Republicans Are Competitive in a Liberal Oregon Town

When people think of Oregon, they often think about how liberal the state is. Of course, there are two “hot spots” for the far left: Portland and Eugene. But what many might not realize is that there are two state house seats in Eugene that are very competitive and just might have a shot at being taken by Republicans in 2018. One district has a rural advantage and the other one has an anomalous constituency with a decent mix of urban and rural residents. Here’s my take on the two districts and the Republican path to victory in each.

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Democrats Should Hold Their Party Accountable After Trump's DACA Tweet

On April 1, President Trump tweeted that he was taking the DACA deal off the table. This comes after offering a path to citizenship to 1.8 million DREAMers earlier this year. Why didn’t congressional Democrats jump on this opportunity? People are left to speculate for themselves, but Democratic voters who care about immigration reform should be raising some eyebrows at their own party for its inaction on the president’s offer.

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The Sphere of Economics Few Talk About

What’s the first image that pops into your head when you hear the word, “Economist?” If it’s someone that’s at a computer, crunching numbers and blowing the minds of many, you’re technically not wrong. Much of what we do is try to explain a phenomenon surrounding some type of behavior, be it human, economic, or even political. What would you think if I told you that there’s something many economists are almost never taught much about unless their program forces them to take it or if they’re just interested in the class?

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How to Effectively Continue Your Education in Economics

Whether you majored in economics or not, you can always continue your education in economics. Even if you haven’t studied economics at all, this article will be helpful for you. First, you need a good book that clearly explains the material. Then you need a study plan and stick to it. After that, it’s all about how much you study and for how long.

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What is Tableau and Why Should I Learn it?

You may have seen it as data embedded in a website. Perhaps you’ve seen advertisements of it, but never really knew what it was. Tableau is business analytics software that is particularly good at data visualization. What’s even better is how easy it is to use, though there is a slight learning curve. If that wasn’t good enough, how about the fact that several companies want you to learn it if you’re going into analytics of almost any kind?

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How to Create a Powerful LinkedIn Profile

Have you ever heard that you should be careful about what you post on Facebook or Twitter because a potential employer might see what you say? While this is true for current employers, it’s probably a good idea to understand that most employers don’t have the time to see what you’re sharing on Facebook, especially if they’re a bigger company. Some, however, will definitely check your LinkedIn profile. Some applications will even give you a chance to fill in your work history using LinkedIn.

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What Software and Programming Languages Are Most Beneficial for Economics Majors to Learn?

If you’re a loyal reader of mine, you know that I write a lot of articles giving college advice to economics majors about things like which computer is better to buy, why they should learn SQL, and other various skills needed to be competitive before they graduate. You may have read somewhere (or on here) that you need to learn various programming languages and become familiarized with plenty of software.

Here’s a comprehensive list of everything you should consider looking at dabbling with, perhaps even becoming skilled at a basic level in to add to your resume. Even if you’re an economics degree holder from a previous generation and you want to become more competitive, this article is for you.

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Why We Should Reformat Digital Academic Transcripts

Why are we still sending PDFs of college transcripts to employers, let alone paper copies? This means that someone will have to physically open it, read it, and then make a decision. As the saying goes, “Time is money.” This is especially true in business, but human resources can easily take up a lot of financial resources.

On top of this, we run into the issue of employers relying strictly on GPAs, which aren’t very reflective of skills. Skills are better found in individual grades, but there’s no way to quickly analyze based on this due to how transcripts are sent and received. However, if we were follow this one suggestion, we could forever change the playing field of how employers select people for an interview.

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Portland's Real Estate Market: Is Domestic Migration Pushing Home Prices Up?

Portland, Oregon is known for craft beer, hipsters, great brunch spots, and overpriced homes. Over the past half century, Portland has seen homes go from less than $100,000 to over $300,000 on a small plot of land. Unless you’re from around the area, or unless you’ve understood that what happened in Portlandia is not an isolated event, you might not know that domestic migration from California played a role in this phenomenon.

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What is SQL and Why Should I Learn it?

Are you studying economics or finance? Perhaps you’ve seen job postings requiring this funny thing people are pronouncing as “sequel,” but spelled S-Q-L. A quick Google search will tell you it’s a language that is used for accessing data stored in a database, but it’s still pretty confusing. Why would anybody want to use this if it’s this complicated? Aside from employers wanting you to know how to use it, here are some great reasons to learn SQL.

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