seen Monday. Southbound and northbound traffic on I-5 through La Center was backed up for miles, so drivers should be prepared for congestion.

Washington State Representative Liz Pike posted the following on Facebook:

"The opening of this new casino, Ilani, on the Cowlitz tribal nation in northwest Clark County adds to the case the need for new bridges and additional corridors between Clark County and Portland. Traffic reports indicated 7-10 miles of backup today, on opening day. The Cowlitz nation, as part of their project paid $32 million for the new exit 16 interchange on I-5."
Link Fox 12 Oregon & Facebook Video
29 04/24/17 News, Russia / Afghanistan

US Defense Sec'y Mattis says Russia is arming the Taliban

The Afghan minister of defense met with US Defense Secretary James Mattis but has now resigned in the wake of the Taliban attack that killed more than 140 Afghan troops in an Afghan military base in northern Afghanistan.

In response to a question about Russia arming the Taliban, Mattis said "We are going to have to confront Russia with what they are doing is contrary to international law or denying the sovereignty of other countries."

US Army General Nicholson said "We continue to get reports of this assistance."
Link Fox News Video
28 04/23/17 News, France

French presidential election advances populist Marine Le Pen and newcomer Emmanuel Macron to the May 7 runoff

In a historic event, French voters rejected the establishment (major party) presidential candidates in favor of two outsiders.

70% of the 47 million registered voters turned out. The results with 97% of the votes counted, show:
23.9% to Macron, age 39, civil servant and former investment banker
21.4% to Le Pen, age 48, National Front President

Marine Le Pen's stated priorities are defending the French nation, it's unity, security, culture, prosperity, and independence including firm borders, a crackdown on immigration, exiting the European Union and the Euro (Frexit) that have harmed the French economy and resulted in ongoing stagnation.

Le Pen stated that "what is at stake here is a wild type of globalization that is endangering our civilization. Either we continue deregulating, no borders, no protection, and the consequence would be delocalization of factories, mass immigration, free circulation of terrorists, and the kingdom of the Euro Almighty, nothing to protect our national security and our practicing power."

"But on the other hand, there's a true choice. Not just a change in government that has done nothing. But a true choice, a new alternative, a basic change, a fundamental change that ushers in a new policy, new faces, the kind of renewal that you aspire to."

"The time has come to liberate the French people from all these arrogant people who want to dictate their behavior to them because I am the candidate of the people."

"What is really at stake is the survival of France."

Macron's positions are essentially the opposite, pro-European Union, pro-Euro, the environment, and centrist policies.
Link The Atlantic & France 24 Video
27 04/23/17 News, National

Veterans now have timely and convenient access at non-VA health care providers

This week, our president signed the Veterans Choice Program Extension and Improvement Act.

The Act eliminates the original sunset date on the Veterans Choice Program which gives veterans, unable to schedule an appointment at a VA facility in a timely or convenient manner, the ability to receive care from an eligible non-VA health care provider.

Using funds that have already been appropriated for the program, this gives our nation's heroes the peace of mind they deserve while this administration works with Congress to enact comprehensive reform and modernization at the VA.
Link C-Span Video
26 04/22/17 News, North Korea

Mike Pence - The United States and Australia stand against North Korea, call on China to properly deal with this threat

Hours ago, Vice President Mike Pence spoke from Australia as he met with their prime minister.

We must bring pressure upon the regime of North Korea, the most urgent and dangerous threat to peace and security in the Asia Pacific, until they abandon their nuclear and ballistic missile programs.

We call upon China to play an even more active and constructive role in addressing the North Korean threat.

We have great confidence that China will properly deal with North Korea. If China is unable to deal with North Korea, the United States and our Allies will.
Link C-Span / Sky News Video
25 04/21/17 News, Afghanistan

More than 100 feared dead after Afghan military base attack

The largest single lethal assault targeting Afghan forces occurred Friday evening as gunmen wearing army uniforms entered the compound in two military vehicles and began shooting.

The Taliban has taken responsibility for the attack in the northern part of the country and stated that more attacks will follow against police and military.

The base was infiltrated by two suicide bombers and eight gunmen.

The soldiers were praying in a mosque on the base when the attack began as two suicide bombers detonated their suicide vests inside the mosque.

An Afghan soldier that was wounded in the attack stated that he believes the Taliban could not have passed the multiple checkpoints inside the base without assistance from at least someone at the base.

