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As something that could have been simple like an Obamacare repeal instead goes down in flames because a President with an R next to his name campaigned on universal coverage and promised to keep intact the ACA’s core regulations, it’s …

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Generally speaking, it is really easy to vote in Oregon.  Between Motor Voter and Vote By Mail I would venture to say that voting is probably more accessible here in Oregon than in any other state.  Some folks take issue …

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  SALEM, Ore.–Late Monday, state Sen. Chuck Thomsen, R-Hood River, introduced Senate Bill 1034 to help Oregonian Millennials struggling with student debt. The “Millennial Education Act” will fix Oregon’s tax code to make student debt payments completely tax-free. “Generations must …

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All hell has broken loose amongst the OMG chorus as President Donald Trump has proposed a series of cuts, including elimination of a handful of federal programs, as an offset to needed increases in military spending.  Eight years of President …

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By Reagan Knopp Last week, I decided to attempt a small experiment. I decided to completely de-politicize one of my social networks. I chose Instagram. I chose Instagram for several reasons. First, it was already one of the least political …

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By Steve Buckstein Oregon now has the chance to become an early adopter of a universal Education Savings Account program. An ESA program allows Kindergarten through 12th grade students to use part of the state funds allocated to their local …

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By Senator Jeff Kruse We had a relatively slow week in Salem, so I thought I would change focus just this once.  Thursday the Senate did a very wonderful thing during our floor session.  We only heard one bill, and … Continue reading →

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By NW Spotlight, Oregon Congressman Greg Walden made a strong defense of the Ryan Health Plan on Fox News. The bill is being hotly debated, criticized and lobbied from many different fronts. Watch the Fox News clip below. Watch the …

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By Eric Shierman Josh Lehner, the super smart protégé of Tom Potiowsky at the Oregon Department of Economic Analysis, posted an interesting fact on his agency’s blog recently. More new jobs were created producing alcoholic beverages than writing software from …

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A few months ago I made the mistake of signing up for Governor Kate Brown’s “Social Action Team” which coincidentally is just her campaign email list.  I like to know what is going on in Oregon politically, so I figured … Contin

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By NW Spotlight     Oregon is getting some national attention from Conservative news outlets on guns. Specifically, Oregon Senate Bill 941 continues to cause controversy in the legislature as some pro-gun legislators have sought to lift some restrictions in the bill while …

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The bill establishing the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) is 906 pages long.  There are over 13,000 additional pages of regulation that accompanies the bill.  Because Obamacare touched so many other areas of the law including taxation, licensing, and welfare estimates …

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By Reagan Knopp The Secretary of State’s Audits Division has released its first audit of a state agency under the Richardson Administration. The Oregon Department of Transportation is one of the larger state agencies, spending over $400 million on a year …

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By Kathryn Hickok Denisha Merriweather failed third grade twice. Today, she is finishing her master’s degree, thanks to Florida’s tax-credit-funded scholarship program. Denisha was President Trump’s guest at his Address to Congress Feb. 28, where he called educational choice “the …

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By Reagan Knopp Despite any reservations you may have about OPB, I personally recommend this fascinating discussion by the OPB Politics Now crew. It was worth my time. It’s hosted by Geoff Norcross alongside OPB senior political reporter Jeff Mapes …

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Taxpayer Association of Oregon testifies against bill to cut mortgage interest deduction By Taxpayer Association of Oregon The Taxpayer Association of Oregon testified in the Oregon Human Services and Housing Committee hearing against HB 2006 on March 9. This bill …

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By Eric Shierman Donald Trump ran on Obama’s 2008 healthcare plan. What became the Affordable Care Act was actually Hillary Clinton’s 2008 plan. So both presidents have campaigned against this law, both presidents largely came to accept it, and both …

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Whether you love it or hate it the Motor Voter program is the new reality in Oregon politics.  So in an effort to better understand the political effects of the program let’s dig into some of the statistics. For those … Continue reading →

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By Reagan Knopp Oregon State Senator Chuck Riley (D-Hillsboro) has an idea. In Senate Bill 113, Riley wants the Oregon Department of Stand Lands to declare the remaining balances of gift cards over five years old as “unclaimed property”. The Department would take …

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Lawmakers float property tax bill by removing mortgage interest deduction. By Taxpayer Association of Oregon House Bill 2006 is set for a hearing today in the House Human Services and Housing Committee.   House Bill 2006 would strip away the mortgage …

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In an area just southwest of Tucson, Arizona, the University of Arizona maintains Biosphere 2.  It is an attempt by man to create a self-sustaining closed ecosystem.  While not perfect, it has largely succeeded with little adjustments necessary to maintain …

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By Taxpayer Association of Oregon I have not seen such a biased headline in a long time as I have seen today with the front page alarm “Poor to be hit the hardest”.     It headlines with a political opinion and … Continue reading

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Income tax increase for homeowner’s bill up today — House Bill 2771 By Taxpayer Association of Oregon, This afternoon the House Revenue Committee will be hearing an income tax increase bill for homeowners House Bill 2771.  House Bill 2771 phases …

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By Dan Laschober Before the ink had dried on the Electoral College votes which elected Donald Trump as our 45th president, the chattering class was aflutter over the idea of enacting the National Popular Vote Interstate Compact (NPV). In Groundhog …

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Chair of the Oregon Liquor Control Commission and Klamath County District Attorney Rob Patridge, announced his resignation from both positions today. This adds fuel to previous rumors that he is being considered by the Trump Administration for the job of …

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The following event is sponsored by the Freedom Foundation, American Constitution Society for Law And Policy, and The Federalist Society. Is public employees’ free speech protected? After the U.S. Supreme Court 4-4 split in Friedrichs v. California Teachers Association, 136 …

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By Eric Shierman William Paul Young’s book, The Shack, finally hit theaters last week. This quick, easy read springs forth from the fertile theological ground that is the Portland metro area. A best-selling Christian book, The Shack is considered by …

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By John A. Charles, Jr. In a recent interview with the Portland Business Journal, Chris Rall of Transportation for America argues for increased state support of public transit service. He says that Oregon only covers three percent of the operating …

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Several hundred Trump supporters rallied at Lake Oswego on Saturday. As expected anti-Trump protesters showed up to harass.

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By Rep. Mike Nearman For over a decade, we’ve been engaged in a battle for a secure driver’s license in Oregon. Much of the drama has been self-inflicted and it’s about time we get with the program and move on. … Continue readin

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