Oregon Legislature Should Continue Open Enrollment in Public Schools

CascadeNewLogoBy Bobbie Jager 

On Sunday the fifth-annual National School Choice Week concluded, and states across the nation have had much to celebrate. In the past decade, choice advocates across the political spectrum have worked to pass legislation including full funding for online and charter schools, education savings accounts, scholarship tax credits for children with disabilities, and open enrollment, which allows children to register freely beyond school district borders. School choice advocates in states like Indiana, Colorado, and Florida are also working to break down the walls between the K-12 education system and higher education so students not only earn a high school diploma, but are well on their way to earning an associate’s degree.

When our state decided to create a Common School Fund, it was with the belief that a successful society was dependent upon having a skilled and educated citizenry, and that it was in the public’s interest to pay for public education. But the Common School Fund was merely a funding mechanism. It was agnostic on the delivery mechanism. Continue reading

Posted by at 05:00 | Posted in Education, Oregon Government, Portland, Portland Politics, Portland Schools, Uncategorized | Tagged , , , , | 1 Comment

Watch GOP House Minority Leader Mike McLane OWN Oregon Dems!

by NW Spotlight

Great KATU coverage of Republican House Minority Leader Mike McLane (Powell Butte) absolutely owning Oregon Democrats on their abuse of the upcoming legislative short session!

Posted by at 08:00 | Posted in OR 78th Legislative Session | 8 Comments

Oregon: Two anti-gun bills scheduled for hearings this week


NRA-ILA (NRA Institute for Legislative Action)

On Monday, February 1, the Oregon Legislative Assembly will convene its 2016 legislative session. With a shortened session this year, anti-gun legislators are working fast to push their misguided gun-control agendas through the legislative process. Advisory agendas for both the Senate and the House of Representatives already show several anti-gun bills scheduled for committee hearings this week. Continue reading

Posted by at 06:41 | Posted in 2nd Amendment, Gun Control, OR 78th Legislative Session | 3 Comments

Oregon Right to Life endorses CD5 GOP candidate Willis

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Colm for Congress

Highlights Willis’ record of standing up for life

Stayton, ORColm Willis announced he has received the endorsement of Oregon Right to Life PAC for the Republican primary in Oregon’s 5th Congressional District.

“America is stronger when we stand up for everyone, young and old,” said Willis. “I’m proud of my record and I’m grateful to receive the endorsement of Oregon Right to Life.”

Posted by at 08:52 | Posted in 2016 Election, Congressional Races | 2 Comments

Minimum wage proposals could hurt our working poor

Sen Doug Whitsett

by Sen. Doug Whitsett

Bills to significantly increase Oregon’s minimum wage will be a main topic of vigorous and divisive debated during the upcoming 2016 legislative session.

Signatures are being gathered for initiative petitions that would raise the minimum wage from its current rate of $9.25 per hour to $13.50 and $15 per hour.

Governor Brown is also floating a minimum wage proposal.  Her concept would raise the wage in all areas outside of the Portland Metro Urban Growth Boundary to $10.25 in 2017 and to $13.50 by 2022. Within the Boundary the minimum wage would be increased to $15.52 by 2022.

Another legislative proposal by Sen. Michael Dembrow (D-Portland) would create three separate minimum wages throughout the state. Continue reading

Posted by at 05:19 | Posted in Economy, Gov. Kate Brown, Jobs, OR 78th Legislative Session | 13 Comments

3 GOP candidates announce for Oregon state house races


by NW Spotlight

The Oregon House Republicans’ Promote Oregon Leadership PAC announced three candidates yesterday for competitive Oregon state house races. One of those races, HD51, was one of Oregon’s million-dollar races in 2014. In another of those races, HD22, it’s an open seat – the Democratic incumbent has announced they are not running for reelection.

Lori Chavez-DeRemer To Seek Election To House District 51

Happy Valley Mayor Announces Campaign For State Representative

Happy Valley, OR – Happy Valley Mayor Lori Chavez-DeRemer announced yesterday that she will run as a Republican candidate for House District 51. DeRemer, who has served the Clackamas County community for more than a decade, launched her campaign with the support of the entire Happy Valley City Council as well as some long-standing business leaders including Thomas Joseph of Thomas Joseph Personalized Dry Cleaning and Lori Luchak-Olund of Miles Fiberglass. Continue reading

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House Republicans Announce 2016 Legislative Agenda


Oregon House Republicans

Priorities Include Education Reform, Tax Relief For Working Families And Government Accountability Measures

Salem, OR – House Republicans Monday outlined an agenda for the 2016 Legislative Session that will put more dollars in the pockets of working families, strengthen and encourage family choices in Oregon’s education system, increase oversight and transparency in state government, reduce red tape for small businesses and entrepreneurs, and provide a mechanism for clear and consistent measurements of carbon emissions. Continue reading

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