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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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Following up on the need to consider opportunity costs (trade-offs) in transportation investments, Wednesday's Daily Journal of Commerce had

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As recently as 2004, Karl Rove and George W. Bush used gay marriage as a wedge issue designed to divide Democrats. Now, just ten years later, it is marriage equality that is splitting the Republican coalition asunder. Just this week, the Pew Research Center released a poll that shows that

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One powerful way to control election results is to control the elections process. Nationwide, Republicans have worked to limit voter access and disenfranchise millions. In Oregon, they blocked

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Oregon's 2nd congressional district is tough turf for Democrats. Over the last seven elections, Congressman Greg Walden's vote total has hovered between 67% and 73%. Over the years, his opponents have run the gamut from serious to near-comical. The good news for 2014? He faces one of his toughest opponents yet.

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Governor Kitzhaber has finally pulled the plug on the costly, risky Columbia River Crossing boondoggle. No games this time, according to spokeswoman Rachel Wray: “No equivocation... It’s over.” In the end

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The big political surprise of the weekend is that Rep. Carolyn Tomei (D-Milwaukie) has decided to hang it up after seven terms in the Oregon House. Along with Rep. Phil Barnhart, she's the longest-serving Democrat in t

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By Mary Fifield of Portland, Oregon. As executive director of Amazon Partnerships Foundation, Mary Fifield worked in the Ecuadorian Amazon supporting indigenous communities' efforts to fight climate change and oil extraction. She is now principal of Kaleidoscope Consulting in Portland.

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By Rob Nosse of Portland, Oregon. Rob is a Democratic candidate for the Oregon House of Representatives in HD-42 (inner southeast and northeast Portland.) Learn more at RobNosse.com. As a candidate, I’ve been spending much of my time talking

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By Lisa Naito of Portland, Oregon. From 1998 to 2008, Naito served on the Multnomah County Commission. She has also served in the Oregon Legislature and on Metro Council. Learn more at Hooley & Naito. Ten years ago today, couples line

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I've mostly stayed out of the conversations regarding the PPS contract negotiations. As a brand-new PPS parent (yay for kindergarten!), I'm mostly just trying to get acclimated to the whole school thing. I've also got friends in the administration, at the teachers' union, and in the teaching ranks. I haven'

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Nina Strochlic is a displaced Oregonian who finds herself at odds with the multitude of glowing reports about our state from outside our boundaries. She writes in The Daily Beast that she's a bit baffled by all the

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As noted in another post, Portland students, parents, and community

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There is a substantial possibility, and good reason to worry, that the Portland Public School Board may vote to impose a contract on the teachers of the Portland Association of Teachers as early as Monday night, January

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I've been thinking a lot about the proposed ballot measures to get the state out of the liquor business. On the one hand, the idea that the state should be involved in the booze business seems a bit silly. I've long thought that the OLCC has rules that are both heavy-handed and absurd. On the

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Fresh from the Reuters wire service this morning is a report regarding the outsized-influence played by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce in the National Labor Review Board v. Noel Canning case scheduled for oral a

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For many years now, there's been battle for the soul of Washington County. Widely seen as the economic engine for the rest of the state, a handful of powerful home and commercial developers have often been handed the keys to the county, essentially able to bu

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Today, the U.S. Senate took an initial test vote on extending unemployment insurance. Here's how Politico -- and much of the media -- reported the vote: ...a surprise vote on Tuesday to break a GOP f

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As Portland’s local leaders have turned to begging Santa Claus for transportation dollars, the costly, risky, go-it-alone CRC mega-project continues to blow through nearly a million dollars

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Every December, the Census Bureau releases estimated population numbers for each of the 50 states. Which means that every year, we get a chance to project ahead and figure out if and when Oregon might get a sixth congressional seat. Oregon is now into its fourth decade

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By Sharon Gary-Smith of Portland, Oregon. As the executive director of McKenzie River Gathering (MRG) Foundation, Sharon leads a multi-racial, cross-class effort to strengthen the social and economic justice movement through activist-led philanthropy. This Labor Day, I am reminde

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In honor of Labor Day, our colleagues at the Economic Policy Institute made a little tool — based on their project inequality.is — that shows how much you would be making if wages had kept pace with productivity, a key indicator of an economy working

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The bells rang. The speakers spoke. The celebrities did whatever it is that celebrities do. The weeklong celebration of the 1963 March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom is now history. Across the nation hearts are warmer for the opportunity taken to remember struggles past and present; we are a better n

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Ron Wyden is fighting an important battle for our present and future security. He deserves our support. With a little help from most of the delegation from Oregon, Senator Wyden is leading the charge against private contractor services within the intelligence community (and within the US DoD). And as a person wh

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It's time for the state fair, which means it's time for... oh, never mind. I'll just share the quote with you: “It’s very difficult to milk a goat. They turn around and look at you like ‘what are you doing.’” [Senate President Peter] Courtney said. “I don’t know if you’ve ever had a g

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By Cameron Whitten and Chuck Currie of Portland, Oregon. Cameron is an activist for an intersection of social justice causes. Chuck Currie is a long-time activist and minister in the United Church of Christ, who regularly blogs at the Huffington Post

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This week the President of the United States will commemorate the 50th Anniversary of the “March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom.” President Obama will be surrounded by men and women gathered to celebrate the progress made – the challenges ahead – of our ongoing march towards equality. Thi

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A few years ago, I discovered that my body doesn't react well to gluten. My issues are not at the Celiac Disease level. My system reacts to gluten by building up painful mylofacial material in my neck and shoulders. Since that discovery, I eat gluten

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The best way for Oregon to strengthen its economy is by investing more to create a better educated workforce, according to a national report by the Economic Analysis and Research Network (EARN). The

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Sometimes, being a blogger comes jam packed with extra-juicy deliciousness. Like when the petition on which you partner with NARAL Pro-Choice Oregon highlights the extremist positions of the Republican front runner for Governor.

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