Exec-Club speaker: John Fund of National Review

johnfundKeynopte Speaker: John Fund
Oregon Executive Club
Wed. Oct. 6th, 7:00pm
Portland Airport Shilo Inn,

John Fund has reported from Washington for 30 years. Formerly on the WSJ editorial board, John is now national-affairs columnist for National Review Online, and a senior editor at The American Spectator.  John Fund will be sharing on the latest insights from Washington D.C.  Fund has been one of Executive Club’s most favorite national speakers and returning guests.   Please join us on Wednesday.


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Dems could lose more governorships in 2016

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by NW Spotlight

Roll Call had some good news last week – Democrats are at risk of losing more governorships in 2015 and 2016.

And the picture is already pretty bleak for Dems: “Republicans now control 31 governorships compared with the Democrats’ 18 — their lowest total since the wake of the 1994 elections. (Alaska Gov. Bill Walker is an independent.)”

Part of that bleak picture includes GOP control of state legislatures. As we reported from Real Clear Politics back in January, “The GOP now controls 68 out of 98 partisan state legislative chambers — the highest number in the history of the party.” Continue reading

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TeachersPayTeachers Creates Learning Entrepreneurs

CascadeNewLogoBy Steve Buckstein

The debate over the sharing economy often revolves around the well-known players such as the room rental company Airbnb and the ridesharing company Uber. These firms have harnessed the liberating power of technology to unleash billions of dollars of so-called dead capital, while turning millions of people around the world into entrepreneurs, serving their fellow man and making a profit at the same time.

As the sharing revolution evolves and matures, it promises not only to improve the lives of countless individuals, but it may also help to revolutionize a critical part of our lives that for too long has been dominated by status quo lobbies such as teachers unions and the governments they influence—education. Continue reading

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Will Sen. Doug Whitsett run for re-election in 2016?

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Sen Doug Whitsett

by NW Spotlight

Half of Oregon’s 30 state senate seats are up for election in 2016 – Oregon state senators serve 4-year terms. As was previously reported in Oregon Catalyst “There are 8 Republican seats and 7 Democratic seats up for election.”

On Wednesday of this week, the Oregon Senate Republican Office announced that seven of those eight Republican senators “have announced that they will seek re-election next November.” The one name missing from the list was Sen. Doug Whitsett (R-Klamath Falls), who frequently appears in Oregon Catalyst.

The Bend Bulletin reported this week that “The fate of Sen. Doug Whitsett, R-Klamath Falls, wasn’t immediately clear,” and that “A Whitsett aide said the three-term Republican was in a meeting with two other legislators and wasn’t immediately available to confirm whether he would run to serve another four-year term. The aide said he hadn’t spoken with Whitsett about whether he’d run again.” Continue reading

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Rep. Dallas Heard on Umpqua Community College Tragedy

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Rep. Dallas Heard

Salem, OR – Representative Dallas Heard (R-Roseburg) issued the following statement yesterday evening regarding the tragedy that took place at Umpqua Community College:

“There are no words to fully express the heartbreak and sorrow I feel over today’s tragedy. This senseless act of violence has devastated our community and shocked the conscience of our state. I stand together with my friends and neighbors who have been impacted by this horrific event and will do everything possible in the days and weeks ahead to bring peace and healing to our community. I would ask all Oregonians to pray for our family and friends who are mourning with broken hearts tonight, that we may find comfort, strength and steadfast faith.”

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House Republican Leader Mike McLane on Umpqua Community College Tragedy


Rep. Mike McLane

Salem, OR – House Republican Leader Mike McLane (R-Powell Butte) issued the following statement regarding the tragedy that took place today at Umpqua Community College:

“I am deeply saddened by the terrible tragedy that took place today at Umpqua Community College. Our thoughts and prayers are with the families of the victims, our first responders and the people of Roseburg. Oregonians across the state are united in grief with the Roseburg community and resolved to bring help and healing to those impacted by today’s horrible events.”

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Rep. Knute Buehler On Umpqua Community College Tragedy

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Rep. Knute Buehler

Salem, OR – Representative Knute Buehler (R-Bend) issued the following statement regarding the tragedy that took place today at Umpqua Community College:

“As someone who grew up in Roseburg and experienced many special times as a youth at Umpqua Community College, I am devastated by the horrific events that took place there today. I stand together with Oregonians across the state in offering my most heartfelt thoughts and prayers. There will be very difficult days ahead, but I know the people of the Roseburg community, as we always do, will emerge stronger and more united than ever before.”

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