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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 […]

I’m with her (Ameya)

I’m with her (Ameya)

Moments of Lucidity By ERIC A. HOWALD I always hesitate to call myself a feminist. It makes me feel like a stray dog digging up a stranger’s garden. However, as a father to an only daughter, Ameya, I also feel duty-bound to say something when issues of gender inequity arise. A day after the first […]

Support Citizens United

Support Citizens United

By DEBRA J. SAUNDERS Hillary Clinton has promised that in her first 30 days as president she will propose a constitutional amendment to overturn the U.S. Supreme Court’s 2010 Citizens United decision, which she characterized as a “disaster for our democracy.” Because Clinton has a better-than-even chance of being elected president, who am I to […]

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