Oregonian backs No Fake Emergency petition

emg-nofake-piechart-toonBy Taxpayer Association of Oregon

The Oregonian Editorial Board this week encouraged voters to back the “No Fake Emergency” petition which is in the final 24 days of the campaign. Please read the hard-hitting Editorial below and Email, Tweet and Facebook your friends to sign the petition here.

The Oregonian Editorial Board
on June 13, 2016 at 4:00 PM,

It’s human nature, we suppose, to exaggerate the importance of one’s work. And then there’s the Legislature. State lawmakers deemed more than half of the bills they passed during the most recent long session so important that they attached emergency clauses to them. Legislation modified in this fashion goes into effect much sooner than it would otherwise and — more importantly — is protected from people who’d like to place it on the ballot. Voters can be such a problem. Continue reading

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Property Rights event this Wednesday

Oialogo2.serendipityThumbOregonians In Action Education Center’s
2016 Land-Use Forum
Wed. June 15th
Lane Community College Eugene

Dave Hunnicutt — Oregonians In Action
Seth Barnes — Oregon Forest & Industries Council
Jon Chandler — Homebuilders Assoc.
Shaun Jillions — Deckert, Jillions LLP Continue reading

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If Gambling Is a Problem, Who Is Responsible?

CascadeNewLogoBy John A. Charles, Jr.

Governor Kate Brown opposes a plan by the Coquille Indian Tribe to build a casino in Medford.

In her public statement, the Governor said she opposes the addition of any more casinos because “even a single additional casino is likely to lead to significant efforts to expand gaming across Oregon to the detriment of the public welfare.”

Her concern for the public welfare is touching, but if one simply “follows the money” associated with the state’s own gambling franchise—the Oregon Lottery—it’s clear that the Governor has little regard for the health of Oregon citizens.

The Oregon Lottery is a state-run monopoly using a network of 3,939 retailers to offer players a wide choice of games, including Scratch-its, Keno, Powerball, Win for Life, Mega Millions, Lucky Lines, and Pick 4. Continue reading

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Curtis Bowers film showing June 21st in Coquille

Coos County Watchdog Logo_thbby Rob Taylor

“The issue is never the issue. The issue is always the revolution.”

Are you part of the AGENDA?

When filmmaker Curtis Bowers hit the road in 2010 with his film “AGENDA: Grinding America Down,” people began to wake up. AGENDA became one of the bestselling independent documentaries of all time, and grass roots America finally had a tool to connect the dots.

As he traveled, Bowers found that people were confronted by an overwhelming myriad of issues. From the promotion of Islam to the propaganda of climate change, from the deceit of Common Core to the manipulation of religion, and from the manufactured economic crisis to the unsustainable debt burden, it seems as if America has a hundred different enemies with a hundred different agendas, or was it all part of one AGENDA. Continue reading

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Please, don’t ‘Call the Feds’ to ‘Stop Bad Prosecutors’

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by Stephen Cooper

In a convoluted crackpot of a column called, “To Stop Bad Prosecutors, Call the Feds” (June 6), The New York Times proves that the ideas of journalists, however well-meaning, are not likely to ever be the panacea for meaningful and lasting criminal justice reform.

Bemoaning a lack of accountability around the country for repeated and outrageous instances where prosecutors have failed to comply with Brady v. Maryland – a seminal 1963 Supreme Court decision requiring the government, in a criminal case, to turn over favorable evidence material to the guilt or innocence of the accused (or to sentencing, in the event of a guilty verdict) – The New York Times’ Editorial Board calls upon the Justice Department to exercise “federal oversight of [state] prosecutors’ offices that repeatedly ignore defendants’ legal and constitutional rights.” Continue reading

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Oregon’s anti-business administration

Sen Doug Whitsett

by Sen. Doug Whitsett

The Oregon Legislative Assembly maintained a modicum of equality in political power during the years between the 2010 and the 2014 general elections. During all four of those years, our bipartisan Senate coalition maintained a 15-member voting block that prevented most of the more onerous anti-business bills from being enacted.

The House of Representatives was also equally divided for two years, from 2011 to 2013, with Co-Speakers and Co-Chairs of all House committees. Each committee had the same number of Democrat and Republican members. This equal representation also greatly aided in quashing anti-business legislation.

That political balance ended with the Democrat domination of the 2012 and 2014 elections. Oregon voters gave Democrats an 18 to 12 majority in the Senate and a 35 to 25 majority in the House following the 2014 general election. Laws enacted and legislation planned since that election have been nightmarish for Oregon’s business community. Continue reading

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Deadline Alert – No Fake Emergency petition close!

emg-nofake-piechart-toonBy Taxpayer Association of Oregon

The good news is that the petition to protect your Right to Vote on bad laws by ending Emergency Clause abuse has gathered over 115,000 signatures.   The bad news is that the campaign is 4,300 signatures short of the June goal.

The deadline is June 29th to get it in the mail (in time for us to process them).  The fact that this year alone, Governor Kate Brown passed nearly 70% of all bills with an emergency clause even though there is no emergency to justify most of these bills and the fake emergency had the effect of blocking our ability to repeal their bad law.  This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to end this abuse by politicians who are engaged in rampant abuse of our rights as voters. Continue reading

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