Knute vs. The “Anti-Knutes”

With the announcement from Happy Valley Mayor Lori Chavez-DeRemer that she would not be seeking the Republican nomination for Governor of Oregon we are getting a better idea of what the 2018 field is going to look like.  With DeRemer’s … Continue reading

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How the Supreme Court Could Change Oregon Politics Forever

The Supreme Court’s current docket has a number of interesting cases, but there are two in particular that could cause a seismic shift in the landscape of Oregon politics.  Now I am not saying that Oregon is going to instantly … Continue reading

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Going To War With The Trump You Have, Not The Trump You Might Want

In 2004 in a Townhall meeting former Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld was quoted as saying “You go to war with the army you have, not that army you might want.” Rumsfeld’s sentiments ring true for anyone who has had … Continue reading

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$20 Trillion: Not With a Bang But a Whimper

Last week after President Trump signed a bipartisan agreement to increase the debt ceiling for three months the United States National Debt broke $20 Trillion dollars.  So the long time bipartisan tradition of not tackling our government spending problem continues. … Continue reading

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DACA: What Are We Even Fighting About?

Regardless of how you feel about President Obama’s 2012 policy Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, better known as DACA, it in all likelihood would be struck down by the Supreme Court as unconstitutional. Earlier today President Trump Tweeted: Before that … Continue reading

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I Love The Kicker and So Should You

Hallelujah Hallelujah, let the church bells ring!  Great news Oregonians! The Economic Growth Fairy is on its way to leave you a present under your pillow in the form of a brand spanking new Kicker rebate.  While the Kicker may … Continue reading

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Policing The Movement

I am a big tent Republican.  I want a Republican party that has room for social conservatives, libertarians, moderates, populists, hawks, doves, and anyone else who wants to join the fight for limited government. For me, winning converts is a … Continue reading

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Oregon Republican’s 2018 Opportunity That No One is Talking About

I’m going to be honest, I don’t really know much about what the Oregon Labor Commissioner actually does. That being said, I do know that the upcoming election for head of the Bureau of Labor and Industries is the best … Continue reading

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3 Modest Proposals For Fixing Oregon

While partisan issues are important, they already get a lot of attention in our politics today, but right now I want to talk about three structural changes we can make to improve the public policy process here in our beloved … Continue reading

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Why Republicans are at a Disadvantage Repealing Obamacare

In the wake of the GOP Congress’ failure to repeal the Affordable Care Act, better known as Obamacare, I think it would be worth taking some time to look at the politics of health care. I for one would argue … Continue reading

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Tweets, Russia, ISIS, and Media Priorities

According to The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, they have received information that self-proclaimed Caliph and leader of the Islamic State Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi has been killed. There have been reports of al-Baghdadi’s death before, so we cannot be 100% … Continue reading

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The Stakes Are High for Oregon in 2018

From the news in the legislature, it seems like we are going to limp along with a series of band-aid solutions instead of making any major substantive reforms to our tax code or our public pension system. Governor Brown and … Continue reading

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Return of The Kitz

The big news this last week has been the decision by federal prosecutors to not charge former Oregon Governor John Kitzhaber. In the wake of the Supreme Court’s decision in McDonnell v. the United States, it has become more difficult … Continue reading

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Pros and Cons of Term Limits

As you may have noticed, former Republican Gubernatorial candidate Bud Pierce has filed a ballot measure proposal to implement term limits in Oregon. The proposal would make it so any individual would only be able to serve 8 years in … Continue reading

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The Problem with Ballot Measures

If you have spent any time paying attention to politics in Oregon, then you know that the citizen initiative process is a huge part of how we do things around here.  While at times the ballot initiative process can be … Continue reading

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Shame on Ted Wheeler

As a kid from small town Oregon, I generally want as little to do with the City of Portland as possible.  For a while I think many viewed Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler as a Democrat who might be a little … Continue reading

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The Other Side of Volatility

In their quest for new taxes on business Oregon Democrats are making the argument that Oregon’s current tax system is very volatile.  Now they may have a point, Oregon’s tax code relies very heavily on personal income taxes, so during … Continue reading

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Anchors and Coattails: Trump in Oregon

If the Democrats have their way, the 2018 election here in Oregon will be a referendum on President Donald Trump.  Oregonians have very strong feelings about the President, so let’s dig into the numbers and see what parts of Oregon … Continue reading

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How They Will Come For Your Kicker

The Kicker is a strange, yet beautiful mechanism that makes the Oregon tax system very unique. Should the State of Oregon happen to take in tax receipts more than 2% over projected revenues, then the excess money is “kicked” back … Continue reading

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Sending the Health Care Debate to the States

After the 2016 election Republican moved into power by assuming the Presidency, preventing a liberal takeover of the Supreme Court, and holding both Houses of Congress. Additionally Republicans occupy 33 Gubernatorial offices and fully control 32 state legislatures. The seeds … Continue reading

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