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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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By Dr. Sharon Meieran of Portland, Oregon. Sharon is an emergency room physician at Kaiser Permanente and Medical Director at Oregon Foundation for Reproductive Health. Sharon is a candidate for Multnomah County Commission, District 1. Learn more at VoteS

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By Sue Christenson of Portland, Oregon. I am a political activist for social justice and equality. I want the best for everyone in all aspects of life and liberty. For those of us who view health care as a right, not a privilege, it is great to see that leaders in the Oregon Leg

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By Gnora Gumanow. Gnora is a Field Organizer for Planned Parenthood Advocates of Oregon. To get involved, visit PPAOregon.org. The 2016 presidential race has already seen women’s health and reproductive justice become touchstone issues. Every

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On the fourth day of the trial of Don’t Shoot Portland founder Teressa Raiford—one that also included an at-times testy exchange between Raiford and Prosecuting Attorney Jeffrey Lowe—the jury found her not guilty of the disorderly conduct charge she was arrested f

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Without question, Oregon schools are woefully underfunded. We have some of the nation’s most crowded classrooms. We shortchange our kids in both the quantity and quality of the education they receive. Republicans and Democrats alike seem to agree that to provide all kids in Oregon the quality education they dese

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Due to leaving Judge Michael Greenlick’s courtroom early yesterday and arriving late this morning, I missed testimony provided by the state’s witnesses in support of the disorderly conduct charge against Teressa Raiford, founder of local racial justice group Don't Shoot

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At the conclusion of yesterday's proceedings, Judge Michael Greenlick not only cast doubt on the testimony provided by one of the state witnesses, he also determined that the officers lacked probable cause to arrest

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By Mel Rader of Portland, Oregon. Mel is the Executive Director of Upstream Public Health and candidate for Multnomah County Commission, District 1. Find out more at MelRader.com. Multnomah County has an opportunity. We have historically bee

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By Nick Abraham of Portland, Oregon. Nick is the editor of Oil Check Northwest, a local research-focused energy and politics watchdog. Earlier this month in a decision that caught everyone from activists to the Governor’s office by surprise,

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Money is not a measure of a candidate, but it is a measure of a campaign. Our political campaigns exist in a dark dystopia that would delight a lot of people if there were zombies and glittering vampires. Instead, we have Trump, Citizens United, dark money, and influence for the wealthy at the expense of the 90% o

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Oregon's primary election isn't for nearly two months, but Governor Kate Brown has thrown her support behind Hillary Clinton for President. Her statement: Hillary Clinton is the fighter Oregon families need

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On March 7, Jules Bailey got the endorsement of the Portland Police Association, the cops’ union. Here’s the final paragraph of The Oregonian’s article: Bailey's political consultant,

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Money in politics is confounding. On one hand, you have Sanders supporters decrying the money Clinton raises – and then, without pause for breath, bragging about the tens of millions Sanders has raised. The difference, of course, is perspective: our money is good, their money is bad. Meh. That’s just politics.

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By Peter Hall of Haines, Oregon. Peter is a former candidate for House District 60 and the current Co-vice Chair of Baker County Democrats. Back in my first run for the State House in 2006, I proposed a flexible minimum wage that would be higher in urban areas where housing costs

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By Nick Abraham of Portland, Oregon. Nick is the editor of Oil Check Northwest, a local research-focused energy and politics watchdog. Yesterday, the Oregon legislature

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The Oregon Legislature took action that developer lobbyist Jon Chandler said would never happen - they repealed the

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Yesterday, the Oregonian's Brad Schmidt reported that substantial portions of

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Well, this is a surprise. Just a little more than a week ahead of the filing deadline, and just about two months before ballots go to voters, Congressman Kurt Schrader has drawn a primary challenger. Dave McTeague is a former state representative from Milwaukie who wa

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Few industries have been as vociferous in their opposition to raising Oregon’s minimum wage as the agriculture industry, and onion farmers in particular. A large contingent of onion farmers from Malheur County testified at a hearing at the Capitol last month, asserting that increased labor costs would seriously hurt th

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By Bob Jenks of Portland, Oregon. As the Citizens’ Utility Board (CUB) of Oregon’s Executive Director, it’s my privilege to have joined a coalition with clean energy advocates and Oregon’s largest utilities to negotiate

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After a few false starts, the effort in the legislature to raise the minimum wage is now rolling along. A minimum-wage increase has made it out of a Senate committee and could be on the floor as early as this

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By Robert Klavins. Rob is the NE Oregon Field Coordinator for Oregon Wild. He and his wife also own a working farm and bed & breakfast in rural Wallowa County. For the first time in the better part of a century, a handful of wolves are howling in the wildlands of Western Oreg

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Some well-meaning legislators rightly upset about the damage that the U.S. Supreme Court ruling in Citizens United has done to our democracy have, unfortunately, again embarked on a dangerous path: seeking a constitutional convention. For the second legislative session in a row, Oregon lawmakers are consi

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Did you know: If you submit your background check paperwork to buy a gun and the paperwork isn’t done in three days, you get your gun! What could possibly go wrong? On Thursday, the House Judiciary Committee will hear a bill (HB 4147) that would remove that three-day time limit, requiring all background

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Read this. Then, read it again: "Oregon has one of the shortest school years in the country. Students in Washington receive an additional year of instruction over the course of their K-12 education."

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Oregonians serving with the 116th Air Control Squadron recently received a warm, well-deserved welcome from family, friends, and neighbors this week at a demobilization ceremony at Camp Withycombe (Clackamas). Even as we celebrate their homecoming, we should take a moment to reflect upon the ongoing challenges our vetera

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This Friday, January 29, is Earned Income Tax Credit Awareness Day, a day the IRS uses to publicize this tax credit that helps low-income families make ends meet. It arrives not a day too soon here in Oregon, because we have a lot of work to do in terms of raising awareness of the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC).

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