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Sen. Alan Olsen Salem, OR – For the fifth time, Senator Alan Olsen (R – Canby) will introduce legislation adding transparency in the amendment process. “We have a governor who promised more transparency in her administration, but we keep hearing …

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Oregon Senate Republicans Bipartisan Committee Says Majority Democrats Left Education $1.8 Billion Short Salem, Ore. – On Thursday, the Joint Special Committee on Public Education Appropriation revised an earlier assessment of K-12 education funding, approving a report stating Oregon schools …

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Seth Allan for U.S. Congress Sweet Cakes owners endorse Republican primary congressional candidate CANBY, Ore. – Seth Allan this week announced the endorsement of Aaron and Melissa Klein for his campaign for U.S. Congress. Aaron and Melissa’s religious beliefs kept …

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Oregon Right To Life Portland, OR—Tomorrow (Sunday, January 17, 2016), in Pioneer Courthouse Square, thousands of Oregonians from around the state will be convening to commemorate the 58 million lives lost to legalized abortion since 1973. The rally begins at …

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Rep. Mike Nearman (Salem, OR) — Rep. Mike Nearman announced his bills for the 2016 Legislative Session; noting that preserving current education reform, and pioneering new reforms to help improve education are critical. Legislators are allowed two priority bills in …

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Compassionate Conservatism: The Case for Living with Less, Giving Generously, and Focusing on Happiness Portland City Club January 29, 2016, 12:15 PCC Notice posted by Jason Williams Known best for his work on the junctions between culture, economics, and politics, …

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by NW Spotlight It seems that NOW Oregon Rep. Peter DeFazio (D) wants the U.S. Department of Justice to enforce federal laws in Oregon. DeFazio recently “gave a fiery speech on the U.S. house floor” on the “armed militia protest …

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by Sen. Doug Whitsett Once again, Oregon’s Democratic leadership is planning a further attack on our Second Amendment rights to own and bear firearms. Legislative Concept 250 (LC 250) is scheduled to be introduced as a Judiciary Committee bill this …

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Colm for Congress Oregon families, not Washington special interests, power Republican’s candidacy for 5th Congressional district STAYTON– Today, Colm Willis, a candidate for the Republican nomination in Oregon’s 5th Congressional district, announced he raised over $50,000 in individual contributions in …

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Oregon Senate Republicans Senate Democrats Pursuing ‘Dirty Dozen’ Partisan Proposals for 2016 Session New Mandates Slam Families and Small Businesses with Higher Costs Salem, Ore. – In the aftermath of a contentious legislative session defined by partisan politics, the majority …

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Rep. Dallas Heard Salem, OR – Representative Dallas Heard (R-Roseburg) issued the following statement yesterday evening regarding the tragedy that took place at Umpqua Community College: “There are no words to fully express the heartbreak and sorrow I feel over …

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Rep. Mike McLane Salem, OR – House Republican Leader Mike McLane (R-Powell Butte) issued the following statement regarding the tragedy that took place today at Umpqua Community College: “I am deeply saddened by the terrible tragedy that took place today …

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Rep. Knute Buehler Salem, OR – Representative Knute Buehler (R-Bend) issued the following statement regarding the tragedy that took place today at Umpqua Community College: “As someone who grew up in Roseburg and experienced many special times as a youth …

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by Sen. Doug Whitsett Former Governor John Kitzhaber remains the subject of occasional headlines reminding Oregonians of the aftermath of his brief fourth term in office. Nearly eight months after his resignation, news reports make clear state taxpayers are not …

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Last week Speaker of the House John Boehner (R-OH) “stunned” the political world by announcing that he was resigning as Speaker and from the United State House of Representatives at the end of October. I’m not sure why the “political …

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by Dan Lucas Democratic Gov. Kate Brown has recently confirmed that she will be running in next year’s special election for Oregon governor. The special election is for the remaining two years of Democratic Gov. John Kitzhaber’s 4-year term. Kitzhaber …

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by Ron Swaren Gridlock on the Interstate 5 (and I-205) highway through Portland continues at epidemic levels. I was out there on three afternoons last week and noticed it seemed to start earlier now, too. As early as 1 pm … Continue reading &#

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By Steve Buckstein Oregon and some other states mandate that their minimum wage increase every year with the Consumer Price Index. Based on that formula, it was announced earlier this month that Oregon’s minimum wage, the second highest in the country …

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by Sen. Doug Whitsett Political coincidences are uncommon. Political accidents are even more exceptional. The seemingly piecemeal progression toward the legalization of marijuana in Oregon and other states has been well-planned and orchestrated, and could not be described as either …

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by Sen. Jeff Kruse (R-Roseburg) I have received a lot of phone calls and emails on the subject of marijuana, which advocates say we should call cannabis, but for the sake of brevity in this update I will call it … Contin

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Oregon Senate Republicans Democrats raid K-12 education, rejecting intent of voters to spend corporate kicker on Oregon students Salem, OR – Senate Democrats are undermining the will of Oregon voters by refusing to spend the corporate kicker on K-12 education, …

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Tax lesson found in Portland Art Museum? By Taxpayer Association of Oregon OregonWatchdog.com There I was enjoying the spectacular Italian Fashion history exhibit at the Portland Art Museum when suddenly I stumbled upon a real-life tax lesson. Near the end …

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by NW Spotlight Former Vice President Al Gore won the Nobel Peace Prize in 2007. It was awarded jointly to Al Gore and the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) “for their efforts to build up and disseminate greater knowledge …

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Last week President Barack Obama assembled his ill-fated “summit” with the leaders of the Gulf Cooperation Council (Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, the United Arab Emirates, Qatar, Bahrain, and Oman.) Because of the distrust in Mr. Obama held by most of these …

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Rep. Jodie Hack Constitutional Amendment, If Approved By Voters, Would Establish Executive Impeachment Process Salem, OR – The Oregon House of Representatives today approved House Joint Resolution 31, an amendment to the Oregon Constitution that would establish a formal process …

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by Sen. Jeff Kruse (R-Roseburg) At the beginning of this Session legislative leadership set up a workgroup to put together a transportation package for the state. I was a member of that group and we met for about two months … Continue re

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By Steve Buckstein Do you donate to any nonprofit organizations such as charities, churches, or think tanks? Would you rather not be subject to possible retribution for supporting what others might think are the “wrong ideas”? Then you won’t want …

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By Taxpayer Association of Oregon, Oregonwatchdog.com This is a short essay contest, 250 to 450 words, to help promote the ideas of students, young writers (ages 35 & under) and new writers in Oregon. Even better, you CHOOSE one of …

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by Sen. Jeff Kruse (R-Roseburg) The big news this week was the revenue forecast, which is up an additional $463 million. This means there is an additional $1.75 billion in this budget cycle. On the front end we should keep …

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