Salem, OR City Council Votes to Ban Smoking on Public Sidewalks

It appears that the Salem City Council believes it’s OK to harass and bully one group of people in order to appease another. On Monday evening the council voted 6-2 to ban smoking on the sidewalks and landscape strips in the public right-of-way adjacent to properties where smoking is prohibited. Councilors Brad Nanke and Bruce Rogers were the two no votes with Nanke making strong objections to the ban.

This ban will expand private property NO SMOKING ZONES to include the public sidewalks and landscape strips that are adjacent to Salem Hospital and Willamette University. The same sidewalks that smokers use and that they pay for with their tax dollars – how is it fair to prevent taxpaying citizens from engaging in a legal activity on property that they pay for? It’s not and with only two councilors voting no – one with a strong voice for freedom and liberty and the other for neighborhood concerns – the City of Salem has granted permission for a minority group to be bullied because they don’t approve of the legal activity they are engaged in.

Watch the testimony and discussion (1:34:43) and listen closely to how this issue was presented to the council and the words the proponents use to sell the concept of stripping law abiding citizens of their rights in the name of “cultural values.”

Voter Beware – Take a Closer Look at Barbara Jensen

Keizer, Oregon | April 29, 2014
by Ryan Waddell

So, who is Barbara Jensen? Aside from a well-manicured Facebook page that was only recently started on February 10, 2014, not too many people seem to know who she is or where she came from.  Does it seem odd that someone so public, who professes to be an active member of the community, and who makes a living with technology didn’t have a Facebook page? Strange, but I digress.

Unauthorized and Unwelcomed

Jensen certainly has made waves recently with a series of unauthorized and unwelcome radio commercials on Salem radio station 1430 KYKN featuring Jensen showcasing her Christian values in support of local area 501(c)3 non-profit organizations. Jensen stated she wanted “voters to see her Christian values in action.”  The radio spots caused quite a stir as many believe the commercials sound like political endorsements for Jensen, something charities like Union Gospel Mission, Oregon WWII Memorial Foundation and Keizer Heritage Foundation are forbidden to do by law. Jensen’s ads contained misinformation about the charities and displayed poor judgment from Jensen and her campaign handlers. Even after the Statesman Journal broke the story on April 24, 2014, Jensen’s campaign did not pull the hotly opposed endorsements from the airwaves. So, does it sit well with Conservative voters in Oregon HD25 that Jensen used such a tactic to win their votes? Regardless, the charities she “endorsed” will likely have to perform some damage control as a result of Barbara Jensen’s actions.

Strange Bedfellows

Meet Caleb Hayes of Pac/West. Caleb Hayes screenshot2Hayes’ area of expertise is political campaigns. He has plenty of experience in his young career. Hayes worked as a “Field Organizer for the 2008 Obama campaign (NV, TX, MS, OR) and Campaign for Change, managed field training for AFL-CIO, served as Vice-Chair of the Mason County Democrats, [and] worked for Democratic State Senator Tim Sheldon (WA).” (See screenshots made to make Hayes seem more Conservative).  Caleb Hayes – Pac/West Caleb Hayes, part of Barbara Jensen’s political campaign, has worked for the 2008 Obama campaign, Vice-Chair of Mason County Democrats, AFL-CIO Union trainer, and Democrat Senator Tim Sheldon (WA) Caleb Hayes – Scrubbed Profile After the connection between Hayes and Jensen was made, Hayes’ Pac/West profile was scrubbed to make him appear more Conservative. The problem? We were watching!Caleb Hayes screenshot

