Here’s How the Vacancy in House District 18 Will Be Filled

By Reagan Knopp

On Monday, Vic Gilliam announced he would be resigning as State Representative for House District 18. The resignation became effective February 1st. Oregon’s Secretary of State has just released a guidance document which will govern the appointment process. Here are the highlights:

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Oregon Republicans choose stability; seek to build on success

By Reagan Knopp

It was a cloudy Saturday morning as I entered the unassuming Red Lion Hotel just off Interstate-5 in Salem. This was the location of the Oregon Republican Party’s (ORP) Biennial Organizational Meeting. Every two years, party activists chosen by local county Republican parties from across the state meet to choose their statewide leadership.

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Oregon Legislature begins awash in tax cash

By Taxpayer Association of Oregon,

The Oregon Legislature opens this Feb 1st awash in taxpayer cash and riding a 35 year wave of double digit budget increases.   Continue reading

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Low Information Media Distorts Options for Trump

Right From the Start

So President Donald Trump is involved in another “dust up” regarding his insistence on “building a wall” on our southern border to stop the flow of illegal immigrants and illegal drugs AND his insistence that one way or another Mexico will pay for “the wall.”  The President of Mexico, Enrique Pena-Nieto, has insisted that Mexico will not pay for “the wall.”  The OMG crowd in the mainstream media went nuts when it was disclosed that an upcoming meeting between Mr. Trump and Mr. Pena-Nieto was cancelled due to the conflicting positions of the two national leaders.

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Executive Club 2/1 — Anne Marie Gurney, Freedom Foundation

Anne Marie Gurney, Oregon Freedom Foundation
Oregon Executive Club
Wed. Feb 1st, 7:00
Portland Airport Shilo Inn
11707 Northeast Airport Way, Portland

You’ve heard her voice many times at our meetings, and read her updates.

Anne Marie Gurney has worked for Freedom Foundation for three years, after many years working in Oregon’s activist community for limited government. She began doing opposition research for the foundation. A plan was hatched to open an operation in Oregon two years ago, and she was hired as the state director. Freedom Foundation’s laser focus is labor reform — removing the undue political influence of the unions, which they acquire from dues forced from the pockets of government workers. Continue reading

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WATCH: Secretary Richardson welcomes immigrants into citizenship at naturalization ceremony in Portland

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BREAKING: Vic Gilliam Announces Resignation

State Representative Vic Gilliam announced his resignation today with a public Facebook post.

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Bad Consequences of Public Policies Aren’t Really “Unintended,” Just “Unacknowledged”

By Steve Buckstein

Decades of research and experience tell us that raising the government-imposed minimum wage results in fewer younger and lower-skilled individuals being hired, and in some of them losing jobs they previously held at lower wages.*

Decades of research and experience also tell us that requiring landlords to charge lower rent than market conditions dictate results in fewer housing units being built, making housing shortages worse and raising housing costs in areas not subject to rent controls.**

During last year’s minimum wage debate in Oregon, pointing out the negative consequences was not enough to stop the legislature from imposing significant wage increases. Likewise, this year the legislature may allow local jurisdictions to impose rent controls even though opponents will surely point out the negative consequences of this policy also. Continue reading

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Lawmaker wages should be tied to Oregon wages

By Jason Williams
Taxpayer Association of Oregon

The front page Sunday Oregonian ran a story about the proliferation of Oregon lawmakers who are using campaign funds to pay their own salary. I recognize the problem and I think we need to pay Oregon legislators an actual decent wage.  Our elected officials should be paid the same as most Oregonians and be set to the median wage of Oregon workers. Right now Oregon lawmakers make around $1,800 a month — half of the state’s average wage.  You can’t have a citizen’s legislature of ordinary people without making it possible for them to serve. Already they have to take nearly seven months out of the year to serve. How many people can afford to do that? As a result, too many Legislative bodies are filled with the same occupations – lawyers, government employees and the higher income earners. Continue reading

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HB 2320: Should the Law Require Life Jackets?


By Eric Shierman

There is a bill sitting in the Oregon House Committee on Transportation Policy that will, among other things, mandate wearing life jackets on nonmotorized boats. Last week I challenged you to dwell a bit on your normative first principles; so let’s use this possibly imminent new regulation to serve as a case study in understanding why you feel the way you do about regulations in general by choosing and applying a criterion of normative reasoning.

