Western Liberty Network’s “Take The Offensive” Conference 2017

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Those of us who support of limited government have new and exciting opportunities. It’s time to get off defense and take the offensive! Get the tools, information, and inspiration you need to succeed by attending Western Liberty Network’s Sixth Annual Leadership and Activist Training Conference and Expo.

ABOUT THE EVENT

Speakers and Presenters. On January 27-28 you can meet and hear speakers like Grover Norquist, President of Americans for Tax Reform, and train yourself to be politically successful in 2017 at the same event! You will also will see and hear State Senators Tim Knopp, Kim Thatcher, State Representative Knute Buehler, Steve Buckstein (fmr. President, Cascade Policy Institute), Rebecca Tweed (Campaign Manager of the “NO on 97” campaign), Sam Carpenter, author, businessman, and past U.S. Senate candidate, Scott Jorgansen, senior legislative staffer and author, and more!

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The Oregon Education Solution Whose Time Has Come

By Kathryn Hickok

This is National School Choice Week, the world’s largest celebration of parental choice and effective educational options for all children.

Students have different talents and needs and learn in different ways. The landscape of options to meet those needs is more diverse today than ever. These options include traditional public schools, charter schools, magnet schools, online learning, private schools, and homeschooling.

Oregon’s 2012 “Mother of the Year” Bobbie Jager says, “The word ‘choice’ in our home means, ‘of high quality and carefully selected,’ as our children’s education and schools should be. As parents, we need to be able to make these choices for each of our children.”

Parents—not public school bureaucracies—should be in the educational “driver’s seat.” To really empower Oregon families, the Legislature should enact Senate Bill 437. This law would give parents who want to opt out of a public school that is not meeting their child’s needs a portion of the per-student state funding for spending on their child’s education in other ways. Continue reading

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Dorchester makes big move to the Capital

By NW Spotlight,

Oregon’s longest standing independent political conference called Dorchester, an amazing 53 year tradition, is moving from Seaside Oregon to the town at the heart of Oregon politics — Salem.   The Conference is happening at the Salem Convention Center on Saturday March 3-4th, 2017.  The big keynote speaker will be announced soon.  Here is the early line-up.

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Doug Whitsett: Public Employee Compensation — The Problem that Will Not Go Away

By Doug Whitsett 

Note from the author: Oregon’s state government budgets have been in disarray for nearly two decades. Many of the causes seemed evident to me following my first legislative session. The following opinion was part of my 2005 “end of session” newsletter.

Anybody that has had the chance to discuss Oregon politics with me for longer than five minutes has probably heard me discuss the crisis that Oregon is facing in terms of the unsustainable rate of public employee compensation. It is NOT a myth dreamt up by some conservative right-wing Republican. The crisis is very real. If we do not act to reverse it, we are in serious trouble.

I wanted to take a few minutes, at the end of a legislative session where this impending crisis was intentionally ignored, to share some thoughts on the issue. It is my hope to create some momentum to deal with the problem in the future.

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Today is a Day to Dwell on First Principles

By Eric Shierman 

The inauguration of Donald Trump should spur contemplation not celebration among Conservatives. What are the first principles upon which your worldview is built? Do you have a coherent vision of the state’s legitimate role in society? What do you think America’s role should be in the world?

To me, the word “Conservative” is not merely a trivially derivative term meaning someone opposed to change (like the conservatives in the Soviet Politburo that instigated a coup against Gorbachev). American Conservative ideology has a narrow meaning to describe William F. Buckley Jr’s fusing religious conservatism with free market economics in the 1950s, Barry Goldwater’s adding national security conservatism into this mix in the 1960s, and Ronald Reagan’s defining the policy agenda for a generation, my generation, with this “three-legged stool” in the 1980s.

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‘You be the Trump’ Challenge

By NW Spotlight,

Take the “You Be the Trump” challenge by telling us what YOU would do in the first week of the Presidential inauguration.

