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Pensions, healthcare strain Oregon budgets

Pensions, healthcare strain Oregon budgets

An Oregon Supreme Court case on public pensions and higher costs for state-funded health care will collide in 2017 to help create a massive hole in the state budget.

It’s still two years off, but the daunting scenario is already …

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Oregon underestimated Medicaid expansion price tag

Oregon underestimated Medicaid expansion price tag

Amid the embarrassing collapse of Cover Oregon, the state’s failed health insurance enrollment website, then-Gov. John Kitzhaber and lawmakers found solace in an unrelated success — a massive hike in enrollment in the Oregon Health Plan.

The Health Plan is …

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Governor Brown signs bevy of ‘Fair Shot’ bills

Governor Brown signs bevy of ‘Fair Shot’ bills

Legislation requiring paid sick time, “banning the box” and the creation of the Oregon Retirement Savings Board were signed into law Monday.

The package of bills were pushed by a group of nonprofits and advocacy organizations and dubbed the “Fair …

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Three attempted recalls have been abandoned against pro-gun control legislators

Three attempted recalls have been abandoned against pro-gun control legislators

Gun advocates sponsoring attempted recall drives against two Washington County Democratic legislators — Sen. Chuck Riley of Hillsboro and Rep. Susan McLain of Forest Grove — dropped their efforts Monday after it became clear they couldn’t get the needed signatures.…

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National Spotlight

Farcical votes of GOP leadership for more government power

Farcical votes of GOP leadership for more government power

It really shouldn’t be a surprise to see Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell allow the Ex-Im Bank to be revived after it expired in June. Nor is it really surprising to hear McConnell apparently made a deal with three senators …

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A golden nugget hidden in the Trump spectacle

A golden nugget hidden in the Trump spectacle

I know, I know. As a veteran political activist, I am supposed to be extremely upset with Donald Trump, out there saying what some on both sides of the political aisle consider to be outrageous things.

But folks, I cannot …

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How to get the most out of the Iran nuke deal

How to get the most out of the Iran nuke deal

Let’s be clear about what the Iranian deal does not achieve: it does not prevent Iran from getting the bomb; it does not in any reliable way extend breakout capability to a year; and there is zero probability sanctions will …

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Dismissing the conservative base of the GOP is a bad idea

Dismissing the conservative base of the GOP is a bad idea

Fed up with the establishment Republicans in Washington, D.C. selling out to President Barack Obama on issues like funding his executive amnesty?

Think presidential candidates like Mitt Romney or Jeb Bush are a part of the problem by offering little …

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2016 Election

[FULL SPEECH] John Kasich Presidential Campaign Announcement

[FULL SPEECH] John Kasich Presidential Campaign Announcement

The second-term governor known for his blunt and pragmatic style launched his campaign with a speech in front of 2,000 people at Ohio State University. Mr Kasich joins 15 other prominent Republicans that compose an unusually crowded and diverse field …

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Bend Republican considering run for governor in 2016

Bend Republican considering run for governor in 2016

State Rep. Knute Buehler announced Monday he’s considering a run for governor in 2016, positioning himself to be the first serious Republican contender to enter the race.

“Oregon faces big challenges that demand more courageous and creative leadership than we’re …

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[FULL SPEECH] Governor Scott Walker announces 2016 Presidential bid

[FULL SPEECH] Governor Scott Walker announces 2016 Presidential bid

Scott Walker made it official today, breaking the news that he is a Republican candidate in the 2016 presidential race first in a Facebook post this morning before a formal announcement event in Wisconsin later today. Walker kicked off his …

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[FULL SPEECH] Governor Chris Christie announces for president

[FULL SPEECH] Governor Chris Christie announces for president

Governor Chris Christie (R-NJ) announced his intention to seek the 2016 Republican presidential nomination. He made the announcement at his alma mater, Livingston High School. The tough-talking moderate Republican’s campaign slogan is: “Tell It Like It Is.”

Christie enters a …

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