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And now the movement to Dump Trump has come to Oregon. And not just Trump -- but the entire Republican Party. It seems that Jim Huffman, the 2010 GOP nominee for the U.S. Senate (against Sen. Ron Wyden), is calling on his fellow Republicans to leave the Grand Old Party because of Donald Trump. Huffman wri

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“Welfare reform” turns 20 this month and that’s nothing to celebrate. While the redesigned program, now called Temporary Ass

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You wouldn’t know it from the industry’s campaign spending, but the odds are remote that Oregon restaurant and lodging facilities will be paying the Measure 97 tax if voters approve the measure this fall.

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This November, Oregonians will face a clear choice: Vote "YES" for Measure 97 or endure more than a billion dollars in cuts to schools and other key public services. An analysis published today by state budget officials sh

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On Saturday, State Senator Alan Bates (D-Medford) passed away. He died unexpectedly after a day of doing something he loved -- fly fishing on the river. Tributes poured in across Oregon. Senator Ron Wyden praised his "wise and common-sense

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Last Friday, President Obama signed S 764, pre-empting Vermont’s law requiring food companies to label products with GMO ingredients. It’s a major victory for Monsanto, the biotech industry and Grocery Manufacturer’s Association, all of whom know labeling could diminish their profits. Most polls foun

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On Monday night, Senator Jeff Merkley spoke to the Democratic National Convention. Check it out:

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Where do you turn when you’re suddenly laid off, with kids to feed, rent to pay, and an empty bank account? There aren’t a lot of options – and predatory payday lenders are well aware. Back in 2007, Oregon passed a law that got tough on payday lenders. But now, these same rip-off arti

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Today, the Democratic National Convention kicks off in Philadelphia. Oregon's Speaker of the House, Tina Kotek, will be on stage between 3 and 4 p.m. as part of a series of legislative leaders passing progressive policy around the country. And U.S. Senator Jeff Merkley will be on stage between 5 and 6 p.m.

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By Shamus Lynsky of Portland, Oregon. Shamus is the executive director of the Oregon Consumer League. You can always count on two things to be true when it comes to Comcast: Their

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While most Americans were celebrating our freedom last week, Monsanto, their allies in corporate agriculture, and the senators they have in their pockets were working hard to undermine it. They succeeded. Last Thursday night, the U.S. Senate voted 63-30 for a disastrous bill that will take away mandatory labelin

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By Rob Milesnick of Portland, Oregon. Rob is an attorney who practices employment and civil rights law in Oregon and Washington State. He's a former adjunct professor of criminology and criminal justice at Portland State University. I am the outward embodiment of privilege. A 39

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Several weeks ago the Oregon legislature’s economists in the Legislative Revenue Office (LRO) came out with an estimate of how the proposal to raise taxes on large, mainly out-of-state corporations would impact the Oregon economy. While Oregon media ran with LRO’s estimated impact on jobs, they failed to recognize th

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By Matthew Wadleigh of Beaverton, Oregon. Matthew is a Portland State senior who has called Oregon home for 24 years. Of the many issues involved in the Oregon Secretary of State election, one that has gotten not nearly enough screen time is the future of our incoming and young

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Robert Borosage, of the Campaign for America's Future, makes the case for Senator Jeff Merkley for Vice President: Merkley offers real value. He’s the sole senator who endorsed Bernie Sanders in the primaries, an ac

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It was the kind of headline that makes political watchers in Oregon sit up and take notice: Poll: Richardson leads Secretary of State race According to the story in the Statesman-Journal, Republican Dennis Richardson was up 47% to 38% over Democrat Brad Avakian in

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There likely isn't a LGBT American who's not taken stock of her or his own life in the past few days. While the horrors of Sunday June 12 will be ever etched in our collective psyche, each of us individually has taken these past 3 days to mourn, to reflect & to assess the trajectory of our own particular gay life.

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In the wake of the oil train disaster last week, Senators Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley, Governor Kate Brown, and Representatives Earl Blumenauer and Suzanne Bonamici have called for a halt on all oil train traffic through the Columbia Gorge. From their statement: “Oil train tankers are still ly

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All around Portland, schools are being upgraded, repaired, and having entire new buildings added. Local voters agreed to spend nearly half-a-billion dollars in 2013 to repair and improve our kids’ schools, and if you think that’s a good thing, you can thank Mary Schutten. A lot of people worked hard for that victory,

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Yesterday, Ken Starr resigned from his position as the president and chancellor at Baylor University, after an independent review found that he had systematical

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By now, almost everyone knows that Oregon has toxic air. It seems that anywhere we place an air monitor, we find another instance of air toxics exceeding health benchmarks. On May 19, Governor Brown issued a cease and desist order to Southeast Portland-based Bullseye Glass after the Department of En

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Tomorrow night (May 24, 2016) the Hillsboro School Board will consider a proposal to provide contraceptive health care in addition to other primary care. However, the proposal before the boar

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I have to admit it, folks. Last week's primary election baffled me. Specifically, the outcome in the Republican primary for U.S. Senate. Mark Callahan -- th

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I'll leave the news coverage and exhaustive reporting to others, but a few things that struck me from the primary election results. In no particular order: There were more write-in votes for the Independent Party nomination race for Governor than either of the two named candidates. Someone had to be ru

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It's election day! And that means that tonight, it's time to celebrate with the winners and console the losers -- and make plans for whatever comes next. Here's a list of all the public parties we could find. It's definitely not comprehensive, so feel free to add more parties in the comments. The more the merrie

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By Stephen Quirke of Portland, OR. Stephen is a journalist and community activist. He is a contributing writer at Street Roots newspaper, and has previously worked for Portland-based Neighbors for Clean Air and Bark-- Defenders of Mt. Hood National Forest. North Portland voters

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By Diane Rosenbaum of Portland and Dave Hunt of Milwaukie, Oregon. Diane has served in the Oregon Senate for eight years, including service as Senate Majority Leader and President Pro Tem, and previously served 10 years in the Oregon House. Dave served in the Oregon House of Representatives

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Heads up, folks. Donald Trump is coming to Oregon, according to a breaking news report from OPB: Sources close to the Trump campaign say he will be in Lane or Douglas County, Oregon on Friday.

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By Walt Trandum of Sandy, Oregon. Long time local political organizer in the Clackamas County portion of District 52. Founder of the Oregon Trail Democrats in 2003 and chief architect of the 2012 nearly successful Peter Nordbye campaign. Walt is a Democratic candidate for the Oregon House of

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By Sanford "Sandy" Wilbur of Gresham, OregonR. Sanford is a retired Federal biologist, who was in charge of the California condor research and recovery effort from 1969 to 1980. He developed the first proposals for the captive breeding and reestablishment of condors in their former habitat.

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