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There is a 12 acre undeveloped parcel in Troutdale that the city wants to make into something since it's just adjacent to the Sandy River and could be very attractive, but there's a problem.  According to an article in

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The new local online news organization Golocalpdx.com has published an analysis of campaign expenditures made by Jeff Merkley and found 78% of his mon

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I'll send an email to my Oregon State Representatives suggesting Oregon should follow up on California's initiative in limiting Drone use in Law Enforcement.  I think it would "fly" here too.  If only we could do the

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The NY Times reporter James Risen may be in jail weeks from now for refusing to reveal his sources in a case first involving George W Bush and then aggressively pursued by President Obama and Eric Holder. There is a 

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The outside Koch brothers have targeted Senator Jeff Merkley and are running attack ads in Oregon.  They launched an estimated $3.6 million television campaign of 30 second ads, courtesy of a Koch controlled group called freedompartners&

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I don;t think I can come up with any commentary other than to quote excerpts from Wyden's speech to the TechFestNW event in Portland on Friday, August 15, 2014.  He is a wise thinker on government power to do

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Oregon is considering restricting Medicaid reimbursement for hepatitis C drug Sovaldi treatments because of the predatory pricing established by Gilead Pharmaceuticals which puts the price of a single pill at $1,000 or about $84,000 for a patient on a standard, 12-week treatment schedule.

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Ron Wyden blasted the House adoption of the USA Freedom Act which was so watered down and full of holes that some of it's

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The NSA and Corporate Media are waging a bizarre sideshow over whether Edward Snowden tried to raise his concerns inside the NSA about their disregard of Constitutional protections of US citizens.  Wait a minute, these folks are arguing that he should have raised his voice privately to the folks running the unco

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We finally have a felony conviction, aiding and abetting tax evasion, for the major bank Credit Suisse, but what are the penalties?  For starters the bank will be fined $2.6 billion, a fair hunk of change to be

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The General Motors ignition switch defect has revealed that GM had a list of banned words in Emails, including "problem".  Lawyers don't like words with clear-cut meanings.

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Once again residents in residential neighborhoods will endure the annual 'Alley Sweeper' rally that sends motorcycles down Portland's public back alleys, mostly in quiet neighborhoods.  While there isn't any law aga

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Another upstanding Pharmaceutical company with a self-proclaimed "zero tolerance" corruption policy is neck deep in corruption inquiries, including one in Poland,which the company knew about internally but chose not to tell anyo

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Every once in a while I check in on factcheck.org to see what nonsense is going around, and I noted their debunking of this viral email, according to factcheck.org, it is total gibberish, but of course it is in every wingnut's inbox.Viral email: THE FIRST THREE MONTH

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Senator Ron Wyden blasted former NSA and CIA Director Michael Hayden when he suggested Dianme Feinstein was "too emotional" about torture undertaken by the CIA during the Bush administration.

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The NSA has confirmed in an article from The Guardian that a loophole in the restrictions against domestic spying was employed to search US citizens communications without any warrant.  This should p

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The Associated Press did an analysis of how well the Obama administration was doing on his promise to have "the most transparent administration in history", and it's not looking good according to their analysis in an article published by The Guard

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While Dianne Feinstein has long protected the US Intelligence agencies in the Senate, she finally had enough when the CIA accused her staff of hacking while investigating waterboarding Post 9/11 by the CIA.  She took to the floor of the Senate for 90 minutes

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The US Senate Democrats (28 of 55) are holding an overnight talkathon on the reality of climate change and urging legislation to deal with it, which sadly won't happen any time soon given the poisonous divisions in congress and the mass

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I don't take seriously much of anything that comes out of the Conservative Political Action Council known as CPAC, but it provides a clear view of what goes on in the heads of the attendees, it resembles a tent revival gathering of the mean spirited crowd, and all they want is to be told the devil is a really bad dude. 

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Ahh, how wonderful to have the Swiss banks, and the Swiss government looking out for you if you're a maligned US millionaire sheltering a few mil from taxes, but the winds of change may be blowing in an different direction, maybe jail.  The Swiss bankers claim they can't under Swiss law disclose the names of rich tax d

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According to research at MarketWatch.com, the lopsided income distribution portrayed in the series Downton Abbey is the reality of the US economy, our income inequality is about like that of the period 90 years ago in England.&

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The end game is approaching in negotiations for a sweeping "free trade" pact known as the Trans-Pacific Partnership, or TPP for short, and alarm bells are ringing out everywhere.  Public

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This is one of those "you gotta be kidding" stories, the Uintah Elementary school in Salt Lake City made the national news, and not in a good way.  They served 40 kids their lunch, then confiscated the food and threw it aw

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I never thought I would agree to anything the Republican party did, but they finally came up with a position I agree with as reported in The Guardian.  The Republican National Committee adopted a

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 This article from The Huffington Post says it all on the subject of "free trade", courtesy Alan Grayson.A picture is worth 1000 words. So let me show you two of them. On the left, o

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A new report has been published by Oxfam, an international organization that works to eradicate the sources of poverty, showing that the richest 85 people

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President Obama gave the big NSA reform pitch, but it didn't make many people happy, for a lot of different reasons.  My own reaction is pretty unhap

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The US Department of Labor investigates minimum wage violations, and rightly so, but they have a tool called the "Hot Goods Order" which they used in 2012 against three Oregon Blueberry farm operations.  The tool was employed in the 1930's to shut down garment sweat shop

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Dave Barry gives us the low down on important events in 2013, along with his twisted humor.

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