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 , , | 251 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 | 480 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 | 28 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

Greg Walden: Keeping IRS, EPA, UN, Obama excesses in check

by Greg Walden Plan to keep spending in check, rein in federal red tape Speaking at community meetings in Lakeview and Klamath Falls, I gave an update on the bill passed by Congress to fund most of the government through … Continue reading

Posted by at 05:00 | Posted in Congress, Environment, Federal Government, Government Overreach, Government Regulation, President Obama | 387 Comments

BioGas in Eugene: More Taxpayer Waste from Portland’s Waste

By Larry Huss, Monday’s Eugene Register Guard carried an article about the new biogas power plant just north of Eugene. Apparently it is mired in a controversy between its former CEO and its primary shareholder. But the real story is … Continue reading

Posted by at 05:00 | Posted in Environment, Government Abuse, Government Overreach, Government Waste, Green Energy, Liberalism, State Government | 479 Comments

Be wary of govt-sponsored retirement plan for private sector workers

by Sen. Doug Whitsett It is often said that bad ideas are never truly defeated in the legislative process; they simply remain dormant until being resurrected in a different form for a future Legislature to debate. House Bill 3436 is … Continue reading

Posted by at 05:00 | Posted in Government Overreach, OR 78th Legislative Session, Oregon Senate, PERS, Public Employee Unions, State Government | 6 Comments

A Time for Choosing

By Steve Buckstein Did you choose between a left or right in last week’s election? If that phrase sounds familiar, perhaps you watched an emerging leader utter it 50 years ago last month. In 1964 an actor named Ronald Reagan … Continue reading

Posted by at 05:00 | Posted in 2014 Election, Federal Government, Government Overreach, Government reform, Government Regulation, Individual Responsiblity, Leadership, Voting | Tagged , , , | 43 Comments

Decision to deny Morrow’s permit hurts Oregon’s economy

Alliance for Northwest Jobs & Exports Portland, OR – Today, the Oregon Department of State Lands announced the denial of a removal-fill permit, required to build a dock facility serving the Morrow Pacific Terminal. The permit decision follows a lengthy … Continue reading

Posted by at 04:35 | Posted in Government Overreach, Government Regulation, Jobs, Oregon Government | 17 Comments

State power grab to extend control of water in Oregon

by Sen. Doug Whitsett It is becoming more abundantly clear, with each passing year, that state and federal governments are attempting to establish control of all of the land by controlling the use of the water. The Oregon Water Resources … Continue reading

Posted by at 09:03 | Posted in Government Overreach, Government Regulation, Oregon Government | 12 Comments

Obama’s attack on franchises affects challenge to Seattle’s $15 min wage fairness

by NW Spotlight The decision this week by the National Labor Relations Board’s general counsel to classify McDonald’s as a “joint employer” of its franchisees’ employees has connections to the lawsuit filed in June by the International Franchise Association (IFA) against the franchisee … Continue reading

Posted by at 09:30 | Posted in Government Overreach, President Obama, Public Employee Unions | 5 Comments

We must guard against losing our free speech

by Dan Lucas Several decades ago I served in the part of the Army that works with the NSA. From West Berlin, we eavesdropped on Soviet-bloc military and political communications. I remember hearing about an actor in East Berlin who … Continue reading

Posted by at 05:47 | Posted in Government Overreach | 42 Comments

California cap and trade plan a warning for Oregon

by Sen. Doug Whitsett Carbon taxes: redistribution of wealth from the private sector to government coffers – unmatched by any previous government scheme for raising taxes. The California Assembly enacted its “Global Warming Solutions Act”, in 2006. The law mandates … Continue reading

Posted by at 05:00 | Posted in Energy, Global Warming, Gov. Kitzhaber, Government Overreach, Taxes | 753 Comments

James Madison wrote about Obamacare

by NW Spotlight 221 years before Obamacare passed, James Madison wrote a pretty good description of Obamacare and its problems. “It will be of little avail to the people, that the laws are made by men of their own choice, … Continue reading

Posted by at 05:00 | Posted in Government Overreach, Obamacare | 522 Comments

Feds admit fault for Bandon mosquito infestation

by Rob Taylor The US Fish and Wildlife Service released the anxiously anticipated Draft Plan and Environmental Assessment for Mosquito Control for The Bandon Marsh National Wildlife Refuge on March 11, 2014, which was followed-up a week later with an … Continue reading

Posted by at 05:20 | Posted in Environment, Federal Government, Government Overreach, Government Waste | 3,873 Comments

Nationalized home mortgage market feeds big government coffers

by NW Spotlight The Obama Treasury’s expropriation of mortgage behemoths Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac is complete, and it is a highly profitable enterprise for the coffers of big government. According to a Reuters report, the Obama Administration is projecting … Continue reading

Posted by at 11:31 | Posted in Federal Government, Government Overreach | 7 Comments

Latest Obama scandal: home mortgage market nationalized

by NW Spotlight  What Do Ralph Nader and Wall Street Fund Managers Have in Common?  They’ve Both Been Defrauded by the Obama Treasury. Having lived through the financial crisis and the Obama “stimulus” package, the thought of Uncle Sam as … Continue reading

Posted by at 05:00 | Posted in Federal Government, Government Overreach, Housing | 4 Comments

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