Archive | August, 2015

Credit: Center on Budget and Policy Priorities

First step towards a living wage? Cut taxes

August 31, 2015 A single person working full time at minimum wage in Oregon makes$19,240/year. According to the Center for Public Policy, that isn’t enough to live on. Yet according to the online Oregon Department of revenue calculator, a single person making minimum wage today  will pay about $1,240 in Oregon State taxes. It seems […]

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Telfers candidacy puts Buckley rule to test

When the influential conservative William Buckley was asked in 1967 who he thought the wisest choice would be for the GOP Republican presidential nomination, he said: “The wisest choice would be the one who would win. No sense running Mona Lisa in a beauty contest. I’d be for the most right, viable candidate who could […]

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The “Top One” primary

August, 24th, 2015 In Oregon and nationally the independent movement continues to gain momentum which, here in Oregon with its closed primary, presents a real challenge to democracy. In 2014, some voters rights activists got the Top Two primary Measure 90 on the ballot, which if passed would have changed Oregon’s closed primary to an […]

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Pinning the tail on the Donkey

IPO’s 15 minutes of fame? Or just the beginning

August 20, 2015 This week Oregon Secretary of State Atkins officially recognized the Independent Party of Oregon as a major party. Meaning that the IPO will have the State run it’s nomination process through the State primary in May. Elevating it to the same status as the Democratic and Republican Parties and affirming its seriousness […]

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85% support background checks

A new Pew Research poll found that 85% of all Americans support requiring background checks on private sale and gun show transactions. Oregon passed a law requiring background checks of buyers at gun shows and some private sales. The new law angered some gun rights activists who initiated failed recall efforts against a few legislators […]

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Will Betsy run for Gov. as an IPO candidate?

Will Betsy run for Governor as an Independent?

August 17th, 2015 The East Oregonian reported yesterday on the speculation that Sen. Betsy Johnson (D-Scappoose) may be preparing to run for Oregon Governor. The long time Democrat however is taking a different path.  Understanding the difficulty of running as a centrist/conservative Democrat in the Oregon Democratic primary against a sitting liberal Democratic she is […]

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From the Rally to restore sanity and/or fear.

Four Ways to reform our primary election

In Balsam v. New Jersey SoS  plaintiffs are challenging the constitutionality of New Jersey’s closed primary system. The plaintiffs argue that a closed primary  gives political parties that are eligible for the closed primary and their members a decided advantage in the election process at the expense of individual voters, particularly those not affiliated with […]

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