Political abuses of power by BOLI in Gresham bakery case

by Dan Lucas On July 2 Oregon Labor Commissioner Brad Avakian upheld an earlier finding that said the owners of the Sweetcakes by Melissa bakery in Gresham had to pay $135,000 in damages to a lesbian couple for refusing to … Continue reading

Posted by at 09:30 | Posted in 1st Amendment, Government Overreach, Government Regulation, Oregon Government, State Labor Commissioner | 51 Comments

The Crisis of Common Sense

By Steve Buckstein I’ve taken two tours of Independence Hall in Philadelphia. Though it was full of vivid history about the signers of the Declaration, it was nearly silent about one relatively unsung hero of the American Revolution. Thomas Jefferson … Continue reading

Posted by at 04:00 | Posted in Federal Government, Government corruption, Government Overreach, Government reform, Government Regulation, Government Spending, Government Waste | Tagged , , , , , | 2 Comments

Oregon Dems: More government interference based on feel-good policies

by Sen. Doug Whitsett Candidates often talk about the importance of small business and agriculture as the backbones of Oregon’s economy when they are campaigning for office as a state representative or senator. Unfortunately, too many legislators seem to lose … Continue reading

Posted by at 05:00 | Posted in Government Overreach, Government Regulation, OR 78th Legislative Session | 6 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

Posted by at 05:00 | Posted in 1st Amendment, Bill of Rights, Federal Government, First Amendment, Free Speech, Global Warming, Government Overreach, Government Regulation, Marijuana, Marriage, Oregon Government, State Government, Transparency | Tagged , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

Portland Set to Approve Public Shaming of Building Owners

By John A. Charles, Jr. For members of the Portland City Council, the end always justifies the means. Their current obsession is energy use in commercial buildings. On April 15 the Council likely will approve a regulation to require the … Continue reading

Posted by at 05:00 | Posted in Economy, Energy, Environment, Global Warming, Government Overreach, Government Regulation, Green Energy, Individual Responsiblity, Portland, Portland Politics, Privacy, Uncategorized | Tagged , , , | 5 Comments

Latest government overreach by thugs at BOLI

by Rep. Mike Nearman The latest government overreach – brought to you by the friendly thugs at the Bureau of Labor and Industries When I think of tyranny, I think of guys with three-cornered hats and muskets and a mean … Continue reading

Posted by at 05:00 | Posted in Government Overreach, Government Regulation, OR 78th Legislative Session, Oregon Government, State Labor Commissioner | 18 Comments

Is Your Five-Year-Old Ready for Full-Day Kindergarten?

By Kathryn Hickok The Oregon State Senate is considering a bill that would lower Oregon’s compulsory, full-time school age from seven to five. Senate Bill 321 was heard in the Education Committee on March 5. Most children start at least … Continue reading

Posted by at 05:00 | Posted in Education, Government Overreach, Government Regulation, Individual Responsiblity, OR 78th Legislative Session, Oregon Government, Oregon Senate, State Government, Uncategorized | Tagged , , , | 4 Comments

Are ObamaCare’s Insurance Subsidies Legal?

By Kathryn Hickok Last Wednesday the U.S. Supreme Court heard oral arguments in a case challenging the implementation of the Affordable Care Act (ACA). Plaintiffs in King v. Burwell claim the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) does not have the authority to circumvent … Continue reading

Posted by at 05:00 | Posted in Federal Government, Government Abuse, Government Overreach, Government Regulation, Health & Human Services, Health Care Reform, Obamacare, Oregon Government, State Government | Tagged , , , , , , , | 6 Comments

The Case of the Disappearing Backyard

Last week, Cascade Policy Institute released a report investigating the disappearance of backyards throughout the Portland metropolitan region. In 1995, the average lot size for a new home in Washington County was 15,000 square feet. Today, new residential housing projects … Continue reading

Posted by at 10:00 | Posted in Government Abuse, Government Overreach, Government reform, Government Regulation, Land Use Laws, Metro, Oregon Government | Tagged , , , | 3 Comments

Proposed Tobacco Tax Increase Will Simply Encourage More Smuggling

By John A. Charles, Jr. State legislatures across the country have piled on the tobacco taxes over the past decade. Not surprisingly, this has created a growing problem of tobacco smuggling. As the tax rate rises, it encourages people to … Continue reading

Posted by at 05:00 | Posted in Government Abuse, Government Overreach, Government Regulation, Health & Human Services, Individual Responsiblity, OR 78th Legislative Session, Oregon Government, Oregon House, Smoking Bans, State Budget, State Government, State Taxes, Uncategorized | Tagged , , | 206 Comments

Well-meaning vaccination requirement may actually harm WA foster children

by Willamette University College of Law Federalist Society In January Washington State’s Department of Social and Health Services promulgated WAC 388-148-1320, compelling all persons in a licensed foster home with foster children two years of age or younger to have … Continue reading

Posted by at 05:00 | Posted in Government Overreach, Government Regulation | 371 Comments

The Rise and Fall of the Welfare State

by Rep. Mike Nearman How hard will the fall be, is the question According to the Declaration of Independence, the purpose of government is to secure rights like “Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness”. Over time, as the nation … Continue reading

Posted by at 07:30 | Posted in Bill of Rights, Government Overreach | 5 Comments

Feds buying off states with money that increases debt

by Sen. Doug Whitsett Our nation’s founders were more apprehensive about creating an all-powerful central government than they were fearful of intervention by foreign states. For that reason, they created a federalist Constitution designed to check and balance the powers … Continue reading

Posted by at 05:00 | Posted in Federal Budget, Federal Government, Government Overreach, Oregon Government, State Budget | 23 Comments

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