After people began making the connection between Jensen (professing Conservative) and Hayes, Pac/West quickly scrubbed his profile to make Hayes seem more Conservative and aligned with Jensen’s “values.” When asked about the connection, Jensen stated, “Mr. Hayes has been tasked to do some work in my campaign . . .” To most Conservatives, it seems more than strange that a “Conservative” candidate would have someone of diametrically opposed values working on her campaign. It smacks in the face of reason – hire someone to help you who helped Obama get elected. Really? Jensen waxed poetic about workplace discrimination because of differing political views – Except Hayes is not her coworker. He is a hired contractor. A universal truth: Oil and water do not mix. Mr. Hayes’ Democratic values are incompatible with Conservative values. I find it difficult to comprehend why Jensen would choose to use Hayes on her campaign – Are there no Conservative campaign workers to choose from? Jensen’s campaign managing company Pac/West is not without controversy. For example, an article titled Pac/West Communications is Cheating Alaskan Voters, the author accuses Pac/West of dishonest practices concerning several legislative issues with “factually incorrect statements” on distributed print ads, etc.  The author cites Alaska Lt. Governor Lowell Thomas Jr. as stating, “These scoundrels deserve to pay a large fine and go to jail for deceiving the Alaskan voters the way they have . . . We feel that truth in advertising laws should not exclude them just because it is a political issue.” Finally, the author states, “[The Pac/West] strategy clearly depends on avoiding any kind of close public scrutiny prior to the election.” One has to wonder why Barbara Jensen would choose to align herself with such “expertise.” Again, most Conservatives I know would not choose to align themselves with people who do not share their values.  This leaves a couple deductions: 1. Jensen didn’t notice the opposing political values and controversy surrounding her political campaign organizers, in which case it demonstrates Jensen has a lack of discernment.  2. Jensen knew exactly who she was hiring to run her campaign, which demonstrates Jensen will employ Democrat strategists when it suits her. Either case is a loser, and Conservatives deserve better.

Fix the Problem?!?

Jensen ImageIn Jensen’s political ad, she points to the failures of state government, specifically failed “projects like Cover Oregon.” Oregon has been building capacity for CoverOregon for many years as a result of the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare). On Jensen’s LinkedIn page, she highlights her stint as a Project Administrator for the State of Oregon’s DAS. Jensen states she administered a technology and health policy program to meet Federal requirements.  Some people have asked her on social media if her position linked to Cover Oregon.  If so, could her expertise have saved the failed Cover Oregon website?  She sure makes it sound as if she could.

Elbows Deep in Government

Another quick peek of Jensen’s LinkedIn page shows her long history of government employment. She has worked 36 years as a government employee in one capacity or another. Conservatives already know what we get when we elect seasoned government employees to political office – more government! Conservatives are more interested in citizen legislature, which is regular people from the community who stand up and say, “I will serve.” Those regular folks do not decide to serve to become lifelong politicians; they go to serve for a short period to try to shrink government’s reach into the lives of their friends and neighbors – and that is how it should be. Elect a government employee – get someone beholden to their friends in government. Elect a regular citizen – get someone beholden to the citizens.

Seek Wisdom

It is important to seek wisdom. Please, do not depend on my words here. You need to seek out knowledge for yourself and make your own informed choice. There is a lot of information in this article, and I’m sure I have only just scratched the surface. Do your homework and know who you are voting for! There are two candidates running for Oregon HD-25: Barbara Jensen and Bill Post. Find both campaign Facebook pages here: Barbara Jensen and  Bill Post

Educate yourself before you cast your vote!


Ryan Waddell holds a Doctorate in Business Administration and is a Conservative Christian living in Oregon. 

SALEM: Local Recording Artist Performs at CPAC

Mar 7, 2014

Salem, Oregon singer/songwriter Ben Nanke stepped onto the national stage with this performance at CPAC 2014.  Ben’s original music pairs acoustic guitar and inspired lyrics to create unique songs that blend passion and substance, they will stay in your heart and your head.

Sponsored by Big Dawg Music Radio, Ben Nanke performs before an audience at CPAC 2014.

Recorded at the American Conservative Union (ACU) Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) 2014, March 6-8, 2014, Washington, D.C.

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Oregon Schools Chief Threatens Teachers Who Don’t Adhere to Common Core

Originally posted 10/14/13 by Victoria Taft at

It’s creepy enough knowing that the state wants to get a hold of your child in the womb and be responsible for them till college graduation.See the “All your kids belong to us” video here. 

“P-20,” (birth till grad school) “We have this P through 20 initiative, and it makes sooo much sense to me. It isn’t that we’ve just removed some of the barriers but we make it easier for our children in the state really to move from birth all the way to graduate school.”

Now, as parent and activist Jason Schmidt discovers (see his YouTube Channel here), schools chief Rob Saxton will not tolerate anyone who does not conform to Common Core standards. After all, the program represents, “[E]verybody collectively pulling in the same direction.”

Oregon was one of early adopters of Common Core. It's usually at forefront of most fads.

Oregon was an early adopter of Common Core. The state usually is at the forefront of most fads.

An attempt to carry out anything that is not or to have any teacher in your school, to have any counselor, to have any person in that program not carrying out the plan as intended is completely unacceptable.

