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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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By Steve Hughes. Steve is the State Director of Oregon's Working Family Party. The Oregon Working Families Party supports the Oregon Open Primary ballot measure. We believe that for too long the political system has been rig

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By Diane Hodiak of Bend, Oregon. Diane is an environmental advocate who supports pricing carbon: a solution that will help the economy and the environment. Have you heard of the 97% of scientists who agree that carbon release into the air is causing climate change and extreme wea

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Some 1,500 Oregonians have signed a petition asking Oregon lawmakers to close a tax loophole used by some corporations to get around the state’s corporate minimum tax, allowing them to pay nothing in income taxes.

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When Clear Channel killed progressive talk on KPOJ, our community was shocked, surprised, outraged, and motivated to action. Big corporations control the TV and radio airwaves and it's really hard for nonprofits and startups to get on the air. Carl Wolfson and our friends at XRAY-FM are doing their best, b

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By Kelley Meck of Portland, Oregon. Kelley is a campaign professional turned law student. There are 100 days until polls close -- are you excited yet? Were you thinking of this year as the biggest pick-up opportunity for Democrats in the Oregon State Senate in recent memory? If n

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By Sal Peralta and Robert Harris. Sal is the secretary of the Independent Party of Oregon. Robert is a long-term attorney in Washington County has been active with the IPO since 2011. Last week, the Independent Party of Oregon completed its 2014 primary election and member surve

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It's a stunning story. According to an investigative report authored by Senators Carl Levin (D-MI) and John McCain (R-AZ), a handful of Wall Street banks and hedge fund managers created an "alternative universe" of financial transactions based on "a series of fictions" designed to help them avoid massive taxes. A

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Reading the business pages is depressing these days. Every time you look, there’s another big company doing an “inversion” – merging with an overseas company in order to renounce its American citizenship to avoid taxes. And that’s just the new trend; old-fashioned tax avoidance is still going strong, too. Recen

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Vic Atiyeh, who was elected Governor of Oregon in 1978 and served two terms, has passed away at age 91. He is the last Republican to have served as Governor of Oregon. He was also America's first Arab-American governor. The Oregonian's Jeff Mapes

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By Amy Hojnowski, of Portland. Amy is the Senior Campaign Representative for the Sierra Club Beyond Coal Campaign. Check your electric bill. Does it say Pacific Power on it? Then let me be the first to tell you: you are addicted to coa

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Yesterday, the Senate debated a bill to overturn the ridiculous Hobby Lobby decision that allows employers to declare a religious objection to complying with the federal law mandating birth control coverage in all insurance plans. Many conservatives have been running around saying that the decision doesn'

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Well, folks, it's been 10 years of BlueOregon. Hard to believe, actually, but it was on July 17, 2004, that we launched this little experiment. Since that time, we've had 10,317 posts from exactly 99 contributors and just over 1000 guest columnists. This little site has generated just over 14 million pageviews a

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Over at Buzzfeed, reporter Kate Nocera caught up with disgraced former Congressman David Wu. A few highlights: He's hanging around on Capitol Hill: But three years later, he’s still

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By Zoe Abbott Boyd of Portland, Oregon. Zoe is a senior in economics and political science at Lewis and Clark College, currently engaged in a summer internship with OSPIRG working on a campaign to limit the use of antibiotics on factory farms in Oregon. As the effectiveness of es

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Will the internet remain open and free? Or will there be "fast lanes" and "slow lanes" for rich and powerful companies? Today, the FCC closes the current phase of public comments, though another round of "comments on the comments" will soon open. Yesterday, Senator Ron Wyden

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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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