Lori Chavez-DeRemer: I’m not running for governor in 2018

By Lori Chavez-DeRemer

Oregon needs and deserves great leadership. As Mayor of Happy Valley, I’ve experienced those challenges firsthand. It was my deep desire to provide a positive voice and have an impact on the future of Oregon that lead me to run for state representative last year. And, I have spent most of this year exploring the opportunity to run for Governor of this great State.

My team and serious supporters worked with me closely to evaluate this decision strategically and wisely for both my future and the future of Oregon. Continue reading

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WSJ notes Walden on Equifax


By Jason Williams
Taxpayer Association of Oregon

Wall Street Journal Editorial “Hypocrisy and Hacking“, 10/6/17 mentioned Oregon Congressman Greg Walden’s remark on Equifax.  Good article, good comments.

Former Equifax CEO Richard Smith faced understandable bipartisan fury on Capitol Hill this week after hackers breached the credit-reporting company’s systems this year, gaining access to the confidential information of more than 145 million Americans. “How does this happen when so much is at stake?” asked Rep. Greg Walden, an Oregon Republican. “I don’t think we can pass a law that fixes stupid.” Continue reading

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Reagan Rightly Canned the Fairness Doctrine, Don’t Let Trump Resurrect It

Throughout his Presidency, Ronald Reagan maintained a message of freedom. Religious, Economic, and Political freedoms are enshrined in our Constitution and are necessary and all rely on each other. The federal government has been heavily scrutinized (and rightly so) in their regulation in the content and speech of television and radio. One of the primary ways the Reagan administration expanded freedom of speech was by killing the fairness doctrine.

The fairness doctrine has been dead for 30 years. Before Saturday, there were no notable supporters of the Fairness Doctrine (or anything like it) save a few random congresspeople. That all changed on Saturday when Donald Trump sent the following tweets.

Trump appears to be floating a new fairness doctrine. I could spend a lot of time giving examples of how the doctrine did result in increased free speech, how it singlehandedly created conservative talk radio, or even how the Internet (which wouldn’t fall under the old fairness doctrine) has turned traditional media on its head. Instead, I will defer to President Reagan:

In any other medium besides broadcasting, such Federal policing of the editorial judgment of journalists would be unthinkable. The framers of the First Amendment, confident that public debate would be freer and healthier without the kind of interference represented by the “fairness doctrine”, chose to forbid such regulations in the clearest terms: “Congress shall make no law… abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press.”

— Ronald Reagan to the United States Senate, June 19, 1987

Reagan Knopp is the Editor-in-Chief of Oregon Catalyst and a political consultant focused on digital campaigning.

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Too Late to Fix PERS by Fooling Oregonians

By Scott Shepard

Governor Kate Brown’s task force, assigned to find ways to cut Oregon’s yawning unfunded PERS pension liability, is approaching its November 1 reporting deadline. Governor Brown is relatively new at her job, so perhaps she can be forgiven for hoping her PERS task force can produce magical founts of free money. But it can’t.

The Governor wants proposals to cut the admitted pension deficit of about $25 billion by 20 percent ($5 billion). Even if the task force managed this feat, the recognized debt would only return to its 2015 level, before the PERS Board started inching the assumed rate of return down from its long-standing eight percent figure toward more plausible figures. If the Board shifted to an assumed rate that matched risk with the certainty of payment obligations, unfunded pension liabilities would approach $50 billion. Continue reading

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The US abortion rate keeps on declining

 

The abortion debate has been in a stalemate for a long time, but three years ago a milestone was quietly reached in actual behavior. According to data from the Center For Disease Control, in 2014 the rate at which American mothers aborted their children dropped below the rates we’ve seen since 1973. The data now shows a pre-Roe v Wade prevalence of abortion in this country. Continue reading

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Petition power! 84,000 want a say on Health Care Tax


Photo Left: Lindsay Berschauer, State Representative Julie Parrish, field director Michelle Miller  and State Representative Cedric Hayden pose next to 84,367 signatures gathered in less than 100 days!
By Taxpayer Association of Oregon

A big achievement in citizen power and direct democracy occurred today when the Stop Health Care Tax PAC turned in 84,367 signatures in a referendum petition to bring the $330 million health care tax to the voters.   The campaign (on a short time-clock) ran on a small budget but BIG on grassroots activism, word of mouth and a soulful desire to let voters have a say on the giant $330 million health care tax which was speedily passed by politicians early this year.  The three democracy musketeers and chief petitioners are State Representative Julie Parrish, State Representative Sal Esquivel and State Representative Cedric Hayden.  The Taxpayer Association of Oregon was honored to be a  coalition partner from day one and to help generate signatures across the state. 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 flip over to being a red state as soon as these rulings get passed down, but they could go a long way in eroding some of the institutional advantages that help Oregon Democrats hold onto their power. Continue reading

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Public Employee Unions Are on the Wane

Right From the Start

We are about to be reminded that the First Amendment to the United States Constitution protects the individual even at the expense of large institutions – particularly political institutions, like the Democrat Party and its financial arm, the public employees unions. The United States Supreme Court announced last week that it would hear Janus vs. AFSCME – a case arising out of Illinois which contests the mandatory payment of fees by public employees to public employee unions (AFSCME, AFT, SEIU, teachers unions, etc.) as a condition of employment by state and local governmental entities. Continue reading

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Senator Linthicum: How government power corrupts


Dennis Linthicum

Oregon State Senate 28

This week I am in Washington, D.C. I, like yourselves have been shocked and horrified by the evil that was committed in Las Vegas a couple of days ago. However, I will not deal with the underlying issues, the control, politics, stability or religion that might shed insight into this tragedy.

