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Brown unenthusiastic choice

Brown unenthusiastic choice

By Gene McIntyre Oregon’s not unusual in terms of embracing one major U.S. political party and then the other. Take the last eighty years, late 1930s to the present day, and the reader will find that there have been eight Democrats and eight Republicans occupying the chief’s office in our capitol. It’s not like some elections for […]

Read between the lines on Measure 97

Read between the lines on Measure 97

By DON VOWELL You can’t vote maybe.  You can vote yes or no.  If your life is guided by political campaign ads you must believe that a yes vote for Measure 97 dooms us to higher taxes, loss of jobs, and crippling burdens for some Oregon-based businesses.  A no vote means a continuance of failing […]

It’s time to vote

It’s time to vote

From the Capitol By Rep. Bill Post It’s so good to be a Keizerite!  As I write this, I’ve just found out what you have no doubt already discovered, that we have a Winco/Waremart grocery store coming to Keizer!  I couldn’t be more excited. This town has proved over and over that it can support […]

Trump is not a Republican aberration

Trump is not a Republican aberration

By E.J. DIONNE JR. WASHINGTON — The lies and distortions that Donald Trump’s campaign messengers deploy to rationalize their candidate’s outrageousness are more typical of the last couple of decades of our politics than we’d like to admit. Especially revealing and infuriating are the efforts to use Al Gore as a human shield against the […]

Descending into ideological psychosis

Descending into ideological psychosis

By MICHAEL GERSON    Given even the lowest expectations, Donald Trump still has the capacity to surprise. In recent days, Trump has sneered at the looks of a woman who accuses him of sexual assault, denigrated the appearance of Hillary Clinton, proposed to drug test his opponent, used his campaign to promote what appears to […]

Measure 97 taxes would even things out

Measure 97 taxes would even things out

Every so often, Oregonians experience an Elvis Presley moment—when almost everyone is “all shook up” and these shake ups almost always take place over proposals to raise taxes. Our illustrious legislature cannot come to grip the matter with any consequences, mainly, because they are too often more concerned about keeping their capital jobs than behaving like statesmen. Hence, […]

Trump confirms everyone’s worst fears

Trump confirms everyone’s worst fears

By E.J. DIONNE JR.      AKRON, Ohio — It was a two-track debate. At times, it was the setting for a detailed argument over serious issues in which Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump offered voters a relatively straightforward clash of progressive and conservative perspectives.      But this is 2016, and eventually the third and final […]

Trump reveals fragility at the heart of American democracy

Trump reveals fragility at the heart of American democracy

By MICHAEL GERSON      WASHINGTON — It is the nature of extreme partisanship to turn honest disagreements into alternative realities. The representatives of our own ideological team must always be good and beautiful, strong and surging. Admission of facts inconsistent with this premise is taken as disloyalty.      The third presidential debate was a perfect test […]

A vicious presidential debate

A vicious presidential debate

By E.J. DIONNE JR. It’s not an American habit for a presidential candidate to declare that he would imprison his opponent. Donald Trump, reeling from the release of an 11-year-old video recording his lewd and repulsive comments about women, went there anyway. And while he said he was “very embarrassed” by his talk of groping […]

Regulations have a place in the nation

Regulations have a place in the nation

A couple of Americans running now for high public office—Donald Trump, nationally and Bud Pierce in Oregon, are calling for cuts in regulations and less red tape. That kind of pie-in-the-sky stuff just may be easier to promise than deliver. Nevertheless, what’s got me more than a little nervous is what and where regulations and red tape will be cut and to what extent the […]

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