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October 21st, 2014

by Dan Lucas In a recent endorsement of Gov. Kitzhaber for a 4th term as Oregon Governor, the Statesman Journal Editorial Board wrote “A key example is how Kitzhaber worked with the Legislature to have a successful, bipartisan special session …

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By Taxpayer Association Oregon PAC The Taxpayer Association of Oregon PAC has produced a special “small race” Voters Guide because these smaller nonpartisan races lack funds & media attention to adequately communicate with voters.  These races get ignored when they …

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October 20th, 2014

Good thing whoever tried to booby trap a trailhead leading into Forest Park just south of that one cemetery up on NW Skyline Boulevard doesn't see

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Welcome back to The Walking Dead Chitty-Chat Club where we recap last night's episode—which really TOOK A BITE out a ce

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I feel really bad for my office mate - her very sick friend passed Friday afternoon. Buuuuuuuut since clocking in at 8am today - ALL she has done is called friends to let them know she passed, (which has lead to sobbing and very personal conversations about this woman to play out at her desk, around four of us), and call

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It's really not too awful riding to work in the dark and rainy weather -but then there's you. And you, and you. Don't get me wrong, I'm glad you use a light – you would be even more of an asshole if you didn't – and perhaps a blinking light does save battery life. But, really: Blinkety BLINK blink blink Blinkety b

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Female, 42, just dumped by the 48-year-old man I've been dating for six months. It started out as a Craigslist "Casual Encounter" and turned into something wonderful, caring, monogamous/exclusive from early on, and the first opportunity I've ever had to explore D/s (I'm the "s"). He "met someone new." My bur

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J. RODDY WALSTON AND THE BUSINESS, FLY GOLDEN EAGLE(Doug Fir, 830 E Burnside) See My, What a Busy Week!

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The rumors are true: Sleater-Kinney are coming back. As we surmised back in December of last year, 2014 is indeed the year of the S-K reunion—well, 2015 to be exact. The Port

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The rumors are true: Sleater-Kinney are coming back.

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GOOD MORNING, BLOGTOWN! I've got to make a play to make my lover stay. So what would an angel say, the devil wants to know. LET'S GO TO PRESS. An Oregon defense attorney accidentally brings his

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North Street Bags is a Portland based label that manufactures small batch, waterproof convertible panniers and bike bags using U.S. made materials. They d

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By Steve Buckstein One can imagine that blacksmiths and buggy whip makers didn’t take kindly to the automobile revolution that started in the late 19th century. Those at risk of losing their horse-related jobs likely made the case for resisting …

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October 19th, 2014

by NW Spotlight Sara Gelser, the Democratic candidate for state senate in Senate District 8 (Albany/Corvallis), has her campaign face. Candidate Sara Gelser says she will “be a champion for the environment.” She’s getting big support from an out-of-state billionaire …

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Last Halloween I built some animated light-up steampunk/mad-scientist goggles. This year, I finally got around to documenting the project.Halloween goggles is a post from: Netninja.com

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BOOKS—Girls creator/showrunner/writer Lena Dunham sits down with Carrie Brownstein for a chat about her new memoir, Not That Kind of Girl, which recounts "

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There's only one day of All Jane No Dick left! How did that happen? For the past couple days, I've been ugly-laughing like a boss at jokes told by women and non-binary com

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THE MELVINS, LE BUTCHERETTES(Roseland, 8 NW 6th) A lot of musicians have been welcomed into the Melvins fold over the past three decades, some for extended stretches, others for a single show or recording sessio

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THE MELVINS, LE BUTCHERETTES(Roseland, 8 NW 6th) A lot of musicians have been welcomed into the Melvins fold over the past three decades, some for extended stretches, others for a single show or recording sessio

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October 18th, 2014

A pair of downtown-bound S70s approach Divisi

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Monday in Drawing Tips – Show of hands. . . how many of us have grabbed a snack or a drink while working on our art? Most of us, right? But what do you do when ketchup accidentally drips on your drawing? Or tea, or coffee? Come by tomorrow and learn a few helpful techniques [...]

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Indy Cornrows manager Tom Lewis joins Blazer's Edge to discuss the 2014-15 Indiana Pacers, continuing a month-long, 30-team NBA season preview feature. Over the next month, Blazer's Edge will be

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Alrighty then. It's unclear exactly how one hears a billow of smoke, but it's right there in the report. The source, apparently, was from the home of a drug dealer who'd excavated some seven feet down into his crawlspace and...

