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Making Up the Law

Making Up the Law

Originally published in The Oregonian, December 19, 2013 – The ‘public trust doctrine’ and greenhouse gases – Friends don’t let friends misstate the law, particularly when those friends purport to speak with professorial authority.  So I must offer a different view from that expressed by my friends Mike Blumm and Mims Wood (“Court cases put state’s stewardship […]

Words Worth Memorizing

Words Worth Memorizing

Originally published in The Daily Caller, November 19, 3013 – Why kids, and politicians, should still memorize the Gettysburg Address – 150 years ago today President Abraham Lincoln spoke 277 words that, for generations, were memorized by students in schools across this great nation. Some of those former students, now drawing social security, still remember […]

Orange Blossom Special

Orange Blossom Special

Originally published in the May issue of Northwest Connection — Light Rail Returns to Clackamas County Ballot – Another in a series of culminating moments will take place on May 21, when Clackamas County voters will again weigh the fate of Portland Milwaukie Light Rail. But even if the vote on Measure 3-424 is numerically […]

Progressive Racism

Progressive Racism

Originally published in National Review Online, April 11, 2013 –  by Paul Rahe One hundred years ago today, Woodrow Wilson brought Jim Crow to the North. He had been inaugurated on March 4, 1913. At a cabinet meeting on April 11, his postmaster general, Albert S. Burleson, suggested that the new administration segregate the railway […]

More on the Disenfranchisement of Rural America

More on the Disenfranchisement of Rural America

Steven Stanek of The Heartland Institute interviews [here] Jim Huffman on the subject of Huffman’s article “The Disenfranchisement of Rural America” that appeared in Defining Ideas (reprinted here at Northwest Free Press).

The Disenfranchisement of Rural America

The Disenfranchisement of Rural America

Originally published in Defining Ideas, February 13, 2013 – Small-town Americans are losing the right to govern themselves and their own communities. Anyone who pays even passing attention to American politics is familiar with the map (Figure 1) of the United States showing states in which a majority of voters favored President Obama (colored blue) […]

The Life of a One Party State?  It’s Not a Healthy One

The Life of a One Party State? It’s Not a Healthy One

Originally published in the Hillsboro Tribune, January 11, 2013 – by Representative Shawn Lindsay – Remember when presidential candidates actually campaigned in Oregon? Now they simply treat Oregon as an ATM. In 2004, both President George W. Bush and Sen. John Kerry drew huge crowds for public campaign rallies. But in 2012, both President Obama […]

But Is It Binding?

But Is It Binding?

Originally published in The Statesman Journal, December 13, 2012 — Nike pact might not be binding – Gov. John Kitzhaber has called the Oregon Legislature into special session tomorrow to pass the Qualifying Investment Incentive and Safe Harbor Act. If enacted by the legislature and signed by the governor, the bill will be an expression […]

Early Voting and Democracy

Early Voting and Democracy

Originally published in The Daily Caller, October 27, 2012 – There was a time when the admonition “vote early” was accompanied with “and often.” No doubt many who used the expression had Chicago in mind, so photos of President Obama voting early in his hometown surely reminded old timers of the days when people really […]

Constitution Day 2012

Constitution Day 2012

Originally published at The Daily Caller, September 17, 2012 – The Constitution is down, but not out — Title 36, Chapter 1, Section 106 of the United States Code declares that September 17 is Constitution Day and Citizenship Day. It’s right in there with Carl Garner Federal Lands Cleanup Day (§104 — just a week […]

Can Civics Education Be Value Neutral

Can Civics Education Be Value Neutral

“To what extent should intolerance be tolerated and how can a commitment to pluralism and a unified civic culture be reconciled?  These questions are at the heart of the challenge of civics education according to Rita Koganzon of the American Enterprise Institute.  Read Koganzon’s essay on civics education here.

Two Views on Chief Justice Roberts’ Decision on Obamacare

Two Views on Chief Justice Roberts’ Decision on Obamacare

Writing in today’s Oregonian, Rich Lowry says Roberts overreached by effectively amending what Congress enacted (a view expressed by Jim Huffman on this site earlier this week here).  David Brooks says that Roberts did the right thing in deferring to the democratic process.  Lowry has the better position.  It is not for the courts to […]

Justice Roberts Provides Cover for Congress

Justice Roberts Provides Cover for Congress

Originally published in The Daily Caller — June 28, 2012 – Obamacare ruling is judicial activism of the most pernicious sort – The Supreme Court’s validation of the Affordable Care Act’s (ACA) individual mandate will be celebrated as a product of appropriate judicial restraint. To the contrary, it is judicial activism of the most pernicious […]

What’s Wrong With a Little Voter Apathy?

What’s Wrong With a Little Voter Apathy?

Writing in the Los Angeles Times, reprinted here at aei.org, Jonah Goldberg takes on those who are suggesting that voting should be mandatory.  As Goldberg notes, such proposals usually come from those who think they are losing, which is really the only reason you would want uninformed and disinterested people voting.

MOLALLA BUSTEROO

MOLALLA BUSTEROO

$2.5 Million Debt for Systems Development Fees has City on Ropes — From the Northwest Connection – By Mark Ellis Imagine waking up one morning to find out that the city you live in has secretly amassed a debt of $2.5 million. Such a wake-up call was delivered to the Molalla City Council in April […]

Can the Political System Be Fixed?

Can the Political System Be Fixed?

One thing on which most everyone agrees is that the political system, particularly in Washington, is broken.  Thomas Mann and Norman Ornstein, writing in The Washington Post, think the challenge is big but that there are things we can do to reduce the partisanship.  In this commentary they detail five things they think will not […]

The Myth and Reality of Washington

The Myth and Reality of Washington

If you missed it in Monday’s Oregonian, take a look at Robert J. Samuelson’s commentary on the myth and reality of Washington.  Here is what Samuelson says: “The Washington of conventional wisdom and the real Washington are two entirely different places. The Washington of conventional wisdom is overrun by well-paid insiders — lobbyists, lawyers, publicists […]

Who Needs Voter ID?

Who Needs Voter ID?

John Fund reports on National Review Online that a man who did not identify himself and presented no ID was offered Attorney General Eric Holder’s ballot in the recent Washington, D.C., primary election.  Here’s betting Holder remains opposed to voter ID laws.  Read Fund’s account here.

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