A Prescription for Affordable Housing in Portland

CascadeNewLogo e1342826659899 A Prescription for Affordable Housing in PortlandBy Everet Rummel

A new issue faces Portland. City Hall is considering waiving development fees for developers of market-rate housing in the Old Town Chinatown district. Chinatown is Portland’s oldest neighborhood and has earned an unpleasant reputation. City Hall claims that waiving these fees, which cover a project’s impact on urban infrastructure, can stimulate building in Chinatown. In the past, only developers of so-called “affordable housing” have been granted this waiver. Continue reading

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Obamacare: More flaws now that we’re finding out what’s in it

Sen Doug Whitsett Obamacare: More flaws now that we’re finding out what’s in it

by Sen. Doug Whitsett

The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act was debated throughout much of 2009 and eventually enacted on a party line vote of Congress. The president signed Obamacare into law on March 23, 2010.

During the national debate leading up to that vote, former Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives Nancy Pelosi infamously stated: But we have to pass the bill so that you can find out what is in it, away from the fog of controversy”. More than four years later, the courts are still debating what is actually in the bill.

The Obamacare mandate requires certain people to purchase health care insurance or to pay a penalty. The administration adamantly and vocally claimed that this mandate was authorized under the Commerce Clause of the US Constitution. It further argued that the Obamacare mandate is not a tax. Continue reading

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The Oregonian newspaper moves on Monday

by NW Spotlight

The Oregonian newspaper reported this week that it will be moving on Monday into its new office space in the Crown Plaza building at 1500 S.W. First Ave in Portland – two floors of office space “designed with a focus on journalism and sales in a digital age.” The Portland Tribune reported in March of this year that “The [Oregonian] has been downsizing and shifting its focus to the internet for several years.”

Oregonian in Crown Plaza 1sm The Oregonian newspaper moves on Monday

The Oregonian in Crown Plaza – July 2014 (Oregon Catalyst)

The Oregonian had been in its old location in The Oregonian Building at 1320 S.W. Broadway in Portland for 66 years, since 1948. Prior to 1948 The Oregonian had been in a building at Southwest 6th Ave and Alder St. Continue reading

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Portland Street Tax Proposal Sparks Recall Effort

Recall Hales and Novick thb Portland Street Tax Proposal Sparks Recall Effort

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

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Local farmer’s group endorses Patti Milne

Patti Milne Local farmers group endorses Patti Milne

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

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Independent voters nominate Chuck Thomsen

Sen Chuck Thomsen thb Independent voters nominate Chuck Thomsen

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

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7 ballot measures make Nov. Ballot

By Taxpayer Association of OregonWatchdog 7 ballot measures make Nov. Ballot

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

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