Coos County is a key to victory

When I was asked by the Coos County Republican Women to speak at their monthly meeting tomorrow, I was happy to oblige, increasingly hearing how up for grabs the voters are in that part of the state. A strong showing … Continue reading

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Governor signs HB2777 and my fare gets inspected

Something remarkable happened this week. For the first time ever, a conductor on the WES asked to see my TriMet fare. I rode this commuter rail line for the first time five years ago and wrote about it for the … Continue reading

Posted by at 05:00 | Posted in Gov. Kate Brown, Oregon House, Public Transportation, TriMet | Tagged | 3 Comments

The Man Behind the Tree

Over the past year, Oregon Democrats have perfected a technique of unprincipled politics that was poetically captured in a March 1932 Collier’s Weekly article titled “Tax Everyone But Me” which included an astute observation of American progressive politics: At the … Continue reading

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Transportation Bait and Switch

Democrats love to promise “infrastructure spending,” a phrase ripe with the logical fallacy of equivocation where a loaded term means different things. For many businesses across our state, infrastructure most readily means expanding freeway capacity in the Portland area so that our … Continue reading

Posted by at 05:00 | Posted in Columbia River Crossing, Oregon House, Portland, Transportation, Westside Bypass | 2 Comments

Knopp, Buehler decline legislative pay increase

By Oregon Senate Republicans SALEM- State Sen. Tim Knopp, R-Central Oregon, and state Rep. Knute Buehler, R-Bend, announced today they are declining the governor’s unilaterally directed 2.75 percent legislative salary increase. “Establishment politicians have said Oregon has a budget crisis. … Continue reading

Posted by at 05:00 | Posted in Gov. Kate Brown, Government Spending, Government Waste, OR 79th Legislative Session, Oregon House, Oregon Senate, Uncategorized | Leave a comment

2017 Oregon House Committee Assignments

Office of the House Speaker SALEM – Oregon House Speaker Tina Kotek (D – N/NE Portland) announced Wednesday House committee assignments for the 2017 Legislative Session. Before making these assignments, Speaker Kotek met with every returning and incoming member of … Continue reading

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Oregon legislative GOP reacts to Measure 97 redux

by NW Spotlight On Tuesday, the Portland Tribune ran a story headlined “Measure 97 proponents unveil new corporate sales tax proposal,” reporting that the “Coalition that offered [Measure 97] wants lawmakers to tax biggest corporations, health care.” Republicans in the … Continue reading

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Rep. Mike McLane: Oregon’s unsustainable rate of spending

Rep. Mike McLane Statement from House Republican Leader Mike McLane regarding Governor Brown’s proposed budget Salem, Ore. – House Republican Leader Mike McLane (R-Powell Butte) issued the following statement regarding Governor Kate Brown’s proposed budget: “My disappointment with regards to … Continue reading

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Rep. Mike McLane on the passing of former Attorney General Hardy Myers

Salem, Ore. – House Republican Leader Mike McLane (R-Powell Butte) issued the following statement yesterday regarding the passing of former Oregon House Speaker and Attorney General Hardy Myers: “As Speaker of the House and as Oregon’s Attorney General, Hardy Myers … Continue reading

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Bringing accountability and transparency to Salem

by Sen. Doug Whitsett Governor Kate Brown pledged to increase transparency and accountability in Oregon state government after she took office in early 2015 following Governor John Kitzhaber’s resignation under a cloud of ethics challenges related to alleged influence peddling. … Continue reading

Posted by at 08:28 | Posted in Corruption, Cylvia Hayes, Ethics, Gov. Kate Brown, Gov. Kitzhaber, Government reform, Oregon Government, Oregon House, Oregon Senate | Leave a comment

Oregon House minority party committee appointments

Oregon House Republicans House Republicans ask Speaker Kotek to expand minority party role in committee appointment process Last week, House Republican Leader Mike McLane (R-Powell Butte) sent a letter to Speaker Tina Kotek regarding the process of appointing House members … Continue reading

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Mike McLane re-elected as Oregon House GOP Leader

Oregon House Republicans House Republicans Set Leadership Team for 2017 Legislative Session Salem, Ore. – The Oregon House Republican caucus on Monday re-elected Representative Mike McLane (R-Powell Butte) as House Republican Leader. Rep. McLane has served as the Republican Leader … Continue reading

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Power Is the Narcotic of Choice for Politicians

By John A. Charles, Jr. Oregon’s free-market research center, Cascade Policy Institute, celebrated its 25th anniversary with a gala dinner party on October 20 at the Tualatin County Club. Since its founding in 1991, Cascade has emerged as a leading … Continue reading

Posted by at 05:00 | Posted in 2016 Election, Economy, Energy, Environment, Government reform, Government Regulation, Government Spending, Government Waste, Green Energy, Leadership, Measure 97, Oregon Government, Oregon House, Oregon Senate, Political Correctness, State Budget, State Government, State Taxes, Transparency | Tagged | Leave a comment

New Mike Nearman TV ad: Trust

Republican Rep. Mike Nearman is the current representative for House District 23 (Independence) and is running for re-election. To visit his campaign web site, please click here: Mike Nearman for Oregon

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Mark Meek’s inexcusable behavior on the campaign trail

Evon Tekorius for State Representative (Oregon City, OR) This week in the race for House District 40 Mark Meek was caught in yet another campaign scandal by fabricating a false questionnaire answer from Evon Tekorius. This new situation comes on … Continue reading

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The latest from Oregon Legislative Days

by Sen. Doug Whitsett State legislators were in Salem this week to attend committee meetings during Legislative Days. Representative Gail Whitsett participated in her five assigned committees while I participated in my four assigned committees, as well as the Senate … Continue reading

Posted by at 08:44 | Posted in Green Energy, Oregon House, Oregon Senate, State Budget, Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Business community backs Knute Buehler for state representative

Knute Buehler for State Representative Rep. Buehler works for policies that support small business, grow tech sector and strengthen education A cross section of local business owners and business advocacy groups have announced their endorsement of Knute Buehler for state … Continue reading

Posted by at 05:38 | Posted in 2016 Election, Oregon House | Leave a comment

Sen. Doug Whitsett: Standing up for conservative values

by Sen. Doug Whitsett The American Conservative Union (ACU) is the nation’s premier conservative group supporting Americans who are concerned with personal responsibility, traditional values, a strong national defense and the preservation of liberty. The Washington D.C.-based organization is the … Continue reading

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Oregon GOP legislative leaders on September revenue forecast

Senate Republican Leader Ted Ferrioli House Republican Leader Mike McLane Salem, Ore. – Senate Republican Leader Ted Ferrioli (R-John Day) responded to yesterday’s September revenue forecast update with the following statement: “While we’ve experienced recent economic growth, our state budget is … Continue reading

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SB 941: Dems warned REPEATEDLY of unintended consequences

by Rep. Gail Whitsett Editor’s note: A Lake Oswego pastor spent $3,000 of church funds to buy tickets for an AR-15 raffle in support of a girls’ softball tournament – with the intent of destroying it if he won. He … Continue reading

Posted by at 07:00 | Posted in 2nd Amendment, Gun Control, Oregon House | 4 Comments

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