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I've asked my Republicant brother-in-law to give me details numerous times. Details about the shit he spews, and he can't. He usually just repeats himself, changes the subject or gets all pissed. Him: "We's over-regulated and it's Obama's fault!" Me: "Ok, can you give me an example of over-regulation? If you're so up and

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I received a "voter guide" from the Oregon Right to Life in my mail today and GOD-DAMN, I'm pissed. I went to their website to give them an earful and wouldn't you know it, I had to call their "office" (likely a basement) in Salem. I really despise these right-to-lifers and especially those crazy protesters on MLK by the

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Frankly it pisses me off that I am paying roughly $3000. dollars year in just property taxes, for what? Only to hear that every bureaucracy associated with city of Portland wants more money, and in the end no one at the city is held accountable for how it is spent. Their may be some occasional news coverage relating to

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You DO KNOW that you don't have to stand at the curb while waiting for a light to turn green, right? I see you morons all the time, literally standing on the curb while traffic doing 30-40mph whizzes inches by you. Are you that fucking stupid? Sure, it's a crosswalk, but you DON'T HAVE TO STAND ON THE CURB. We all get th

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Back in January of 1989, then-governor Neil Goldschmidt's hand-picked man to lead the Oregon Department of Corrections was stabbed to death in the parking lot near his office. Police quickly picked up on Gable, and built what many regard as...

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Oh my. It looks like another of Oregon gov. Retread's "signature achievements" is going to go down in flames. It's kind of become his trademark. What WillyWeek calls "Portland's top restaurants" are contributing money to get the measure passed and...

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MUSIC—Have you heard Sinkane's new album Mean Love? It's soooooo good. The Sudan-born musician (AKA Ahmed Gallab) has really come into his sexy, falsetto-ed own with

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All Jane continued last night with Beth Stelling and Friends at Curious Comedy Theater, which brought together sets from Aparna Nancherla, Rye Silverman, Subhah Agarwal, Emily May

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And you wonder where the money goes...those 26 PR flacks get paid $1,794,324 per year - and that's just salary. Add in their medical and dental, along with other benefits, and they're costing area taxpayers about $4 million a year....

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HI‚ PERVERTS! My name is Bri Pruett (local funny lady and author of the popular Mercury blog column, "

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Great news for those under 50 and living in the general vicinity of Medford, Massachusetts: assuming you're in good health, they'll pay $40 to cop a squat at the poop bank. Your contributions are then tested, divvied up and packaged,...

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As we've gotten better at determining the factors that produce tornadoes and somewhat improved our ability to determine what trailer parks will be hit by one, they've devised a new strategy: now they're running in packs. Starting at around 1980,...

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Property tax season is upon us! Sing like the angels! And guess what? Bills, along with property values, are going up, up, up, and up. Why? Because of this new bubble we're in and how it's breaking t

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SINKANE, HELADO NEGRO, GRAPEFRUIT(Mississippi Studios, 3939 N Mississippi) See My, What a Busy Week!

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SINKANE, HELADO NEGRO, GRAPEFRUIT(Mississippi Studios, 3939 N Mississippi) See My, What a Busy Week!

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Voting Information Oregon Sec of State – ballot dropoff locations Oregon Sec of State – track your ballot   Voter Guides 2014 Oregon Ballot Measures Oregon GOP recommendations on state ballot measures Sen. Doug Whitsett – Vote NO on Ballot …

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October 17th, 2014

Dust Mite in the

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Tom Lorenzo and Reed Wallach of NetsDaily join Blazer's Edge to discuss the 2014-15 Brooklyn Nets, continuing a month-long, 30-team NBA season preview feature. Over the next month, Blazer's Edge

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Portland had a field night against Maccabi Haifa B.C. of the Israeli Super League. In their final home preseason game, the

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In a preseason exhibition game, the Blazers looked relaxed from start to finish for the easy victory. The Portland Trail Blazers and Maccabi Haifa enjoyed a relaxed preseason exhibiti

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That squirrely-looking guy, supposedly from "Consumers Union" ia all over our media, about every two minutes, telling us to vote for the GMO labeling measure. That raises two questions: how much is the clown being paid for this, and does...

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A rare non-NBA opponent tonight! The Portland Trail Blazers take on Maccabi Haifa B.C. in the fourth game of pre

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Sean Deveney of SportingNews suggests the Blazers might be interested in Minnesota Timberwolves forward Chase Budinger in exchange for Thomas Robinson. Good idea?

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All Jane No Dick launched Wednesday, with a lineup of local all-stars at Helium and no evidence of MRA protesting. That show—which featured Kristine Levine and Kyle Mizono—was

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Blazer's Edge writer Sagar Trika gives a summary of his experience at one of the "We Are Rip City" commercial shoots. I was lucky enough to go to one of the four "We Are Rip City" commercial shoots

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200 square-foot apartments! Spartan apartments of around 200 square feet or so are proving attractive options to the city's growing number of Millennials, said Cathy Reines, CEO of Portland-based Koz Development. Members of that generation, ranging in age from roughly...

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As the Oregon governor's First Squeeze demonstrated last week, "heartfelt apolgies" go a long way - both in politics and in corporate America. You don't have to actually be sorry, but appearances count for so much: According to the general...

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