Are Smartphones in Class a Problem or an Opportunity?

By Steve Buckstein

To hear some teachers talk, you would think before smartphones became ubiquitous in their classrooms that every student sat politely and paid attention every minute of the day. Of course, anyone who was ever a student knows the messy truth about this assertion. So, a little perspective may be in order, both about the evolution of the telephone and what should be the evolution of our educational system.

It wasn’t too long ago that if our parents or grandparents wanted to make a phone call from home, they would pick up the receiver and ask the monopoly “phone company” operator to place their calls. Later, how glorious it was that we could use our rotary phones to spin out our own calls, even long-distance ones if we could afford the high per-minute costs. Then came digital phones, and finally cell phones became affordable to the masses. But even the early cell phones had limited uses. Continue reading

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Rep. Esquivel: Anti-gun rights bill passes House.

by Oregon State Representative Sal Esquivel

I would like to thank everyone for their emails regarding Senate Bill 719.  Our office received approximately 2500 emails – Vote NO emails. As you know I am a very dedicated Second Amendment advocate – I can only hope that the majority party received as many or more Vote NO emails as I did.

The bill passed on the House Floor yesterday – 31-29 fear it will pass – that was my worst fear. The conservatives just do not have the numbers to stop the majority party – and your majority party for the most part votes how they are told to vote.
Each of you might give it one more try – the bill will be on the Governor’s desk for signature. Continue reading

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Oregon Passes First Bike Tax in U.S.

For better or for worse, Oregon continues to lead the nation in several areas of public policy. House Bill 2017, the recently passed gas tax and registration fee hike bill (called the “transportation package” by insiders), contains a provision that is not only new in Oregon but the entire United States: A bike tax. Continue reading

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When to and not to tax bicycles

The Oregon Senate passed HB2017 yesterday. Some of the most important projects like the widening of Highway 217 didn’t make it into the final bill, but for the most part, this was a good piece of legislation. Unless you’re an anarchist, public goods like transportation infrastructure improvements are a legitimate role of state government, and this was largely financed by user-pay taxes.

For the first time, that principle of good governance will also apply to bicycles. Despite many hipsters’ complaints, Oregon will now levy a $15 tax on bike sales of $200 or more which is expected to raise $120 million in revenue for bicycle infrastructure. Continue reading

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Representatives Esquivel, Hayden, Parrish file paperwork to refer HB 2391 to Oregon voters

Legislators say hard taxes in HB 2391 not guaranteed for Medicaid, will raise healthcare costs for Oregonians

Salem, OR — Today, Representatives Sal Esquivel (R-Medford), Cedric Hayden (R-Cottage Grove) and Julie Parrish (R-Tualatin/West Linn) announced they’ve filed for referendum to the people of Oregon House Bill 2391.

“It’s unfortunate that House Democrats and Governor Brown set the stage for a referendum on whether we should tax people’s healthcare when there was so much agreement on shared elements of an alternative bill to fund Medicaid,” stated Representative Hayden.  “As a medical practitioner who has spent most of my professional career serving our most vulnerable citizens, I strongly oppose raising taxes on individuals who already face unstable cost increases in their healthcare.” Continue reading

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$5 Billion gas, car tax (Hb 2017) on already overpaying Oregonians

By Taxpayer Association of Oregon,

Oregon already pays more in gas taxes than the average state (19th highest), but that is not stopping politicians from passing a $5.3 billion multi-tax plan (Hb 2017) that will hit taxpayers in nearly a half dozen different ways.

