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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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- Measure to create an independent water board to fix Portland water tax abuse failed. Portland Measure 26-156 Water Board (Reporting: 28%) No 54,133 71% Yes 21,584 29% The Anti-GMO measures passing.  New problems for Oregon farmers. Jackson County’s Measure …

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As of 5:00am 5/21 US Senate: Monica Wehby (125,381)… 50.38% Jason Conger (92,576……) 37.20% Mark Callahan (16,926)…. 6.80% Jo Rae Perkins (7,045)…… 2.83% Timothy I Crawley (6,014). 2.42% Write-in Votes (924)………. 0.37% Governor Dennis Richardson 150,808 65.66% Gordon Chall

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When history is written the catch phrase that will best describe President Barack Obama’s two terms will be “Protect Your Own.” In a previous column I wrote about Attorney General Eric Holder’s recurring decisions to protect the Wall Street officers …

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As of 10:00 Governor Bruce A Cuff 8,314 8.42% Gordon Challstrom 9,859 9.99% Tim Carr 5,809 5.88% Dennis Richardson 65,601 66.44% Mae Rafferty 7,239 7.33% Darren Karr 1,017 1.03% Write-in Votes 898 0.91% House 18th Vic Gilliam 957 54.41% David … Co

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Jason Conger for U.S. Senate “Wehby wimps out on televised debate” ~ Oregonian Editorial Board “If Team Wehby doesn’t consider her ready for the crucible of a live TV debate, why should Republican voters consider her ready for a race …

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Dr. Monica Wehby For U.S. Senate Portland, OR: Friday, a new poll by DailyCaller/Vox Populi Polling shows the Oregon senate race between Dr. Monica Wehby and Sen. Jeff Merkley is a dead heat. Among those surveyed 40% planned on voting … Continue reading

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by NW Spotlight Left-leaning John Oliver recently skewered the Cover Oregon disaster on his HBO political talk show. Speaking on the $248 million wasted on Cover Oregon, Oliver said “To be fair to Oregon, not all of that money was …

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Dr. Monica Wehby For U.S. Senate “Dr. Wehby is the kind of leader Oregon needs — someone who has strong experience outside of government, who can bring trust and accountability back to Washington.” -Mitt Romney Portland, OR: Today, Mitt Romney, …

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Jason Conger for U.S. Senate “When it comes to preparation, knowledge of the issues and an ability to express the results of clear thinking, there’s no contest.“ - Willamette Week The Willamette Week announced their endorsement for Jason Conger today. They …

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by Sen. Doug Whitsett Carbon taxes: redistribution of wealth from the private sector to government coffers – unmatched by any previous government scheme for raising taxes. The California Assembly enacted its “Global Warming Solutions Act”, in 2006. The law mandates …

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