Ten Years After Milton Friedman

CascadeNewLogoBy Steve Buckstein

One of the greatest minds of our era passed away in November 2006. This Sunday would have marked his 104th birthday. Milton Friedman won the Nobel Prize for Economics; but it was his ability to relate complex economic ideas in simple terms the average person could understand, and his devotion to liberty, that made him truly great.

Milton and his economist wife Rose spent literally decades researching, writing, speaking, and popularizing free-market economics and its connection to liberty and freedom. Rose actually grew up here in Portland, and it was my privilege to call her and Milton my friends.

This Friday, July 29th, the Friedman Foundation for Educational Choice will celebrate the 10th and final Friedman Legacy Day, which began after Dr. Friedman passed away. Rather than continue these annual celebrations, the foundation, created by and named after Milton and Rose Friedman, will move forward with a new name and a new strategic plan. Both will be announced on the foundation website, at www.edchoice.org. Continue reading

Posted by at 11:00 | Posted in Economy, Education | Tagged , | Leave a comment

New poll shows statistical tie for Oregon governor’s race

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Bud Pierce for Governor

Salem, OR – Poll numbers released Wednesday by Clout Research show an extremely tight race between incumbent Governor Kate Brown and her Republican challenger Dr. Bud Pierce.

“These poll numbers are not surprising to me,” said Dr. Pierce. “Since the primary, many polls have indicated a similar trend. This is more evidence that it is already a tight race between myself and the governor.”

The poll shows Pierce is just 1.4% behind Brown, within the survey’s margin of error. The survey found that 43.4% of people would vote for Brown and 42% would vote for Pierce.

Among independent voters, who are key to this election, Pierce leads Brown 41% to 29%. Continue reading

Posted by at 05:00 | Posted in 2016 Election, Gov. Kate Brown | 19 Comments

Cruz and Clinton Show Their True Colors

Right From the Start

Right From the Start

Last week, Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) was extended an invitation to speak during prime time before the Republican National Convention as it endorsed Donald Trump as its presidential nominee.  To the surprise of many at the convention – but not to those of us who have observed Mr. Cruz over his brief career – he used his time not to endorse Mr. Trump but rather to encourage voters to vote their conscience and vote for someone who would uphold the constitution – meaning him and only him.  Mr. Cruz is, as John Bright once said of Horace Greeley:
“He is a self-made man and worships his creator.”

Continue reading

Posted by at 05:00 | Posted in 2016 Presidential Election, Bernie Sanders, Debbie Wasserman-Schultz, Donald Trump, Ethics, Government corruption, Hillary Clinton, Ted Cruz | 15 Comments

I may not have to hold my nose in November after all

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by Dan Lucas

Finally a ray of hope.

This has not been a pleasant election cycle for me. I have especially been disappointed in my fellow Republican voters in the presidential primary. I have been disappointed with Democratic voters for a much longer time.

I have been preparing myself to hold my nose and vote for Trump in November.

Hillary would be a disaster for the country. Her scandals are too numerous to count, she’s utterly self-serving and untrustworthy, and despite a very long and public career, she has few if any accomplishments. But most concerning would be her ability to appoint more liberal judges to the U.S. Supreme Court. Liberal judges who would legislate from the bench and “re-interpret” the U.S. Constitution – judges whose view of “Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness” doesn’t include protecting life or liberty. Continue reading

Posted by at 05:00 | Posted in 2016 Presidential Election | 59 Comments

Trust Lands Should Be Auctioned to High Bidder to Benefit Schools

CascadeNewLogoBy John A. Charles, Jr.

In his recent guest column in The Oregonian, Director of the Oregon Department of State Lands Jim Paul summarizes the history of the Elliott State Forest. He correctly notes that the Common School Trust lands within the Elliott must be managed as an endowment asset for public schools.

Since the Elliott is now a net liability instead of an asset due to environmental litigation, the State Land Board has appropriately concluded that the Trust Lands should be sold.

Unfortunately, the sale will not take place through competitive bidding, because this is not an auction. On July 27, the Land Board will announce the results of an appraisal and set the sale price as the appraised price. If you dare to offer even one dollar more, your bid will be set aside by state lawyers as “nonresponsive.” Continue reading

Posted by at 05:00 | Posted in Education, Environment, Gov. Kate Brown, Natural Resources, Oregon Government, Oregon Secretary of State, Rural Oregon, State Government, State Treasurer, Transparency | Tagged , , | 2 Comments

Photo: Where Oregonian ran the email story

By NW Spotlight,

The breaking news of 10,000 leaked Democrat emails ran on the Sunday Oregonian on page 14 with the size of the article not much longer than your thumb. Absent from the article is anything negative despite the fact that the emails contained discussions of slandering Bernie Sander’s Jewish faith and posting false ads to attack Trump. Yet, it was damaging enough to oust the DNC leader (which did make front page today). Why can’t our newspapers be more fair?


Posted by at 04:55 | Posted in Uncategorized | 26 Comments

Another VP pick, another European terror attack

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by NW Spotlight

It’s a sign of the times. A week ago Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump’s announcement of Indiana Gov. Mike Pence as his pick for vice president was overshadowed by the terror attack in Nice, France. That terror attack, by Tunisian Mohamed Lahouaiej Bouhlel, killed 84 people on France’s Bastille Day when he drove a truck threw the crowd.

Exactly one week later, Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton’s announcement yesterday of Sen. Tim Kaine (D-Va.) as her pick for vice president was overshadowed by the terror attack in Munich, Germany. Yesterday’s Munich terror attack, by German-Iranian Ali David Sonboly, killed 9 people near a shopping mall in Munich – Sonboly used a pistol in the attack.

Posted by at 08:00 | Posted in 2016 Presidential Election, Terrorism | 26 Comments

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