Early look at Oregon’s 2016 elections

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by Dan Lucas

Besides voting to elect the 45th president of the United States next November (2016), Oregon will also be electing one of our two U.S. senators (6-year terms), all five of our U.S. representatives (2-year terms), the Oregon governor (4-year term – 2016 election is due to Kitzhaber resignation), Oregon secretary of state (4-year term), Oregon attorney general (4-year term), Oregon state treasurer (4-year term), half of the thirty Oregon state senate seats (4-year terms) and all sixty Oregon house seats (2-year terms).

U.S. Senate seat held by Ron Wyden (D)

Wyden last won election in 2010 over Jim Huffman (R). An April 2015 article in Roll Call said that despite criticism over Pacific Rim trade deals, a primary challenge for Wyden was unlikely and they called this a Safe Democrat seat. Continue reading

Posted by at 01:11 | Posted in 2016 Election, Gov. Kate Brown, House Races, Oregon House, Oregon Secretary of State, Oregon Senate, State Treasurer | 19 Comments

Wildfire Damage Housing Relief available for Oregon wildfire victims

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Rep. Mike McLane

Individual Assistance Grants Provided Through Wildfire Damage Housing Relief Account

Salem, OR – House Republican Leader Mike McLane (R-Powell Butte) Thursday announced that critical relief for wildfire victims is now available and accessible through the Wildfire Damage Housing Relief Account.

Created through legislation sponsored by Rep. McLane and signed into law by Governor Kate Brown, the program serves as an additional resource for Oregon families that lose their homes or housing in a wildfire. According to the Malheur National Forest Joint Information Center, the Canyon Creek Complex Fire in eastern Oregon is considered the number one priority nationally for firefighting resources. The fire has so far destroyed 36 homes and burned through more than 50,000 acres. Continue reading

Posted by at 05:00 | Posted in OR 78th Legislative Session, Oregon Government | 2 Comments

No Taxes on Family Gifts

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Common Sense for Oregon

Picture this scenario: the year is 2017. Oregon’s economy has rebounded nicely from the Great Recession. More people are moving into the state, and more people – including business owners, farmers and families – are staying in the state. The unemployment rate is the lowest since the Great Depression. More money is entering the state’s coffers than ever before, as the new residents increase the money the state receives from income and property taxes.

This scenario would have been real today had the estate tax been abolished in Oregon in 2012 (the first time we approached the state with the idea). But this 2017 scenario is still a dream. Now the year is 2015, and there is good news: we still have time to move Oregon’s economy in a positive direction to make the 2017 dream become reality. Continue reading

Posted by at 05:00 | Posted in State Taxes, Taxes | 7 Comments

Expatriates on the Rise

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Right From the Start

Billionaire and Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump created a political uproar when he declared that:

“When Mexico sends its people, they’re not sending the best. They’re not sending you, they’re sending people that have lots of problems and they’re bringing those problems. They’re bringing drugs, they’re bringing crime. They’re rapists and some, I assume, are good people, but I speak to border guards and they’re telling us what we’re getting.”

Whether you like Mr. Trump’s comments or not, there is a flip side of the issue that gets scant attention from the media but reflects a trend that is growing ever since the election of President Barack Obama. Continue reading

Posted by at 05:00 | Posted in Economy, Government Abuse, Illegal Immigration, Land Use Laws, President Obama, State Taxes, Taxes | 15 Comments

Purveyors of green energy profit at expense of people in poverty

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by Sen. Doug Whitsett

President Obama has selected the illegal expansion of EPA administrative authority as his tool of choice to ignore both the rule of law and the orders of the U.S. Supreme Court

The stated goal of President Obama’s “Clean Power Plan” is to cut carbon dioxide emissions from U.S. power plants to 32 percent below 2005 emission levels by 2030. His alleged purpose for the Plan is to save the environment by reducing climate change.

His administration is employing climate change hysteria to advance his political goals of gaining more control over the public and the free market economy. The Plan represents his administration’s latest policy created to benefit well-connected entities in the government-dependent renewable energy industry, at the expense of society’s most vulnerable citizens. Continue reading

Posted by at 05:00 | Posted in Global Warming, Government Overreach, Green Energy, President Obama, Uncategorized | 22 Comments

Independent Party qualifies as major political party for 2016

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Independent Party of Oregon

SALEM – Secretary of State Jeanne Atkins today confirmed that the Independent Party of Oregon (IPO) qualifies as a major party for the 2016 elections.

Oregon law reserves major party status to political parties with memberships at or above 5% of all registered voters as of the previous general election. The target number is presently 108,739 members. IPO has exceeded that number since early February 2016, when Secretary of State Kate Brown announced IPO’s major party status, subject to confirmation on August 17, 2016.

Today, IPO is confirmed at having 109,363 members, so IPO is Oregon’s third major party for the 2016 elections. Continue reading

Posted by at 11:38 | Posted in 2016 Election, Voting | Leave a comment

Put Individual Rights Above Those of Powerful Unions

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By the time the U.S. Supreme Court rules in the Friedrichs v. California Teachers Association case next June, Rebecca Friedrichs may be the most well-known public school teacher in America—and the most controversial. She is asking the Court to uphold the Constitutional First Amendment free speech and free association rights of all California public school teachers, and by extension all public sector workers across America, against the demands of unions that now require even non-members to pay “agency fees” or “fair share dues.” Continue reading

Posted by at 05:00 | Posted in 1st Amendment, Initiative & Referendum, Labor, Public Employee Unions, Right-to-Work, State Government, Uncategorized, Unions | Tagged , , , , , , , , | 6 Comments

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