Category Archives: Portland Tribune

My View: State sanctuary law strikes the right balance

While there are certainly ways the current law could be improved or clarified, and there appears to be some misunderstanding regarding how this law works, repealing it altogether is not the answer. As district attorney and sheriff, we are the elected law enforcement leaders in Washington County. Source: Pamplin Media Group – My View: State […]
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My View: Measure 105 would restore respect for law

The sanctuary statute undermines respect for law in significant ways. It tells illegal immigrants that Oregon considers immigration-law violations so inconsequential as to be unworthy of police and sheriffs’ attention. In my third-of-a-century in law enforcement — which includes almost 14 years as sheriff of Clatsop County — the most important thing I’ve learned is […]
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PUC report evaluates how to expand consideration of climate change and equity

Agency would need changes in state law to properly consider impacts on carbon emissions in much of its deliberations. Source: PUC report evaluates how to expand consideration of climate change and equity

Job seekers ‘snapped up’ as state’s economy chugs along

Construction, trade continue to add jobs as unemployment rate hits 3.8 perecent in August Source: Job seekers ‘snapped up’ as state’s economy chugs along

A natural river

Restoration efforts, dam removals increase native fish populations in the Sandy River. Imagine fishing on the Sandy River, getting a bite, fighting with a strong fish and reeling it out of the water to discover it’s a native steelhead. Safely back to the water it must go. Source: A natural river

Secretary of State requesting money for Medicaid audit team

  About 1 million Oregonians are covered by Medicaid at a cost of about $9 billion a year. The Secretary of State’s Office is requesting $779,797 in the next two-year budget for three auditors who will focus on Medicaid programs, state records show. The next two-year budget begins in mid-2019. Source: Secretary of State requesting […]
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Lawsuit filed to halt sale of timber

Nature groups want to save owl habitat, mature trees, which are more ‘fire resilient’ Source: Lawsuit filed to halt sale of timber

Voter approval for tolls moves closer to the ballot

Sponsors of the ‘Tolls Need Voter Approval’ initiative may soon be able to gather signatures to land the proposal on the 2020 ballot. A voter initiative that would amend the state Constitution to require in certain circumstances voter approval to place tolls on existing freeways is moving closer toward the 2020 ballot. Source: Pamplin Media […]
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Metro reports slower job growth than before

Manufacturing jobs expected to decline as total employment increases less than previously predicted. Source: Metro reports slower job growth than before

Pacer freshman wants Oregon to require lessons about Holocaust

Survivor Alter Wiener and state Sen. Rob Wagner will join Claire Sarnowski next week when she testifies in Salem Source: Pacer freshman wants Oregon to require lessons about Holocaust