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by Sen. Jeff Kruse (R-Roseburg) I have received a lot of phone calls and emails on the subject of marijuana, which advocates say we should call cannabis, but for the sake of brevity in this update I will call it … Contin

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Oregon Senate Republicans Democrats raid K-12 education, rejecting intent of voters to spend corporate kicker on Oregon students Salem, OR – Senate Democrats are undermining the will of Oregon voters by refusing to spend the corporate kicker on K-12 education, …

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Tax lesson found in Portland Art Museum? By Taxpayer Association of Oregon OregonWatchdog.com There I was enjoying the spectacular Italian Fashion history exhibit at the Portland Art Museum when suddenly I stumbled upon a real-life tax lesson. Near the end …

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by NW Spotlight Former Vice President Al Gore won the Nobel Peace Prize in 2007. It was awarded jointly to Al Gore and the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) “for their efforts to build up and disseminate greater knowledge …

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Last week President Barack Obama assembled his ill-fated “summit” with the leaders of the Gulf Cooperation Council (Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, the United Arab Emirates, Qatar, Bahrain, and Oman.) Because of the distrust in Mr. Obama held by most of these …

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Rep. Jodie Hack Constitutional Amendment, If Approved By Voters, Would Establish Executive Impeachment Process Salem, OR – The Oregon House of Representatives today approved House Joint Resolution 31, an amendment to the Oregon Constitution that would establish a formal process …

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by Sen. Jeff Kruse (R-Roseburg) At the beginning of this Session legislative leadership set up a workgroup to put together a transportation package for the state. I was a member of that group and we met for about two months … Continue re

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By Steve Buckstein Do you donate to any nonprofit organizations such as charities, churches, or think tanks? Would you rather not be subject to possible retribution for supporting what others might think are the “wrong ideas”? Then you won’t want …

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By Taxpayer Association of Oregon, Oregonwatchdog.com This is a short essay contest, 250 to 450 words, to help promote the ideas of students, young writers (ages 35 & under) and new writers in Oregon. Even better, you CHOOSE one of …

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by Sen. Jeff Kruse (R-Roseburg) The big news this week was the revenue forecast, which is up an additional $463 million. This means there is an additional $1.75 billion in this budget cycle. On the front end we should keep …

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by NW Spotlight The Oregon State Legislature web site is now showing that “Legislative Organizational Days will begin Monday, January 12, 2015, and run through Wednesday January 14, 2015. During Organizational Days, members-elect are sworn in as legislators, bills are introduced, …

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by NW Spotlight An article in Governing Magazine this month, Democrats’ Future Looks Grim, talks about another facet of the crushing November 2014 Republican victories across the county. It’s a problem that will sound familiar to Oregon Republicans – but …

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Watch for Dem effort this year to eliminate the personal “kicker” tax refunds by Sen. Doug Whitsett Oregon taxpayers may receive a pleasant surprise in the form of an income tax “kicker” refund check, in the event that state revenues …

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For the past several months my columns have detailed the damaging activities of President Barack Obama during his presidency and have stated that he is unfit to serve in the high office of President of the United States. At the …

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by Lars Larson Sleazy politicians use holiday document dumps to get embarrassing information out of the way. So no surprise that administration of Governor John Kitzhaber chose the Christmas and New Year’s holidays to release information about his girlfriend’s illegal …

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Keynote: Jason Williams, Taxpayer Association Oregon Director Wed. Jan 7th, 7:00pm Shilo Inn Portland Airport, 11707 Northeast Airport Way Jason Williams will be sharing a forecast of the 2015 Legislature, Kitzhaber scandals & the latest tax threats. Williams will also …

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By John A. Charles, Jr. The Portland City Council seems determined to raise taxes to pay for street maintenance. But the City doesn’t have a revenue shortage problem; it has a spending misallocation problem, which continues to grow. The latest …

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by Dan Lucas The Portland Tribune ran an article a couple of days ago on the upcoming Oregon legislative session. It focused on Sen. Mark Hass (D-Beaverton) starting his role as chairman of the Senate Finance and Revenue Committee. The …

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by Sen. Doug Whitsett Our nation’s founders were more apprehensive about creating an all-powerful central government than they were fearful of intervention by foreign states. For that reason, they created a federalist Constitution designed to check and balance the powers …

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by NW Spotlight As an analysis in the Washington Times noted on Sunday, “Republicans smashed the Democrats in the 2014 midterms.” Republicans have won control of the U.S. Senate, and so will now control both chambers of Congress. They increased …

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With the New Year approaching, I was hoping that we might be able to forget about the steady stream of lies, gaffes and ineptitudes by President Barack Obama that demonstrate his inability to lead the country. But Mr. Obama insists … Continu

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by Mike Nearman You’ll get a kick out of this The other day I stopped off at one of my favorite fast food places to grab a bite to eat.  It was getting close to payday and I had to … Continue reading →

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By Taxpayer Association Oregon OregonWatchdog.com If you love lower taxes & cherish liberty, there are two ways to help. Use your free Oregon Political Tax Credit.   Donations up to $50 person ($100 couple) are eligible for a tax credit and …

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By Kathryn Hickok A new report released by Cascade Policy Institute concludes that the public-private partnership Oregon Wave Energy Trust has failed to achieve a return on public investment. The Oregon Wave Energy Trust (OWET) is a nonprofit, public-private partnership …

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by NW Spotlight As 2014 comes to an end, here’s a look back at the ten most popular 2014 Oregon Catalyst stories. Counting down from number 10: 10. Are Oregon firearms background check records purged after 10 days? No – … Continue r

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by Dan Lucas Seventy years ago at this time the Allies were in a desperate fight to repulse Hitler’s last gasp offensive in Western Europe. From mid-December 1944 to late January 1945, American and other Allied forces fought in freezing … C

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by Sen. Doug Whitsett On the eve of the 2014 election, I had high expectations. I had hoped that the widely predicted national Republican wave would wash over Oregon and result in the kinds of leadership changes so desperately needed …

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By John A. Charles, Jr. The Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT) recently issued a report describing the deteriorating condition of Oregon highways. The authors estimate that the cumulative cost to the state economy from poor roads will be $94 billion …

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by Aaron Moran Next year we’ll celebrate the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II. There have been several major wars in the intervening decades – Korea, Vietnam, Afghanistan and Iraq – and countless smaller conflicts, but, thankfully, …

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by Sen. Doug Whitsett Oregon’s November quarterly economic forecast was made public last week. The report revealed that the state is continuing its slow recover from the Great Recession. Several Democrat state elected leaders issued glowing reports suggesting that happy …

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