11 Jun

Business support for public ...

The failure of so-called electricity deregulation in California and the bankruptcy of Enron Corporation have led to calls for public ownership of Enron subsidiary Portland General Electric. Some businesses have jumped on the bandwagon, i...

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04 Jun

Keep the quorum: Preserve th...

Low voter turnout in the recent Oregon primary election helped block numerous tax measures throughout the state. For that reason, some people wish to eliminate the 50 percent turnout requirement, which is simply a quorum rule. To pass c...

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28 May

Do teacher unions really ben...

During the recent primary election the Oregon Education Association (OEA) got what it wanted by defeating Ballot Measure 13 and electing Susan Castillo to Superintendent of Public Instruction. Although the OEA's effectiveness is admirabl...

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21 May

What if they held an electio...

Voter apathy is the popular explanation for low voter turnout. As the director of publications at a public policy think tank, I am as far from apathetic as you can get. I withheld my vote on purpose for several good, responsible reasons....

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14 May

Lesson from New Zealand: Plo...

President Bush showed his anti-consumer, anti-taxpayer side on Monday, May 13: he signed legislation that increased farm subsidies by $83 billion. This legislation, supported by Oregon's U.S. Senators Smith and Wyden, and Representatives...

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07 May

School funding waltz: Measur...

Political candidates and editorial boards across the state blame Measure 5 for centralizing education funding in Salem. Although the initiative did give the state a greater role in school funding, a number of other changes have also furt...

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30 Apr

Drug prohibition, cigarette ...

When U.S. Drug Czar John Walters spoke in Portland last Friday he touched on the theme of his administration's ad campaign: that if you use illegal drugs you're helping to finance terrorism. He could have more accurately said that if you...

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