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One of my favorite movies is The Sheepman starring Glenn Ford. It is the story of Jason Sweet (Glenn Ford) who won a herd of sheep in a poker game and was bound and determined to graze the sheep on the open ranges of what was then cattle country. (It is a loose take on the famed Johnson County War.) The story begins when Sweet rides into town and asks one of the locals who is the toughest man in town. He is pointed to a bar where he confronts Jumbo McCall (Mickey Shaughnessy) and goads him into a fight. Sweet’s reasoning is that if he beats the toughest guy in town – and he does – he will have a lot less trouble from others when he brings the sheep into town. I think of this movie every time I hear President-elect Donald Trump talk about “draining the swamp” in Washington, D.C. and more so now that he has waffled on pursuing an investigation into former rival Hillary Clinton (D).
Rep. Mike McLane
Statement from House Republican Leader Mike McLane regarding Governor Brown’s proposed budget
Salem, Ore. – House Republican Leader Mike McLane (R-Powell Butte) issued the following statement regarding Governor Kate Brown’s proposed budget:
“My disappointment with regards to the state of our budget is matched only by the frustration of knowing that this situation was entirely preventable to begin with. We have known for years that Oregon was on an unsustainable fiscal path, yet our leaders continued to operate as if the bill would never come due. Well, it’s here, and despite record revenues and despite what has been described as a roaring state economy, we are being told we don’t have enough tax revenue to cover the tab. Continue reading
How Much Is the Elliott State Forest Worth to Oregon Schools? (Don’t Forget the Value of Compounding)
By John A. Charles, Jr.
Advocates of public schools frequently complain about the need for more money, yet many of them are now objecting that the State Land Board is on the verge of selling off the Elliott State Forest, which is an endowment asset for public schools.
The fact is, the Land Board is required by the Oregon Constitution to maximize revenue from the Elliott. The sale has to go forward because timber management is no longer profitable. But the Board should insist on competitive bids, which it is currently prohibiting. The Board should also remove all restrictions on future timber harvesting.
If the Elliott were sold in a competitive auction, it would likely go for $350 million or more. Let’s assume that the proceeds were invested in a manner similar to the PERS fund and had average annual returns of 7.5%, which is the target rate for PERS. Continue reading
by Sen. Doug Whitsett
Political discourse before, during and following the recent elections seems to have been more divisive than usual. The rhetoric has often been inaccurate, sometimes intentionally misleading, or otherwise just plain malicious.
During the past several months, such dialogue was commonly employed at the national, state and local levels. Citizens have protested in the streets carrying acrimonious signage and chanting slogans that many find offensive.
Some of those demonstrations turned violent and resulted in personal injuries and significant damage to private property. Those responsible for injuries and property damage should be held responsible.
Many continue to express their outrage. They allege feeling upset, hurt, offended, or suffering personal insult by seeing, hearing or reading passionately expressed diverse political opinion. Continue reading
Salem, Ore. – House Republican Leader Mike McLane (R-Powell Butte) issued the following statement yesterday regarding the passing of former Oregon House Speaker and Attorney General Hardy Myers:
“As Speaker of the House and as Oregon’s Attorney General, Hardy Myers served our state with great dignity and class. He will be remembered as one of the most distinguished and well respected Attorney Generals of our time. My thoughts and prayers are with the entire Myers family today.”
Remember when the Democrats talked about “tax reform” but they really meant tax increases? With the election of Donald Trump (R) as President and control of the House of Representatives and Senate still in the hands of the Republicans that narrative can change. But, quite frankly, I am not particularly encouraged that it will, particularly after an article in Saturday’s Wall Street Journal:
“Fault lines inside the corporate world are emerging over a proposed rewrite of the U.S. tax code, pitting importers against exporters.“At the heart of the fight is a Republican plan in Congress that would impose corporate taxes on imports while eliminating them from exports, a move that would upend decades of tax policy.
“The proposed shift in effect would curtail existing incentives for U.S. companies to move profits and operations abroad, but it would also pose new challenges for some global businesses. Retailers selling imported products and refiners using imported oil could be hardest hit, while some exporters could see their tax bills vanish.”
by NW Spotlight
Yesterday, Abdul Razak Ali Artan, a student of Somali descent, attacked students and faculty at Ohio State University using a car and a butcher knife. He was stopped within minutes by a campus police officer with a gun – who fatally shot him.
The attacker used his car to ram a crowd of people – “sending bodies flying into the air.” He then went after people with a butcher knife, “swinging and slashing wildly with the knife.” Then, according to the Columbus Dispatch, OSU Police Officer Alan Horujko confronted the attacker and shot and killed him, just a minute after the start of the attack. Continue reading