More terrible is the creation of a new payroll tax that will reach right into taxpayers wages.  Such new taxes on our wages are always at risk of being exploited by politicians who grow it over time. Continue reading

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The Data Request by Trump’s Election Integrity Commission Explained for Oregon

On May 11, 2017, President Trump announced the formation of the Bipartisan Presidential Commission on Election Integrity. The makeup of the commission is as follows:

  • Mike Pence, Vice President of the United States & Chair (R)
  • Kris Kobach Secretary of State of Kansas & Vice Chair (R)
  • Connie Lawson, Secretary of State of Indiana (R)
  • Bill Gardner, Secretary of State of New Hampshire (D)
  • Matthew Dunlap, Secretary of State of Maine (D)
  • Ken Blackwell, Former Secretary of State of Ohio (R)
  • Christy McCormick, Commissioner, Election Assistance Commission (D)

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The Low Lifes of Politics

Right From the Start

The coarseness of political debate has been increasing steadily for decades.  It has now reached the point where much of the dialogue encourages violence.  And that coarseness is not generated from the worker in the factory, the farmers in their field or even the office workers confined in their cubicles in towering buildings.  No, it comes directly from the political class, including the news media, which condescends to educate the masses. With increasing frequency it is being taken up by academia and transferred to their students as if it is a reasonable substitute for intelligence or persuasiveness.

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Exec-Club: Rep. Julie Parrish, National Review’s John Fund!!!

Two Keynote Speakers:
Representative Julie Parrish and John Fund
Oregon Executive Club
Wed. July 5th, 7:00pm

Portland Airport Shilo Inn,

Julie Parrish, Oregon State Representative, House District 37 – West Linn and Tualatin.  Julie will be giving a critical update of what is happening during the final hours of the 2017 Legislature. Continue reading

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Critiquing Minimum Wage Laws Is About Protecting the Working Man (or Woman)

By Lydia White

A team of researchers from the University of Washington produced a study, published by the National Bureau of Economic Research, that measures the effects of Seattle’s minimum wage requirement of $13 per hour.

The study* found that the city’s mandates resulted in 3% higher hourly wages, but 9% fewer hours worked. As a result, the average low-wage employee lost around $125 per month. For low-income households especially, an annual loss of $1,500 is significant.

Jacob Vigdor, one of the study’s authors and a professor at UW, said, “Traditionally, a high proportion of workers in the low-wage market are not experienced at all: teens with their first jobs, immigrants with their first jobs here.” Continue reading

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Oregon Health official confirms HB 3391 funds $500k in abortions

In the following video, Rep. Stark Questions an Oregon State Health official, admits that at least $500,000 of taxpayer dollar will be used to fund abortions because of HB 3391. The questioning begins at the 2:50 mark in the video.

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Richardson joins Kobach in rejecting voter data request from Feds

In a letter to Kris Kobach, Vice Chair of the Presidential Commission on Election Integrity, Secretary of State Dennis Richardson defended states’ rights. Richardson told the federal government that the State of Oregon should be allowed to continued to conduct free and fair elections saying, “I do not believe the federal government should be involved in dictating how states conduct their elections.” Richardson also pointed out the Oregon law prohibits disclosure of social security numbers and drivers’ license numbers with voter data. If the Commission wishes to obtain a copy of Oregon’s voter database, they are allowed to purchase it through the same process as any voter, advocacy group, or campaign. The database of Oregon voters costs $500 and cannot be used for commercial purposes.

Richardson’s letter was in response to a letter issued earlier this week by Kobach, requesting that all 50 states turn over voter databases to the commission that included the last four digits of the social security numbers of voters. In a strange turn of events, Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach responded to his own letter saying that Kansas would not turn over the social security numbers he requested from himself. A number of other states, including Oregon, have joined Kansas Secretary Kobach in rejecting his request.

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The Oregonian: Lawmakers may expand flawed program to release prisoners early (Guest opinion)

By NW Spotlight

Steve Doell in a guest opinion for The Oregonian:

The legislature is again back to its get-out-of-jail-free ways. This time it’s House Bill 3078, which releases violent and non-violent offenders early and reduces the penalties for identity theft from 18 months to 13 months. As always with such cuts, it’s just a matter of time until they shatter the lives of innocent victims.

All too often kids are the victims. Nakiem Brown is alleged to have been involved in a May 22, 2017 attack at a Gresham apartment to avenge a gang vendetta. Reports of the crime indicate a nine-year old boy and his mother were shot multiple times after the assailant or assailants opened fire, spraying the apartment with dozens of bullets. Brown, a member of the Hoover Street gang, faces multiple counts of attempted aggravated murder and other violent crimes.

Read the full guest opinion →


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