Instead, I will continue my series of articles concerning government over-reach of and the seemingly unending costs associated with running the government enterprise. While writing these articles, I receive numerous letters, emails and phone calls telling me about the good things that government accomplishes. I am, in fact, fully aware of the good people who have dedicated their lives to performing some service to the rest of us. Ofttimes these services are provided under the flag of government responsibility, or jurisdiction, while at other times they are services provided by great-hearted people. Continue reading

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Tonight: GOP Chair, OFIR founder, plus McIntire Tribute


Oregon Executive Club Speaker Series

Wed. Oct 4 at 7:00pm
Portland Airport Shilo Inn,
11707 NE Airport Way
–Event is free, $20 dinner option offered at event

We are staring the evening with tributes to the late Don McInitre, co-founder of The Taxpayer Association of Oregon, 30 year overseer of the Executive Club and author of the landmark Measure 5 (1990) which cut property taxes and helped launch Oregon’s tax revolt. This month is the 5th year anniversary of his passing. In addition to the tribute we will also be having topical speakers; State GOP Chair Bill Currier to share an update on Congress and Jim Ludwick of Oregonians for Immigration Reform will be sharing the latest on Sanctuary Cities and DACA.

 

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Timber Conservation and Oregon’s Constitution Shouldn’t Be at Odds

By Lydia White

Last week the Idaho Department of State Lands and the U.S. Forest Service signed ten agreements to allow logging and restoration on federal forest land, including land managed to benefit Idaho public schools by means of the Common School Fund.

Officials say allowing lumber companies to manage the land will create jobs while reducing the severity of wildfires raging in the western United States, costing over $2 billion this year alone. Jonathan Oppenheimer of the Idaho Conservation League says, “We’d like to see them recognize that you can still have a profitable timber sale while protecting some of those sensitive resources.” Continue reading

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Free-market economics is not an absurd philosophy: my response to Wim de Vriend

If the free-market, limited-government worldview is not valid “in the first place,” as de Vriend suggests, that merely raises the question as to what alternative set of normative first-principles are. The question is not whether or not it’s possible to have too much of something. The question is: what process arrives at a more socially optimal amount of that something, government bureaucrats’ political process or the market’s voluntary process?

It’s also not a question of having or not having an ideology. Those who think popular prejudice against immigrants is a valid basis for public policy don’t lack for worldview. Indeed this view of de Vriend’s has more in common with “the 20th century’s biggest mass-murderers” he refers to than the Lockean Liberal philosophy of the American Revolution that founded a country that thrived with open borders. Continue reading

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Immigration Part 2: Absurd philosophies and immigration

by Wim de Vriend

So the simple answer to Eric Shierman’s question was that yes, you can have too much of a ‘good thing’, and that applies to immigration as well.  And if someone’s “free-market, limited-government worldview” causes him to favor unlimited immigration, that person is merely revealing a central problem with all worldviews.  They are ideologies, no more than philosophical constructs based on assumptions that may not be valid in the first place.  And while the application of pure logic to those assumptions may lead the philosopher to interesting conclusions, those may be even less valid.  As the Roman writer Cicero already observed, back in the first century B.C.: “There is nothing so absurd or some philosopher has said it.” It’s a shame too, that those who really needed Cicero’s wisdom have always been the least inclined to take it.  All of the 20th century’s biggest mass-murderers, with a combined victim estimate of well over a hundred million, were ideological fanatics eager and willing to shape the world according to their grand visions.  Continue reading

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Gov. Brown conjures up massive Carbon Tax plan


Governor Kate Brown and certain lawmakers begin drafting a large cap-and-trade carbon tax plan.

By Taxpayer Association of Oregon Foundation,

Governor Brown is at it again. In the works is another new, monstrous tax. A new $600 million dollar per year tax to grow even larger in subsequent years. (Quick calculation: that is $150 per year for each man woman and child in Oregon) It will be sold as a “Cap and Trade” carbon tax. Continue reading

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Health Care Tax Repeal Petition Deadline! Return ASAP


By Taxpayer Association of Oregon

The deadline for the referendum petition to repeal the $330 million dollar tax on people’s health insurance and on hospitals is this week.  Today is the last day to get them into the mail (priority) to the campaign or drop off at 29030 SW Town Center Loop E, Suite 202 #514, Wilsonville, OR 97070 (drop off is safer).

