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Exclusive — Oregon Libertarians Can Learn a Lot from Larry Sharpe's Gubernatorial Run

The November 2018 election in Oregon has an interesting twist — 16 State Legislature seats have incumbents with the Democratic, Independent, and Republican nominations. Most of them are Democrats, but some are Republican. Out of these 16 seats, there are six House seats, and one Senate seat, with Libertarian candidates. Assuming the Green Party doesn’t have candidates in most of these districts, these Libertarians will get a taste of what the two-party system is like.

After seeing video after video and several headlines about Larry Sharpe, the Libertarian Gubernatorial candidate in New York, I decided to reach out to him and ask if he had some details from his campaign or a little message he’d like to include in this article. He graciously offered to do a phone interview. I was excited to take him up on his offer.

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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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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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Oregon Measure 97: The Harsh Reality

The State of Oregon is having a bit of wild dream when it comes to a state measure that was intended to raise taxes by 2.5 percent on big corporations. The ‘Yes on Measure 97’ campaign even has over 70 experts and academics to back up the measure. But is it really all it’s cracked up to be? To be honest, I don’t think so. 

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Trump's Path to 270: How He Can Win the White House

With Donald Trump as the presumptive nominee, it’s time for him to make some decisions about where to start campaigning a little harder. 270ToWin is a great resource for everyone to simulate presidential elections. This year, there’s a setting that allows you to see which states are considered (at least according to this site) battleground states. From there, you can test out your strategy and see if winning certain states will help your candidate. I decided to have a little fun and do this myself. I’ve also done an analysis of what would be beneficial to Trump.

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How to Save Money While Eating Out

I know, it sounds counterintuitive to eat out. Let’s be honest. The most cost-effective way to save money on eating out is to not eat out at all. But this is unrealistic. Most people with some kind of disposable income are bound to eat out at least once per month. If they have more willpower than most, then they may go two or three months without eating out. Since it’s inevitable, let’s go over how to save some money while you do eat out.

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What to Do With Your Refund

It’s that time of year again: Tax season! Many of us will receive tax refunds and spend it right away. However, there’s more to what you can do with your tax refund than just go shopping. Maybe you would like to go on a mini vacation or pay down debt. Maybe you would like to invest it in something. Today, I’m making some recommendations as to what I would do with my tax refund.

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Oregon Business Agenda: Give Some Authority Back to Counties

Rural Oregon, especially eastern Oregon, is experiencing some serious economic hardship. These areas feel quite neglected from the state and have been pretty vocal about it. Does Governor Kate Brown acknowledge that? Who knows? Maybe she did and nobody covered it. But until that’s something to be proven, we have to assume that she did not. Why should we care? It’s just farm land and whatnot, right? Rural Oregon, believe it or not, still brings in a good amount of money to the state. Eastern Oregon has been considering joining Idaho and Idaho doesn’t have a problem with that.

As I mentioned in the last article, I have an agenda for Oregon’s businesses that I believe will help turn our economy back around and help Oregon get back on its feet. There’s still time to kick start this recovery. I firmly believe that a big start is allowing the counties to make deicisions about labor for themselves.

NOTE: This article is part of a series that outlines a common sense agenda for the benefit of all Oregonians.

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Oregon Business Agenda: Taxes and Tax Reform

Oregon is in deep trouble right now. Between March, 1996 and February, 2015, the unemployment rate in Oregon has been higher than the federal rate. Its manufacturing jobs have all skipped town, the timber industry is nearly non-existent, and many are continuously fighting for higher business taxes so that they pay their “fair share.” The cause of this has been a mixture of state and federal legislation that just isn’t in the best interest of Oregon and its residents. I have an agenda that I believe would help put Oregon in the right direction: Progress and prosperity.

NOTE: This article is part of a series that outlines a common sense agenda for the benefit of all Oregonians.

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