Decades of Appeasement Have Brought Us Nuclear North Korea

Right From the Star


The State Department is “white, male and Yale”
Sen. Bob Graham (D-FL)

This past week has seen a rapid escalation in the capabilities of North Korea to deliver nuclear weapons via intercontinental ballistic missiles (IBM) that can penetrate deep into the heartland of America. In response, President Donald Trump has issued a promise that America will devastate North Korea should its dictator Kim Jong Un attack America or its allies.

Not only has North Korea’s missile capability increased dramatically but a recent intelligence report indicates that they have miniaturized its nuclear weapons to the point that they can be delivered by the improved missile capability. All of this rapid improvement in the nuclear capabilities of North Korea has come since Mr. Trump became President. Continue reading

Posted by at 05:00 | Posted in 2016 Presidential Election, Hillary Clinton, John Kerry, North Korea, Preident Bill Clinton, President Donald Trump, President Obama, Progressivism, Secretary of State, Terrorism | 1 Comment

Portland’s latest attempt to centrally plan transportation patterns is backfiring

By Jessica Miller

Portland has a longstanding history of attempting to socially engineer people’s transportation patterns, and the “Better Naito” project is no different.

In 2015, a group of students from Portland State University created the idea of “Better Naito” as their capstone project. From April 28th until September 30th each year, Portland planners intend to enhance the lives of pedestrians and bikers along the Waterfront by reducing car capacity from two lanes to one on SW Naito Parkway and transforming one lane into an open area for walkers and bikers. The project was implemented and paid for by the Portland Bureau of Transportation (PBOT), Portland State University (PSU), Better Block PDX, and $350,000 from the Portland City Council. Continue reading

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Ex-White Supremacist story a good response to Charlottesville violence

Responding to Charlottesville shocking car attack with a message from a ex-white supremacist.
By Jason Williams
Taxpayer Association of Oregon

The violence is still fresh and the details are still coming in on Saturdays violence at a White Supremacist rally where a supporter drove a car through a crowd of counter-protesters — a textbook terrorist attack method I might add.   I saw this video  from a Morgan Freeman National Geographic series earlier this year and found it a fitting response.    Continue reading

Posted by at 11:28 | Posted in Uncategorized | 10 Comments

The RAISE Act is mighty revealing

The RAISE Act is an anti-immigration bill sponsored by Senators Tom Cotton of Arkansas and David Perdue of Georgia. It contains some interesting ideas about changing our selection process from a family-based system to a merit-based system, but the main purpose of the law is to cut legal immigration in half. Continue reading

Posted by at 05:00 | Posted in Republican Party | Tagged | 25 Comments

Rep. Sal Esquivel on Governor betrayal

By Representative Sal Esquivel

“Governor Brown will also veto appropriations outlined in Section 4 for the Holly Theater, Harry and David Ballpark, and Bradshaw Drop Irrigation project in Medford.“The cornerstone of all negotiations whether they occur in a public or private arena, is the implied covenant of good faith and fair dealing,” Governor Brown said. ‘I believe that each of these projects should be considered during the 2018 session to be evaluated on their merits.'”

This is what I read with no other notice, regarding the monies which were bargained for during the 2017 Legislative Session.
Many of you are well aware that I took a vote for taxes, which I have done twice in my 13 years in Salem, and passed HB 2913 out of the House. Yes, there was a deal made – I agreed to vote for that bill so SB494 (the death panel bill) would be killed along with several other very atrocious anti business bills. Continue reading

Posted by at 08:36 | Posted in Uncategorized | 5 Comments

Oregon Republican’s 2018 Opportunity That No One is Talking About

I’m going to be honest, I don’t really know much about what the Oregon Labor Commissioner actually does. That being said, I do know that the upcoming election for head of the Bureau of Labor and Industries is the best opportunity that Oregon Republicans have that very few people seem to be talking about.

Sure Labor Commissioner isn’t the sexiest elected office around, but politically speaking a win in that race could yield big gains for Republicans in Oregon. By getting a second statewide office in two cycles it

dismisses many of the concerns that Dennis Richardson’s Secretary of State win was just a fluke as the result an incredibly weak Democratic nominee. Winning BOLI would show that Republicans can be competitive statewide in Oregon, which in turn could inspire better candidates to run statewide races, hopefully, gives hope to donors who want to invest in a political infrastructure for Republicans in Oregon, but need to see some evidence of success first, and give some much-needed momentum to Oregon Republicans. Continue reading

Posted by at 01:30 | Posted in 2018 Election, Uncategorized | 2 Comments

Here’s How to Track Oregon Candidates for Office in 2018

>> Check out the 2018 Candidate Tracker <<

It’s more than 8 months until the 2018 Oregon Primary election (held on May 15th, 2018). Because politics is an all consuming beast with zero manners, the campaign has already begun. Candidates are making statements to the press and supporters about their intentions to run (or not) in 2018. The time between announcements is beginning to speed up. How can you keep track of all of these announcements? Use the candidate tracker I’ve set up on my website.

