Presidential polling on Trump VS Hillary: Yikes!

2016 Trump V Clinton

by NW Spotlight

Donald Trump is not doing well in polling against Hillary Clinton.

On Thursday former George W. Bush White House press secretary and Fox News political commentator Dana Perino wrote “about the state of the GOP Presidential race: it is not good.”

She wrote about being burned by not believing the polling in the 2012 presidential election showing an Obama victory over Romney. She notes “polling involved specifically in presidential elections has been accurate since 1952.”

Perino goes on to write “No candidate has been this behind in August and gone on to win. But I recognize that Trump is unlike any candidate America has ever seen. Yet if the size of one’s rallies translated into votes, Bernie Sanders would be the Democratic nominee right now. Continue reading

Posted by at 05:49 | Posted in 2016 Presidential Election, Donald Trump, Hillary Clinton | 7 Comments

Our Oregon illegal petition blocking also done in Colorado

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It has made the news that Our Oregon paid a signature gathering company to steer away from gathering signatures for a ballot measure, the No Fake Emergency petition, they opposed (Initiative backers accuse  Our Oregon of violating election law, Our Oregon accused of election law violations).   This same tactic was used in Colorado this year.   According to the Colorado Gazette Editorial Board:

“Knowing 139 was likely to pass, Big Marijuana sued to keep it off the ballot. The suit stalled efforts to raise money and recruit voluntary signature gatherers. When the Colorado Supreme Court ruled in defense of letting voters decide, Big Marijuana’s anti-139 campaign paid Colorado’s major signature firms to avoid gathering signatures for the pro-139 campaign.

“They were offering $75,000 to $200,0000, depending on size of each company, to get contracts that say they will not gather signatures for this ballot measure,” said attorney and former Colorado House Speaker Frank McNulty, passing along information an anti-139 consultant shared with him. Continue reading

Posted by at 07:34 | Posted in Uncategorized | 2 Comments

‘Detect that Bias’ for Oregonian’s Dana Tims

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by Rep. Mike Nearman

We’re going to play a little game show here called “Detect that Bias”. The way it works, is that I get an enquiry from Oregonian reporter Dana Tims, asking me the following:

  • Have you endorsed or will you endorse Donald Trump?
  • If not, whom are you voting for instead?

To me, this looks like it might be a biased, “gotcha” hit-job, so I asked back:

Hi, I have a response prepared for your questions, but first, I have a couple of simple questions for you:

  • Are you asking the same of the Oregon Democratic Candidates?
  • I looked you up in the voter file and it looks like you are registered as a Democrat. Can you explain to me why I would expect to be treated fairly by you?

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Posted by at 05:04 | Posted in 2016 Presidential Election, Media | 16 Comments

10 Essential Facts on Measure 97 tax

WatchdogBy Taxpayer Association of Oregon

1. It is a hidden sales tax
Measure 97 is a gross receipts tax. It increases the business minimum tax to $30,000 plus 2.5% of gross sales on larger businesses where sales (not profits) exceed $25 million. Unlike a retail sales tax that consumers see when they make a purchase, Measure 97 would be like a hidden sales tax.  A former state economist said it is like “a sales tax on steroids”

2. Oregon consumers bear the burden for Measure 97
Oregon estimates that more than two-thirds of the tax would be passed on to Oregon consumers in higher prices for everyday essentials like utilities, groceries, prescriptions, phones, insurance and medical care. Continue reading

Posted by at 01:12 | Posted in Uncategorized | 3 Comments

Eliminating barriers to entrepreneurship: Reducing occupational licensing burdens

Sen Doug Whitsett

by Sen. Doug Whitsett

The ability of American workers to learn a trade, or develop a set of skills they can sell either to employers or directly to consumers, is a central tenant of free market capitalism. However, occupational licensure practices originally intended to preserve public health and safety have evolved over the years to provide a form of protectionism for existing businesses. Too often, they now serve to deny and deprive opportunities to would-be entrepreneurs.

Occupational licensure requirements for all 50 states were compared side-by-side in this 2012 report entitled “License to Work: A National Study of Burdens from Occupational Licensing.” The 200 page report was published by the Institute for Justice, a non-profit public interest law firm based in Arlington, Virginia.

The Institute for Justice report states only one in 20 U.S. workers were required to obtain the government’s permission to pursue their chosen occupation in the 1950s. Today, nearly one in three are required to obtain some form of occupational license. Continue reading

Posted by at 05:36 | Posted in Economy, Government Regulation, Jobs, Oregon Government | Leave a comment

Oregon Union Members Want the Option to Represent Themselves

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National Employee Freedom Week (NEFW, August 14-20, 2016), aims to educate union members across the country about their rights to opt out of union membership and stop paying some or all of their dues and fees to unions they do not support. NEFW has conducted various surveys of union members and union households over the last several years. One of this year’s significant findings is that a strong majority of union members nationwide agree that if members opt out of paying all union dues and fees they should represent themselves in negotiations with their employer.

Over two-thirds of union members nationwide agree. By the same margin, 66.9% to 33.1%, Oregonian union members agree with this proposition. This would end the so-called free-rider problem unions hide behind (really a forced-rider problem), arguing that labor laws require them to continue representing workers even after they stop paying all dues and fees. Oregon labor law is similar to that of many states that don’t allow individual workers to represent themselves if a union has organized their workplace. Continue reading

Posted by at 02:00 | Posted in Economy, Employment, Labor, Public Employee Unions, Unions | Tagged , | 6 Comments

Saving Bend

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We were in Bend last weekend. We love being in Bend. What’s not to like? The setting reminds us of Whitefish, Montana, where we were married forty plus years ago. Few places can rival Bend for its rugged natural beauty, its pristine air and water and its abundance of recreational opportunities. As Bend has grown it has also become a Mecca for “foodies”, brewery aficionados, and a nascent arts community. What’s not to like?

