Expanding Public Health Insurance Is Really Quick and Easy

By: Friday October 18, 2013 10:20 am

This whole insane Affordable Care Act design was about needlessly leaving in place private middlemen, and that created yet another layer of extremely expensive and complex bureaucracy.


Oregon Legislature Approves Medical Marijuana Dispensaries Bill

By: Monday July 8, 2013 1:20 pm

An Oregon bill that would allow the creation of state regulated medical marijuana dispensaries is now heading Gov. John Kitzhaber’s (D) desk. The governor has not yet said how he plans to proceed.

Monsanto’s Rogue Wheat Still a Mystery

By: Thursday June 20, 2013 12:16 pm

Agribusiness monopoly Monsanto is facing class action lawsuits after its genetically modified wheat was found in areas it was never approved to be in. Monsanto still claims it is mystified and that all its experimental GMO wheat was destroyed.

The search for the rogue wheat is still ongoing.

Oregon Legislature Votes to Add PTSD to Medical Marijuana Program

By: Friday May 31, 2013 7:45 am

People suffering from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder may soon get access to medical marijuana in Oregon. On Thursday the Oregon House passed Senate Bill 281 in a vote of 36-21. The bill was previously approved by the Senate last month. It now goes to the governor for his signature.

Late Night: Want to Move to Oregon? Get in line.

By: Thursday May 30, 2013 8:00 pm

When the fear of bumping into Michele Bachmann at the Mall of America becomes completely debilitating, and shoveling snow loses its charm, progressive thinkers in Minnesconsigan inevitably get the itch to move to another pro-beer Eden with slightly warmer precipitation (and bigoted politicians of lesser renown). They pack up their scarves, rinse off their beard combs and follow the well-worn ruts to Oregon. Oftentimes, though, they are poorly equipped for the idiosyncrasies they will encounter once they arrive. So before committing to a life in our mossy piece of heaven, there are a number of things you should know about the Portland.

Medicaid Study’s Warning for Obamacare Exchanges

By: Thursday May 2, 2013 11:05 am

Getting a lot of attention today is a new study about Oregon’s Medicaid program. Basically several years ago Oregon wanted to greatly expand the program but didn’t have enough money to cover everyone they wanted. As a result they held a lottery. This created a perfect natural experiment on the effect of Medicaid coverage.

Game On in Oregon!

By: Wednesday February 20, 2013 12:45 pm

Oregon voters passed Measure 36 in 2004, amending the state constitution to exclude same-sex couples from civil marriage. Because the Oregon State Supreme Court chose not to hear a legal challenge to the measure, and because the Oregon legislature does not have the authority to amend the state constitution, the only option open to freedom to marry advocates is to ask Oregon voters to again amend the state constitution by ballot measure.

Late Night: Long Live the King

By: Thursday January 17, 2013 8:00 pm

“I’m afraid that President Obama may have this ‘king complex’ sort of developing, and we’re going to make sure it doesn’t happen.”

Thus spake Rand Paul, US Senator (!), somewhat before he knew what, exactly, Obama’s proposals would entail. But does that really matter? True believers like Paul are reliably armed with two of the three things they’ve ever half-read (not written by Ayn Rand), the Bible and the Constitution, and have come to some pretty novel conclusions about both works. Of course, such conclusions are completely nuts, but nonetheless at least as infallible as whatever comes out of the Pope’s ass on any given day, so there.

The Five States Most Likely to Legalize Marijuana Next

By: Friday January 4, 2013 8:44 am

Massachusetts, California, Oregon, Maine, and Nevada are most likely to be the next five states to legalize marijuana, based on careful analysis. In the near term, two basic things are required before a state is likely to legalize marijuana. The state needs to allow citizen ballot initiatives and have an electorate ready to embrace reform.

Pot Legalization on the Ballot Dramatically Increased Youth Turnout

By: Thursday November 8, 2012 1:44 pm

The lesson for politicians and political strategists appears to be that if you want to significantly increase youth turnout, make the election about legalizing marijuana.

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