Category Archives: Eugene Weekly

Predator Advocate Responds to Recent Hiker Death

Word of a hiker possibly killed by a cougar here in Oregon broke Sept. 11, and Brooks Fahy of Predator Defense is concerned the hype will lead to increased killing of the big cats, something that he says actually does more harm that good. Source: Predator Advocate Responds to Recent Hiker Death – Eugene Weekly

Weed and Banking Up in Smoke?

Marijuana has been legal in Oregon for recreational use since 2015, and retail stores have been offering customers weed here since 2017. But marijuana-related businesses have a problem in Oregon: How do you function without a bank account?  Source: Weed and Banking Up in Smoke? – Eugene Weekly

Professionalizing Care

A new bill requires state training for in-home caregivers. Caring for the elderly is a difficult, strenuous and thankless job. Thanks to the Oregon Legislature, Oregon’s in-home caregivers may start to receive better training before starting these low-wage jobs upon which thousands of lives depend. March 1, the Oregon House of Representatives voted 57 to 2 […]
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Oregon Legislators Address Housing Discrimination

Two bills introduced in the Oregon legislative session address racial covenants and examine inequalities in home ownership. House Bill 4010 would create a task force to examine home lending practices and barriers that prevent people of color from owning homes. Source: Oregon Legislators Address Housing Discrimination

State Senate Takes on Climate Change

-Clean Energy Jobs bill would establish cap and price limits on greenhouse gases- While Gov. Jay Inslee’s proposed carbon tax in Washington has been making headlines, here in Oregon a cap and price climate bill is gaining traction — and causing some controversy — in the state Legislature’s short session. Source: State Senate Takes on […]
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Health Care For All Joint Resolution Introduced

House Joint Resolution 203 — which would ensure that all Oregonians have access to health care — has been introduced during Oregon’s short legislative session. The resolution would send the proposed health care amendment to Oregon voters during the “next regular general election,” according to the resolution’s summary. Source: Health Care For All Joint Resolution […]
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Oregon’s Legislative Scorecard

What happened at the Statehouse last summer This 2017 Oregon bill is the one most likely to make Breitbart followers’ heads explode: The new law locks Roe v. Wade protections for legal abortion into state law. Source: Oregon’s Legislative Scorecard

Dancing Backwards and in Heels

Oregon’s women-led Legislature passed a hugely progressive agenda in 2017.  Can they keep up the momentum? In the heat of early July 2017, not even progressives at the Oregon Capitol could appreciate the immensity of their accomplishments as bill after bill rolled through the Statehouse toward Gov. Kate Brown’s willing pen. Source: Dancing Backwards and […]
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Questionably Measuring Success

Academic Analytics, a company that measures the performance, the production and ultimately the success of faculty and overall institutions at the university level, has been collecting data on the University of Oregon since 2013, despite widespread controversy about the group’s accuracy and merit. Source: Questionably Measuring Success |

Head of State 

On a Tuesday morning, Jan. 16, students, teachers and a few state legislators mingled in Eugene’s Winston Churchill High School auditorium. A couple of cameras lined the front rows, and soon everyone began looking toward the auditorium door. Source: Head of State |