Oregon Senate Republicans
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PERS ideas offer start for reform
Corvallis Gazette-Times Editorial Board
September 15, 2016
It would be an understatement to say that the Oregon Legislature has been unwilling to tackle any kind of serious reform regarding the state’s Public Employees Retirement System.
In fact, the party line, so to speak, has been something along these lines: “We tried in 2013, and we got slapped down by the state Supreme Court and now there’s nothing else that we can do.”
Some of that is true: Legislators did make an effort to rein in some of the rising costs of PERS, and the court did in fact rule that most of those efforts were unconstitutional. Continue reading
By Steve Buckstein
How many attorneys do you know who make their living defending liberty? Well, 43 attorneys work full-time at the national public interest law firm Institute for Justice. They protect school choice, economic liberty, the First Amendment, and private property. Supported by generous donors, the Institute for Justice never charges its clients.
Founded 25 years ago, the Institute for Justice has litigated over 200 cases, including five before the U.S. Supreme Court, where it won four times. The fifth case led to the infamous Kelo decision, where the Court unfortunately seemed to forget that private property cannot be taken through eminent domain for a “public purpose,” but only for a “public use.” Continue reading
by NW Spotlight
New Jersey pipe bombing – possible terrorism: CNN reported that an “explosion that went off in a garbage can Saturday morning in a New Jersey beach town likely was timed to disrupt a Marine Corps charity run,” and that it was “three pipe-bomb-type devices wired together,” “with some type of timer, and only one of them detonated.” No injuries were reported in the bombing because “registration problems at the starting line delayed the start of the race, which meant no one was near the garbage can when the explosion happened.”
Reuters reported the NJ pipe bombing is being “probed as possible terrorism.” Reuters also noted “the [New Jersey] explosion stirred dark memories of the bomb blasts at the finish line of the Boston Marathon in 2013 that killed three people and wounded more than 260 others,” where “two brothers of Chechen ethnicity who professed allegiance to Islamist militants planted homemade bombs near the finish line… in the most high profile attack on U.S. soil since Sept. 11, 2001.” Continue reading
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 national leader for providing conservative positions on issues to Congress, the Executive Branch, State Legislatures, the media, political candidates and the public.
The ACU is the only organization in the nation to rate the conservative voting records of state legislators. It researches and selects a wide range of bills that reflect a member’s adherence to government integrity, as well as economic, social and cultural conservative principles.
This year, the ACU produced a detailed scorecard across the full spectrum of conservative issues for over 8,000 individual legislators in all 50 state legislative bodies. Legislators with the strongest scores consistently voted with the ideals articulated in the U.S. Constitution and reflect how they view the role of government in an individual’s life. Legislators in each state who score above 80 percent receive awards for their commitment to conservative principles. Continue reading
Please join Cascade Policy Institute’s staff and board, and many freedom-loving Oregonians, as we celebrate 25 years promoting individual liberty, personal responsibility, and economic opportunity in Oregon.
Our Keynote Speaker will be the newest Justice of the Arizona Supreme Court, Clint Bolick. When appointing him to the Court earlier this year, Arizona Governor Doug Ducey (R) said, “Clint is nationally renowned and respected as a constitutional law scholar and as a champion of liberty.”
Clint co-founded the libertarian public interest law firm Institute for Justice the same year we founded Cascade and has been a fierce defender of individual, economic, and educational liberty even longer. He successfully defended school choice programs in two state supreme courts, and his work led to victory in a critical school choice case before the U.S. Supreme Court in 2002. Continue reading
By Taxpayer Association of Oregon
Measure 97’s huge $3 billion tax will raise food, clothing & utility prices by around $1,200 for the average Oregon family. Oregon seniors share how this $1,200 cost increase impacts them.
by NW Spotlight
Businesses start-ups at an all-time low (in Oregon and nationally)
Yesterday’s Oregon Economic and Revenue Forecast from the State of Oregon’s Department of Administrative Services, Office of Economic Analysis, contains a chart showing that Oregon lags the nation in business start-ups. The forecast also notes that business start-ups are at an all-time low, in Oregon and across the nation.
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