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Oregon Political News and Commentary

Ad campaign compares Ponzi Schemes between Bernie Madoff and Gov. Kate Brown By the Self-Serving Politicians are Driving Oregon into Bankruptcy Coalition April 26, 2017 — The Self-Serving Politicians are Driving Oregon into Bankruptcy Coalition has begun a statewide ad …

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Rigid adherence to any political ideology will ultimately produce foolish results.  For instance the accepted norm for conservatives is to oppose abortion on demand while supporting imposition of the death penalty.  I have been a conservative all of my adult …

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By Steven Greenhut Oregon has a reputation as young and hip, given the vibrant tech economy in cities like Portland, Eugene and Salem. But the Beaver State sometimes also shows a stodgy resistance to newfangled ideas. After all, this is a …

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By Kathryn Hickok Six years ago, Arizona became the first state to pass an Education Savings Account law for some K-12 students. Earlier this month, Arizona lawmakers passed a new ESA bill which expands the program eligibility to include all …

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Bruce Sacerdote, Professor of Economics at Dartmouth College, has submitted a new paper to the National Bureau of Economic Research tackling a vexing measurement error problem in tracking the growth of income over the past fifty years. Despite popular perceptions …

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Bill O’Reilly leaving Fox News marks the end of an era for American conservative media.  For years O’Reilly has been a ratings juggernaut in the world of cable news.  O’Reilly’s departure is saddening to many of his long time fans …

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Rebecca Tweed wins 2017 Thomas Jefferson Award By Taxpayer Association of Oregon The 17th annual Thomas Jefferson Award was awarded to Rebecca Tweed on the Jayne Carroll Radio Program KUIK 1360.   Rebecca Tweed was recognized for her vital role in …

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The California Public Employees Retirement System (CalPERS) is in financial trouble.  It’s nothing new.  CalPERS, like the public employees retirement systems in big spender states (e.g. Oregon, Illinois, Massachusetts, Connecticut, and others) have succumbed to the escalating wage and benefit …

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By Taxpayer Association of Oregon The 17th annual Thomas Jefferson Award winner will be announced on the Jayne Carroll Radio Program on KUIK 1360 today at prime drive time 5:00pm.   All Oregonians can listen in live via the internet at …

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At first glance, State Representative Knute Buehler (R-Bend), is exactly what you’d expect from by looking at his resume. Buehler was born in Roseburg, played Baseball at Oregon State, received his medical degree from Johns Hopkins University, and now represents …

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Some may already have seen the headlines, but for those who have not, it is with deep sadness that we must report the wife of Oregon State Senator Herman Baertschiger Jr. passed away on Saturday night. Leta Baertschiger was involved in a pedestrian-vehicle collision. She was …

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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.  While a bill for consideration has not yet been finalized, some discussions have begun that could lead to a tax …

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By Steve Buckstein School choice programs allow students to choose schools or other educational resources and pay for them with a portion of the tax funding that otherwise would go to the public school assigned to them by their ZIP …

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By Dr. Bud Pierce In 1859, Oregon became America’s 33rd state. The authors of Oregon’s Constitution wisely term limited Oregon’s Governor, Secretary of State, and Treasurer. These founding citizens realized that politicians consolidate power when elected to political office. With …

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Democrats love to promise “infrastructure spending,” a phrase ripe with the logical fallacy of equivocation where a loaded term means different things. For many businesses across our state, infrastructure most readily means expanding freeway capacity in the Portland area so that our …

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I was born in 1992, meaning that Oregon has not had a single Republican Governor in my lifetime.  It is no secret that one of my greatest aspiration is to have a Republican move into Mahonia hall before I die. … Continue reading →

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  Wilsonville, OR– Oregon Republican Party Chairman Bill Currier filed an official Judicial Complaint with the Oregon Commission on Judicial Fitness and Disability against Multnomah County Judge Monica Herranz for her role in helping a criminal defendant to escape Federal …

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Monday’s Wall Street Journal (April 10, 2017) carried competing opinion pieces regarding “Should the Social Security Trust Fund Be Allowed to Invest in Stocks.”  It is an interesting debate that surprisingly finds the left supporting stock market investment and the …

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Today, Morning Consult — a media and political research firm — updated their list of America’s Most & Least Popular Governors. In the polling conducted by Morning Consult, Governor Kate Brown is shown to have a positive approval rating of 58% and …

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SALEM, OR — Secretary of State Dennis Richardson wants to maximize voter participation and access, while ensuring election integrity. He believes that every Oregonian who is eligible to vote should be able to vote. A new administrative rule and executive action …

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Representative Bill Post Testifies In Favor Of “Sudafed Rx Repeal” State Representative Bill Post, State Representative Bill Post (R-Keizer) testified before the House Health Care Committee in favor of House Bill 2128, which would make it easier to access certain …

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By Kathryn Hickok A case study on urban renewal suggests that private and charter schools can act as positive drivers of economic development and neighborhood stability. The report, Renewing Our Cities, was produced by EdChoice, a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization promoting …

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By Sally C. Pipes President Donald Trump is not the only politician saying he is going to work to get drug prices down. Oregon lawmakers are already patting themselves on the back for tackling drug prices. Rep. Mitch Greenlick (D-Portland) …

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I am enlisting Oregonians in the fight against ISIS and terrorism By Jason Williams (Founder of Taxpayer Association of Oregon, OregonCatalyst, OregonWatchdog) Average Oregonians need to be engaged in this historic battle against terrorism, ISIS and in the Syrian war. …

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There’s little reason to expect the filibuster for legislation to hold now that it’s been removed from all judicial nominations. What’s remarkable is that this procedural rule has lasted this long. Game theory is the formal analysis of human action …

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I often joke with my friends about how whenever the Oregon Legislature goes into session it means your freedoms are at risk until Sine Die. Unfortunately recent events indicate that there are forces at work in the capitol building who … Continue reading

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Priority Oregon launches ad campaign against Son of Measure 97 gross receipts tax By Taxpayer Association of Oregon me> The Son of Measure 97 tax is back in many forms at the State Capitol.   Standing up for the voters who …

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Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) announced this weekend that the Senate would confirm Supreme Court nominee Judge Neil Gorsuch by Friday.  He stated that it is up to the Democrats to determine whether they will filibuster Mr. Gorsuch’s nomination …

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Keynote Speaker: Senator Tim Knopp on reforming PERS Executive  Club  Meeting 7:00 pm  •  Wed.  April 5th  •  Portland Airport Shilo Inn State Senator Tim Knopp is a native Oregonian who has lived in Central Oregon for almost 4 decades. For …

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By Lydia White The City of Portland’s inclusionary zoning* requirements have turned a once-gushing housing development market into sludge. This was predicted by nearly everyone outside the central planning bureaucratic bubble. In a rush to beat a February 1st deadline, …

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