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By Reagan Knopp Commissioners from Marion and Clackamas Counties have made their decision, choosing Silverton Mayor Rick Lewis as the next State Representative from House District 18. He succeeds Vic Gilliam who resigned on February 1st. Lewis was sworn in …

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By Jacob Vandever Oregon is often painted as a liberal stronghold, unmoved even during big conservative waves such as in 2014. However when you dig into the numbers that idea is not as true as many would think. When you … Continue reading →

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Last week Speaker of the House Paul Ryan (R-WI) announced that the House would take up consideration of the repeal of the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) and its replacement right after the latest Congressional recess.  He also noted that once … Cont

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By Taxpayer Association of Oregon and Taxpayer Association Foundation, Oregon has the 12th highest pay in the U.S. for state public employees. Across the states, the average state employee wage and salary income is about 5.5 percent higher than the …

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By Taxpayer Association of Oregon A hearing on SJR 3 — a massive property tax increase is expected Tuesday February 21st at 8:30 in the Senate Finance Committee in the Salem State Capitol.  Homeowners are encouraged to testify against SJR …

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By John A. Charles, Jr. A bill has been introduced in the state legislature that would impose a $1,000 ownership tax every five years on automobiles more than 20 years old. Fortunately, leaders of the Republican Party quickly denounced it; … Continue r

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Former tough guy and Navy Seal, Congressman Scott Taylor will be a keynote speaker at Oregon’s Liberty Rally this Saturday February 25th. Congressman Taylor served as a SEAL sniper and served in Iraq, Yemen as well as in Central and …

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We’re covering the Oregon Republican House District 18 Nominating Convention happening right now in Donald, Oregon. Follow Oregon Catalyst on Twitter to follow along live.

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Oregon Catalyst contributor Jacob Vandever and former Editor Dan Lucas gave their thoughts on Trump along with a number of other well-spoken, Oregon conservative activists in an article by Jeff Mapes for OPB.

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By Eric Shierman Derek Thompson will be presenting his book Hit Makers: The Science of Popularity in an Age of Distraction at Powell’s Books next Wednesday. I’ve long been a fan of Thompson’s writing from the days when he was … C

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By Jacob Vandever I am a movement conservative.  While I have never been shy about voicing the disagreements I’ve had with other conservatives, at the end of the day if you believe in limited government, free enterprise, fiscal responsibility, and …

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By Taxpayer Association of Oregon, OregonWatchdog.com As many probably remember, the Taxpayer Association of Oregon was instrumental in defeating a proposal by the City of Lake Oswego to put taxpayers on the hook for $32 million fiber optic network. Government-owned …

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The “filibuster” is the least understood and most abused parliamentary maneuver in the United States Senate.  It has a rich historical pedigree that dates back to ancient Rome where Cato the Younger, a Roman senator, was said to have used …

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By Taxpayer Association of Oregon, Among the first bills introduced this year is HJR 1 which raises two different property taxes on your property! HJR 1 tears down the laws that limit how much you can be taxed on your … Continue reading

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Jayne Carroll, Host Jayne Carroll Show, KUIK AM 1360, M-F 3:00 – 6:00 p.m. Portland, Oregon Metropolitan area Is “transparency” just the latest evasive “shell game” being played by Oregon Governor Kate Brown to mask her slight of hand and …

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By Dan Lucas I was not a supporter of Donald Trump in the Republican primaries, and I had enough misgivings about him that I didn’t vote for him in the general election. I would have voted for him if I … Continue reading →

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By Reagan Knopp Adam Andrzejewski, writing for Forbes: Our analysis at American Transparency (OpenTheBooks.com) found 207 state contractors gave $805,876 in campaign cash to Governor Kate Brown ($518,203) and Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum ($287,673) since 2012. These businesses hold lifetime …

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By Taxpayer Association of Oregon Foundation, Governor Kate Brown and some lawmakers say the State of Oregon is facing a $1.7 billion budget shortfall in the 2017-19 biennium. Yet, this shortfall is in the face of all-time high tax money …

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By Eric Fruits, Ph.D. Despite an eight percent increase in general fund revenues, Governor Kate Brown and some lawmakers say the State of Oregon is facing a $1.7 billion budget shortfall in the 2017-19 biennium. In her inaugural address, the governor blames …

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Note from the editor: The following is a republishing of the email newsletter sent by Oregon State Senator Jeff Kruse. You can sign up for his newsletter on his legislative website. By Senator Jeff Kruse This was a week without a …

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By Reagan Knopp After being public for one day, the tax on coffee may already be dead. Willamette Week is reporting that Representative Phil Barnhart (D-Eugene) — Chair of the House Committee on Revenue — has said that a bill taxing …

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By Eric Shierman Thirty years ago ABC aired a provocative miniseries titled “Amerika” about a Soviet takeover of the United States. I watched it with my parents including ABC News’ panel discussions that followed every episode – heady stuff for …

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By Jacob Vandever In recent days it seems that our beloved elected official is in a competition of sorts to see who can oppose President Trump the most. So let’s take a look at the participants and see if we … Continue reading →

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By Betsy Shultz The rancor of politics is not new to me – given that I engage in politics and policy as a profession, I am constantly surrounded by passionate people believing radically different things. Sometimes I help my clients … Continue reading

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The weekend edition of The Wall Street Journal dutifully reported that new employment figures showed an additional 227,000 jobs created during January – a healthy but not spectacular level of growth that stands in marked contrast with the final three … Continue

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By Steve Buckstein Opponents of Betsy DeVos tried everything they could to keep her from becoming U.S. Secretary of Education. In the end, she was approved by the Senate on Tuesday with Vice President Pence breaking a 50-50 tie vote. …

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Senate Republicans call for leadership, reiterate determination to crafting bold, critical bipartisan solutions   SALEM, Ore.-Today, Senate Republicans delivered to Senate President Peter Courtney and Speaker of the House Tina Kotek a letter calling for leadership. From the letter: “The 2017 …

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By John A. Charles, Jr. and Lydia White The Sierra Club and other environmental groups are objecting to PGE’s plan for new, natural gas-powered generation to help replace the electrical output that will be lost when PGE shuts down the …

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Oregon Republican Party Chairman Bill Currier has issued an official call to the Precinct Committee Persons from HD 18 to convene a nominating convention to fill the vacancy in HD 18. The convention must choose three to five candidates to …

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