In 2016, I created a simple document to track all candidate announcements that were happening at the time. I quickly realized that there are others who are interested in politics and would benefit from this document. I proceeded to create a simple page on my website in hopes of helping a few people keep track of the candidate field as it unfolded. Recently, I updated my Candidate Tracker in preparation for 2018. There are a good number of candidate announcements that have already occurred, and there’s plenty more coming in the next 8 months. Bookmark this page and check back occasionally. I update the page almost every day.

Please feel free to contact me on Twitter or via Email if you see any candidate announcements that I may have missed.

Reagan Knopp is a digital political consultant and Editor-in-Chief of Oregon Catalyst.

Posted by at 11:05 | Posted in 2018 Election | 2 Comments

Rethinking the Filibuster

Right From the Start

In Monday’s edition of the Wall Street Journal Rep. Andy Biggs (R-AZ) called for the elimination of the filibuster in the United States Senate. Mr. Biggs may want to rethink his position although his complaints are absolutely valid.

Mr. Biggs served in the Arizona Legislature for nearly fourteen years – first as a state representative and then as a state senator including a stint as President of the Arizona Senate. During that time the Arizona Legislature was under the firm control of Republicans – both the House and the Senate, and generally by healthy majorities. Never having been in the minority, Mr. Biggs never experienced the “tyranny of the majority.” (Well, Republicans did have to suffer the six years of Gov. Janet Napolitano (D-AZ) but they still controlled the legislature.) In marked contrast, the minority Arizona Democrats would sell other people’s children for a way to stop or slow down the conservative tide that defines Arizona. (Liberals always want to use other people’s money, property and, probably, children, to advance their great ideas.) Continue reading

Posted by at 05:00 | Posted in Congress, Filibuster, Government Abuse, Government reform, Republican Party | Leave a comment

Esquivel: Knute Buehler is the Leader Oregon Needs

By Representative Sal Esquivel

My friend and colleague Knute Buehler has a well-deserved reputation for having an independent-streak and achieving bipartisan results in the Oregon House. As Knute frequently says, he likes to look beyond the narrow labels that too often define our politics today. I’m writing today, to endorse Rep. Buehler in his recently launched campaign for Governor, and to ask my fellow conservatives and Republicans who may have concerns about Knute, to also look beyond narrow labels and study the facts about his record. Continue reading

Posted by at 06:00 | Posted in Gov. Kate Brown, Oregon Republican Party, Republican Party | 2 Comments

Oregon Secretary of State Implements “Open Checkbook” Policy

By Dennis Richardson — Oregon Secretary of State

One of my key commitments to Oregonians is accountability for how we spend your state tax dollars. The people of Oregon who pay the bills have a right to know how their money is being spent. To that end, effective today, the Secretary of State’s office will post online our agency’s “checkbook” ledger  — a detailed list of all expenditures. Everyone will be able to evaluate how our agency’s divisions budget and spend every dollar, and our office is open to answer any questions you might have. I believe this is another meaningful way citizens can engage their representatives. Continue reading

Posted by at 09:00 | Posted in Corruption, Dennis Richardson, Ethics, Government reform, Government Spending | 3 Comments

Cascade Policy Institute Endorses Referendum 301 to Stop New Health Care Taxes on Oregonians

The Cascade Policy Institute Board of Directors has voted to support State Referendum 301 which seeks to refer certain taxes approved in House Bill 2391 to the November 6, 2018 General Election ballot (unless the date is changed to January 23rd by an Act of the legislature).

The Referendum primarily seeks to refer some $333 million in new taxes, in the form of a 1.5 percent tax on health insurance premiums and a new 0.7 percent tax on certain hospitals. The Referendum does not affect the rest of HB 2391 which specifies how the state collects money to pay for the Oregon Health Plan, the state’s version of Medicaid, through assessments and taxes on health care providers. Continue reading

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The trains aren’t running on time.

References to the timeliness of trains are a classic proxy for good governance. The operational vulnerabilities that have come with TriMet’s three-decade strategy to increasingly rely on rail are more than metaphorical.

MAX, an already frustratingly slow mode of transportation on a good day, must run even slower when it’s hot outside. WES can’t run at all in high heat.

That seems like a serious public policy risk: forking out massive capital expenditure on rail systems to become increasingly dependent on a mode of transportation that can’t take the heat of summer. Does TriMet just shrug this off as their riders bake in the sun waiting for a train? Continue reading

Posted by at 05:00 | Posted in Public Transportation, TriMet | Tagged | 3 Comments

3 Modest Proposals For Fixing Oregon

While partisan issues are important, they already get a lot of attention in our politics today, but right now I want to talk about three structural changes we can make to improve the public policy process here in our beloved Oregon.

