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State has largest job loss since 2009

October 31, 2012 --


By Bill Watkins, Oregon Economics
California Lutheran University
Oregon’s economy has continued its bipolar pattern. Output, Gross Product, has shown strong gains, while job have been far weaker. In fact our most recent data show that Oregon lost 7,900 jobs in September, or almost a six percent annual job loss rate. This represents the largest job loss since the depths of the recession in 2009. Even worse, these job losses occurred at a time when thousands are building Intel’s new $3 billion Hillsboro research facility.

Unfortunately, September’s job losses were broad based. Construction, non-durable manufacturing, professional and business services, and government each lost over 1,000 jobs in September.

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Business needs level playing field for wood product certification

October 30, 2012 --

By Oregon Small Business Association

Oregon’s federal lawmakers have taken a strong stand against China’s unfair and manipulative trade practices that have made its government-subsidized wood and paper products artificially cheap in the U.S. market. Chinese firms are also reaping huge profits from illegal logging.

“American manufacturers can’t compete when the deck is unfairly stacked against them,” Congressman Peter DeFazio said, in support of a Congressional investigation of Chinese plywood manufacturers. “We cannot afford to allow China to get away with manipulative trade practices that hurt American companies and cost us jobs.”

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Fake Obama, Romney fundraisers being used by ID theives

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Fake Obama, Romney fundraisers being used by ID thieves
By Oregon Better Business Bureau

Crooks are charging credit cards without authorization under the guise of legitimate political campaign organizations and fundraisers. Better Business Bureau is recommending that voters monitor financial accounts and monthly statements for suspicious activity around election season.

In one report to BBB, a criminal organization falsely using the name Obama for America Inc. was withdrawing funds from an unsuspecting local consumer. It is unclear how thieves accessed his card numbers, but he immediately took action to reverse the charges and change his credit card account numbers after recognizing the breach.

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As Election Nears, Employers Should be Cautious of Politics in the Workplace

October 29, 2012 --

by Brenda K. Baumgart
Stoel Rives World of Employment
Oregon law firm

From the Presidential debates to lawn signs, and TV ads to the Voters’ Pamphlet in your mailbox, there’s no denying that election season is in full swing. For employers, the home stretch to November 6 means not only around-the-clock coverage, but the potential for spirited debates—and resulting employee discord—in the workplace. Although with limited exception political activity or affiliation is not a protected status, and Oregon employers no longer have to worry about giving employees time off to vote due to mail-in ballots, the impending election still has significant potential to invoke myriad workplace issues ranging from discrimination and harassment to free speech and bullying. Here are some “dos and don’ts” to help guide employers over the next several weeks and keep polarizing political discourse from disrupting your workplace:

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Charlie Hales wins major business endorsement

October 28, 2012 --

Alliance board of directors endorses Charlie Hales for Portland mayor
By Portland Business Alliance

The Portland Business Alliance board of directors today announced its endorsement of Charlie Hales in the race for mayor of Portland.

“The City of Portland needs a mayor with good, sound judgment and an even temperament who can proudly represent the city in any corner of the world,” said Sandra McDonough, president & CEO of the Portland Business Alliance. “The events and news reports of the past few weeks convinced us that only one candidate – Charlie Hales – fits that description. And Charlie has the ability to bring people together – even when they disagree – to get things done for the good of the entire city.”

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Microsoft & Dell CEO demonstrate Windows 8

October 27, 2012 --

CNN took Windows 8 to the CEO of Microsoft and Dell and had them walk through how it works. See the video below.

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U2 singer humbled by capitalism

October 26, 2012 --

Oregon Business News Note:

From Forbes magazine on the U2 lead singer, Bono, when speaking this month at a philanthropy conference in Dublin, Ireland .

The Irish singer and co-founder of ONE, a campaigning group that fights poverty and disease in Africa, said it had been “a humbling thing for me” to realize the importance of capitalism and entrepreneurialism in philanthropy, particularly as someone who “got into this as a righteous anger activist with all the cliches.”

“Job creators and innovators are just the key, and aid is just a bridge,” he told an audience of 200 leading technology entrepreneurs and investors at the F.ounders tech conference in Dublin. “We see it as startup money, investment in new countries. A humbling thing was to learn the role of commerce.”

It was also mentioned…

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4 lessons from the California exodus

October 25, 2012 --

By Oregon Tax News

California, once an epicenter of population growth and economic opportunity, is losing more residents to other states than it is taking in, according to a new study by the Manhattan Institute. Released in September 2012, “The Great California Exodus: A Closer Look” reports that California has lost 3.4 million residents since 1990 through migration to other states, including Oregon and mostly western and southern states.

The study reflects a troubling trend for the golden state, which during the post-war years became a popular destination for Americans seeking opportunity and a better life. In the last 20 years, California has lost roughly 80 percent of the net domestic migration gained during the previous 30 years. The population shift also has financial implications as relocating Californians take their money with them. While foreign immigration continues at a steady pace, foreign immigrants are typically poor and may initially consume more wealth through public programs than they create.

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Walden & Sen. Rubio urge Obama to rethink cybersecurity law

October 24, 2012 --

Congressman Greg Walden

Rep. Greg Walden (R-Ore.) today joined other technology leaders in the U.S. House of Representative and U.S. Senate today in urging President Barack Obama to refrain from issuing an executive order regulating the Internet in the name of cybersecurity ( LETTER).

The members expressed concern that using executive power to regulate the Internet would bolster the arguments being made by nations such as Russia, China, and Iran that are seeking global government control and undermine the United States’ position to continue the current worldwide model which has allowed the Internet to flourish. Both the House and Senate have unanimously approved resolutions that oppose such attempts to exert regulatory control over the Internet. The bicameral leaders are also concerned that a top-down approach to cybersecurity will slow the response and impose unnecessary costs on the economy. 

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Can broadcasters pull SuperPAC ads?

October 23, 2012 --

Why Don’t TV Stations Pull More SuperPAC Ads? Is There Potential Liability for These Ads?
by David Oxenford, Broadcast Blog
Davis Dwight & Tremaine LLP
Oregon business law firm

We recently wrote about candidate ads, and the “no censorship” provision of Section 315 of the Communications Act. Broadcasters can’t censor a “use” by a political candidate (a candidate ad that features his or her recognizable voice or image), and thus the broadcaster is not liable for the content of a candidate’s ad. So no matter what the candidate may say – the broadcaster runs the ad as is. Ads from third parties (PACs, SuperPACs, labor unions, right to life groups and other advocacy organizations) are, however, different. The “no censorship” provisions of the political rules don’t apply, so broadcasters are free to accept or reject third party ads based on the content of the ads. Even though broadcasters can reject political ads that come from third-party groups, they rarely do, and we seemingly see just as many outrageous claims about candidates in third party ads as we see in the candidate ads that can’t be censored. Why don’t broadcasters more aggressively decide which ads are truthful and which are not, and reject those ads that are not accurate?

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