Saxton (not to be confused with former Republican gubernatorial candidate Ron Saxton) told administrators at a Common Core presentation, 

Your job is to ensure that that [standards] is happening. If it is happening, I believe you will absolutely be successful. Especially if your plan is evidence based. But an attempt to carry out anything that is not or to have any teacher in your school, to have any counselor, to have any person in that program not carrying out the plan as intended is completely unacceptable.” [emph added]

And he gloats that the school plan basically shuts out oversight by the legislature,

The legislature does not have a choice to say ‘we’re not going to do this really well.’ And so, we kind of have them where we want ‘em at some point, but we also need to make sure that we convince them that our plans are correct and that they want to bring those funds to us, cuz they know that we’ll use them to very best effect.”

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Oregon Libertarians to Obamacare: Don’t Fence Me In

By Michael F. Cannon | CATO Institute

WernerGrab3_244x183Ben Nanke, a 20-year-old aspiring songwriter and filmmaker from Salem” was none-too-pleased to see the glossy odes to Obamacare that will run in Oregon at a cost to taxpayers of some $9.9 million. Who can blame him? The videos claim Obamacare will make you healthier and live longer, even though there is zero reliable evidence that’s the case, and much evidence to suggest it won’t. Also, that had better be his own guitar that Matt Sheehy is getting wet.

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Oregon Citizen Journalist Responds To Cover Oregon’s Goofy Commercials

July 19, 2013
by Jeff Reynolds |

This week, Cover Oregon, the corporation set up by the Oregon Legislature to administer Obamacare exchanges in our state, released their ad campaign. This campaign uses music videos and $3.9 million in federal funds to sell Obamacare to Oregonians. The videos met with, at best, mixed reactions.

One Oregonian, a contributor to WatchdogWire Oregon, was moved to respond. Ben Nanke has released a new video that reaffirms the rugged independent Oregon spirit and denies the need for governmental intervention in our personal decisions. (You can see Ben’s reporting for WDW here.)

As Ben states at YouTube,

Published on Jul 19, 2013

This is a response to the recent ad campaign by Cover Oregon.

As native Oregonians, we found it strange that a large-scale, federally-funded ad campaign is trying to twist the meaning of “the Oregon Spirit.”

Quoting the Oregonian – ‘Mark Ray, co-owner and creative director of North [who created the ad campaign], said the initial ads are to “create almost a hello” sort of vibe, while stressing an “Oregon pride, Oregonians take care of themselves kind of thing.”‘

We agree, and believe that “Oregonians take care of themselves” means exactly that. We take care of ourselves. No government mandates, no tax penalties, and no manufactured marketplaces. We love seeing our fellow Oregonians happy, healthy, and strong, which is why we don’t want to see our state fenced in by government-controlled health care.


Lyrics: Benjamin Nanke
Composition/Music: Benjamin Nanke, Sophia Morrison, Matthew Steele, Dashiell House
Filming Team: Benjamin Nanke, Sophia Morrison, Matthew Steele, Logan Knauss
Budget: $40 for gas and dinner for the team
Production Time from start to finish: One week
Special Thanks to CCTV Salem for access to filming equipment and editing facilities

Here are the lyrics:

You know there’s more to a state than the rivers and the rain
The trees and weather, for some, it stops there
They say the Oregon spirit but that’s not how I hear it
There’s more to Oregon than you’re aware

From out East they came, past Chimney Rock
Facing snakes and bites and the mud and the rain
They just hiked up their boots and they pushed through the pain
They said “oh, don’t fence me in”

Across the mountains they forged and came with enterprise
The wagon wheels came in fours and dusty boots came in scores
And the heart of the land fell on weary eyes
But the joy that they’d arrived made up for the sores

Long ago the wagons traveled past the cliffs of the Gorge
We watched the sagebrush trails become I-84
It’s not that I don’t care, it’s that I’ve seen it before
We say “oh, don’t fence me in.”

You say, “ooh, it looks mighty innocent”
but follow the trail, you know it’s gonna derail
I say “ooh, we’re all going to pay for this”
We’ve travelled quite a long road, and we know where this goes

You say it’s time for a change from the Oregon range
Rugged individuality gives way to rain and trees
So don’t tell the people of Oregon that we don’t care
Don’t fence me in. (Don’t fence me in)

Oregon Artist Spotlight: Ben Nanke – This House is Burning Down

Salem, Oregon Singer/Song writer Ben Nanke playing his art at the Art Department

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