  1. Ranked Choice Voting

Almost a year ago I wrote about Benton County’s movement towards Ranked Choice Voting on my Oregon Upstart Blog. That proposal was passed 54%-46% back in November and now proponents are looking to expand the system to other parts of Oregon.  Ranked Choice Voting would allow citizens to number candidates in order of preference, the lowest vote getter would be dropped each round until one candidate had received more than 50% of the vote.  This system would prevent spoiler candidates and encourage campaigns to reach out to voters beyond their typical base.

Back in November, I wrote about the role third party candidates may have played in spoiling elections for Republicans in the 2016 election.  Ranked Choice Voting is a much better way of capturing the feelings of the electorate than our current system is.  Adopting this system in Oregon would be a great thing for our state. Continue reading

Posted by at 10:30 | Posted in Uncategorized | 1 Comment

Knute Buehler Announces Run for Governor

By Knute for Governor Press Release,

I love Oregon – its natural beauty, sometimes quirky culture and our generous, independent-minded people. And while Oregon has a proud legacy, under Kate Brown, Oregon is falling behind and too many Oregonians have an uncertain future.

Kate Brown has had her chance and she’s failed. She’s refused to lead on essential budget, pension and education reforms critical to Oregon’s future. Instead, she simply demands higher and higher taxes. Continue reading

Posted by at 08:30 | Posted in Gov. Kate Brown, Uncategorized | Leave a comment

McCain Torpedoes Repeal of Obamacare: Is Tax Reform Next?

Right From the Start

If you are looking for the person primarily responsible for the failure of the Senate Republicans to repeal and replace Obamacare, look no further than that perpetual pain-in-the-ass Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) who cast the deciding vote to ensure its defeat. You might wonder why Mr. McCain would rise from his hospital bed after serious brain surgery, travel nearly 2400 miles from Phoenix, AZ to Washington, DC to cast the deciding procedural vote to ensure consideration of the repeal and then cast the deciding vote to ensure its defeat? Is it because Mr. McCain is a great American imbued with an urgency to heal the political wounds of the past two decades of bitter partisanship? While Mr. McCain is undeniably a former war hero, he is hardly a great American and he has done as much to exacerbate political discord as any member of Congress, Continue reading

Posted by at 05:00 | Posted in 2016 Presidential Election, Death taxes, Donald Trump, McCain, President Donald Trump, Republican Party, Tax Reform | 3 Comments

Eleven years after Milton Friedman

By Steve Buckstein

One of the greatest minds of our era passed away in November 2006. Today would have marked his 105th 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. Continue reading

Posted by at 12:19 | Posted in Uncategorized | 2 Comments

A Taste of Crony Capitalism in the Craft Beer Industry

Join Lydia White:

When: Wednesday, August 16, 6:00 – 7:30 p.m.

Where: Portland Brewing Company Taproom,
2730 Northwest 31st Avenue, Portland

Cost: Free!

Do you love freedom? Do you want to spread liberty in your community? Join the brand-new America’s Freedom Foundation Portland chapter for the launch event on Wednesday, August 16.

AFF and Cascade Policy Institute will host Portland local Jacob Grier for a special event at Portland Brewing Company. Jacob will talk about cronyism in the craft beer industry, and we’ll tour Portland Brewing Company’s taproom. Continue reading

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Freedom Foundation helps 40 percent of Oregon caregivers escape union’s clutches

SALEM, Ore. – Less than a year ago, on the first anniversary of the Freedom Foundation’s expansion into the Oregon market, SEIU 503 issued a press release dismissing the organization’s impact in the state.

“Since they have been in Oregon, they have talked a big game but their influence has been negligible.”

As usual, however, the union was lying. Continue reading

Posted by at 08:23 | Posted in Uncategorized | 1 Comment

Secretary of State Dennis Richardson Announces Voter Privacy Policy Change


SALEM, OR —On June 28, 2017, the Presidential Advisory Commission on Election Integrity requested publicly available voter registration information from all 50 states. Secretary Dennis Richardson responded to the Commission with a letter explaining the statutory requirements that apply to everyone who requests a statewide list. The privacy issues raised by the Commission’s request and related media coverage prompted a full legal and policy review by Secretary of State Dennis Richardson. Continue reading

Posted by at 11:10 | Posted in Uncategorized | 6 Comments

Oregon GOP Files Campaign Finance Complaint Against SEIU


Requesting Investigation into $11M of Disclosure Violations

Complaint to AG Rosenblum and SoS Richardson mirrors lawsuit filed by Washington AG against SEIU’s Washington State Council for failure to report individual member contributions

Wilsonville, OR – 
Today, Bill Currier, Chairman of the Oregon Republican Party, filed a formal complaint with Oregon’s Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum and Secretary of State Dennis Richardson, urging both leaders for an investigation into the campaign finance practices of the Oregon Service Employees International Union (SEIU) Oregon Council and its local 503 and 49 affiliates, involving more than $11 million in unreported individual union member contributions: Continue reading

Posted by at 07:00 | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

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