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Oregon’s Website May Not Work, But We’ve Got a Cool Video

Oregon’s Website May Not Work, But We’ve Got a Cool Video

From The Daily Caller – After spending $305 million and enrolling zero people in Obamacare, Oregon is giving up on its online exchange. “I no longer use the word ‘hope’ that something is going to work,” said Rocky King, the Executive Director of Oregon’s exchange. “I am planning to do a full manual system from here through March 31.” […]

Honoring Hatfield

Honoring Hatfield

Originally published in The Oregonian, June 13, 2013 – It’s time to send Mark Hatfield back to Washington – As the 2013 legislative session draws to a close, many bills face an ignominious demise — not by being voted down on the floor of either chamber, but by languishing in committee when the final gavel […]

Saving Damascus

Saving Damascus

Originally published in the June issue of the Northwest Connection – City Manager Greg Baker Has Left the Building –   In the summer of 2012, newly-hired Damascus City Manager Greg Baker came to town with an impressive resume and mandate to improve what most agreed had been a history of problematic city manager hires. […]

Let’s Make a Deal

Let’s Make a Deal

Originally published in The Oregonian, May 30, 2013 – Will a budget deal mean PERS reform and higher taxes? – Whether on the federal debt limit or our own state budget, it seems the grand bargain many seek is a lot like Sasquatch: Many people still believe in it despite the lack of tangible evidence […]

Oregon Legislature Needs Some Leadership

Oregon Legislature Needs Some Leadership

Originally published in The Oregonian, May 2, 2013 – Oregon needs a transactional politician to solve PERS and taxes — “I’m not a transactional politician,” Oregon House Speaker Tina Kotek told reporters April 22, even as she was predicting victory for both the Democrats’ PERS reform bill and their tax increase on high-income earners. Two […]

A Culture of Gun Ownership

A Culture of Gun Ownership

Originally published in The Oregonian, April 18, 2013 – With suspicion all around, it’s a frustrating war over gun control – The fight over gun control, across the country and here in Oregon, is both heart-rending and frustrating. The personal tragedies that cause family and friends of victims to rally for tougher gun laws are […]

More Is Not Better

More Is Not Better

Originally published in The Oregonian, March 21, 2013 – Driving bills distract Legislature from the big issues — Nearly two months into the legislative session, the struggle to get government out of our bedrooms and into our cars continues apace. The 2009 ban on using cellphones while driving, having failed to eliminate the practice (the […]

Gun Limits Off Target

Gun Limits Off Target

Originally published in the Portland Tribune, March 14, 2013 – Anti-gun legislation would create more problems than it solves – Even though state Rep. Mitch Greenlick (D-Portland), the chief sponsor of the Ceasefire Oregon-inspired gun control measure known as House Bill 3200, has admitted the proposal is dead on arrival, law-abiding Oregon gun owners have […]

Come But Don’t Learn?

Come But Don’t Learn?

Originally published in The Oregonian, March 7, 2013 – Needing to catch up on immigration reform – Once upon a time, Oregonians expected to be leaders. The beach bill, the bottle bill, the aerosol spray ban, the initiative and referendum, even the gas tax — all were Oregon innovations. But now that we are about […]

West Linn’s Big Dig

West Linn’s Big Dig

Originally published in Northwest Connection, March, 2013 Vulcan First Officer Spock of the Starship Enterprise had a great repertoire of pronouncements, but none more famous than the words he uttered with his dying breath in The Wrath of Kahn: “the needs of the many outweigh the needs of the few.” That’s exactly the Star Trek spin […]

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 […]

PERS Problems Persist

PERS Problems Persist

Originally published in The Oregonian, February 8, 2013 – Coping with rising PERS costs and sagging tax revenues – by Dennis Richardson Oregon’s public retirement system and the legislators who must oversee it face a tough dilemma. The system is being squeezed from both sides — spiraling costs and falling revenues. Oregon’s Public Employees Retirement […]

New Hope for the GOP?

New Hope for the GOP?

Two weeks ago, Gov. Bobby Jindal of Louisiana made news by telling the Republican National Committee it was time for the GOP to “stop being the stupid party.” He urged Republicans to “stop insulting the intelligence of voters” and pointed out that “we had a number of Republicans damage the brand this year with offensive […]

Duly Sworn

Duly Sworn

Originally published in February edition of The Northwest Connection – Fiscal Conservatives Take Office Across Clackamas County – Election 2012 was considered a disaster by Americans hoping to reverse the trend of unprecedented deficits, unaccountable spending, and runaway debt. But if you’d been living in a bunker since the 2010 midterm and stumbled into the […]

The Partisan and the Problem Solver

The Partisan and the Problem Solver

Originally published in The Oregonian, January 24, 2013 — Barack Obama and John Kitzhaber present different visions – President Barack Obama’s inaugural address on Monday managed to rouse Democrats and Republicans alike, the former to grab their hymnals, the latter their pitchforks. As a Republican, what concerned me wasn’t so much what the president said […]

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 […]

Knute Buehler on What Ails the GOP

Knute Buehler on What Ails the GOP

Originally published in The Oregonian, December 19, 2012 – How to reverse the state GOP’s slide into irrelevance – After a month of personal reflection, well-intended advice from many and reading commentary by political insiders, I am compelled to share my insight as to why Oregon has become such a reliably Democratic state. It is […]

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 […]

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