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As everyone knows by now, the Oregon Ducks will take on the Ohio State Buckeyes for the national championship in college football. It seems that Cincinnati City Councilman P.G. Sittenfeld has a few words about Oregon's Duck mascot -- which then led to a retort from State Reps. Tobias Read and Val Hoyle, S

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Once again, the Census Bureau has released estimated population numbers for each of the 50 states. And the Census numbers jive with the anecdotal data from United Van Lines released last week -- that

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Sen Ron Wyden’s staff was not prepared for what happened at his annual Multnomah County Town Hall, held at SCC Southeast on Saturday afternoon. When "Hands Up Pdx" demonstrators took over the meeting and stopped the Senator from taking questions, his staff scrambled for a way to regain control and let the town hall pro

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Friday night, the great Bill Moyers ended his broadcast television career -- after 44 years. In his final broadcast, he cited a lawsuit brought by an 18-year-old Eugene resident, Kelsey Juliana, and a UO law professor, Mary Christine Wood, that uses the doctrine of public trust to assert that the State of Oregon isn't d

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Next year, the Oregon Legislature will convene with 18 Democrats in the Senate and 35 Democrats in the House. As I mentioned last week, Oregon was the only state where Democrats gained seats in both houses of the legislature. A bit

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2014 was always going to be a tough election year. The sixth year of a presidency almost always is. Add to the usual political dynamics these factors: The economy isn't making as strong a recovery on Main Street as we'd like. That -- along with panic over Ebola and Isis -- caused low approval ratings for the Pr

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The Washington Post has been running an excellent series on what ails the middle class, called Liftoff & Letdown. The fifth installment in the series,

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Yesterday, Oregon Secretary of State Kate Brown certified the results of Measure 92, officially confirming its loss by a whisker-thin 837 votes out of more than 1.5 million votes cast. The Yes campaign’s last-ditch legal

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By Alejandro Savransky of Portland, Oregon. Alejandro is a former political organizer and environmental advocate. He currently works in energy efficiency consulting. Uber is an evil and arrogant company. No one is disputing that fact. However, by filing its recent lawsuit, the Ci

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Below is a letter I wrote to all of members the School Board for Portland Public Schools, with a copy to Superintendent Smith. The specific focus of the letter is one part of the proposal for changing the PPS lottery system, but the underlying issue applies to other communities throughout the state and the country. T

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Senator Merkley is taking his fight against discrimination further. He has announced that he plans to expand ENDA -- which is limited to employment discrimination -- and introduce a comprehensive LGBT anti-discrimination bill in the next Congress.

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In the wake of the CIA torture report, Senator Ron Wyden is calling for a new federal law that would permanently ban all agencies of the federal government -- particularly, the CIA -- from engaging in torture. On Meet the Press yesterday, Wyden made it clear -- this isn't a partisan issue, and it's not a matter of

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In 1992, the Oregon Citizens Alliance -- led by Scott Lively -- pushed Measure 9, which would have declared homosexuality a "perversion" and required Oregon schools to teach it as on par with pedophilia. Thankfully, it failed. But not after a major fight. Today, Scott Lively lives in Massachusetts, where he ran

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Monday, Portland State University's Northwest Economic Research Center delivered their report on carbon pricing for Oregon. As reported in

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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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