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Donald Trump presents what I think of as the Israel Durham problem. Durham was the boss of Philadelphia at the turn of the 19th/20th century. During one short period, the Philadelphia machine pulled off a series of spectacular "steals" in rapid succession. Lincoln Steffens, the muckraking journalist, went to Durham and a

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As Republicans rush to push America's health care (and people who rely on it) off a cliff, it's good to constantly remind ourselves and others of the human price of repealing the Affordable Care Act. Andy Slavitt, Acting Administrator of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, did just that on Twitter this

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Overnight, while most of us slept, Republicans in the U.S. Senate began voting to gut the Affordable Care Act. From the New York Times: "Senate Republicans took their first major step toward repealing the Affordable Care Act on Thursday, approving a budget blueprint that would allow them to gut the h

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There will be terrible human consequences if Republicans in Congress and President-elect Donald Trump repeal the Affordable Care Act. This isn't a Portland problem or a big city problem: people in every corner of our state, urban and rural alike, will suffer terribly if the repeal goes forward. This isn't abstract

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I want to carry on the conversation we started here on Friday, and assuredly that most of you started the morning after the election: how do we fix what's broken in the Democratic Party? People are counting on us to be the thoughtful, vocal, effective opposition to President-elect Trump and the Re

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Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders isn’t shying away from criticizing the Democratic Party as we head into 2017. From NPR: "Look, you can't simply go around to wealthy people's homes ra

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As Congress goes into session, Senators Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley are fired up and ready to get to work standing up for Oregon and taking the fight to President-elect Trump and the Republican party’s far-right agenda. Senator Wyden, re-elected in November, made no secret just how high the stakes are going to be

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Today marked the swearing-in of new elected officials, both here in Oregon and in Congress. Nationally there are a few bittersweet bright spots in the 115th Congress. Kamala Harris, Catherine Cortez Masto, Tammy Duckworth, and Maggie Hassan give Democrats more progressive muscle in the Senate. With each passing e

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One measure of the progress Oregon has made in health care is the scale of the damage that would be done by its undoing. Without a replacement plan, congressional Republicans are poised to overturn the Affordable Care Act as a first order of business under the new administration. Whether it is effective immediatel

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It's late December, which means it's time once again for the Census Bureau to release its latest population estimates for each of the 50 states, and time for me to play population data nerd. For nearly a decade now, I've been tracking Oregon's progress toward a sixth congressional seat. And with greater certainty

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By David Moryc. David is American Rivers' Senior Director of Wild & Scenic Rivers and Public Lands. There is a saying in conservation that you can win a million times, but you dare not lose even once. That certainly goes for the Owyhee Canyonlands in southeastern Oregon, whe

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This letter was in a variety of papers across the country today, December 14th, 2016 Esteemed Electors: We, a bipartisan coalition of Americans including Electors, scholars, officials, and concerned citizens write to you in the spirit of fellowship, out of our sense of patriotism, and with great urgency.

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By Karin Power of Milwaukie, OR. Karin is a Milwaukie City Councilor and Representative-elect for House District 41. My wife and I are proud OPB Sustaining Members. And in a time when we need freedom of press and the voices of our communities of color to be heard now, more than e

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Chloe Eudaly’s Election Victory is a Mandate for Action on Tenants Rights

By Margot Black of Portland, Oregon. Margot is a mother of three, college mathematics instructor, and an organizer with Portland Tenants United. Portland’s political establishment is reeling. Chloe Eudaly’s

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This week, Governor Kate Brown will release her proposed 2017-18 budget, which will include over $1 billion in funding cuts. This means that revenue will not be available to fund high school vocational and technical programs, as mandated by Oregon voters with the passage of Measure 98 on Election Day. In response to the

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Well, that sucked. And while it certainly seems to hardly matter when our republic itself is at stake, I thought this would be a good time to to report on the results of the 2016 Punditology Challenge. Thanks for your patience. First, a note about our conventional wisdom. As usual, as a group - a

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By Bill MacKenzie. Bill is a former PR practioner and Oregonian reporter. One. That’s how many jobs LinkedIn had to promise it would create to get five years of big property tax breaks for the new data center it opened in Hillsboro in mid-November.

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By Representative Cliff Bentz (R) of Ontario, Oregon. [Editor's note: This column originally appeared in Rep. Bentz's newsletter. We are republishing it with his permission.] We are losing our paved streets and roads. Between 20 and 50 percent of the streets and roads in

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Kelley Meck of Portland, Oregon. Kelley is a campaign professional turned law student. 2017 should be the year that Oregon joins the National Popular Vote Interstate Compact (the NPV Compact for short). It would be a principled step toward a better democracy for America–and the

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By Will Newman of Canby, Oregon. Will is a retired organic farmer & small business consultant, and a non-retired advocate for justice and equality. There I was, sitting in my parked car at 3:45 am, waiting for 4:00 am to begin my job: 3 days a week I drove a 3-hour route thro

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By Carl Wolfson of Portland, Oregon. Carl is a comedian and political commentator that hosted a progressive talk radio show for many years in Portland. House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy said on Sunday that there would be no investigations of Hillary Clinton. Interesting

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(i am posting this on behalf of my friend, Gerritt. TA) I am Gerritt Rosenthal, and I am running for Chair of the Washington County Democrats. Every two years, shortly after the General Election, county political parties in Oregon conduct “Organization” meetings. Elected Precinct Committee Peop

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Oregon's demographics are shifting significantly, with more than 22% of Oregonians identifying as People of Color and growing. White voters handed down major defeats for progressive values, empowered by a culturally exclusionary vision of America. Tarso Ramos writes, "Trump and others effectively mobiliz

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Our long national nightmare is almost over. And by that, I mean, that the toxic orange menace is finally going to achieve his lifelong dream -- and get his very own streaming video service ($7.99 a month and no commercials!) that we'll all be able to ignore. (Irony alert: He'll make more money than he's ever

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If you're still hanging on to your ballot, let me share with you my closing argument for Brad Avakian for Secretary of State. 1) There are too many big-egos and jerks and self-interested know-it-alls in politics. Brad Avakian is one of the most decent guys I know, and hi

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By Nancy Haque and Amy Herzfeld-Copple of Portland, Oregon. Nancy and Amy are the co-executive directors of Basic Rights Oregon. Throughout this historic and perplexing election cycle, we’ve all been collectively horrified to hear and re

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Oregon has one of the worst graduation rates in the country - it's 74 percent, which puts us third from the bottom and means we're losing more than 10,000 students a year. As a high school teacher, I have a first-hand understanding about this. How to fix it isn’t a mystery. Frontline educators know the approache

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You're smart. You're political. When people whisper, "that's what THEY say," you're the one they're talking about. With just a few days left in this election, it's time for the 2016 edition of the Punditology Challenge

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By Bill Bradbury of Bandon, Oregon. Bill was Oregon's Secretary of State from 1999 to 2009. This year, 14 states around the country will have voting restrictions that make it more difficult for Americans to exercise their right to vote. Some sharply limit early voting, some make

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This is fantastic. Watch, laugh, share.

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