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A Proposed Donation Cap Deal Falters Among Democratic Candidates for Oregon Secretary of State

Rep. Jennifer Williamson (D-Portland) says she’ll go her own way. Source: A Proposed Donation Cap Deal Falters Among Democratic Candidates for Oregon Secretary of State

New Report on Hemp Shows the Crop’s Vast Potential, but Also Severe Supply-Chain Issues

A new report published by the Oregon-based firm Whitney Economics says commercial hemp cultivation has the potential to become the nation’s third most lucrative crop in coming years. But it also warns that 65 percent of the American hemp growers surveyed didn’t have a buyer for their crop. Source: New Report on Hemp Shows the […]
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Federal Officials To Propose ‘Threatened’ Status For The Pacific Fisher

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife will publish a revised proposal to list the Pacific fisher as “threatened” under the Endangered Species Act. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is proposing Endangered Species Act protections for the Pacific fisher, a relative of the weasel that persists in small numbers in forests of southwest Oregon and Northern […]
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Oregon Judge Danielle Hunsaker Confirmed To US 9th Circuit Court

The U.S. Senate confirmed Oregon Judge Danielle Hunsaker to the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals. Hunsaker is currently the presiding judge for Washington County Circuit Court. Oregon’s Democratic U.S. Sens. Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley were split on the vote, with Wyden voting for Hunsaker’s confirmation and Merkley voting against it. Source: Oregon Judge Danielle […]
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Parents, teachers want Portland schools to boost social emotional supports with new state cash

Portland Public Schools officials surveyed thousands of teachers, parents and administrators on how the district should deploy new education dollars. One issue topped most everyone’s list. Source: Parents, teachers want Portland schools to boost social emotional supports with new state cash

Was Oregon turnout terrible? Surge of last-day voting prevented record lows

A surge of last-day voting in the Portland area lifted voter turnout above record lows for an election held in November of an odd-numbered year. Source: Was Oregon turnout terrible? Surge of last-day voting prevented record lows

Portland Public Schools may wait until 2021 to ask for new construction bond

District officials plan to tell the bond committee, which is composed of school board members, that a crowded 2020 ballot is partially to blame, as are time constraints staff face as they prepare for a state cash infusion. Source: Portland Public Schools may wait until 2021 to ask for new construction bond

With solar power, Salem places of worship aim to be base camps if disaster strikes

Kim Herb wants her synagogue to become a “base camp” for Salem if disaster strikes. Temple Beth Sholom, where Herb’s husband Eli is the rabbi, already agreed to house a shipping container with supplies for the City of Salem’s Community Emergency Response Team. Source: Statesman Journal

Oregon’s deputy secretary of state says he is ‘basically working 24-7.’ His calendar suggests otherwise.

Richard Vial’s calendars raise more questions about how much service he’s giving taxpayers in return for his $172,000 salary. Since being hired as the No. 2 official in the Oregon Secretary of State’s office in April, Richard Vial has frequently had an empty calendar two days out of every work week. Source: Oregon’s deputy secretary […]
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Oregon House Bill 2001 Ended Single-Family Zoning Across the State. That’s Causing Some Pushback.

The temperature is rising around House Bill 2001, the landmark housing law that passed on the final day of the 2019 legislative session. The law will effectively end single-family zoning in most Oregon cities and allow the development of duplexes and townhouses where now only single-family homes are allowed. The idea is to promote the […]
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