The Worth of Public Employee Unions

What is the worth of a public employees union? Well not much these days according to the actions of the Service Employees International Union (SEIU). SEIU announced last week that its members must be prepared for a thirty percent (30%) … Continue reading

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Twenty-Five Years Litigating for Liberty

By Steve Buckstein How many attorneys do you know who make their living defending liberty? Well, 43 attorneys work full-time at the national public interest law firm Institute for Justice. They protect school choice, economic liberty, the First Amendment, and … Continue reading

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Free Speech and Liberal Repression

One of the pillars of freedom is free speech. Without it a democracy becomes an oligarchy (rule by the elite) and from there devolves to a kakistocracy (rule by the least competent). Free speech only exists when the public has … Continue reading

Posted by at 05:00 | Posted in 1st Amendment, First Amendment, Free Speech, Global Warming, Government Abuse, Hillary Clinton, Liberalism, Obamacare, Oregon Supreme Court, President Obama, Progressivism, Transparency | 39 Comments

The Bern of Socialism

You say you want a revolution Well, you know We all want to change the world Beatles Sen. Bernie Sanders (VT-Socialist) has been running an energetic campaign for the Democrat presidential nomination. So successful has he been that, but for … Continue reading

Posted by at 05:00 | Posted in 1st Amendment, 2016 Election, Bernie Sanders, Corruption, First Amendment, Free Speech, Government corruption, Hillary Clinton, Socialism | 8 Comments

When free speech and political correctness collide

by Sen. Doug Whitsett Universities have historically been the stronghold and the defenders of free speech. They have traditionally represented the ultimate forum for the discussion of disparate ideas and for vigorous debates. During the 1960s and 70s, their passionate … Continue reading

Posted by at 07:18 | Posted in 1st Amendment, First Amendment, Free Speech, Government Overreach | 12 Comments

Free Speech vs. Compulsory Union Dues

Two years ago, in the aftermath of Harris v. Quinn, I wrote the following column. Last week the United States Supreme Court agreed to hear Friedrichs v. CTA which will deal precisely with the issue discussed in my column. There … Continue reading

Posted by at 05:00 | Posted in 1st Amendment, Bill of Rights, Ethics, First Amendment, Free Speech, Liberalism, Oregon Government, Public Employee Unions, Right-to-Work, Unions | 19 Comments

June 1st Public Debate: Do Citizens in a Free Society Have a Right to Privacy in Charitable Giving?

By Steve Buckstein Do you donate to any nonprofit organizations such as charities, churches, or think tanks? Would you rather not be subject to possible retribution for supporting what others might think are the “wrong ideas”? Then you won’t want … Continue reading

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Oregon’s Public Employee Unions and Pay-to-Play

Sunday’s Oregonian carried an article on political contributions by corporations authored by David Sirota, a writer for web-based PandoDaily. Mr. Sirota is not a journalist or editorialist for the Oregonian nor for any of the wire services or major news … Continue reading

Posted by at 05:00 | Posted in Bill of Rights, First Amendment, Free Speech, PERS, Public Employee Unions, State Government, Unions, Voting | 33 Comments

The Oregon Supreme Court Simply Makes It Up

[Mr. Huss is traveling this week.  We have resurrected one of his favorite columns that first appeared in the Medford Mail Tribune in October 0f 2005] The Supreme Court of Oregon has just released its newest opinion on “free speech.” It … Continue reading

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Protecting religious freedom in Oregon

by Dan Lucas Oregon’s Protect Religious Freedom Initiative is in the news again. The initiative is to protect Oregonians from having to participate in same-sex ceremonies if doing so would be against their religious beliefs or conscience. Reuters ran an … Continue reading

Posted by at 05:00 | Posted in First Amendment, Religion | 282 Comments

Protect Religious Freedom Initiative filed today

Oregon Family Council PORTLAND, OREGON- Religious freedom is the first freedom guaranteed by the United States Constitution. It is a fundamental human right and is the right to express, think and act upon what you deeply believe. Religious freedom upholds … Continue reading

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The “Best Earthly Inheritance” Our Founders Bequeathed

Every July much is said by eloquent historians, civic and religious leaders, and—thanks to blogs and social media—Americans everywhere, about the Declaration of Independence, the meaning of the American Experiment, and the price of freedom. Independence Day is a moment … Continue reading

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Union Members Can’t Be Forced to Pay for Political Activities

By Victoria Leca On June 21 the Supreme Court rejected the idea that public sector unions can charge non-members for political activities. It was a 7-2 decision, and the practice was struck down on First Amendment grounds. The majority opinion … Continue reading

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