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Of the things we need to worry about in the Pacific Northwest, the cost of electricity isn’t one of them. We are ground zero for the deregulation of wholesale electricity prices and our region enjoys the lowest in the country. … Continue re

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By Taxpayer Association of Oregon The year is almost over.  You can help by using your free Oregon Political Tax Credit or by making a tax deductible charitable donation to the Oregon Taxpayer Foundation.   Look below at some of the …

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Business Development Manager Rob Reynolds, longtime Clackamas County resident seeks to represent Fifth District in Majority Party in Congress Oregon City, Ore — Rob Reynolds longtime Clackamas County Resident and business manager announces his campaign to represent overlooked Oregonians. Rob’s …

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By Taxpayer Association of Oregon This morning’s CNN top headline “The end of the net as we know it” is one of the most biased and misrepresented headlines I have seen in a while.   Ending the internet as we know … Con

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“The Democratic Senator from Alabama” is a strange thing to hear in the 21st century.  Since Jeff Sessions original election to the Senate in 1996, the United State’s Senate delegation from Alabama has been very reliably Republican. But that all …

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  Rep. Corrine Brown (D-FL) was recently sentenced to five years in prison for fraud involving over $800,000, According to The Washington Post: “Corrine Brown, a former longtime United States representative from Florida, was sentenced to five years in prison …

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By John A. Charles, Jr. On Friday, Dec. 1, the Republican-controlled Senate passed a 479-page tax reform bill in the dark of night without holding any public hearings. Moreover, the bill itself was not in final form during the floor … Continue reading

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Oregon’s Grant County Public Utility District has very low electricity rates. Responding to this basic commodity price, a great arbitrage is underway in one of Oregon’s most poor counties. Its cheap power is being used to create cybergold. Bitcoin mining is …

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  There are a variety of explanations to the term “wrong end of the stick.” Some say it originated with holding the small end of a walking stick rendering its purpose virtually useless. Others suggest that it refers to an … Continue readi

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By Northwest Spotlight Official state audits show major mismanagement in the administration of Governor Kate Brown. The Oregon Health Authority has been wasting millions. As Secretary of State, Kate Brown failed in her duties as chief auditor, presiding over some …

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By Steve Buckstein Oregonians will have the opportunity in January to vote No on Ballot Measure 101, thus rejecting new taxes that the state legislature and the governor tried to impose on health insurance premiums and hospital services. While these …

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That’s a vexing question on the minds of many investors right now. One of the leading scholars on the topic, the Sloan School of Management’s Antoinette Schoar, recently presented a paper at MIT’s Fiduciary Investors Symposium suggesting the asset class …

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According to the most recent voter registration numbers, Democrats in Oregon have around a 10.16% voter registration advantage over Republicans.  Democrats are sitting at around 36.66% of all registered voters and Republicans come in around 26.50%.  We have not seen …

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By Secretary of State Dennis Richardson Today, my Audits Division released the long-awaited and detailed Oregon Health Authority (OHA) Audit Report entitled, “Oregon Health Authority Should Improve Efforts to Detect and Prevent Improper Medicaid Payments.” This report documents the failure …

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These days politicians seem deaf to any criticism or accountability that doesn’t come from their own party. This development necessitate that each party hold their own members accountable for their actions. That isn’t happening.As the editor in chief of the …

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  In the aftermath of the stories regarding sexual assault and sexual harassment leveled by a variety of actresses and others against Hollywood strongman Harvey Weinstein other women have now come forward with similar allegations against prominent politicians and news …

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By Rob Taylor Sex scandals aside, taxes are the biggest issue on the table right now, which is understandable when most families are spending more on taxes than they do on housing, food, and clothing combined.  Most people think they …

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By John A. Charles, Jr. Earlier this year the state legislature passed a bill requiring the Oregon Transportation Commission (OTC) to apply for federal authorization to implement “value pricing” on two regional highways: I-205, and I-5 from the Washington border …

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By REP. E. WERNER RESCHKE Another Thanksgiving has come and gone, and immediately onto Christmas we trod only to soon-be eclipsed by celebrating the new year. However, before we leave this moment of Thanksgiving I would like to share a …

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Last year I told my friend Bob Clark that if the Trump administration actually repeals Obama’s net neutrality rules, I would give them some credit here on the pages of the Oregon Catalyst. Thanksgiving weekend is the perfect time to … Continue rea

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By Steve Buckstein You may not have learned this in school, but prior to the 1623 Thanksgiving celebration in the Plymouth colony it had the equivalent of a modern-day socialist economy. Land and crops were held in common; and food … Continue re

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  The do-nothing United States Senate led by the Republicans has given us its first draft of “tax reform and reduction” and one has to conclude: “Why bother? I noted in an earlier column that I do not believe that … Continue reading

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Under Republican control, the U.S. House of Representatives has moved several large pieces of legislation. The two most notable are health care reform and tax reform. These bills moved quickly and efficiently through the lower chamber. They now appear to …

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By Oregon Elections Division Salem, OR — Today, the Oregon Elections Division released the election manual updates under consideration for the 2018 election cycle. After considering public feedback, the Elections Division intends to finalize manual changes effective January 1, 2018. …

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By Kathryn Hickok EdChoice recently conducted a groundbreaking survey of military-connected families seeking to understand their perspectives on K-12 education and school choice. EdChoice is a nonpartisan research organization that promotes expanded educational options for all children. The survey found …

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When I have the time, I enjoy a good conversation on social media. I don’t call people names. I keep it civil, but I love to lock horns with someone and take them to the mat, socratically isolating their premises from their conclusion. …

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In 2010 I stumbled onto the Oregon State University classroom as a college freshman.  As a political science major with conservative/libertarian values, I quickly found a home with the OSU College Republicans.  I can remember the first time I volunteered …

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SALEM, Ore.—Today, state Rep. Knute Buehler, R-Bend, today called on state Sen. Jeff Kruse, R-Roseburg, to resign immediately and released the following statement: “The recent allegations of sexual harassment, misconduct and inappropriate behavior in the Oregon Capitol have elevated important …

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A formal complaint was recently filed against Oregon Senator Jeff Kruse regarding multiple accounts of sexual misconduct in the Oregon State Capitol. The allegations are extensive and disturbing.  Last month, I shared my support for victims of harassment and abuse—that no …

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In 1994, Oregon’s overwhelmingly Democrat majority approved by a narrow margin Oregon’s Death With Dignity Act. It is euphemistically named thusly as if government approval of a form of suicide makes it dignified. (Not uncharacteristic of liberal/progressive rationale, all other …

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