Archive | March, 2017


Gov. Brown cleans house at DEQ

The Oregon Environmental Quality Commission is a five-member panel appointed by the governor of Oregon for four-year terms to serve as the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality’s policy and rulemaking board. In addition to adopting rules, the commission also establishes policies, issues orders, judges appeals of fines or other DEQ actions, and appoints the DEQ […]

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Person of Political Courage: Senator Brian Boquist

“Courage means overcoming partisanship, and also means not bowing to any special interest, and instead voting one’s conscience. Senators always have to vote based on whether an issue should be decided as a representative of the people (i.e., voting in accordance with the majority in one’s district), or alternatively as a matter of conscience. When […]

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Voter Registration change February, 2017: IPO keeps showing gains

Again, non affiliated and Independent Party registrations increase while Democratic and Republican rolls decrease. This month, I looked at the total change in voter registrations in February, 2017 (column one). Then deducted the number of members added by Motor Voter (Column two) and showed the change in membership from voters dropping, or changing, or going […]

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Get rid of mortgage interest deduction on vacation homes

But don’t touch the interest deduction for mortgage on principle residence Oregon Legislators are considering changing residential interest deduction. HB 2006 would: cap the state mortgage interest deduction at $15,000 eliminate the deduction for homeowners earning over $100,000 a year or $200,000 if filing jointly. Eliminate the deduction paid on mortgages for second homes and […]

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Can the Oregon Democratic Coalition split over Tuition and PERS?

“Republican and Democratic voters disagree about a lot. But the divide between each party’s members is much wider than simply distinct policy positions and different evaluations of candidates. Each party’s supporters define the terms and stakes of political competition quite differently. Republicans believe they’re battling over two opposing ideologies, while Democrats view partisan conflict instead […]

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