Oregonians for Sound Fuel Policy
The Oregon Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) is adopting rules to implement the costly new Low Carbon Fuel Standard (LCFS). This “hidden gas tax” will hurt working families and small businesses, and we need your help.
The DEQ’s Environmental Quality Commission will hold a public hearing on proposed rules on November 6. Continue reading
By Third Century Solutions,
A documentary film, “Beyond the Oregon Myth, Kevin and Georgie Investigate,” was released today by Third Century Solutions, LLC. The movie shows that Oregon’s long economic decline did not happen by chance, but rather is the result of longstanding policies that continue to be supported by many of Oregon’s elected leaders.
Right From the Start
With the recent rise of the newest barbaric terrorist group – the self-proclaimed “Islamic State” – and the increasing number of individual attacks by home grown Islamic terrorists, the question I hear most often is “Are we at war with Islam?” Your answer to that question is, for now, irrelevant. President Barack Obama and the congressional leadership have said no. They control the military, the policy and the treasury and their decision is, in fact, the decision of the United States.
However, I think that the question is precisely the wrong one. The question should be “Is Islam at war with us?” And the answer to that question is not quite so simple. Continue reading
by Lars Larson
I’ve marked my ballot in Washington State and it’s a “no” vote on Initiative 594, an anti-gun bill by any standard.
When a teenager went crazy and shot his friends at Pilchuck High School in Marysville, Washington, a number of you wrote to me and said it would fuel the support for 594. In fact, the opposite is true.
Jaylen Fryberg shot five of his classmates before shooting and killing himself. Police say Fryberg used a .40 caliber handgun belonging to his father. Initiative 594 would not have prevented Jaylen Fryberg from getting a hold of that gun. Continue reading
By Matthew Hayes
Recently, Michigan approved Right to Try legislation with overwhelming bipartisan support. Colorado, Missouri, and Louisiana all passed similar measures this year, with Arizonans voting on the issue this November. What is Right to Try and why is it gaining steam?
Spearheaded by the Goldwater Institute, an Arizona-based public policy organization, Right to Try legislation allows terminally ill patients access to drugs, biotics, and implants that have completed basic FDA safety testing but are still awaiting further approval. Continue reading
by Sen. Doug Whitsett
Readers should make no mistake. ODOT and many political leaders foresee Oregon as being the first state to initiate and implement a vehicle mileage tax.
Oregon is the first state in the nation to establish a Road Usage Charge Program. The Department of Transportation (ODOT) alleges that charging vehicles for miles driven is needed to create sustainable funding sufficient to pay for Oregon highways.
ODOT claims that revenue collected from fuel taxes, used to support Oregon transportation system construction and maintenance, has been declining since the early 1990s. Officials from the agency say that the decrease generally results from Oregonians driving more fuel efficient vehicles as well as driving fewer miles. The 30 cent per gallon State fuel tax collects less revenue when the average driver uses less fuel. Continue reading
Rep. Kim Thatcher
An Oregonian article earlier this month about my highway businesses certainly set the stage for accusations to be levied and sensationalized about my businesses. I find it necessary to clear up a few things.
The story was based on just that; “accusations” on litigation that, years ago, was resolved and closed. My companies have never been convicted of any crime or wrongdoing, but you would not be able to tell that based on the story.
I won’t go into all the details, but working on a contract from state agencies can often be complicated…especially when it comes to public works. Continue reading