Poll Shocker: Kitzhaber tanking

Taxpayer Association Oregon PAC

From KATU-2 News

The poll found that 18 percent of people who had planned to vote for Kitzhaber have changed their minds in the wake of the Cylvia Hayes scandals, and now intend to vote for Republican opponent Dennis Richardson.If those numbers hold, Richardson would win by a wide margin.The poll found that 38 percent of respondents planned to vote for Kitzhaber, and still do. But another 18 percent said they’ve shifted allegiances, which, added to the 37 percent who already planned to vote for Richardson, would be enough to give Richardson the election. Another six percent of voters as a whole – and nine percent of Democrats – said they’re still unsure how they’ll vote. One percent said they had planned to vote for Richardson but will vote for Kitzhaber instead.

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Senator Bruce Starr on keeping the internet tax free

brucestarr 300x121 Senator Bruce Starr on keeping the internet tax freeBy Taxpayer Association of Oregon

Senator Bruce Starr spoke at a Taxpayer Association “Pizza Town Hall” event in Hillsboro, along with economist Dr. Eric Fruits and Jason Williams, Taxpayers Association of Oregon Director . The main topic was educating people that the law keeping the internet tax free expires on December 11th.   Senator Bruce Starr and friends warned that taxpayers could see taxes increase as a result of the law expiring.  The internet tax ban, otherwise known as the Tax Freedom Act, is expiring with little public debate or discussion.

Also shared at the meeting were a storm of other looming tax threats, such as the Portland Street Tax, cell-phone taxes and the Oregon Legislature advancing the Carbon Tax plan idea. Senator Bruce Starr shared on the need for government to be cost effective and wisely spend the existing tax dollars it has. Williams shared on how when governments unfairly allocate telecommunication taxes it has the effect of limiting freedom of choice for consumers for their internet and cell-phone options. The meeting was hosted by the Taxpayer Association of Oregon.

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The Accomplishments of Gov. John Kitzhaber

larryhuss The Accomplishments of Gov. John Kitzhaber

Right From the Start

In 1985, Vera Katz (D-Portland) was the Oregon Speaker of the House and John Kitzhaber (D-Roseburg) was the President of the Oregon Senate. Some clever political wag dubbed them “Kitz and Katz.” (It represented the same level of banal intelligence that produced Hollywood references to “Benniffer”, “Bradjolena” and “Jayonce.”) Be that as it may, each had a significant goal in mind while in the legislature and each rode that goal to higher office.

Ms. Katz was the guiding light for adoption and implementation of Oregon’s notorious
standardized educational testing know as the Certificate of Initial Mastery (CIM) and the Certificate of Advanced Mastery (CAM). After nearly fourteen years it was abandoned. However, during that fourteen years CIM/CAM became the playground of the education elites and the teachers unions. As with most new programs implemented by Oregon’s liberal establishment, available and proven national testing programs were ignored in deference to the “Oregon way” which began without a clue and ended without a conclusion. It was an excuse to spend more, work less and devote copious amounts of time to “training and professional development.” It fostered the next boondoggle, the Quality School Model, for financing schools at a level that would bankrupt the state. Continue reading

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Why credit Kitzhaber for being ‘bipartisan’ in a one-party state?

Dan Lucas July 2012 BW Why credit Kitzhaber for being bipartisan in a one party state?

by Dan Lucas

In a recent endorsement of Gov. Kitzhaber for a 4th term as Oregon Governor, the Statesman Journal Editorial Board wrote “A key example is how Kitzhaber worked with the Legislature to have a successful, bipartisan special session last fall on pension reform, mental health care, taxes, school finance and other issues — at the same time the federal government was shut down because of partisan gridlock.”

Christian Gaston at The Oregonian expressed a similar sentiment last October after the “Grand Bargain” session. Gaston wrote “Against a backdrop of gridlock in Congress, Kitzhaber can boast that Oregon stands as a national model of bipartisan cooperation.” That was seven months before the same Christian Gaston left The Oregonian to “work for Gov. John Kitzhaber’s re-election campaign.” Continue reading

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Taxpayer Voter Gudie: For those smaller, mystery candidates

dog logo stamp Taxpayer Voter Gudie: For those smaller, mystery candidatesBy Taxpayer Association Oregon PAC

The Taxpayer Association of Oregon PAC has produced a special “small race” Voters Guide because these smaller nonpartisan races lack funds & media attention to adequately communicate with voters.  These races get ignored when they are in fact very important. We also list over $100 million in local tax increase measures on the ballot so you can be alerted before you vote.

Help us spread the word by  copying, emailing and sending this guide to friends can make the difference! PDF version here.    Please email, Tweet and Facebook this Guide to your friends.

Baker County
County Commissioner #3 Bill Harvey
Benton County
County Commissioner #1 – Jerry Jackson
Adair Village Councilor – Bill Currier Continue reading

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Dissing Online Education

By Steve Buckstein

CascadeNewLogo e1342826659899 Dissing Online EducationOne can imagine that blacksmiths and buggy whip makers didn’t take kindly to the automobile revolution that started in the late 19th century. Those at risk of losing their horse-related jobs likely made the case for resisting the new, glitchy, and dangerous metal machines. We all know how that rivalry turned out.

Today, another revolution is beginning. Just as thousands of years of horse travel were largely replaced within a few decades, one wonders what the future of physical classroom education might be in the face of the online education revolution. Continue reading

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The two faces of Sara Gelser on the environment

Sarah Gelser thb The two faces of Sara Gelser on the environment

Sara Gelser

by NW Spotlight

Sara Gelser, the Democratic candidate for state senate in Senate District 8 (Albany/Corvallis), has her campaign face. Candidate Sara Gelser says she will “be a champion for the environment.” She’s getting big support from an out-of-state billionaire who wants to elect candidates who will support extreme environmental positions. Candidate Gelser is also getting support from the Oregon League of Conservation Voters – and they in turn are also getting out-of-state help from their national group.

That’s candidate Sara Gelser – “champion for the environment.” Continue reading

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