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Tribal objection to coal pollution like the objections of conservationists and sportsmen alike has seemingly been not enough to

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As Oregonians get ready to consider legalizing marijuana, we get a chance to see how the process unfolds for our neighbors to the north. The first retail shops in the state are opening today, wit

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By Michele Stranger Hunter of Portland, Oregon. Michele is the executive director of NARAL Pro-Choice Oregon After last week's ruling on the highly anticipated Hobby Lobby case, the country is on high alert. In a shocking 5-4 vote, fo

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That didn’t take long. Three days after GMO labeling supporters turned in over 155,000 signatures to put their initiative on November’s ballot, and four months before Election Day, the Oregonian editorial board

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In the rousing beginning to the substance of the Declaration of Independence, the first political idea and value introduced is equality. The rights that follow, life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness, rest on a foundation of equality. The purpose of government, to secure those rights, with powe

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The decision issued by the Supreme Court Monday in what is now known as the Hobby Lobby case has left many progressives simply horrified. After President Obama, and progressive senators like Jeff Merkley, pushed for a broad mandate to ensure that every woman could have access to birth control under the Affordable Care Ac

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Let's see here. Portland has 603,000 residents. Boston has 635,000 residents. Our city budgets are roughly on par with each other. We both have robust technology industry sectors. So, why does it feel like they're the ones living in the future?

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Looks like a headline for a Pride Month column? Nope, I'm dialing it back to topics that should be less current: who “deserves” to have children. Apparently we didn't get past it as a nation when the Supreme Court ruled against compulsory sterilization in 1942 (Skinner v. Oklahoma, 316 U.S 535). According to

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Remember "Drill, Baby, Drill"? Well, over the last three years, domestic oil production is up nearly 50% since 2011. Nonetheless, the House Republicans are back with legislation that would remove a bunch of the restrictions on even more drilling -- offshore and on-shore. Well, you can count on Congressman

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By Samuel Metz, MD. Samuel is a private practice anesthesiologist, HCAO representative from the Portland chapter of Physicians for a National Health Program, and founding member of Mad As Hell Doctors. Oregon’s HB 3260 study of health care financing: The life you save may be yo

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Sherry Hall strikes again. On the official Clackamas County ballot for the primary election, it reads, "Official Primary Nominating Ballot for the Democrat Party".

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In Oregon, politicians are free to sell themselves to whoever wants to pay. Loren Parks wants to give you a zillion dollars? Hey, no problem. Just one catch: you have to enter that fact into ORESTAR, and anyone, anywhere, can then see who your buyers are. Our politicians can take all the money they want, but they have to

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Oregon is blessed to have climate champion Jeff Merkley as its junior Senator. Here’s how Merkley leans into the issue: Our nation is addicted to fossil fuels. This addiction is bad for our economy, our

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MSNBC's Rachel Maddow takes a look at John Kitzhaber's life-saving and crime-fighting record. Most excellent.

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In the race for Multnomah County Chair, only one candidate has been endorsed by NARAL Pro-Choice Oregon: Deborah Kafoury. After all, her record on women's health and women's rights as a county commissioner and a state legislator is crystal clear. Which is why it is so very, very strange tha

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Earlier today, Governor John Kitzhaber -- an emergency room doctor in his pre-politics days -- jumped from his state vehicle and saved a woman's life. From KGW: Kitzhaber was traveling by car

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It’s 3:00 pm a little over a week ago, I am rushing to my son’s school to pick him up after a communication snafu at home. School gets out at 2:45. It’s not the worst thing in the world, of course, that he is sitting in the library wondering where I am, but I remember what it felt like to not be picked up and all o

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By Jessica Goad and Steve Pedery. Jessica Goad works for the Center for Western Priorities, a non-profit organization that promotes responsible policies and practices and ensures accountability at all levels to protect communities, land, and water

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By Kathleen Taylor of Portland, Oregon. Kathleen is a career government performance auditor, a PTA president and public education funding activist. She is a Democratic candidate for HD 41 in Milwaukie, Oak Grove, and Southeast Portland. Find out more at

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Brian Wilson, running against Jules Bailey for the Multnomah County Commission, made this claim about Bailey in a recent email: "He was instrumental in creating the Business Energy Tax Credit that let companies like Wal-Mart profit by $11 million while costing the Oregon general fund $33 million."

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Last December President Obama stated that income inequality is the “defining challenge of our time.” OCPP’s latest publications illustrate how this challenge manifests itself in Oregon.

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By Deborah Barnes of Milwaukie, Oregon. Deborah is a public school teacher, a leader in the Oregon Education Association, a former broadcast journalist, and former member of the Milwaukie City Council. She is a Democratic candidate for HD 41 in Milwaukie, Oak Grove, and Southeast Portland.

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Sean Hannity says that "the ranch standoff that took place out in Nevada was not about a man named Cliven Bundy." Some people are making fun of Hannity for "distancing" himself from Bundy, but I take Hannity at his word. Hannity was standing up for a principle. And that principle, of course, is that a man has a right to

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Campaign advertising is hard work - especially television ads. Complex issues are distilled to their essence, and a story is told in 30 seconds. I'm pretty impressed with this new ad by the Stop the Bull Run Takeover PAC. It hits the high point of the problem -

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By Doug Moore of Portland, Oregon. Doug is the executive director of the Oregon League of Conservation Voters. Last week, the Oregon League of Conservation Voters held its Annual Celebration for the Environment. Known as Ecoprom, it’s

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By Camilo Marquez of Portland, Oregon. Camilo is the chair of the Portland Jobs with Justice Healthcare Committee and an advocate with Health Care for All - Oregon. Oregon was the post

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I've been on hiatus from BlueO for most of the last couple of months, toiling away on a bunch of other projects. But I can't resist coming out from my self-imposed blogging drought to sit in awe of the Boyfriend PAC, also known as Monica Wehby's squeeze, Andrew Miller. Unless you've been living under a political r

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By Kathleen O’Brien of Portland, Oregon. Kathleen is an attorney and a Democratic candidate for House District 42. More information at obrien42.com. State legislatures are stuck. Congress is stuck. It’s gone on for far too long.

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Last week President Obama spoke in Dallas, Texas to mark the 50th anniversary of the passage of the 1964 Civil Rights Act. His remarks centered on President Lyndon Johnson’s extraordinary achievements for civil rights and how President Johnson accomplished as much as he did in five short years. President

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As a driver, I've shaken my fist at seemingly-suicidal cyclists zipping this way and that oblivious to the multi-ton metal objects traveling at high speed around them. As a cyclist, I've shaken my fist at seemingly-clueless drivers oblivious to the danger they pose as they swing through bike lanes, run red lights

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