Have Lunch with Mark Skousen and Cascade Policy Institute

Register online here for the August 14th Luncheon

Cascade Policy Institute

Professor Mark Skousen
named “one of the top 20 most influential living economists”
as he reveals

What Hidden Forces Lead to Economic Growth
and a Higher Standard of Living?

Why are some countries rich and others poor?

Friday, August 14, 2015
11:30am – 1:00pm
Ernesto’s Italian Restaurant
(just off Beaverton-Hillsdale Hwy.)
8544 SW Apple Way Portland, Portland, OR 97225 (directions) Continue reading

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Restore the Trust in State Trust Lands

CascadeNewLogoBy Anna Mae Kersey

When Oregon joined the Union, the U.S. Congress granted it control of State Trust Lands, public lands managed by the state to support public education in perpetuity through the Common School Fund.

Currently, 96 percent of Oregon’s remaining State Trust Lands show no signs of generating revenue within five to ten years. The primary reason for this is restrictions placed on the Elliott State Forest, transforming these lands from profit producing assets into deficit inducing liabilities. Continue reading

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Voters may get chance to end Dems’ abuse of ‘emergency clause’

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by Richard F. LaMountain

In the 2015 legislative session, majority Democrats denied Oregonians their right to refer many bills to a public vote — almost certainly, in at least some instances, because they feared voters would reject those bills if given the chance.  Here’s the story of one such bill — and of how voters, in 2016, might get an opportunity to stem future such lawmaking abuse.

Senate Bill 932, which was approved by the House and Senate in early July and currently awaits Gov. Kate Brown’s signature, credentials illegal-immigrant college students to compete with U.S. citizens for taxpayer-funded Oregon Opportunity Grants.  This is objectionable enough: Plenty of Oregonians, as we’ll see, went on record last year as opposing state-government benefits for foreigners here illegally.

But there’s more: SB 932’s sponsors saddled the bill with an “emergency clause” — and with the evident intent of assuring that voters wouldn’t again get the chance to take such firm official stand against illegal immigration. Continue reading

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Oregon Senate named election target by national GOP group


The Leadership Fund (Oregon Senate Republicans)

SALEM, ORE – Thursday, the Oregon Senate was named an offensive target by the Republican State Leadership Committee (RSLC) – the only national organization whose mission is to elect down-ballot, state-level Republican officeholders – for the 2015-2016 election cycle.

Across the nation, Republicans currently hold majorities in an all-time Party record of 69 out of 99 state legislative chambers. The RSLC announced its $40 million budget in 2015 and 2016 to both defend those historic highs and pick up new chambers. One of the chambers they will target to gain new Republican seats includes the Oregon Senate. Continue reading

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Milton Friedman Legacy Day 2015

CascadeNewLogoBy Steve Buckstein

Today we join with others around the world to celebrate Friedman Legacy Day. Nobel prize winning economist Milton Friedman would have been 103 years old today. I first met Milton and his wife Rose in Ashland in 1989. They became the first noted supporters of the school choice initiative that I helped place on Oregon’s 1990 general election ballot. It was the failure of that measure at the polls that led us to form Cascade Policy Institute in January 1991 to carry on the work of educating Oregonians about liberty, including the liberty to choose your child’s school. Years later Milton and Rose formed what is now The Friedman Foundation for Educational Choice.

I was honored when The Oregonian asked me to pen the following op-ed which was published the day after Milton Friedman passed away in 2006. His views, insights and compelling way of promoting Capitalism and Freedom live on to the benefit of everyone interested in building a better, freer world. Continue reading

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We know the name of the lion, but not of our troops

Jeff Anderson_thbby Jeff Anderson

Tom, Carson, David, Skip & Randy.

They had children, parents, spouses and loved ones.

They were victims of domestic terrorism, soldiers serving our country, hunted down and executed in a gun free zone on U.S. soil, right here in our back yard. They had no ability to protect themselves or others.

They were unarmed soldiers, slaughtered in a place where self-protection for our protectors is forbidden.

They had names, but we never spoke their names out loud.

Cecil was a lion that was killed in Zimbabwe, a half a world away. We all know Cecil’s name, we have all seen Cecil’s picture and we have been bombarded with stories on TV and social media about the atrocity of our friend Cecil being killed. Continue reading

Posted by at 05:00 | Posted in Media, Military, President Obama, Terrorism | 5 Comments

Walker, Bush, Rubio lead our 2016 GOP presidential picks

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by NW Spotlight

We are now 467 days from the next presidential election on November 8, 2016, to elect the 45th president of the United States. In just 7 days, on August 6th, Fox News will be holding the first debate for Republican presidential candidates – in Cleveland, Ohio.

Politico reported that there will actually be two Fox News debates on August 6th: a 5PM debate for all 16 announced candidates and a 9PM “main event” for “the 10 candidates with the highest average in national polls.”

In preparation for the upcoming debates, we asked some Oregon Republican political insiders to give us their thoughts on the GOP field so far. They were asked to rank the candidates by who they thought would be most likely to win the GOP primary nomination and who they thought would be most likely to win the 2016 presidential election against the Democratic nominee. Continue reading

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