Well, what’s not to like is an open festering cancer which has metastasized from its primary source, Portland – an aggressive, invasive and hostile force of deadbeats, drug addicts and panhandlers. The Bend Bulletin, commenting on a Facebook posting by a local merchant, best summarized it by saying:

“People in the community have complained for years about harassment, loitering and drug use in the Riverfront Plaza of downtown Bend near Drake Park. In 2012, the nonprofit arts education group Arts Central left the historic Goodwillie-Allen-Rademacher House next to the plaza because of concerns about safety.

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Posted by at 05:00 | Posted in Deadbeats and panhandlers, Drug Abuse, Individual Responsiblity, Law Enforcement, Liberalism, Political Correctness, Progressivism | 5 Comments

New Oregon Catalyst policy on trolls

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Oregon Catalyst

All blogs (liberal, conservative, official news sites) are forced to protect themselves from trolls in order to protect free speech and quality discussion.

Oregon Catalyst is “is a place for conservative Oregonians to gather and share news, commentary, and gossip.”

We don’t have the staff to monitor all the comments, and we’ve tried to allow freedom of speech and lively discussion as much as possible. That has to be balanced with providing a place where Oregon conservatives can discuss, comment and share ideas without being attacked by trolls. We also have an interest in promoting civil, useful and productive discourse.

Trolls will be banned

Effective immediately, trolling will be considered disruptive behavior and as such will result in banning from Oregon Catalyst. Continue reading

Posted by at 05:00 | Posted in Uncategorized | 12 Comments

Cascade Policy Institute Opposes Measure 97, the “Sales Tax on Steroids”

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PORTLAND, Ore. – Cascade Policy Institute’s Board of Directors has voted to oppose Measure 97, the 2.5 percent gross receipts tax on C corporations with Oregon sales above $25 million. It would be the biggest tax increase in Oregon history.

Contrary to union claims, Measure 97 will not simply tax big out-of-state corporations. As the non-partisan Legislative Revenue Office Report has found, it will act primarily as a consumption tax on Oregonians. The estimated cost of this tax is $600 per year for every man, woman, and child, with lower-income households being hurt the most.

As the national Tax Foundation has noted, by seeking to raise more than $6 billion per biennium, Measure 97 will increase total state taxes by approximately 25 percent. It is an eight-times-larger tax increase than Measures 66 and 67, the tax increase measures that were on the 2010 ballot. Continue reading

Posted by at 12:00 | Posted in Economy, Employment, IP28, Measure 97, Oregon Government, Public Employee Unions, State Budget, State Government, State Taxes, Taxes | Tagged | 31 Comments

Solutions to PERS problems are available

Sen Doug Whitsett

by Sen. Doug Whitsett

The Oregon Public Employee Retirement System (PERS) announced more bad news last month. Its unfunded liability has increased more than 20 percent, from $18 billion to $21.8 billion. The retirement system is now only 71 percent funded.

Even worse, we know that about 70 percent of PERS income is derived from returns on investment by the PERS Trust Fund. The PERS Board is assuming an annual 7.5 percent investment return. Returns for 2015 were barely 2 percent and 2016 returns are currently projected to be even less.

This distressing information was provided to the PERS Board during its July 29 meeting by its financial actuary firm. The actuaries told the Board that school districts, cities, counties and state agencies will have to pay an additional $885 million in PERS contributions during the upcoming 2017-19 biennium. That is a nearly 44 percent increase, on top of the $2 billion they are currently paying. Continue reading

Posted by at 05:08 | Posted in PERS, Public Employees Retirement System | 6 Comments

Lane County’s $23,487 wall to public records

openthebooksBy Adam Andrzejewski

Oregon taxpayers deserve to see every dime spent at every level of government — federal, state and local. So why does Lane County want to charge $23,487 to simply produce a record of its public employee salaries?

Recently, the nonpartisan, nonprofit organization American Transparency filed Freedom of Information Act requests with each of the 1,509 units of government in Oregon asking them to produce their checkbook expenditures, public employee salaries and pension information. Our goal is to capture and display every dime, online and in real time — a complete record of all government spending within Oregon for fiscal year 2015. Continue reading

Posted by at 05:00 | Posted in Uncategorized | 8 Comments

Calling All Sex Offenders: Oregon Awaits

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Are you a sexual deviant? Are you a serial rapist? A child molester? A sexual predator? Well welcome to Oregon, the government has got your back.

Have you repeatedly raped a thirteen year old child over a three year period? Well you could be Oregon’s governor. Have you pursued teenage boys in the public restrooms of City Hall? Well you could be Portland’s mayor. Have you been accused of unwanted sexual aggression, touching, fondling, or kissing? You could be a congressman or senator from Oregon. Do you insist on placing your paramours on the public payroll and using taxpayer money for sexual liaisons across the country? You could be a Multnomah county commissioner, or for that matter any number of state legislators.
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Posted by at 05:00 | Posted in Corruption, Cylvia Hayes, Education, Gov. Kate Brown, Gov. Kitzhaber, Gov. Neil Goldschmidt, Liberalism, Mayor Sam Adams, Oregon Government, Preident Bill Clinton, Sex Offenders | 477 Comments

Take the poll! Can Trump win in Oregon?

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Can Donald Trump win in Oregon? Can he defeat Hillary here?

Take the icitizen poll and let us know what you think!

icitizen in an online civic engagement company that’s partnering with Oregon Catalyst for this poll.

Posted by at 05:00 | Posted in 2016 Presidential Election, Voting | 6 Comments

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