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By John A. Charles, Jr. Advocates of public schools frequently complain about the need for more money, yet many of them are now objecting that the State Land Board is on the verge of selling off the Elliott State Forest, … Contin

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by Sen. Doug Whitsett Political discourse before, during and following the recent elections seems to have been more divisive than usual. The rhetoric has often been inaccurate, sometimes intentionally misleading, or otherwise just plain malicious. During the past several months, …

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Salem, Ore. – House Republican Leader Mike McLane (R-Powell Butte) issued the following statement yesterday regarding the passing of former Oregon House Speaker and Attorney General Hardy Myers: “As Speaker of the House and as Oregon’s Attorney General, Hardy Myers …

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Remember when the Democrats talked about “tax reform” but they really meant tax increases?  With the election of Donald Trump (R) as President and control of the House of Representatives and Senate still in the hands of the Republicans that …

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by NW Spotlight Yesterday, Abdul Razak Ali Artan, a student of Somali descent, attacked students and faculty at Ohio State University using a car and a butcher knife. He was stopped within minutes by a campus police officer with a …

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By Lydia White The masterminds behind Portland’s newest inclusionary zoning recommendations have proven once again to be economically illiterate. The Portland Planning and Sustainability Commission unanimously recommended requiring developers with 20 units or more to make 20% of units “affordable” …

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by Sen. Doug Whitsett Governor Kate Brown pledged to increase transparency and accountability in Oregon state government after she took office in early 2015 following Governor John Kitzhaber’s resignation under a cloud of ethics challenges related to alleged influence peddling. …

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Following are a series of vignettes apropos to the conclusion of the recent presidential elections.  Some things never change. Leslie Stahl   Ms. Stahl, born to a wealthy Massachusetts family and a princess of privilege herself, promoted the liberal narrative …

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Oregon House Republicans House Republicans ask Speaker Kotek to expand minority party role in committee appointment process Last week, House Republican Leader Mike McLane (R-Powell Butte) sent a letter to Speaker Tina Kotek regarding the process of appointing House members …

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By Lydia White It’s not news that free-market visionaries provide better service than their corrupt competitors, but big government advocates are reluctant to admit it, even when such enterprise benefits their causes. Ride-hailing services like Uber and Lyft provide cheaper, …

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by NW Spotlight The Hill reported this week on the significant Democratic legislative losses under President Obama. The Hill reports “The Democratic Party will hit a new nadir in state legislative seats after suffering more losses in November’s elections, highlighting …

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Senate Republican Leader Ted Ferrioli House Republican Leader McLane, Deputy Leader Barreto Senator Ted Ferrioli Responds to November Revenue Forecast Salem, Ore. – Senate Republican Leader Ted Ferrioli (R-John Day) responded to this week’s November revenue forecast update with the …

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by Sen. Doug Whitsett Tuesday evening’s elections were the most exciting since Ronald Reagan swept 49 of 50 states in 1984. Gail and I watched in awe, as a “constitutional conservative” Republican surge flowed across the nation. We have too …

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Oregon House Republicans House Republicans Set Leadership Team for 2017 Legislative Session Salem, Ore. – The Oregon House Republican caucus on Monday re-elected Representative Mike McLane (R-Powell Butte) as House Republican Leader. Rep. McLane has served as the Republican Leader …

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by Larry Huss When I was a sophomore in college one of my roommates was upset because the school administration would not allow the student newspaper to print an article that was critical of some policy of the school. One … Continue reading →

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by Sen. Doug Whitsett The 2016 election results are nothing less than exciting. Pollsters and political pundits had assured us that another Clinton in the White house was a near 95 percent certainty. By their computations, there simply were not …

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By Allison Coleman In 2001, the Portland City Council declared that by 2010, all electricity used by city agencies would come from renewable energy. However, by 2010, only 9 percent of Portland’s power was renewable. Undeterred, in 2012 Portland leaders …

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by NW Spotlight On Wednesday NPR ran a good piece on President-elect Donald Trump’s plans for his first 100 days. NPR reports “The plan (below) outlines three main areas of focus: cleaning up Washington, including by imposing term limits on …

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I didn’t believe it would happen, but my wife did.  I didn’t believe it could happen but her cousin in Dunthorpe did.  I couldn’t believe it was happening but one of my old college roommates, now living in Gig Harbor, … Continue reading &#

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NW Spotlight, This map from the NY Times shows how the nation veered GOP in 2016 differently than in 2012.  

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By Jason Williams 1. Dennis Richardson won Secretary of State (super nice guy beats unbelievably bad dude) Secretary of State Dennis Richardson (R) 48% Brad Avakian (D) 42% Paul Damain Wells (I) 3% Alan Zundel (PG) 2% Sharon Durbin (L) …

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Cartoon showcases Governor Kate Brown’s blocking public records. By Taxpayer Association of Oregon Please link, email, Tweet, Facebook this awesome cartoon. Gov. Kate Brown pledged to be more transparent than the disgraced and forced to resign Gov. Kitzhaber, but in …

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New poll this week from KPTV-12 on Measure 97, Governor and Oregon’s choice for President. See below.

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It has been sixteen years since the Clintons inhabited the White House.  Time tends to dull our memories.  But this past weekend’s events are a vivid reminder of what it was like during the eight years of President Bill Clinton’s … Continue reading

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Speaker #1: Bill Currier, Chair Oregon Republican Party Speaker #2: Rebecca Tweed, Defeat The Tax On Oregon Sales Executive Club Meeting Executive Club Speaker Series 7:00 pm • Wed.  • Portland Airport Shilo Inn Our FIRST speaker this month, Rebecca …

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by NW Spotlight Democratic voters in Oregon are leading Republican voters in Oregon in turning in their ballots – both as a percentage and even more so in number of votes. According to Oregon Secretary of State statewide numbers, 250,255 …

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By John A. Charles, Jr. and Allison Coleman Metro is asking for a new tax levy this November (Measure 26-178 on your ballot) despite the fact that it already has sufficient funds to operate all its parks. In 2002, the … C

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By Randal O’Toole A recent Supreme Court decision found that government policies that make housing expensive may violate fair housing laws. This decision could have a profound impact on Portland’s housing market. Portland’s rapidly growing housing prices are a major …

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Reagan Knopp Running a campaign is hard. The Fundamentals make it a little easier. An easy read with instructions on how to run a competent but simple digital media and fundraising operation. The Fundamentals is a must-have handbook for the …

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Wednesday’s column dealt with the bias and corruption of the mainstream media.  In that column I noted that the mainstream media has now become the propagandists for the Democrat Party.  In large part is has as much to do with …

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