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By Mel Rader of Portland, Oregon. Mel is the Executive Director of Upstream Public Health and candidate for Multnomah County Commission, District 1. Find out more at MelRader.com. Multnomah County has an opportunity. We have historically bee

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By Nick Abraham of Portland, Oregon. Nick is the editor of Oil Check Northwest, a local research-focused energy and politics watchdog. Earlier this month in a decision that caught everyone from activists to the Governor’s office by surprise,

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Money is not a measure of a candidate, but it is a measure of a campaign. Our political campaigns exist in a dark dystopia that would delight a lot of people if there were zombies and glittering vampires. Instead, we have Trump, Citizens United, dark money, and influence for the wealthy at the expense of the 90% o

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Oregon's primary election isn't for nearly two months, but Governor Kate Brown has thrown her support behind Hillary Clinton for President. Her statement: Hillary Clinton is the fighter Oregon families need

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On March 7, Jules Bailey got the endorsement of the Portland Police Association, the cops’ union. Here’s the final paragraph of The Oregonian’s article: Bailey's political consultant,

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Money in politics is confounding. On one hand, you have Sanders supporters decrying the money Clinton raises – and then, without pause for breath, bragging about the tens of millions Sanders has raised. The difference, of course, is perspective: our money is good, their money is bad. Meh. That’s just politics.

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By Peter Hall of Haines, Oregon. Peter is a former candidate for House District 60 and the current Co-vice Chair of Baker County Democrats. Back in my first run for the State House in 2006, I proposed a flexible minimum wage that would be higher in urban areas where housing costs

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By Nick Abraham of Portland, Oregon. Nick is the editor of Oil Check Northwest, a local research-focused energy and politics watchdog. Yesterday, the Oregon legislature

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The Oregon Legislature took action that developer lobbyist Jon Chandler said would never happen - they repealed the

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Yesterday, the Oregonian's Brad Schmidt reported that substantial portions of

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Well, this is a surprise. Just a little more than a week ahead of the filing deadline, and just about two months before ballots go to voters, Congressman Kurt Schrader has drawn a primary challenger. Dave McTeague is a former state representative from Milwaukie who wa

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Few industries have been as vociferous in their opposition to raising Oregon’s minimum wage as the agriculture industry, and onion farmers in particular. A large contingent of onion farmers from Malheur County testified at a hearing at the Capitol last month, asserting that increased labor costs would seriously hurt th

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By Bob Jenks of Portland, Oregon. As the Citizens’ Utility Board (CUB) of Oregon’s Executive Director, it’s my privilege to have joined a coalition with clean energy advocates and Oregon’s largest utilities to negotiate

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After a few false starts, the effort in the legislature to raise the minimum wage is now rolling along. A minimum-wage increase has made it out of a Senate committee and could be on the floor as early as this

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By Robert Klavins. Rob is the NE Oregon Field Coordinator for Oregon Wild. He and his wife also own a working farm and bed & breakfast in rural Wallowa County. For the first time in the better part of a century, a handful of wolves are howling in the wildlands of Western Oreg

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Some well-meaning legislators rightly upset about the damage that the U.S. Supreme Court ruling in Citizens United has done to our democracy have, unfortunately, again embarked on a dangerous path: seeking a constitutional convention. For the second legislative session in a row, Oregon lawmakers are consi

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Did you know: If you submit your background check paperwork to buy a gun and the paperwork isn’t done in three days, you get your gun! What could possibly go wrong? On Thursday, the House Judiciary Committee will hear a bill (HB 4147) that would remove that three-day time limit, requiring all background

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Read this. Then, read it again: "Oregon has one of the shortest school years in the country. Students in Washington receive an additional year of instruction over the course of their K-12 education."

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Oregonians serving with the 116th Air Control Squadron recently received a warm, well-deserved welcome from family, friends, and neighbors this week at a demobilization ceremony at Camp Withycombe (Clackamas). Even as we celebrate their homecoming, we should take a moment to reflect upon the ongoing challenges our vetera

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This Friday, January 29, is Earned Income Tax Credit Awareness Day, a day the IRS uses to publicize this tax credit that helps low-income families make ends meet. It arrives not a day too soon here in Oregon, because we have a lot of work to do in terms of raising awareness of the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC).

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Vance Day is a former chair of the Oregon Republican Party. He's also a Marion County circuit judge. Yesterday, the Oregon Commission on Judicial Fitness recommended that the state Supreme C

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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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