Speaker #1: Bill Currier, Chair Oregon Republican Party Speaker #2: Rebecca Tweed, Defeat The Tax On Oregon Sales
Executive Club Meeting
Executive Club Speaker Series
7:00 pm • Wed. • Portland Airport Shilo Inn
Our FIRST speaker this month, Rebecca Tweed, leads the fight against this fire-breathing beast, with a war chest commensurate with the stakes for Oregon’s economy,(Click here for Oregonian article on the campaign costs) and the backing of every major newspaper in the state. (Click here for newspaper endorsements) Rebecca Tweed is the Campaign Coordinator for Defeat The Tax On Oregon Sales, the official statewide coalition of Oregon consumers, taxpayers, small and large businesses, associations and organizations who have joined together to oppose Measure 97, the $6 billion tax on Oregon sales on 2016 state ballot. Continue reading →
Democratic voters in Oregon are leading Republican voters in Oregon in turning in their ballots – both as a percentage and even more so in number of votes.
According to Oregon Secretary of State statewide numbers, 250,255 Democratic voters have returned their ballots compared to 166,103 Republican voters – through 10/30/2016. Democratic ballot returns represent 25.3% of the 987,396 eligible Democratic voters compared to 23.2% of the 715,181 eligible Republican voters.
Oregon voters not registered as Democrats or Republicans – mostly Nonaffiliated (NAV) voters – have returned even fewer ballots. Only 13% (112,271) of the 865,473 eligible small-i independents have returned their ballots. Small-i independents include NAV, Independent Party of Oregon, Libertarian, Pacific Green, etc.Continue reading →
In 2002, the Metro Council enacted a garbage tax for the specific purpose of funding operations and maintenance of Metro parks. That amount was raised to $2.50 per ton in 2004. Between 2002 and 2015, the garbage tax brought in $46.8 million for Metro parks.
Given that Metro raised all this money for parks, why is Metro asking for voter approval of another $80 million parks levy in the upcoming November election? Where did the $46.8 million in garbage tax money go? Continue reading →
The housing crisis has actually forced many blacks to move outside of the region. According to Census Bureau estimates, between 2010 and 2014, white numbers grew by 6.8 percent in the city of Portland and 6.5 percent in the Portland urban area, while black populations fell by 11.5 percent in the city and 5.3 percent in the urban area, thus reaffirming the claim that Portland is “the whitest city in America.” Continue reading →
Wednesday’s column dealt with the bias and corruption of the mainstream media. In that column I noted that the mainstream media has now become the propagandists for the Democrat Party. In large part is has as much to do with what they refuse to write as it does with what they do write. Following is a reprint of a May 2012 column I published in OregonCatalyst (http://oregoncatalyst.com/16950-edwards-scandal-mainstream-media.html). During this year’s presidential election the mainstream media has paid scant attention to the massive scandal attendant to Democrat candidate Hillary Clinton (pay-to-play, Benghazi, use of an unlawful email and server, destruction of public records, lying under oath, etc.) while focusing singularly on allegations of sexual misconduct by Republican candidate Donald Trump. There is considerably less evidence supporting the accusations against Mr. Trump than there was regarding former Democrat vice-presidential and presidential candidate John Edwards. This four-year old column notes the difference in treatment and reinforces the bias and corruption of the mainstream media.
A new Clout Research telephone poll of likely General Election voters shows the race for governor of Oregon very close, with incumbent Democrat Kate Brown leading Republican challenger Bud Pierce, 45% to 43%.
The survey showed three other candidates winning less than 2 percentage points each, with another 6% yet undecided in the race.
Both Brown and Pierce are struggling somewhat to gather the support of voters in their respective parties, as Brown is winning just 75% of Democrats and Pierce wins just 77% of Republicans, but Pierce enjoys a 11-point advantage among political independents, an all-important demographic group which is keeping him in the race, the survey shows. Continue reading →
More questions on Brad Avakian’s campaign violation case
By Taxpayer Association of Oregon,
This week, Forbes dropped a bombshell on Democrat Brad Avakian, Oregon’s labor commissioner who is running for secretary of state.
