by Bob Clark
There is now an effort afoot to recall both Portland Commissioner Steve Novick and Mayor Charlie Hales.
Led by chief petitioner, Ray Horton, more than two dozen Portland citizens gathered this past Saturday, July 19, to support and launch an effort to recall both Novick and Hales. These citizens are provoked into such action, in large measure, because the Commissioner and Mayor continue to push their street fee/tax proposal even though it has met with overwhelming opposition from citizens at town hall meetings and in City Council Chambers. Continue reading
Patti Milne for State Senate
Woodburn, OR – The Marion County Farm Bureau has endorsed Patti Milne in her race for State Senate District 11. The Marion County Farm Bureau joins a growing group of organizations and local leaders who are supporting Milne, including Oregon Family Farms, the Oregon Taxpayer Association, Marion County Sheriff Jason Myers and Salem Mayor Anna Peterson.
“Farming families are a big part of our community’s economic foundation,” said Milne. “We must give them the tools they need to be successful. I’m proud of their support, and look forward to serving as their voice in the State Senate.” Continue reading
Oregon Senate Republicans
Hood River, OR – The Independent Party of Oregon has nominated Chuck Thomsen to represent them on the November ballot in Senate District 26. Out of all the Senate candidates seeking an Independent Party nomination across the state this year, Thomsen received the most votes.
“It’s an honor to represent Independent voters,” said Thomsen. “I try to work hard on finding solutions. Party line doesn’t matter too much to me. I think that goes a long way with Independent voters who want someone who is focused on common sense and compromise.”
Though he spent much of the past few weeks helping with his daughter’s wedding in Hood River, Thomsen was nominated with the largest vote total of any legislative candidate. Continue reading
By Taxpayer Association of Oregon
1. Illegal immigrant Driver cards Repeal: Reverses a new law that allows Oregonians who can’t prove they are in the US legally the right to obtain a driver card.
2. Equal Rights Amendment: Amends the Oregon Constitution to make sex discrimination illegal.
3. Legalization of marijuana: Legalizes the use of marijuana for those aged 21and older. Sales would be regulated by the Oregon Liquor Control Commission; tax revenues would go to a variety of public services. Prohibits smoking in public. Continue reading
Right From the Start
I am a huge fan of Gov. Sarah Palin. No, I don’t think she should be president (or vice-president) but she certainly could not have done worse than the present occupants of those two offices. My enthusiasm for Ms. Palin is based on her ability to give relentless and unapologetic voice to a vast swath of the populace generally ignored by a press corps that believes that all wisdom is found within a sixty mile swath surrounding Washington, D.C.
And even more so because of her ability to drive liberals crazy – and I mean stark raving, red-in-the-face, frothing-at-the-mouth, snot-slobbering, eyes-rolled-back-in-their-heads, hair-pulling, shut-the-door CRAZY. Ms. Palin gives liberals the opportunity to exercise all of that pent-up sexism they have had to repress in the name of “political correctness.” She fuels the rage they feel when they see an attractive woman espousing conservative ideas and realize they are stuck with the likes of Hillary Clinton, Nancy Pelosi and Debbie Wasserman-Schultz as their “public face.” It is the opportunity for us to laugh uproariously at their hypocrisy. Continue reading
by Dan Lucas
Property taxes are very important to Oregon cities, counties and schools. While the state government’s general fund depends largely on income taxes, county and city governments get most of their tax base from property taxes, and school districts and community colleges get large portions of their funding from property taxes.
Measure 5 and Measure 50, which were passed by Oregon voters in the 1990s, served to slow the growth of property tax collections. Measure 5 limited property taxes to 1.5% of assessed value and Measure 50 limited how quickly the assessed value could be raised to 3% a year.
During the 42 years between 1971 and 2013, statewide property tax collections increased every year, except for five years in the 1990s. My property taxes when I lived in Beaverton went from $1,780 in 1990 to $3,275 in 2013 for the same house – an increase of 84% over 23 years. Continue reading
Independent Party of Oregon
SALEM – 7/21/2014 – Republicans ran the table in this year’s Independent Party of Oregon Primary Election, winning 8 races that were contested between Republican and Democratic candidates, including the Oregon Governor’s race. This result reversed the trend of 2 years ago, when Democratic candidates won most of the contested races on the IPO ballot.
“As a group, the Republicans appeared to invest more time and resources into this election than did the Democrats. Oregon Right to Life sent out mailers in several districts, and the candidates themselves appeared to be working harder on outreach,” said Party Secretary, Sal Peralta. Continue reading