The city of Portland’s efforts to withhold public records from the Freedom Foundation, a union-busting nonprofit, have ended in failure.
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.
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.
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.”
“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 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.
“We don’t need to outraise Greg Walden,” McLeod-Skinner said. “We just need to get more votes than Greg Walden.
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.
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?”
“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
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.
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.
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.”
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.
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
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 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.”
The U.S. opioid crisis has passed a dubious milestone: Overdose deaths involving synthetic opioids like fentanyl have surpassed deaths involving prescription opioids.
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.
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.
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.
Thankfully, I voted for Greg Wooldridge before reading your editorial. Mocking his flight abilities and alleging lack of governmental experience is a cheap shot.
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.
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.