When assessing the need for a new regulatory rule, do you base your decision on deontological or consequentialist grounds? Do you reject a regulation due to the inherent good of freedom itself? Or do you reject a regulation only if the costs exceed the benefits?

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Educational Choice: A “Ticket to the Future” for Every Child

CascadeNewLogoBy Kathryn Hickok

Derrell Bradford has spent his adult life passionately advocating for education reform through parental choice. Derrell grew up in southwest Baltimore and received a scholarship to a private high school. Better than anyone, he knows the power of choice to unleash a child’s potential.

“A scholarship is not a five-year plan or a power point…,” Derrell explained recently. “It’s a ticket to the future, granted today, for a child trying to shape his or her own destiny in the here and now….”

Choices in education are widespread in America, unless you are poor. Affluent families can move to different neighborhoods, send their children to private schools, and supplement schooling with enrichment opportunities. Lower- and middle-income families, however, are too often trapped with one option: a school in need of improvement assigned to them based on their home addresses. Families deserve better. Continue reading

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All About Redistricting

By Jacob Vandever 

Riding the Tea Party wave, Republicans took the House of Representatives back in 2010, installing John Boehner as the Speaker of the House. Since that time Republicans have held a firm grasp on the House, and that is not an accident. Alongside the efforts of Tea Partiers, there was a concerted effort in 2010 to target State Legislative races just before the period of redistricting following the 2010 census.

The Redistricting Majority Project more commonly known as “Project Red Map” targeted 2010 state legislative races in states where the legislative bodies had control over redistricting. By flipping a number of state governments prior to redistricting, Project Red Map put Republicans in a great position when it came to drawing congressional districts, thus reinforcing Republican’s ability to keep control of the United States House of Representatives.

As conservatives in Oregon, we can learn a lot from Project Red Map’s efforts. In Oregon, redistricting is tasked to the legislature and the Governor has the ability to veto the legislature’s proposal and the Oregon Supreme Court can review the process at different steps along the way. Should the Legislature fail to approve a plan the Secretary of State is then tasked with drafting a plan for the Oregon Legislature and Federal Courts take over drawing congressional districts.

Currently, Oregon has relatively few legislative districts that could be categorized as competitive. Arguably a more favorable redistricting process could go a long way in putting more seats into play. Additionally, because of increased migration into Oregon, it is very likely that we will be getting a sixth congressional seat. These circumstances dramatically raise the stakes of the 2020 election.

So from what I can tell, Republicans have three options: 1. Launch a ballot measure campaign to establish an independent redistricting commission and take the power away from the Democratically controlled legislature. 2. Put all possible resources behind quality candidates in the 2020 election in an attempt to reclaim the legislature and return Dennis Richardson to the Secretary of State’s office. 3. Stick our heads in the sand and prepare for another decade of near irrelevance.

Since the last bout of redistricting that first took effect during the 2012 election, Republicans have not held control of any chamber in the Oregon Legislature. In fact, the only Republican to actually pick up a legislative seat from a Democrat since 2010 was Alan Deboer this last election cycle. This demonstrates just how beneficial the last round of redistricting has been for the Democrats.

If we want to change our electoral fortunes going forward, we get no bigger bang for our buck than doubling down on the 2020 elections. 2018 is still important in terms of winning seats that will be easier to protect with incumbent legislators and improving the policies that come out of the capitol that cycle, but from where I am sitting 2018 should be talked about in terms of putting us in a position to be as successful as possible in the 2020 races.

If we don’t like the rules we are playing with, then it is time for us to change the game.

Jacob Vandever is the editor of Oregon Upstart, the newest conservative blog on the Oregon political scene.

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In the Aftermath of the Inauguration

Right From the Start

President Donald J. Trump noted in his inaugural address:
“For too long, a small group in our nation’s capital has reaped the rewards of government while the people have borne the cost. Washington flourished—but the people did not share in its wealth. Politicians prospered—but the jobs left, and the factories closed. The establishment protected itself but not the citizens of our country.”
Forever more this will be the backdrop for evaluating the success of Mr. Trump and the resistance of the political establishment.  Please note the following:

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