Lars got his start in radio at age 16 spinning records (remember 45s?) and reading news, sports and weather (twice an hour) on KTIL (The Mighty 1590) from a little cinderblock building on the edge of a cow pasture in Tillamook, Oregon (75 miles West of Portland, Oregon).
36 years later, he’s only moved 75 miles east to Portland and light years to “the Right”. Emmy and Peabody award winner Lars Larson brings nearly four decades of experience as a radio and television journalist to the microphone for six hours of the best talk radio in America. Six hours of daily prep keep The Lars Larson Show on top of the news and top-of-mind for listeners across the country.
Along the way, Lars has worked for more than a dozen radio stations and five television stations. Today, Lars holds down the fort from 12pm – 4pm on Radio Northwest flagship FM NEWS 101 KXL. His local talk show airs on seventeen stations in the Pacific Northwest (and earns him the biggest local talk radio audience in the region).
Is the IRS going to serve as President Obama’s “speech police”? A powerful government agency targeting groups for their political beliefs.
John Boehner asked this morning “who’s going to jail for this”. It wasn't just a rogue office in one city, but many IRS offices around the country. IRS demanded extra proof of tea party groups.
Today we learned that a group of Democrat Party Senators, including Oregon’s Jeff Merkley and comedian Al Franken, sent a letter during the election run up, demanding that the IRS give extra scrutiny to political groups…and I don’t think they meant Media Matters.
The President’s half brother, Abongo Obama runs a shady charity that has built a Madrassa. It claimed tax exempt status it didn't have for a couple of years. Then Lois Lerner, the woman who is at the center of the Tea Party Investigation scandal, managed to secure tax exempt status for Abongo Obama in less than a month. Remember this is the same agency that will play enforcer on ObamaCare when it kicks in January 1.
As for the President…he’s playing Sgt Schultz…he knows nothing.
A government watchdog is blaming ineffective management at the Internal Revenue Service for allowing agents to improperly target tea party groups for extra scrutiny when they applied for tax exempt status. In an upcoming report, the Treasury inspector general for tax administration says lax management allowed the practice to go on for 18 months. The Associated Press obtained a copy of the report ahead of its release. The IRS on Friday apologized for targeting tea party as well as other conservative groups. The report said that when asked by investigators, IRS supervisors said the criteria they used to decide which groups they examined were not influenced by people or organizations outside the IRS.
In addition to this information, Senator Mitch McConnell blasted the IRS, calling their targeting on conservative organizations a "blatant and thuggish abuse of power."
Senator McConnell joined me today on the show, and he was on fire!
This weekend, Cease Fire Oregon had a gun buyback in Portland. There were more than 25 guns present and available for transfer, but there was no FFL licensed dealer present, and there were no background checks being performed.
A citizen journalist confronted the people running the buyback, the Mayor of Portland, and others about the fact that they were committing a class A misdemeanor. Their argument is that since the guns were being destroyed, they were not being transferred. According to the state statute, that is not the case.
Our legal expert Bruce McCain joined me on the program today, and he agrees that it was technically illegal to run the buyback the way that they did...
The whole country is watching what’s happening in Cleveland with the rescue of three women, kidnapped, raped and beaten…and Oregon should be watching too. The Buckeye state does something that Oregon doesn’t. It protects unborn babies. And the rescued women say one of them was raped…then beaten till five of her unborn babies died. In Ohio that’s aggravated murder. In Oregon it’s….nothing. If a pregnant woman in Oregon is beaten till her baby dies it’s an assault on the woman…but the death of the baby isn’t murder. I know we’re stuck with Dr Death as Governor. The Governor likes doctor assisted suicide and abortion…killing the defenseless. But he’s dead set against the death penalty…killing the guilty. If you can make sense of that I’m betting you voted for Doc Death and the Bungler of Benghazi. But I guess in a very twisted, weird, Democrat Party way it makes sense. Unborn babies don’t vote. But I’ll bet if they did, they’d vote pro-life…and I think Oregon should too. Let’s put the death penalty in the law to protect victims of the kind of crimes Cleveland found out about this week.
There are times when the boss tells you that you're going to have to work some overtime. They're required by law to pay you overtime pay, which is usually time and a half. There have been times where my co-workers have said that they'd rather have time off. If you work in the public sector this may already be a choice. But it could soon be coming to the private sector.
Here's a great rundown of the bill from our friends at the Richmond Times Dispatch:
A measure that would allow employees in the private sector to take paid time off, or “comp time,” for overtime accrued is slated for a vote this afternoon in the U.S. House of Representatives. The bill, part of a package of legislation that House Majority Leader Eric Cantor has been promoting, would leave it up to employees to choose whether to take paid overtime or comp time. Under the measure, comp time would be accrued at the same rate as overtime pay – time and a half over 40 hours. Employees would have to enter an agreement with their employer to seek comp time, but the employee can withdraw from the pact at any time and take the wages in cash. Proponents say it would bring the private sector in line with public sector employees, who can take comp time outside of the pay period in which it was accrued. For example, a public sector employee who accrues 20 hours of overtime in May can, under law, arrange with their employer plan to take it in another month. Cantor and other proponents say the bill, dubbed the Working Families Flexibility Act, would help workers better balance family and work. “It’s very simple,” Cantor said. “If you’re a working parent, as I am, you know one thing all of us have in common and that is we need more time. That’s what this bill will allow. It is a common-sense bill and it puts parents before politics.” But opponents of the bill note that workers can only use the comp time if it would not “unduly disrupt” business operations. The National Partnership for Women and Families said that despite the name, the act sets up “a dangerous false choice between time and money, when working families really need both.” The group says lawmakers should focus on public policies to make sure workers have fair wages and time to care for their families.
I think it's a fantastic idea to put this type of choice in the hands of the employer and the employee. You can take the overtime pay, but if you want to take a day off, it's your choice.
On the day after the Benghazi attacks, the President told the United States; he told 60 Minutes on CBS that it wasn't a terrorist attack. He even went out of his way to say it wasn't an act of terrorism.
But now, because of a memo produced by Congressman Trey Gowdy in the hearings on Benghazi eight months later, we know that the State Department knew it was an act of terrorism. They knew it so well that, in the memo, it says that they called the President of Libya to tell him that it was an act of terrorism!
So if the State Department knew...
...and the intelligence agencies knew...
Then why was the President insisting that it wasn't an act of terrorism that took the life of those four Americans?
I'm just waiting for one of the reporters with Presidential access to ask that question...
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