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Fortress Oregon’s Resistance To Trump

By Jacob Vandever 

With the Democratic Party being at a low point in their influence on the national stage, Oregon is in a unique position as one of the few states where Democrats still have a firm grip on the reigns of power. Come Inauguration Day, not only will there be folks taking to the streets to protest President Trump, but there will also be groups meeting across the state to discuss how to organize against the Trump Administration here in Oregon.

Just a few of the events scheduled this weekend in Portland include the “Anti-Betsy DeVos Walkout and Protest”, “Rise up and Resist Fascism”, Portland State’s “Student Walkout on Trump’s Inauguration”, and the “Inauguration Day Flag Burning Extravaganza”. These people won’t simply be marching through the streets and breaking windows, although that is almost guaranteed to happen, they will be exchanging contacts, signing people up for updates, and making plans on how Oregon can be ground zero in the fight against the Trump administration. Continue reading

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On the Inauguration of Donald J. Trump

Right From the Start

This Friday, January 20, at noon Eastern Standard Time, Donald J. Trump will be sworn into service as the Forty-fifth President of the United States by Chief Justice John Roberts of the United States Supreme Court.  While the traditions of the inauguration will be followed religiously, the sideshows by disaffected liberals and the disappointed mainstream media will be unlike anything we have ever seen before.  Following are some observations about the event.

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Huckabee, All-Stars to join Oregon Freedom Rally!

By Oregon Liberty Allaince,
4th Annual Oregon Freedom Rally sponsored by the Oregon Liberty Alliance. Rally to support fiscal responsibility, life, family values, public safety and religious liberty. Join us and support Freedom at the 2017 Freedom Rally on February 25th at 12 PM

Mike Huckabee, Presidential candidate
Star Parker, Center for Urban Renewal founder,
Con. Scott Taylor, Navy Seal, Virginia Congressman
Dennis Richardson. Oregon Secretary of State Continue reading

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All of Us Are to Blame for Fake News; We All Have to Want to Fix It

By Reagan Knopp

Over the last several months, our society has started a discussion about fake news. The left believes anything that affirms conservative views is fake news. Trump supporters believe anything spoken against Trump is fake news. Everyone in the middle is more confused than ever. Who is to blame?

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Remarks on Signing the Bill Making the Birthday of Martin Luther King, Jr., a National Holiday

By Reagan Knopp

Note from the Editor: On November 2, 1983, President Ronald Reagan signed legislation creating Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. This is the text of the speech President Reagan gave at that bill signing.

Mrs. King, members of the King family, distinguished Members of the Congress, ladies and gentlemen, honored guests, I’m very pleased to welcome you to the White House, the home that belongs to all of us, the American people.

When I was thinking of the contributions to our country of the man that we’re honoring today, a passage attributed to the American poet John Greenleaf Whittier comes to mind. “Each crisis brings its word and deed.” In America, in the fifties and sixties, one of the important crises we faced was racial discrimination. The man whose words and deeds in that crisis stirred our nation to the very depths of its soul was Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

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Kate Brown’s Math Problem

By John A. Charles, Jr.

For the past 18 months, the Oregon Land Board has been working to sell the Elliott State Forest. The decision to seek buyers was based on the fact that the Elliott is losing money, and it is supposed to be making money for Oregon schools.

At its December meeting, the Board was presented with a firm offer of $221 million from a private buyer. Instead of accepting the offer, the Board did nothing. Governor Kate Brown said she wants to sell bonds to buy the Elliott so that it remains in public ownership.

The only problem is that the public already owns it. Selling bonds to buy ourselves out makes no sense. Continue reading

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Why Couldn’t Metro Answer John Ludlow’s Question?

By Eric Shierman 

Just over two years ago Jason Tell, then a regional manager for the Oregon Department of Transportation, warned the SW Corridor Light Rail Project Steering Committee that their work could turn out to be as costly as the failed Columbia River Crossing and end up with the same results. Over the next 24 months the public comments time of these meetings would often entail a concerned resident asking its chair, Craig Dirksen, to release how much the regional planning agency had already spent on this project’s planning. Last year John Ludlow, then the Clackamas County Commission Chair, asked the same question at the regional Urban Growth Task Force meeting.

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