Afghan's president visited the base and declared Sunday, a day of national mourning with the flag flown at half-staff.
Link Fox News Video
24 04/21/17 News, Clark County

House Democrats attempting to raise taxes by $8 billion in special session

State Representative Liz Pike reported live from Olympia today wishing she could report good news but having to report an impasse between Democrats and Republicans.

Rather than finishing a balanced budget on time, legislators will be going into special session beginning at 10am Monday with the majority party in the House insisting on raising taxes by almost $8 billion.

Liz Pike pledged to fight as long and hard as she can to oppose that extra tax burden upon citizens and to hold government accountable and live within our means just like you and I do in our own home.
Link Liz Pike reported by David Madore Video
23 04/21/17 Editorial, Clark County

Despite passage of I-5 bridge replacement bills in Olympia, plenty of division remains over Clark County's traffic congestion

Senate Bill 5806 received approval Monday by a vote of 44-4. It's companion bill in the House, HB 2095, had previously passed by a similar margin and now the issue will go to the desk of Gov. Jay Inslee, who no doubt will pull out his rubber stamp.

"For the life of me, I just can't comprehend why there is such an overwhelming support by lawmakers to make the I-5 bridge replacement the first attempt at addressing the traffic congestion issues we currently suffer with on our side of the Columbia River in Clark County."
Link Ken Vance - ClarkCountyToday.com Video
22 04/21/17 News, Clark County

New I-5 bridge? Oregon leaders say 'no' despite Washington interest

This video highlights clip shows the CRC proponents once again trying to resurrect the failed CRC light rail tolling project while rejecting any consideration of a voter supported third bridge.

Senators Lynda Wilson and Ann Rivers along with representatives Brandon Vick and Paul Harris joined every other Democrat to oppose representative Liz Pike and Clark County citizens who voted against the CRC tolls and light rail agenda (223 out of 228 precincts).

The CRC resurrection project, rebranded as an "I-5 Bridge Replacement project", passed the Washington legislature to add tolls and light rail marketed as "mass transit".

The multi-billion tolling project, as local officials testified, would not add any capacity to an already over-capacity corridor that stalls at the Rose Quarter bottleneck, miles south of the I-5 Bridge in Portland.

The bill would spend another $350,000 after the CRC project wasted $197 million before both states pulled the plug.

Senator Rivers, who campaigned against a gas tax increase and against vehicle tab fee increase in order to get elected, voted last year for the largest such increases in state history and for spending another $100 million to demolish and rebuild the I-5 Mill Plain interchange to be compatible with light rail.

Federal gas tax funds paid 90% of the cost for our more recent I-205 Glenn Jackson Bridge. Yet this project is based on Washington, Oregon, and local citizens paying the entire cost for the interstate project instead.

On Wednesday, Oregon officials made it clear that they would have no part in discussing bridge projects with Washington.
Link The Orgonian & David Madore Video
21 04/19/17 News, Venezuela

Mass riots and protests in Venezuela turn deadly

Venezuelan government forces used water cannons, tear gas, and fired rubber bullets at anti-government protesters today in their largest protest yet.

Venezuela has the highest inflation rate in the world with more than 700% this year.
It appears that the situation will continue to grow worse in the weeks ahead.
Link Bloomberg / Fox News Video
20 04/19/17 News, Clark County

The city with the 9th worst traffic congestion in the nation is... Time for a common sense solution

As Portland continues to dump billions into exorbitantly expensive light rail and special interests push to resurrect the toxic CRC light rail tolling project as a rebranded "I-5 Replacement", traffic congestion is only getting worse.

This op-ed by John Ley makes the case that it's time for a practical third toll-free bridge to relieve real traffic congestion.

This article provides a wealth of information including the root of the problem is in Portland, well south of the I-5 Bridge.
Link John Ley for ClarkCountyToday.com / KGW8 Video
19 04/21/17 News, Clark County

Update - missing Camas teen Cole Burbank's car found with a body inside

Cole Burbank was missing since last Thursday, April 13 as many searched to find the 16 year-old.

His car was found in a Chehalis shopping center parking lot today with a young adult male body inside.

Positive identification is pending a report from the Lewis county coroner. The cause of death has not been determined.

Friday evening, near midnight, this message was posted on the "Cole Burbank Search Party- Volunteers Needed" Facebook page:

On behalf of the family:
Cole has been found and God has a new angel in his choir. We are incredibly thankful for the overwhelming support and prayers that all of the individuals in this community have shown during this difficult time. We are blessed by your prayers and find comfort in knowing so many of you cared for Cole"

Our prayers go out to Cole's family and friends.
Link ClarkCountyToday.com Video
18 04/19/17 News, National

Tillerson warns 'unchecked Iran' could follow path of North Korea

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson addresses Iran's exportation of terrorism and stated threats against the United States and Israel.

