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By Ted Wheeler of Portland, Oregon. Ted is Oregon’s State Treasurer and a sixth generation Oregonian. As you consider your vote, I urge you to vote Yes on Measure 86. All Oregonians should have a shot at a college education an

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For the last several election cycles, Congressman Kurt Schrader has faced tough (-ish) opposition. But here in 2014, it's been a bit of a snooze-fest. Daily Kos Elections

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In this election, Oregon residents have the opportunity to vote Yes on Measure 88, affirming the bi-partisan actions taken by the Oregon legislature and Governor Kitzhaber in 2013 to extend the right to drive to all people living in our state. This law would have ensured that recent immigrants, the elderly temporary work

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Whoa. Until now, the folks behind Measure 90 liked to portray themselves as good-government types. "Hey, let's just open up our elections to more people." -- an argument that sounds lovely on its face. But this weekend, with ballots in hand, the Yes on 90 campaign sent Republican voters in Portland a pi

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By Leanne Littrell DiLorenzo of Portland, Oregon. Leanne is the chief petitioner for Measure 89 and founder and president of VoteERA.org Why is it important to vote YES on Measure 89? Women are not equal in the Oregon Constitu

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The Willamette Week is reporting attacks from various Republican candidates on candidates who support a law allowing undocumented immigrants to go throu

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I want to begin this piece with a secret that I rarely share: In 2000, I voted for George W. Bush. Now, before you react in horror and shout "Shame!" while branding me with some sort of Scarlet Letter, let me provide context. At the time, I was a 21-year old registered Democrat casting a ballot in Washington State

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By Kelley Meck of Portland, Oregon. Kelley is a campaign professional turned law student at Lewis & Clark Law School. Here's the simple reason why you should vote as soon as you can: the sooner you vote, the more you help campaigns save time & trouble talking to you, and

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It's a scary thing if you think about it. Last year, 19,000 rail cars filled with crude oil came through Oregon. Fortunately, none of them derailed, crashed, or exploded.

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It's taking off like a viral video storm across the country -- with sharing by Senator Elizabeth Warren and even comedian Bill Maher. What's that? It's the moment in

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By Roey Thorpe of Portland, Oregon. Roey works with the national LGBT equality movement. She is a former executive director of Basic Rights Oregon and Planned Parenthood Advocates of Oregon. Before coming to Oregon, Roey also served as a city councilwoman and acting mayor of Ithaca, New Y

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Downtown Salem has been facing a newfound lack of car parking. Is it because Salem is getting many more visitors to the businesses? Nope. Is it because the population of Salem is booming? Nope. It is because Salem simply stopped, by and large, putting limits on parking. The result: downtown businesses are

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By Bill Bradbury of Bandon, Oregon. Bill is a former Senate President and Secretary of State of Oregon. For an issue as important as election reform, the need for an honest debate is critical. There are few things as precious as our democratic system, and we shouldn’t subject

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By Angelica Maduell of Portland, Oregon. Angelica is a freelance writer, marketer and political activist. The modern meaning of Labor Day is lost amongst traffic jams, crowded campgrounds, and forgetful barbecues. For most Americans, it’s simply another 3-day weekend: a day of

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By Jesse Springer of Eugene, Oregon. Jesse is a long-time political cartoonist and illustrator. See more of Jesse's work at Springer Creative. News Item: The billionaire Koch brothers are bankrolling a multi-million dollar ad campaig

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It's kind of unbelievable. But it's true. Every word of it. Rep. Dennis Richardson is serving his twelfth year in the Oregon House, including a number of years in the GOP leadership, but he's hardly a household name. Other than being the guy known as

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A woman that I went to highschool with posted this on Facebook today. Gratitude on this Labor Day: That I'm able to see some of the most influential grownups in my life—my high school teachers—enjoying wonderful, happy retired lives. Thanks to solid pensions that union backed public teacher jobs

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Just in time for the fall election season, progressive talk and local music station XRAY.FM is going to get heard in a lot more places in the Portland metro area. Right now, the 91.1 FM signal is fairly weak -- with a range that primarily covers an audience of 170,000 in northeast Por

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Oregon's tax kicker is dumb. The idea that we should send tax money back just because the state economist gets the estimate wrong is nothing short of dumb. But at least, Measure 85 -- approved by voters by a 60-40 margin in 2012 -- makes the corporate kicker a little bit less dumb. That's because Measure 8

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This past Tuesday, August 26 was Women's Equality Day. Congress (and more particularly, Bella Abzug) enacted Equality Day in 1971 to commemorate the anniversary of the 19th Amendment to the Constitution. The 19th Amendment passed in 1920. Oregonian women ha

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By Cameron Whitten of Portland, Oregon. Cameron is the Board President at Know Your City, an economics student at Portland State University, and a community advocate. Last week, Willamette Week wrote abou

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Is it Necessary to Have Fighter Jets Flying over Portland in August, or Ever? In the discussions that we're having about whether or not the police are overarmed it seems prudent to question the necessity

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By Brent Fenty of Bend, Oregon. Brent is the Executive Director at Oregon Natural Desert Association. This coming September marks the 50th anniversary of the Wilderness Act. It was a landmark bill when passed, representing a growing awareness that t

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It's long been assumed that our state treasurer, Ted Wheeler, would run for re-election in 2016. But as it turns out, he's ineligible. At least, that's according to a legal opinion (pdf) issued by Oregon's attorney general, Ellen Rosenblum, i

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Not long ago, BlueOregon celebrated its 10th anniversary, and Kari asked contributors to reflect on their favorite columns. While my post from late October 2008 may not be my most well written, it is truly the most relevant. Nothing presented in the intervening 6 years has softened my opposition to the "To

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By Tom Markgraf of Portland, Oregon. Tom is a long-time advocate and activist, and has served as a board member for various social service agencies in Oregon for the last 20 years. Once again, a convicted killer’s execution has been botched. And while that person may have be

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By Alicia Temple of Portland, Oregon. Alicia is the Program Manager for Planned Parenthood Advocates of Oregon. Gubernatorial candidate and State Representative Dennis Richardson claims abortion shouldn’t be a state issue. Senate ca

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As everyone knows, Oregon is a place crawling with superheroes. There was that time that Congressman Earl Blumenauer intervened when a kid assaulted a light-rail passenger and wound up chasing him down the street until the cops showed.

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Often I am asked, “What can we do to address income inequality?” There are a number of good ideas for confronting income inequality, which now stands at historic highs.

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I've long understood that there is an alternate "reality" (and yes, those quotation marks are meant to be there) for many Republicans. The GOP is not alone in this regard. But in my experience, they're far and away the group with self-identified adherents skating da

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