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Oregon Needs to Cap Spending

Oregon Needs to Cap Spending

Originally published in The Oregonian, February 15, 2013 – Oregon must cap the growth of spending with a constitutional limit – Oregon desperately needs to establish a constitutional limit on the growth of state spending. That’s clear when you compare what the growth of state budgets would have been with a spending cap over the […]

Kitzhaber’s Nike Bill: Constitutional Questions

Kitzhaber’s Nike Bill: Constitutional Questions

Last Friday, Governor John Kitzhaber called a special session of the Oregon Legislative Assembly to enact a single new law. House Bill 4200 authorizes our Governor to enact a contract with an Oregon company that assures the company that its current single sales tax factor will not be changed for thirty years. The bill does […]

Gubernatorial Authority

Gubernatorial Authority

ORIGINALLY PUBLISHED ON OREGONLIVE.COM 11/29/11 – Article V, Section 14 of the Oregon Constitution authorizes the governor to grant reprieves in all cases except treason. Thus, the reprieve Gov. John Kitzhaber granted to twice-convicted murderer Gary Haugen clearly is lawful. The governor also has authority to commute sentences, a power to be exercised, as with […]

Overzealous prosecution: John Kroger drops the ball – again

Overzealous prosecution: John Kroger drops the ball – again

ORIGINALLY PUBLISHED ON OREGONLIVE.COM 6/16/11 – Can’t anyone here play this game? That was the lament of legendary baseball manager Casey Stengel in 1962 when, at age 72, he led the first-year New York Mets to a record 120-loss season. But Oregonians may be asking the same question about the state Department of Justice under […]

ACLU’s position on religious garb for teachers is counter to its underlying principles

[via Oregonlive 02/21/11] Should public schoolteachers be allowed to wear religious garbs such as head scarves and turbans while teaching? Right now, Oregon law says no, but the Legislature is considering House Bill 3686, which would repeal that prohibition. Those who would benefit from the passage of this bill include Muslim women and Orthodox Jewish […]