George W. Bush joins President Obama today for Dallas fallen police

Dallas PD fallen

by NW Spotlight

CNN reported yesterday that “President Barack Obama and former President George W. Bush on Tuesday will speak at an interfaith memorial service in Dallas for five police officers slain late last week, as well as meet with the victims’ families.”

The interfaith memorial service will be held today at the Morton H. Meyerson Symphony Center in Dallas, with the Arlington Police Department providing security for the memorial. Continue reading

Posted by at 06:40 | Posted in Law Enforcement | 9 Comments

Like a Sales Tax on Steroids

CascadeNewLogoBy Steve Buckstein

Now that the massive Gross Receipts Tax measure IP 28 will be on Oregon’s November ballot, we likely will see many estimates of its impact on the state economy.

An economic research center at Portland State University just came out with its report on the measure, funded by the measure’s sponsor, union-backed Our Oregon.

Too bad that the sponsors picked a center headed by a respected former Oregon State economist who said publicly in March that their proposal would be “like a sales tax on steroids.”

Dr. Tom Potiowsky now chairs the PSU Economics Department and directs the Northwest Economic Research Center at the university. While the new PSU report doesn’t include the “sales tax on steroids” language that he personally used in March, it does confirm that such taxes “share many characteristics with sales taxes, and thus a greater burden on lower income households.” Continue reading

Posted by at 05:00 | Posted in Economy, IP28, State Taxes, Taxes | Tagged , | 8 Comments

IP28, Hillary and Kate Brown lead in new Oregon poll


by NW Spotlight

A poll conducted in Oregon in late June found that IP28 currently enjoys majority support, Hillary Clinton has a double-digit, 14-point lead over Donald Trump, and Governor Brown takes a 7-point lead into the summer against Bud Pierce. The poll was conducted by icitizen.

Key findings for 2016 November General Election Races:

Democratic candidates currently lead four of the marquee races, but some leads are slim and there are sizeable percentages of swing voters at this stage in the race. Among registered voters:

Hillary Clinton owns the most commanding advantage over Donald Trump, 14-points, due in large part to her consolidation of the Democratic base (89% of Democrats currently support her compared to 70% of Republicans for Donald Trump).  Independents are split.  Clinton outpaces party identification in the state by three points.  The ballot stands at 46% Clinton, 32% Trump, and 22% undecided. Continue reading

Posted by at 05:38 | Posted in 2016 Election, 2016 Presidential Election, Gov. Kate Brown, Oregon Secretary of State, State Treasurer | 4 Comments

Good videos this week on FBI probe of Hillary Clinton’s emails

From MSNBC’s Morning Joe: FBI debunks Clinton’s email claims

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Posted by at 06:43 | Posted in Uncategorized | 5 Comments

ODOT’s fiscal cliff explained

Sen Doug Whitsett

by Sen. Doug Whitsett

Oregon has been spent into a monumental, multi-agency, multi-billion dollar budgetary hole during the past several legislative sessions. The Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT) is among the state agencies facing the worst financial challenges for the 2017-19 biennium and beyond. Most of the agency’s financial woes are the result of legislative and agency management decisions made over the past dozen years.

The lion’s share of ODOT’s state highway division funding is raised by the fuel and weight-per-mile taxes, as well as certain vehicle license and registration fees. That highway fund revenue is constitutionally dedicated to the maintenance, preservation and construction of Oregon highways and bridges.

ODOT’s budget has traditionally been done on a pay-as-you-go basis. Prior to 2002, the agency was not authorized to spend more revenue than it collected during each budget cycle. Continue reading

Posted by at 05:33 | Posted in State Budget, State Taxes, Transportation | 3 Comments

The Brits Got it Right on Brexit

Right From the Start

Right From the Start

On Tuesday morning, July 5, fifty-two percent of the Brits gave a quiet fist pump and issued a silent “YES” that they, in fact, got it right when they voted to exit the European Union.  There was probably another substantial percentage of those browbeat by the politicians and press into voting against Brexit for fear of being branded racists or anti-Islamic that joined in that collective sigh of relief.

You see, shortly before the Brexit vote, European officials had voted yet another $8.4 Billion bailout for Greece.

That came one short year after they had authorized a $95 Billion bailout for Greece.  All of this despite the fact that Greece juggled its books to give the appearance of financial stability as a condition for admission to the European Union and the other members looked the other way because increasing the size of the European Union was more important than adhering to the financial requirements.  And despite the fact that Greece has repeatedly promised economic reforms that they have repeatedly failed to produce. Continue reading

Posted by at 05:00 | Posted in Bailout, Brexit, European Union, Welfare State | 1 Comment

Who will Trump pick for VP?

Donald Trump 2015_thb

by NW Spotlight

The Hill is reporting today “It’s decision time for Donald Trump and for the potential vice presidential candidates considering whether to hitch their political futures to his renegade campaign.”

The Hill goes on to note that Trump “has said he plans to announce his running mate at the GOP convention in Cleveland later this month. It would be the first time in nearly 20 years that a vice president was unveiled in the middle of a convention,” giving Trump “at most about two weeks to wrap-up the vetting process, secure his candidate, and become comfortable with a running mate.” Continue reading

Posted by at 06:15 | Posted in 2016 Presidential Election | 7 Comments

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