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In the pointless political correct world of the country’s ruling elites, the United States Supreme Court struck a blow for Free Speech under the First Amendment.  Under former President Barack Obama a series of white men and women occupying the …

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By Steve Buckstein As Oregon legislators wrestle with how much money to spend on public education, advocates claim that we spend too little compared to other states. They demand that legislators spend more, and raise taxes to do it. But, …

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When I first started writing for the Oregon Catalyst in 2011, I managed a hedge fund that had weathered the storm of 2008 well; indeed we profited from it since my fund was actually hedged. But things were not looking … Continue reading →

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As you may have noticed, former Republican Gubernatorial candidate Bud Pierce has filed a ballot measure proposal to implement term limits in Oregon. The proposal would make it so any individual would only be able to serve 8 years in … Continue readi

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Portland – not Oregon, just Portland – is one of the most liberal cities in America. Portland (Multnomah County) has about 515,000 registered voters – nearly 54% are Democrats and less than 13% are Republicans.  Many of the remaining 33% …

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Seven Fatal Flaws of “Son of 97” Tax — HB 2830 *** Hearing Today *** By Taxpayer Association of Oregon 1. Taxes go up for everyone except big business which are rewarded with tax cut 2. Creates double taxation 3. …

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By Taxpayer Association of Oregon Oregon’s Legislature now appears ready to consider adding to the costs of already-expensive health insurance. Your elected State Lawmaker is being pressured to vote on two BRAND NEW TAXES on healthcare plans and hospitals. House …

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By John A. Charles, Jr. President Trump made the right call June 1 when he terminated participation by the U.S. in the Paris Climate Agreement. The central problem with the Paris agreement was that the alleged benefits were speculative, long-term, and …

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Last month, we created a Twitter poll to test rumored candidates for the 2018 Republican Gubernatorial Primary. Based on your feedback, we’ve created a full online poll which everyone can participate in. Please take the poll and share it with …

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Rep. Mike Nearman wrote an op-ed in The Oregonian that is certainly worth reading. Those of us who run for the legislature do so because we believe in bringing about positive changes for those whom we serve. We can make …

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With his signature colonel ties and a home address in Camp Sherman, Randal O’Toole certainly projects the image of a pioneer, but in the case of testing out the future of transportation financing, he’s as much substance as style. The Beaver …

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If you have spent any time paying attention to politics in Oregon, then you know that the citizen initiative process is a huge part of how we do things around here.  While at times the ballot initiative process can be … Continue reading U

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By Jason Williams Taxpayer Association of Oregon, Last night at the Oregon Executive Club, a monthly gathering of conservative activists, time was taken out of the normal program to pay tribute and honor the two brave gentlemen that stood up …

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U.S. CO2 Emissions down 14% since 2007 peak, and within 3% of 1990 level By Bob Clark While considering President Trump’s decision to withdraw from the Paris Climate Agreement, it is important to understand U.S. carbon dioxide emissions are steadily …

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Lost in the uproar over the United State’s withdrawal from the Paris accords and the renewal of Islamic terrorists’ attacks in Great Britain is the pitiful story of former Secretary of State and once (well actually twice) and future Democrat … Co

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Oregon Executive Club Speaker Series Wed. June 7 at 7:00pm Portland Airport Shilo Inn, 11707 NE Airport Way –Event is free, $20 dinner option offered at event The Legislature is looking at $11 billion in new taxes during the final …

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By Oregon Right to Life Yesterday the Oregon Senate Rules Committee passed out Senate Bill 494 on a party-line vote. Touted as a “simple update” to Oregon’s current advance directive, this bill is designed to allow for the starving and …

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President Trump’s Environmental Agenda: An Insider’s Perspective with Myron Ebell Last week, President Trump pulled the U.S. out of the controversial Paris climate agreement. In response, Cascade President and CEO John A. Charles, Jr. commented in a statement: “The central …

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By James Buchal In an “Open Letter,” former Republicans John Boylston and Patrick DeKlotz falsely attack Republican leaders for “failing to address hateful actions and rhetoric”. They go further and falsely accuse me as Chairman of the Multnomah County Republican Party …

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Oregon Executive Club Speaker Series Wed. June 7  at  7:00pm Portland Airport Shilo Inn, 11707 NE Airport Way –Event is free, $20 dinner option offered at event The Legislature is looking at $11 billion in new taxes during the final …

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By John A. Charles, Jr. Late last month, the TriMet Board adopted a budget for fiscal year 2018, which begins on July 1. As usual, the budget shows no correlation between the levels of subsidies given to TriMet and the amount … Continue reading

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Wilsonville, OR– The Oregon Republican Party issued the following statement from Chairman Bill Currier in reaction to Portland Mayor Wheeler’s attempt to ban political demonstrations whose message he doesn’t favor, as well as other statements and events this past weekend. …

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By Bob Clark Ever since I retired in the year 2005 I’ve been interested in moving to a place with a lower tax burden than that of Oregon, where I grew up and still reside.  So far, the farthest I … Continue re

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Some Oregon Republican leaders failed in their response to the horrendous actions of Jeremy Christian. We are not surprised. Failing to adequately address hateful actions and rhetoric has become a trend with many in today’s GOP leadership. Today, all Republicans …

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There is something worse than growing housing rents: a permanent housing shortage. That’s what rent control gives a city. Rental prices go up as demand growth begins to outpace supply growth, but markets adjust when those higher prices signal profits …

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As a kid from small town Oregon, I generally want as little to do with the City of Portland as possible.  For a while I think many viewed Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler as a Democrat who might be a little … Continue reading →

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Eugene, OR — Students For Liberty will host an event the Redwood Auditorium at the University of Oregon . This event will be a two issue themed conference to cover taxation and public land issues. Speakers include: Wally Hicks, County …

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I’m always looking for new words and I found a doozy this past week in a conversation I was having with a friend of mine in the medical profession.  The word is idiopathic and in medical terms “relates to or … Continue reading

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We’re curious who you would pick among the Republicans currently rumored to run for Governor in 2018. Take our Twitter poll and let your voice be heard. Here’s some brief information about the candidates. Knute Buehler is the State Representative from Bend (House …

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By Steve Buckstein Ever since Oregon’s property tax limitation Measure 5 shifted the bulk of education funding from local sources to the state general fund in 1990, public education advocates have claimed that our schools are severely underfunded, spending less …

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