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President Barack Obama golfs at Farm Neck Golf Club in Oak Bluffs, Mass., on the island of Martha's Vineyard, on Aug. 9, 2014.

President Barack Obama golfs at Farm Neck Golf Club in Oak Bluffs, Mass., on the island of Martha's Vineyard, on Aug. 9, 2014.

Obama's vacation observation, Mitch McConnell's millions: PolitiFact Oregon Roundup

The president takes a swipe at Congress for being on "vacation" all month (never mind his own two-week golfing get-away), while Scott Walker boasts of investing millions in worker-training programs -- all in today's PolitiFact Oregon Roundup.

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Promise: Would support increase in cigarette tax if one were to pass legislature

Update: Will "support an increase in the cigarette tax" if it is proposed and passes the Legislature

"We’ve seen highway fatalities actually decrease in Colorado" since marijuana use was legalized.

Sen. Jeff Merkley "voted six times for more debt."

Gov. Kitzhaber oversaw creation of the Oregon driver card law "behind closed doors without allowing any input from citizens who represent the public interest."

"It's been 17 years that we've had unemployment higher than the national average in Oregon."

Oregon’s "three largest employers, and 13 of the top 25, are health care providers."

Oregon "is the most trade-dependent state in the nation"

"We are 49th in the nation for our graduation rate"

76 percent of doctors support the use of medical marijuana

 In Oregon, 12,808 people were arrested for marijuana-related crimes in 2012.

The 2011 Rebuild America Jobs Act "would have cost the average American family $1,000 a year while making no significant impact to fix our infrastructure and roads."

"I co-sponsored the Rebuild America Jobs Act" for transportation and infrastructure.

"Since the governor took office, Oregon’s unemployment rate has dropped to its lowest point in three years."

An average of nine children a day in the U.S. die of gunshot wounds.

"The government -- not the armed forces -- is stockpiling hundreds of millions of rounds of ammunition for domestic use."

The U.N. Arms Treaty "infringes upon our right to keep and bear arms."

"Oregon school districts are directing 24 percent of their food budgets to purchase local foods. That’s the highest percentage in the country."

"Marijuana is less addictive than both alcohol and tobacco."

"400,000 Oregonians have gained access to health care" through the Affordable Care Act.

"Jeff Merkley was the deciding vote on Obamacare, which in Oregon has been an unmitigated disaster."

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