Tillerson stated that strategic patience is a failed approach that leads to Iran becoming another North Korea.

The "Iran Nuclear Deal", known as the JCPOA (Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action) "fails to achieve the objective of a non-nuclear Iran. It only achieves their goal of becoming a nuclear state."

"The Trump administration has no intention of passing the buck to a future administration on Iran. The evidence is clear. Iran's provocative actions threaten the United States, the region, and the world."

"The Trump Administration is currently conducting a comprehensive review of our Iran policy. Once we have finalized our conclusions, we will meet the challenges Iran poses with clarity and conviction."
Link RT / American Military News Video
17 04/04/17 News, Clark County

County Council awards contract to the highest bidder with the lowest circulation

After two years of excellent performance by the Reflector Newspaper, the Clark County Council voted to pay $1.70 per line rather than $1.07 per line to publish legal notices in a newspaper with 5,672 fewer subscribers than the lowest bidder.

It was falsely claimed that the Reflector did not qualify due to their circulation boundaries being insufficient. The boundary assertion is exactly backwards. The Reflector's circulation is primarily in the unincorporated areas of the county where the Clark County Council policies apply. The Columbian's circulation is primarily inside the Vancouver City limits where the Vancouver City Council governs instead.

It was also falsely claimed that the law required the county to also pay the Columbian in addition to the Reflector for most legal notices. No such requirement exists.

Nearly all levels of government across the United State prohibit self-serving politicians from awarding taxpayer funded contracts to the highest bidder in exchange for political favors.

Despite the Reflector meeting all legal qualifications, Marc Boldt, Jeanne Stewart, and Julie Olson received favorable press in the Columbian after taking the contract away from the lowest bidder, the Reflector last year. The pattern was repeated this year.
Link David Madore VideoReference
16 04/13/17 News, Clark County

State Rep Liz Pike succeeds with Clark County Business Railroad bill

The Washington State House and Senate passed Liz Pike's bill designed to loosen the state Growth Management Act's (GMA) rural jobs restrictions.

The success will mean that the shortline railroad owned by Clark County can be better utilized as a valuable infrastructure resource for local jobs.
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15 04/17/17 News, Clark County

Nighttime detours of I-5 near La Center for bridge demolition this week

The new I-5 interchange at Exit 16, La Center Rd / NW 319 Street to access the Cowlitz Tribe ilani Casino, has been completed and is now open.

The old undersized interchange will be demolished this week. I-5 traffic will be detoured around the old interchange the Monday and Wednesday evenings, April 17 & 19.

The casino is scheduled to open April 24.
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14 04/18/17 News, Oregon

Oregon Secrerary of State reports on his First 100 Days

Tasks completed or in the works:
• Swore-in 700 legal immigrants
• Restoring Oregon's Constitution manuscript
• Filling the Audits Division vacancies
• Transforming the Audits Division into Oregon's Government Accountability Office
• Restoring quick, efficient, friendly service for small businesses
• Restoring ballet access to 60,000 voters
• Restoring greater accountability, transparency, and trust in state government

The video is provided to compare Dennis Richardson's in-office performance to his election campaign.
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13 02/28/17 News, National

President Trump's first address to a Joint Session of Congress

• Rebuilding Our Nation's Infrastructure
• Delivering for the American People
• Confronting Our Nation's Broken Healthcare System
• Delivering on Immigration Enforcement for the American People
• Achieving Results for the American People
• Inheriting Many Challenges
• Restoring Public Safety
• Rebuilding America's National Security
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12 04/10/17 News, National

The honorable Neil Gorsuch gets sworn-in as our 113th US Supreme Court Justice

Justice Neil Gorsuch, vowing to be a "faithful servant" to the Constitution, was sworn in Monday to the Supreme Court, capping a grueling confirmation process and filling the seat once held by the late Antonin Scalia.
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11 04/14/17 News, National

President's Weekly Address 04/14/2017

The significance of Easter and Passover to Jews and Christians
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10 04/16/17 Special Events, Easter

Easter Sunrise Service from Jerusalem 2017

Broadcasted live worldwide from the Garden Tomb celebrating the most important event in History:
"He is not here, for He has risen, just as He said." - Matthew 28:6

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0: Visual story
3:53 - Worship
45:42 - Main Message by Roger Carswell
1:07:21 - Post message celebration
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