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If You Can’t Beat Them, Talk Them to Death | 06-07-2019

Filibustering and other such political gabfesting as a means of blocking legislation has been practiced by every party since Plato walked the earth. The latest incarnation comes from the Oregon Legislature, where outmanned Republicans have managed to...

Don’t Hold Your Breath | 01-25-2019

The ongoing partial government shutdown is wreaking havoc on many Americans. It has also sadly led to some pretty abysmal behavior in our national parks, where the usual contingent of rangers and maintenance personnel remain furloughed. But some folks...

Campaigning While Black | 07-06-2018

Add canvassing your constituents to the things an African American person might do that causes someone to freak out and call the police. As the Portland Oregonian reports , Oregon state Rep. Janelle Bynum was recently canvassing her district – knocking...

Pump It Up...Or Not | 01-19-2018

For most drivers, gassing up the car is as noteworthy as tying our shoes. But many Oregonians look at putting the nozzle to their fill pipe the way I would at attempting to decipher quantum physics. At issue is a new state law allowing - but NOT requiring...

Sprucing It Up | 12-08-2017

Add Christmas trees to the long list of casualties of the Great Recession. Yes, as the Orange County Register reports , the dramatic reduction in the number of Christmas trees bought by cash-strapped families during the recent lean years took out so many...

OH, SNAP! | 01-13-2017

Nobody can ever claim that Mark Callahan isn’t persistent. Since 2009 the Oregon Republican has run for numerous offices big and small, from the presidency to a local community college board, some of them many times over. To date, he has won exactly...

He Was Just All Wet | 05-20-2016

As an incumbent, OREGON Gov. Kate Brown wasn’t expecting to have too tough of a primary opponent. But she probably never expected to face something like this. As Willamette Week reports , Democratic gubernatorial hopeful Dave Stauffer proposed a...