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by Dan Lucas I have been somewhat horrified at the headlines about the budget problems in Polk County. Things have gotten so bad that Polk County now goes for 14 hours a day without sheriff’s patrol and the sheriff’s office … Continue

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By Taxpayer Association of Oregon The National Tax Foundation rates Oregon as the 16th highest tax state in the nation. Oregon’s high taxes matches with its big spending ways. U.S. Census Bureau data reveals that Oregon is the 17th biggest …

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By John A. Charles, Jr. Last year the S&P 500 Index had a total return on investment of 32%. That should have been good news for Oregon public schools, which receive twice-yearly checks from an endowment known as the Common … Continue

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by NW Spotlight Obama’s administration: “a Prologue to a Farce or a Tragedy; or, perhaps both.” Remember back in January 2009 when President Obama said in a memo to his administration “My Administration is committed to creating an unprecedented level …

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by NW Spotlight Oregon’s Republican primary race for U.S. Senate made the Wall Street Journal late yesterday. The article by Fred Barnes, with the subtitle “Republicans in Washington [D.C.] picked an ‘electable’ primary candidate. They may need to rethink what …

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by Sen. Doug Whitsett The national employment report for March was both encouraging and misleading. On the positive side, the rate of unemployment held steady at 6.7 percent. The report stated that nearly 200 thousand net new jobs had been … Cont

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By Taxpayer Association of Oregon PAC It appears Elizabeth Furse supporters shamelessly attacked County Commissioner Bob Terry for not being a veteran when he indeed is.   Instead of asking Bob Terry to verify his veteran record, a Furse supporter decided …

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by Lars Larson The Attorney General certainly didn’t appreciate it – being challenged by Louie Gohmert, member of Congress. He went as far as to say that it was racism that led the Congressman to ask those tough questions. It’s …

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U.S. Rep. Greg Walden Have you heard that the Administration has proposed transferring control over internet domain names from the United States to another entity? I join those who are concerned about any change that could leave the internet vulnerable …

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Recessions are a natural phenomena of a free market.  In the simplest terms recessions result from an over supply and they recover when the excess supply is eventually consumed.  Left alone, a recession will cure itself over an abbreviated time …

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by Dan Lucas Oregon’s Protect Religious Freedom Initiative is in the news again. The initiative is to protect Oregonians from having to participate in same-sex ceremonies if doing so would be against their religious beliefs or conscience. Reuters ran an …

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by NW Spotlight KATU’s continuing investigation into the Cover Oregon disaster has uncovered a potentially much more serious problem – something former state Rep. Patrick Sheehan says “if it’s true, someone’s going to prison.” KATU reports “Sheehan, who spent two …

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By William Newell Our world is freer today than ever before. More people are free from war, poverty, and crime; and they are also more free to start a business, find a job, and join the middle class. Despite the recent recession, the world’s …

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by NW Spotlight New polling out from Gallup shows that Oregon is tied with Hawaii as the sixth most liberal state in the U.S. The polling is based on how people self-identify. The polling revealed that Oregon is 33.6% conservative and …

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by NW Spotlight Oregon Gov. Kitzhaber made national news in early January after he bolted when asked a tough Cover Oregon question by KATU. As we reported back on January 11th “ KATU asked Gov. Kitzhaber some tough questions – especially about …

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by Sen. Doug Whitsett The United States Supreme Court is currently deciding an Illinois labor dispute that may have major implications in Oregon.  Illinois Governors Blagojevich and Quinn have written and issued Executive Orders establishing that health care providers, who …

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by Dan Lucas There was some shoddy journalism in The Oregonian and Statesman Journal earlier this week that allowed a very partisan gun background check poll to be passed along without revealing the partisan nature of the polling firm or …

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by NW Spotlight The U.S. oil and gas sector is one of the bright spots of the economy.  So, naturally, it came under assault by President Obama during his State of the Union speech last night.  We can’t have people … Co

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Jason Conger for U.S. Senate Oregon State Representative Jason Conger – candidate for U.S. Senate – released the following statement in response to President Obama’s State of the Union address: “What we heard tonight was the 5th installment of the …

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Last week, the stock market incurred its largest weekly drop since 2011.  Last week, the Bureau of Labor Statistic released its latest figures showing that the labor force participation rate (the ratio between those having jobs and the total available …

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by NW Spotlight Sen. Floyd Prozanski (D-Eugene) is reintroducing the flawed background check bill, SB 700-A (2013), as a Senate Judiciary Committee bill for the February Oregon legislative session, with some anticipated minor modifications. It is a disappointing departure from last …

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by NW Spotlight Even though President Obama’s chief scientist is telling us that the polar vortex and freezing weather that has been gripping much of the nation were caused by… GLOBAL WARMING, a number of cartoonists observing the global warming …

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by Jim Pasero (Portland Business Journal Weekly Editorial) In early December at a school in southeast Portland, John Kitzhaber announced he would ask Oregon voters for a fourth term. If he wins and finishes his term, he will rank as … Continue r

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America’s New Royalty Tuesday’s edition of the Wall Street Journal carried an article confirming that Liz Cheney, daughter of former Vice-President Dick Cheney had withdrawn from the Republican primary for the United States Senate seat currently held by Sen. Mike …

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Bruce Starr for Oregon Senate Hillsboro, OR – Senator Bruce Starr (R-Hillsboro) filed paperwork this week to run for another term representing Hillsboro, Forest Grove, Cornelius, North Plains and much of rural Washington County in the State Senate. “It is …

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U.S. Senate Candidate — Representative Jason Conger Wed. Jan 8th Portland Airport Shilo Inn 11707 Northeast Airport Way Bring a friend! ~~ $20 buffet option ~~ no host bar DC has just been plain nuts, hasn’t it? Binge spending in …

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by NW Spotlight Heads have been rolling for the Cover Oregon disaster. Carolyn Lawson “resigned” in late December – a year after Gov. Kitzhaber was advised to fire her for lying to a legislative committee and wasting millions of taxpayer …

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by NW Spotlight The Democrats’ masters of distraction have sent out their talking point for the week: talk about the “wealth Gap.” Whatever you do, DON’T talk about Obamacare or Cover Oregon. They are unmitigated disasters, and should not be …

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by Michael Ollove, Stateline Staff Writer Signing up for health insurance on the new state and federal exchanges was supposed to be the easy part of the Affordable Care Act. The really dicey part, lots of health policy experts have … Continue reading

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By John A. Charles, Jr. A case study released last week by Cascade Policy Institute shows that the $52 million retrofit to Portland’s Southwest Moody Avenue is already increasing local traffic congestion and will be unable to accommodate future road capacity needs …

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