Why a Progressive Supports Redistricting Reform

We live in a time of highly partisan redistricting. Secretary of State Dennis Richardson has developed a plan to lead us in a new, less partisan, less biased direction. Many Democrats have been lining up to call this a power grab, but in reality, Richardson seeks to hand over this power to a computer algorithm that could only be overridden by a supermajority of technical experts with a balanced party affiliation.

I spoke with Seth Woolley of the Pacific Green Party about this plan, and he points out the Oregon Democratic Party has been gerrymandering districts in its favor; so they are likely to oppose a more fair system that changes that status quo. Woolley is uniquely qualified to comment on Richardson’s proposal for three reasons. First, he’s not a Republican. Second, as a computer scientist at Uber, he has expertise in database algorithms that deal with geospatial-based services, and third, he was on Richardson’s Independent Redistricting Task Force, having helped provide the principles that produced this proposal.
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Stop HB 2006 from slashing your Home Mortgage Interest Deduction

By Taxpayer Association of Oregon

What would you say if I told you that you and your family could lose your mortgage interest deduction forever?

Well, that’s exactly what Big Government leaders are trying do under a scheme to pass HB 2006. Unbelievable, right?

Middle class families have built their entire financial lives around the promise of the mortgage interest deduction. Now greedy politicians want to pull the rug out from homeowners and cause a financial collapse for many families. Continue reading

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Don’t Let Politics Ruin Good Things

The cancellation of the The 82nd Avenue of Roses Parade in Portland due to threats from groups who were unhappy that the local Republican organization dared to participate really made me realize how much American society in 2017 allows politics to ruin otherwise good things.  Politics are very important and they require some degree of participation from the general populous, but I don’t believe politics were meant to dominate as much of our lives as they have come to.  Life is about so much more than just politics and forgetting that can cause us to miss out on some really wonderful things, like a parade. Continue reading

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Comparing Ponzi Schemes between Bernie Madoff and Gov. Kate Brown

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 buy to educate Oregonians on the $22 Billion PERS deficit crisis and how Oregon and its political leaders have gotten into this deficit. You can view the website at OregonPonziScheme.com. This is the first ad of a series designed to report on the Coalition’s research and inform Oregonians. Continue reading

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Political Correctness Driven to the Absurd

Right From the Start

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 life – over fifty years – and have never been able to reconcile those two views.  The taking of a human life (except in self-defense or war) is the taking of a human life.  I oppose both and feel quite comfortable defending those views.  I believe in individual responsibility and yet recognize a societal obligation to care for the poor, the disabled, and the abused.

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Oregon Might Join the 21st Century on Ride-sharing

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 state where it’s still illegal for customers to pump their own gas at service stations — a make-work throwback to the 1950s. Continue reading

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Arizona’s Universal Education Savings Account Law: A “Breakthrough” in Education Financing for Students Today

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 Arizona children, phased in over the next few years.

The Heritage Foundation’s education policy fellow Lindsay Burke explains:

Education savings accounts represent a breakthrough in public education financing. Instead of sending funding directly to district schools, and then assigning children to those schools based on where their parents live, parents receive 90 percent of what the state would have spent on their child in their district school, with funds being deposited directly into a parent-controlled account.

Parents can spend the money on the educational services that best meet their children’s individual needs, such as private or home schools, tutors, online courses, and therapy. Funds not used by the student in a given year can be rolled over for future years. Continue reading

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The Poor Aren’t Getting Poorer

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 that our indexing of prices over time understate inflation, the opposite is the case.   Continue reading

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The Reshaping of Conservative Media

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 and being celebrated over at the MSNBC studios.  No matter your feeling about Bill O’Reilly or the accusations against him, it marks a titanic shift in the way that conservative Americans get their news. Continue reading

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Rebecca Tweed wins 17th annual Thomas Jefferson Award

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 helping bring together one of the largest coalition’s in Oregon history to defeat Oregon’s largest tax increase threat known as Measure 97.    It is not an overstatement to say that because of Rebecca Tweed and the defeat of Measure 97 and it’s $3 billion tax increase that there are numerous  small businesses that have been spared from closing and numerous everyday Oregonians spared from layoffs. Continue reading

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Forrest Gump and CalPERS

Right From the Start

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 demands of the public employee unions to such an extent that contributions made annually by the state governments are insufficient to fund the future liability for inflated pensions and benefits.

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Thomas Jefferson Award winner TBA on radio today

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 KUIK1360.com.    The coveted Thomas Jefferson Award is a 17 year tradition of the Taxpayer Association of Oregon (since 1999) and the Oregon Executive Club (since 1975).    The distinguished Thomas Jefferson Award is given for Oregonians who advance the principles of individual liberties and limited government.  Previous winners have been Dennis Richardson, Steve Buckstien, Dorothy English, Don McIntire and many more.    It is an honor to announce the the winner on the legendary Jayne Carroll Radio program as Jayne Carroll has been a longtime on-air voice in Oregon for 17 years! Continue reading

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Knute Buehler: Urban and Rural Oregonian

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 Bend as State Representative for District 54.

When asked what his plans are for 2018, Buehler gives a coy answer. “I’m running for something in 2018.” Continue reading

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