The Stop Health Care Taxes campaign has been meeting their goals but every signature counts as too often these petition drives drives are decided by a few hundred signatures or less.   Don’t let important petition sheets hang around, please get them in the mail today.

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Exec-Club: Currier GOP Chair, Ludwick OFIR & McIntire Tribute


Oregon Executive Club Speaker Series

Wed. Oct 4 at 7:00pm
Portland Airport Shilo Inn,
11707 NE Airport Way
–Event is free, $20 dinner option offered at event

We are staring the evening with tributes to the late Don McInitre, co-founder of The Taxpayer Association of Oregon, 30 year overseer of the Executive Club and author of the landmark Measure 5 (1990) which cut property taxes and helped launch Oregon’s tax revolt.    This month is the 5th year anniversary of his passing.    In addition to the tribute we will also be having topical speakers; State GOP Chair Bill Currier to share an update on Congress and Jim Ludwick of Oregonians for Immigration Reform will be sharing the latest on Sanctuary Cities and DACA.

 

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Multnomah GOP condemns racist attack on Menlo school


Multnomah County Republican Party Condemns Racist Attack On Menlo Park Elementary School

By Multnomah County Republican Party,

The Multnomah County Republican Party is saddened to learn that two men painted racist slurs on a Menlo Park Elementary School. “Only the despicable would attack an elementary school in this fashion,” said Multnomah County Republican Party Chairman James L Buchal. “We hope that the perpetrators, whose criminal conduct was captured on video, are promptly captured and prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law”. Continue reading

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TriMet’s funding logic

A strange contradiction in public policy reasoning was revealed yesterday by The Oregonian’s excellent transportation writer. Elliot Njus reports TriMet is mulling a $1.7 billion bond offering that will cost Portland metro area homeowners an average of $150 a year for the next 30 years.

The timing of this news comes with an ironic incongruity. TriMet has recently been introspectively seeking answers to a very important research question. Why has its ridership been flat while Portland’s population has been growing rapidly and why was there a significant decline in ridership over the past year? 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 to take on a difficult task with limited resources, and I think those sentiments are relevant to the position many Republicans find themselves in today.

Republicans have to find a way to govern with the President they have and maybe not with the President that they might want. While I am sure there are many in Congress who would have preferred President Rubio, President Kasich, President Paul, President Cruz, or even President Jeb Bush, but the man who currently resides at 1600 Pennsylvania Ave is Donald J. Trump, and those in Congress have an obligation to make conservative change happen with President Trump in office.

By failing to pass a bill that repeals and replaces the Affordable Care Act the Republicans in Congress are failing to live up to their end of the bargain. Republicans were more than willing to do over 50 show votes repealing Obamacare, but when those votes actually had consequence and there was a President in the White House willing to sign a repeal bill they revealed their true nature. Maybe the Graham-Cassidy bill wasn’t perfect, but my greater fear is that Republican’s inability to live up to their promises of repealing Obamacare will lead to the establishment of a government-run Single-Payer health care system as soon as the political pendulum swings back in the Democrats favor.

In a way, Donald Trump is the first Independent President we have had in the modern era. While he may have run as a Republican he had to overcome the Republican establishment just as much as he had to overcome the Democratic establishment on his way to the White House. In that vein, he is not beholden to his political party in the same way that any other President would normally be. So when the Republicans in Congress fail to deliver and give the President a win on repealing Obamacare, he will find a way to govern without them. While as a fiscal conservative I do not like that President Trump is striking debt ceiling deals with Democrats “Chuck and Nancy” I can hardly blame him for looking for ways to govern without solely relying on the Republicans in Congress, who so far have let us down.

So my advice to Congress is this: Give Trump a win. Whether it be on Tax Reform or infrastructure so that this government is capable of moving major bills through the legislative process. After eight years we finally have a President who is willing to sign the conservative legislation into law. Sure we won’t get big-ticket items like Social Security reforms that Trump has spoken out against, but there are more than enough issues that we should already have gotten wins on.

Congressional Republicans dropped the ball on Health Care and the result has been to drive the President into making deals with Democrats. If Congress drops the ball again on real conservative tax reform I fear it will only push the President closer to his friends “Chuck and Nancy” and I don’t believe that is good for any of us.  There are some real opportunities for President Trump to be a mechanism to enact real conservative change, but Congressional Republicans have to start treating him like the President Trump that he is and not the President Trump that they want him to be.

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Lane County Commissioner Jay Bozievich to Seek Re-Election

Notes Lane County’s Progress; Outlines Goals if Reelected


Elmira, OR
– Lane County Commissioner Jay Bozievich announced that he would be seeking a third, 4-year term on the Lane County Board of Commissioners for West Lane Position 1. Since Commissioner Bozievich has taken office, the board has taken important steps to rebuild trust in Lane County Government. He has worked tirelessly to try to prioritize public safety resources, save money, improve customer service, and help bring jobs back to Lane County. Continue reading

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