The article claims that Avakian has regularly commingled his official duties with his campaigns for his current position for the secretary of state post he is seeking. In particular, it is alleged that three employees at Oregon’s Bureau of Labor and Industries headed by Avakian, worked on his political campaigns while on-the-clock at BOLI. It also alleges that the BOLI employees, Charlie Burr, Jesse Bontecou, and Paloma Sparks were paid bonuses out of Avakian’s campaign warchest.
Burr received payments totaling of $3,000, Bontecou $1,000 and Sparks $500 in payments from the Committee to Elect Brad Avakian. In The Oregonian it states that he, Bontecou, and Sparks “volunteered” for Avakian’s campaign in 2015 and 2016. Webster provides a simple definition of volunteer as “a person who does work without getting paid to do it.”Continue reading →
The mainstream media doesn’t really like Democrat presidential nominee Hillary Clinton. Mostly because she has for years chosen to ignore press conferences and decline to answer questions from the press. You can add to that they know whatever she tells them is most likely to be a lie and that each succeeding response is likely to also be a lie.
But the mainstream media loathes Donald Trump. While the media cites all of their favorite “politically correct” rationale for their loathing, the greater evidence is that they loathe him because he has shined a bright light on their bias, their failures, their hypocrisy and their corruption. The once lordly perception of the mainstream media as the “government watchdogs” has been shattered and the evidence mounts daily that they are simply propagandists for the Democrat Party. According to an April 17, 2016 Associated Press article, the mainstream media’s credibility lies in tatters – approximately equal to the politicians they cover:
“Trust in the news media is being eroded by perceptions of inaccuracy and bias, fueled in part by Americans’ skepticism about what they read on social media.
“Just 6 percent of people say they have a lot of confidence in the media, putting the news industry about equal to Congress and well below the public’s view of other institutions. In this presidential campaign year, Democrats were more likely to trust the news media than Republicans or independents.”
This latest national attention is on Oregon’s Labor Commissioner, Brad Avakian, who is now running for Oregon Secretary of State.
Yesterday, Forbes Magazine wrote about Avakian – “a powerful state commissioner” – who “acts as if rules are only for other people.”
The Forbes article reveals “Public records show that Avakian has a ‘compliance for thee, but not for me’ attitude. Avakian enjoys cracking down on the private sector but is flagrantly mixing public and campaign funds and functions as he tries to move-up to Secretary of State in this election cycle.”Continue reading →
by Cascade Policy Institute Monday, October 24. 2016
— Why You Should Vote Down Metro’s Natural Area Levy
By John A. Charles, Jr. and Allison Coleman
In 2006, the Metro Council submitted to the voters a general obligation bond measure in the amount of $227.4 million to fund natural area acquisition. The measure was approved.
In a little-noticed appendix to Resolution No. 06-367A, the Metro Council stated that greenway lands acquired with bond funds would be land-banked with limited maintenance beyond initial site stabilization and possible habitat restoration. The Council noted that it had the financial means to carry out this promise:
“Once the 2006 Natural Areas Bond Measure is approved by voters, Metro will commit existing excise taxes to this basic level of maintenance, with Metro having sufficient resources currently to manage the newly acquired properties in this manner for a period of approximately ten (10) years.”
If the phrase “existing excise taxes” seems puzzling, there’s a reason; almost no one remembers that in 2002, the Metro Council enacted a garbage tax of one dollar/ton for the specific purpose of funding operations and maintenance (O&M) of parks. That amount was raised to $2.50/ton in 2004. Between 2002 and 2015, the garbage tax brought in $46,789,044 for Metro parks. Continue reading →
Oregon’s Democrat leadership has demonstrated resolute determination to implement policies under the guise of protecting our environment that are tantamount to social engineering. Examples are numerous.
During the 2015 legislative session, the controversial Low Carbon Fuel Standard (LCFS) was enacted. Again in 2016, the so-called “Coal to Clean” bill was passed and signed into law by Governor Kate Brown.
These kind of policies are not new to Oregon. Citizens in other nations whose leaders have decided to take them down a similar path are finding the costs prohibitive while the benefits are not measurable. We can expect similar policies will have little, if any, environmental benefits for Oregonians, while causing significant negative economic consequences. Continue reading →