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City of Portland Lawsuit, Aimed at Hiding Public Records from a Union-Busting Nonprofit, Tossed Out by a Judge

Willamette Week

The city of Portland’s efforts to withhold public records from the Freedom Foundation, a union-busting nonprofit, have ended in failure.

 

Hundreds join May Day rally at Oregon State Capitol

Statesman Journal

Supporters clutched signs reading “Stop ICE raids” and “Keep Oregon a sanctuary state” and craned their necks to watch Brown sign House Bill 4111 and Senate Bill 1563.

 

ELECTIONS

 

Worried About Your Ballot Security This Election? Dennis Richardson Says to Chill Out

Willamette Week

WW: After 17 months in office, what letter grade would you give Oregon for electoral integrity?

Dennis Richardson: I would give us an A. Oregon’s system is as secure or more secure than any other state. And I’ve told people, if the system were corrupt as some critics fear, I never would have been elected.

 

Candidates present House, Senate case

Hood River News

Helfrich said PERS (Public Employee Retirement System) is the top funding issue that must be solved before change can occur, such as economic development and education.

 

No rest for 54th House District candidates

The Bend Bulletin

Helt says she plans to reach out to “every voter” regardless of registration. “I am not polarizing,” Helt said. “I work across the aisle. I’ve done that on the school board. I’ve done that in lobbying on issues important to me.”

 

May primary could determine whether Oregon Legislature’s Democrats move left

The Oregonian/OregonLive

“My biggest priority is that Rod Monroe is not elected so we can make some progress on forward thinking on tenants’ rights in the Legislature,” said Margot Black, an organizer for Portland Tenants United.

 

Voters can comment on gun initiative titles

Portland Tribune

Voters have until May 8 to comment on a proposed ballot title for a measure that would criminalize the transfer and possession of certain firearms — intended to restrict “assault-style” weapons and high-capacity magazines — in Oregon.

 

Walden leads in fundraising; McLeod-Skinner is second

Mail Tribune

“We don’t need to outraise Greg Walden,” McLeod-Skinner said. “We just need to get more votes than Greg Walden.

 

A Donation to an East Portland Incumbent Senator Will Create Awkward Conversations for Democrats

Willamette Week

Democratic interest groups, including the three largest public employee unions and the Oregon Trial Lawyers Association, however, have endorsed Fagan. Those groups are also major supporters of the Senate Democrats—which makes the SDLF giving money to Monroe awkward, especially if either Fagan or Jama unseats him.

 

The Dialogue: How Readers Weighed in On Our Editorial Endorsements for May’s Primary Election

Willamette Week

Barbara Buono, former adviser to Mayor Ted Wheeler, via Twitter: “One of the whitest cities in the U.S. is poised to elect its first woman of color to council.  Is Portland ready to walk its progressive talk?”

 

Joey Nations Brawled on the Portland Waterfront in a MAGA Helmet. Now He Wants to Represent Oregon in Congress.

Willamette Week

“We’ve been losing the culture war in this country big time,” Nations said on the steps of the state Capitol, video shows. “If you haven’t been paying attention, they own the TV, they own the colleges, they own the public schools. Culturally, the war has been over for a long time. And now we’re starting it up again.”

 

STATE & NATIONAL GOVERNMENT & POLITICS

 

Judge Walker violated victim’s right to be heard, Oregon Supreme Court rules

The Oregonian/OregonLive

His victim was his ex-girlfriend, Dana Parks, who attended Ball’s Jan. 29 sentencing to read her victim’s impact statement. While giving her statement to the court, Parks was interrupted three times by Judge Walker and ultimately not allowed to finish speaking. “I think Ms. Parks has said enough,” Walker said, before walking out of the courtroom.

 

Planned Parenthood Sues To Block Trump’s ‘Radical Shift’ In Family Planning Program

Oregon Public Broadcasting

The document, known as a Federal Opportunity Announcement, calls for a broad range of family planning services and makes multiple mentions of “fertility awareness” — also known as the rhythm method or natural family planning — but does not specifically mention contraception.

 

BUSINESS

 

Hwang to offer franchise deals for Joy Teriyaki chain

The Portland Tribune

“The cost of running a business is rising right now,” Hwang told The Outlook. “I don’t want to fire my employees, and I don’t want to raise my prices. The last option I had was to franchise it, so I have less liability.”

 

Desperate to hire, more businesses open door to pot smokers

The Associated Press

Those employers and many others are quietly taking what once would have been a radical step: They’re dropping marijuana from the drug tests they require of prospective employees.

 

Commissioners approve youth wage funding

The Albany Democrat Herald

The program will assist small businesses — 35 employees or fewer — in hiring first-time employment youth, who has not previously worked for the employer.

 

AGRICULTURE & ENVIRONMENT

 

Tensions rise as OWRD regulates wells in Sprague River

Herald and News

Boyd estimates that Upper Basin irrigators, including in the Wood River Valley area, could lose up to 35 percent of their farming revenues due to well shutoffs, adding that it could cause trouble for those growing crops such as alfalfa.

 

Oregon, Washington Suing EPA Over Vehicle Emission Standards

Oregon Public Broadcasting

“The vehicle emissions standards protect the environment and save consumers money with better fuel economy,” said Washington Attorney General Bob Ferguson in a press release. “The EPA once again is ignoring the needs of consumers, its duty to protect the environment and most importantly, the law.”

 

PUBLIC HEALTH

 

US opioid crisis passes this disturbing milestone

Mail Tribune

The U.S. opioid crisis has passed a dubious milestone: Overdose deaths involving synthetic opioids like fentanyl have surpassed deaths involving prescription opioids.

 

OPINION

 

Bill Post doesn’t think call for a special session a good idea

Representative Bill Post

Gov. Kate Brown has called for a Special Session of the Oregon Legislature for either May or June. This is due to the signing of Senate Bill 1528, the $244 million increase in business taxes. Rather than giving this bill (which had bipartisan “NO” votes) a veto, Brown signed it and then called for a “one day” Special Session to “fix” it.

 

Editorial: GOP race for governor is intriguing

Corvallis Gazette-Times

The GOP race still seems to be Buehler’s to lose: He has a substantial edge in fundraising and experience, but it’s not entirely clear that Republican voters in Oregon (or elsewhere, for that matter) are that impressed by candidates with political experience.

 

Editorial: Choose Flynn for Supreme Court

Bend Bulletin Editorial Board

Flynn’s time on the bench and lifetime career in Oregon give her a breadth of knowledge and experience that Pounds cannot match.

 

Wooldridge shows up: Letter to the editor

The Oregonian/OregonLive

Thankfully, I voted for Greg Wooldridge before reading your editorial. Mocking his flight abilities and alleging lack of governmental experience is a cheap shot.

 

Rep. Rod Monroe should continue delivering results to East County: Editorial endorsements 2018

The Oregonian Editorial Board

Neither Fagan nor Jama expressed much interest in curbing Oregon’s spending. Instead, they focused their attention and ire almost entirely on the business community, pointing to increased taxation as the solution to Oregon’s budget woes. Yet, their clear disdain for the business community reflects a lack of the political diplomacy needed to negotiate with those same players to secure such revenue increases.

 

Christine Drazan for House District 39; Peterson for Metro Council President: Editorial endorsements 2018

The Oregonian Editorial Board

They should choose Christine Drazan, a 45-year-old mother of three with legislative chops who acutely feels the state’s education crisis. She points to the inequity in her district alone, where one high school graduates 88 percent of its seniors and another has struggled to improve its graduation rate from 38 percent to 44 percent.

 

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