by Dan Lucas
Tonight’s voting tallies will determine the winners of races across Oregon. Six of those are races for the Oregon House where the candidates have raised close to a million dollars or more combined in each race – in house districts 20, 54, 30, 51, 29 and 40.
For the past two years Democrats have held 34 of the 60 Oregon House seats, and Republicans have held 26. Democrats took four seats back from Republicans in the November 2012 election – in house districts 30, 51, 29 and 49 – breaking the 30/30 split that had been in the Oregon House in 2011-2012 for the 76th Legislative Assembly. Continue reading
Executive Club Post-Election recap event
— In a time honored event, The Oregon Executive Club will be the place to recap the wins & losses of the election. Join us.
Wed. Nov 5th, 700pm,
Portland Airport Shilo Inn
Join the Executive Club thsi Wednesday Nov 5th for a post-election recap from the experts in the field. Continue reading
By Kathryn Hickok
Last summer, Seattle passed an ordinance raising its minimum wage to $15 per hour. A Portland-area restaurant owner recently explained in The Oregonian how a $15-per-hour minimum wage here would spell lower total wages and less opportunity for his employees.
Lee Spectator wrote: “I start most of my new hires at minimum wage, then, based on their performance, give them a raise within their first 30 to 60 days. I give merit raises based on performance [and] annual performance reviews….With a $15 per hour minimum wage, that would go away. I would have no room to pay them any more, and they would have no incentive to work harder.” Continue reading
The Leadership Fund
Chris Dudley urges Republicans to vote in closing days of election
Salem, OR – Former Trail Blazer and Republican candidate for Governor Chris Dudley is encouraging fellow Republicans to Get-Out-and-Vote. A message sent to Republicans on Monday will encourage them to cast their ballots and end the wasted government spending and lack of accountability under Democratic control.
“This election is too important to stay on the sidelines,” said Dudley in the call. “Many state legislative races will be decided by hundreds of votes. Help ‘Bring Home’ a victory for Republicans.”
In 2010, Dudley lost the Governor’s race to John Kitzhaber (D) by less than 1% of the vote. Continue reading
By Taxpayers Association of Oregon
Below is a special invite from Dr. Eric Fruits….
LEARN THE TRUTH ABOUT THE PORTLAND STREET FEE
November 5 will give Portlanders two opportunities to learn the facts and get the truth about the Portland street fee.
The City of Portland will soon be voting on $40 million in new taxes on the city’s residents and businesses.
One of the new taxes will be a $20 million income tax on residents. In addition to filing federal and state income taxes, Portland residents will be required to file income taxes with the city. City staffers have already indicated that they will require residents to provide copies of their IRS forms to the city. City staff also indicated that they will work with information from the IRS to perform audits on Portlanders’ income tax returns. Continue reading
by NW Spotlight
The libertarian Cascade Policy Institute is advocating a yes vote on Measure 91 to legalize marijuana in Oregon, a position they publicized back in September – but these conservative groups and individuals on Oregon Catalyst are advocating a no vote on Measure 91 and/or are cautioning against the legalization of marijuana:
Larry Huss on Legalizing Marijuana
In the end, this is all about the “me generation” and that pervasive attitude that “if it feels good, do it.” It furthers the myth of life without consequences. The only upside is for those who eschew getting high in favor of getting hired… Continue reading
Cascade Policy Institute urges a Yes vote on Measure 91 this November to decriminalize marijuana. While Oregon’s marijuana laws aren’t the strictest, and medical marijuana is legal here, possession of even small amounts of recreational marijuana is deemed a misdemeanor and can result in a fine. Possession of larger amounts, and cultivation in any amount can result in a felony with large fines and jail time.
As Nobel prize winning economists Friedrich Hayek and Milton Friedman argued, even if drugs are bad for us, we simply don’t have sufficient knowledge to create a drug war that does not have unintended consequences that may actually be worse than the drugs themselves. Continue reading