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The Energy Trust of Oregon (ETO) is a nonprofit organization funded by taxes imposed on utility ratepayers. Most of the tax money is spent on subsidies for energy conservation programs. While energy efficiency is a good idea, not all projects pencil out. …

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by Sen. Doug Whitsett Legislators are charged with making decisions on behalf of the public. This often involves setting priorities in terms of what best serves the needs of Oregon taxpayers. Many of the decisions we have to make on …

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by Ron Swaren Please note I am not referring to a copy of I-205 placed on Portland’s west side or any Westside Bypass Freeway.  However, when the Columbia River Crossing task force eliminated competitive proposals the central reasoning seemed to …

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by Bill J. Kluting, concerned Oregonian So-called conservation groups like Oregon Wild, Cascadia Wildlands, Center for Biological Diversity and other groups are following an agenda. You have to give them “credit” for what they have accomplished in the past and …

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A little over a year ago I wrote a column in which I declared, facetiously, that I had decided to become a liberal Democrat in the mold of President Barack Obama: “I have decided to become a Barack Obama Democrat. … Continue reading →

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Oregon Senate Republicans Cover Oregon has become a poster child for the failed leadership of the current Democrat regime in Oregon Salem, OR – Senate Republican Leader Ted Ferrioli (R-John Day) called this past weekend for Democrats to join with …

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by Joshua O’Shaughnessy Yesterday, when I opened my Facebook feed it seemed to be inundated with posts regarding the Ray Rice situation. As I re-watched the video I started to ask several questions. After much deliberation, I decided to share them, publicly, on …

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By Kathryn Hickok The Children’s Scholarship Fund is a nationally recognized, privately funded scholarship program which has helped more than 139,000 low-income children attend tuition-based elementary schools nationwide since 1998. The program recently surveyed scholarship families in New York about their experiences

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The Leadership Fund Jamie Damon concealed government job income on mandated disclosure form – complaint filed with Government Ethics Commission Salem, OR – Jamie Damon, candidate for State Senate, did not disclose income received from working as a state bureaucrat …

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By Steve Buckstein Because of a deal struck by Governor John Kitzhaber, Oregonians won’t have the opportunity to end forced union dues in the public sector this year. However, a just-released public opinion poll makes it clear that if the Public …

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By Dave Hoover, This week a local group of Republicans in Clackamas County put up this billboard. A spokesperson for the group said that they are tired of the media saying negative things about the Republican Party. He went on … Contin

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by Sen. Doug Whitsett By now, you’ve undoubtedly heard about the controversial national education initiative known as Common Core. The stated goal of Common Core is to unify the standards used by school districts throughout the country and better prepare … C

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Patti Milne for State Senate Woodburn, OR – Oregon’s leading small business advocacy group, the National Federation of Independent Businesses, has endorsed Patti Milne as their candidate of choice for Senate District 11 (Woodburn/Salem). The group believes Milne will be …

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by NW Spotlight Two different polls done in the last few years provide some insight into the number of women gun owners. Gallup conducted a survey in October 2011 and the Pew Research Center conducted a survey in May 2013. The … Continue readi

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by Dan Lucas In researching an article on property taxes a few weeks ago I ran across some good historical data on Oregon tax collections in a February 2014 research report from the Oregon Legislative Revenue Office (LRO). I used the … Continu

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By Tom Butler Taxpayer Association of Oregon Former State Rep. & County Commissioner.  Board Member Taxpayer Association Oregon. “The Federal Highway Trust Fund is running out of money”… so, what else is new in the government budget business? After decades …

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The do-gooders of Oregon’s Nanny State are at it again. Recent news articles detail a proposal by the Oregon Parks Department to ban smoking on Oregon’s beaches. The alleged purpose is to reduce the amount of litter and debris on … Cont

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Keynote :Councilor Jim Welsh on Occupy Wall Street Oregon Executive Club Wed. Aug. 6th, 7:00pm Portland Airport Shilo Inn – 11707 Northeast Airport Way Bring a friend! ~~ $20 buffet option ~~ no host bar Jim is a grocery store …

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by Rachel Lucas Female gun ownership has risen 77% since 2005, and as of 2011, nearly one in four women in America is a gun owner. Why are women buying guns at record-breaking rates? Overwhelmingly, it’s for self-defense. Just last week, … Continue rea

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Oregon Senate Republican Office Salem, OR – Senate Republican Leader Ted Ferrioli (R-John Day) issued the following statement in response to the June revenue forecast released yesterday: “For many cycles, the State Economist has warned that Oregon’s economy sinks deeper …

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Last week the Oregonian published an article on the declining labor force participation rate in Oregon. Well it wasn’t actually an article – it was a rewrite of the Oregon Department of Employment’s press release right down to the pretext …

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by Bob Clark Taxpayer Association of Oregon Public Hearing set for this Thursday, May 29th, 2 pm Portland Council Chambers Mayor Charlie Hales (Street Car Charlie) and Transportation Commissioner Steve Novick are seeking to impose a new street maintenance and …

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By Steve Buckstein It’s clearly a stretch to describe Portland as a communist city, but there is an eerie similarity between Portland and the real communist city of Havana. Portland-based independent journalist Michael J. Totten recently traveled to Cuba to see for …

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by Jack Swift MANIFEST DESTINY – An Analytic View of Federal Ownership In the great dispute over utilization of our Federal lands in the West, the attempt is frequently made to end run the arguments over how best to manage …

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by Sen. Doug Whitsett I strongly oppose Federal District Judge Michael McShane’s decision to overturn Oregon’s constitutional amendment that defines a marriage as a union between one man and one woman. The Judge ruled the Amendment unconstitutional under the Equal …

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by Dan Lucas Several decades ago I served in the part of the Army that works with the NSA. From West Berlin, we eavesdropped on Soviet-bloc military and political communications. I remember hearing about an actor in East Berlin who … Continue read

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USCCB Subcommittee Chairman Calls Decisions in Oregon and Pennsylvania Travesties of Justice Archbishop Cordileone says marriage, democracy, children deserve better Says state attorneys general were derelict in their duties Reiterates that authentic marriage is the union of one man and …

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7 most contested or news-making races for House, Congress Congress 5th (Republican) Ben Pollock 17,579 …….36.67% Tootie Smith 30,103 …….62.80% Write-in Votes 251 …….0.52% Congress 2nd (Republican) Greg Walden 62,745 …….75.82% Dennis B Linthicum 19,836……. 23.97% Wri

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