By John A. Charles, Jr.
Google announced recently that it would no longer run ads for payday loans, the short-term loans that typically have high annual interest rates due to the poor credit of customers.
Google’s decision is significant because many states (including Oregon) have effectively regulated payday lenders out of existence, so much of the business has moved online. If Google cuts off ads, potential customers will have a more difficult time getting loans.
Google undoubtedly considers this decision part of its “corporate social responsibility.” What they overlook is the adverse impact it will have on low-income individuals. A week ago, payday loan customers had few legal options for short-term borrowing. Now they have even fewer. Continue reading
by Sen. Doug Whitsett
The season for northwest wildfires has arrived, with two major forest fires already occurring in Northwestern Washington. Catastrophic wildfires have become progressively more destructive, causing enormous damage to both public and private forest and range lands, as well as posing severe risks to public health and the environment.
Pundits and politicians often claim the increasing wildfire frequency and severity is being caused by recent man-caused climate change. However, several of the largest and most destructive fires in our history occurred long before the terms “global warming” and “climate change” were coined. They happened during severe drought conditions in the 1930s and 40s in Oregon coastal range forests. Continue reading
by Gordon J. Fulks, PhD
In an essay published on Saturday May 7, 2016, Oregon Legislator Mike Nearman asked those who objected to his skepticism about Anthropogenic Global Warming to provide the evidence (data) that convinced them we are headed for a climate catastrophe. In response, he got the typical name-calling and other bad behavior we have come to expect from those thoroughly sold on the prevailing paradigm.
Most of us who actually are scientists realize that Nearman was precisely correct to request the robust empirical data that should back up all science, but in the case of Global Warming is substantially missing. Proponents like to confuse the issue by providing evidence of warming that could come from several natural sources and ignore the crucial question about a link to human activities. And when confronted with the ruse, some resort to calling opponents “absolute idiots.” Continue reading
by NW Spotlight
Oregon Catalyst hosted an election prediction contest for the 2016 primary yesterday, and we have a winner! Reagan, a political consultant from Salem, successfully predicted the most Primary outcomes – 22 of 27.
We ended up not scoring two of our questions (17 and 18) because write in votes for the IPO may not get counted until mid-June.
Andrea, a staffer from Portland, successfully predicted the second most Primary outcomes – 21 of 27.
Steve, a political staffer from Salem, came in third with 20 out of 27, including a perfect run on the outcome of all the measures in our contest – one of only two to do so. Continue reading
By Taxpayer Association of Oregon PAC
Bernie Sanders – 54.31%
Hillary Clinton – 43.83%
Donald J Trump – 65.04%
Ted Cruz – 16.16%
John R Kasich – 15.82%
Write-in Votes – 2.99% Continue reading
By Taxpayer Association of Oregon PAC
When Senator Doug Whitsett and his wife Rep. Gail Whitsett surprised everyone by resigning their seats mere days after the filing deadline (leaving their chosen successors a free path). It created a firestorm in the community and among the lobby. So much that Congressman Greg Walden and House GOP Leader Mike McLane made a rare move to back write-in challengers.
Results of Republican Primary:
Oregon Senate #28
Dennis Linthicum……. 77.63% (12,734)
Write-in Votes………….22.37% (3,669)
Oregon House #56
E Werner Reschke……70.99% (6,185)
Write-in Votes…………29.01% (2,528)
By Taxpayer Association of Oregon
Here are the results (as currently tabulated) for the turn-out by political party.