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It’s 4/20. For some, this date may trigger the often-asked questions: How much revenue is the tax on marijuana generating? And what’s it being spent on? Oregon’s state tax on marijuana brought in abo

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Dark political money is flowing in Oregon. It seeks to squelch efforts in the legislature to raise taxes on corporations. This is happening, of course, as a $1.6 billion revenue shortfall threatens cuts to schools, heal

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You may have heard the radio ads, seen the large newspaper ads, or pulled the shiny postcard from your mailbox touting a proposal to create a “First-Time Home Buyers Savings Account.” The marketing materials are from an entity wi

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By Jody Wiser of Portland, Oregon. Jody is an advocate for progressive tax policy at Tax Fairness Oregon. If business organizations aren't going to support a reasonable increase in business taxes, the Legislature should eliminate al

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In a world in which the State of Oregon has unlimited revenue to spend addressing society's needs for education, economic development, housing, health care, child foster care, seniors’ care, and the like, it might be okay to give everyone a housing subsidy. Of course, that’s not the world we live in. W

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It’s a stain on the conscience of Oregon. Last year, 21,000 school children in Oregon experienced

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Whom, exactly, does U.S. Congressman Greg Walden represent? Officially, of course, he represents all the people living in Oregon’s 2nd Congressional District, a vast area encompassing Oregon east of the Cascades and southern Oregon. But it that is not the impression one gets when looking at the GOP health refor

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By Pete Hybertsen of Portland, Oregon. Peter is a renter and organizer with Portland Tenants United. For any of you who’ve been thawed out of a glacier lately, or just haven’t been keeping much of an eye on Oregon politics, let’s get this out of the way first; Housing is ar

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By Ronald A. Buel of Portland, Oregon. Ronald is a longtime progressive activist in Portland. Prominent geologists say we’re due for a powerful earthquake. Chances are 14-20% that it could hit in the next 50 years, experts say. The expected magnitude 9 quake hitting the Cascadi

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No doubt about it, Oregon is in the midst of a housing crisis. Families are being evicted en masse. The number of

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By Dat Nguyen of Portland, Oregon. Dat is the media coordinator for BerniePDX. [Editor's note: The following is a statement from the BerniePDX board regarding an earlier post here

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By Jerome Brooks of Portland, Oregon. Jerome has worked in the public and nonprofit sectors to expand opportunities for vulnerable Oregonians. We all already know this, but it needs to be said – Portland has a very long history of disparaging, attacking, and assassinating the

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The Oregon legislature’s budget writing committee has begun to hear from Oregonians about how to deal with a $1.8 billion revenue shortfall. At a recent town hall in Portland, nearly everyone who spoke urged lawmaker

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By Margot Black of Portland, Oregon. Margot is a mother of three, college mathematics instructor, and an organizer with Portland Tenants United. Portland just did a really big thing, and it’s a really big deal. Effective immediately, landlords who choose to

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By Val Hoyle of Eugene, Oregon. Val is the former Majority Leader of the Oregon House of Representatives. It's rare that I find myself in strong agreement with The Oregonian, however I was encouraged by their

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Now is the time for all good Democrats to come to the aid of your party. Allegedly first uttered by Patrick Henry, many of us learned the actual phrase – Now is the time for all good men to come to the aid of their party – as keyboard practice. I cannot find an actual attribution to Henry, but I am ha

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Every year, the race is on to find the stupidest, wackiest, most ridiculous bill of the legislative session. There are always plenty of nominees -- and most of them never come anywhere close to becoming law. (There was that

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This Groundhog Day, Oregon woke up to the same sad reality. Our schools remain woefully underfunded. Too many Oregonians still lack health insurance. And, compared to the rest of the nation, businesses i

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The spontaneous protests against the refugee ban have been amazing. Seeing sanctuary cities stand up to Trump has been great. And Jerry Brown's promise to "put up our own damned satellites" to continue monitoring the climate was inspiring. My friend Leslie Carlson was wondering what Casacadia as a whole could do

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In a statement on Saturday, Oregon Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum made it clear that she intends to fight Donald Trump's executive order on immigration: “The President’s Executive Order on immigration reinstates national

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This is kind of awesome. It's Senator Jeff Merkley questioning Trump budget director nominee, Rep. Mick Mulvaney: Snap!

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Donald Trump presents what I think of as the Israel Durham problem. Durham was the boss of Philadelphia at the turn of the 19th/20th century. During one short period, the Philadelphia machine pulled off a series of spectacular "steals" in rapid succession. Lincoln Steffens, the muckraking journalist, went to Durham and a

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As Republicans rush to push America's health care (and people who rely on it) off a cliff, it's good to constantly remind ourselves and others of the human price of repealing the Affordable Care Act. Andy Slavitt, Acting Administrator of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, did just that on Twitter this

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Overnight, while most of us slept, Republicans in the U.S. Senate began voting to gut the Affordable Care Act. From the New York Times: "Senate Republicans took their first major step toward repealing the Affordable Care Act on Thursday, approving a budget blueprint that would allow them to gut the h

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There will be terrible human consequences if Republicans in Congress and President-elect Donald Trump repeal the Affordable Care Act. This isn't a Portland problem or a big city problem: people in every corner of our state, urban and rural alike, will suffer terribly if the repeal goes forward. This isn't abstract

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I want to carry on the conversation we started here on Friday, and assuredly that most of you started the morning after the election: how do we fix what's broken in the Democratic Party? People are counting on us to be the thoughtful, vocal, effective opposition to President-elect Trump and the Re

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Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders isn’t shying away from criticizing the Democratic Party as we head into 2017. From NPR: "Look, you can't simply go around to wealthy people's homes ra

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As Congress goes into session, Senators Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley are fired up and ready to get to work standing up for Oregon and taking the fight to President-elect Trump and the Republican party’s far-right agenda. Senator Wyden, re-elected in November, made no secret just how high the stakes are going to be

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Today marked the swearing-in of new elected officials, both here in Oregon and in Congress. Nationally there are a few bittersweet bright spots in the 115th Congress. Kamala Harris, Catherine Cortez Masto, Tammy Duckworth, and Maggie Hassan give Democrats more progressive muscle in the Senate. With each passing e

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One measure of the progress Oregon has made in health care is the scale of the damage that would be done by its undoing. Without a replacement plan, congressional Republicans are poised to overturn the Affordable Care Act as a first order of business under the new administration. Whether it is effective immediatel

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