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Racial slurs in Oregon Democratic senator’s 1971 memoir prompt Republican criticism
Thu, 06 Oct 2022 23:26:19 +0000

More than 50 years ago, a 20-year-old Harvard student spent his summer picking weeds and harvesting watermelons on a southwest Georgia farm that aimed to help Black sharecroppers rise from poverty.  That student, Jeff Golden, is now a Democratic state senator running for re-election in a southern Oregon district targeted by Republicans. They seized on […]

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Oregon congressional candidate Mike Erickson sues opponent Andrea Salinas over negative ad
Thu, 06 Oct 2022 21:53:50 +0000

Republican congressional candidate Mike Erickson followed through on his threat to sue Democratic opponent Andrea Salinas over a negative campaign ad and is demanding $800,000 from her campaign.  Erickson’s campaign committee filed a complaint Wednesday afternoon in Clackamas County Circuit Court against both Salinas’ campaign and Salinas as an individual over a 30-second  television ad […]

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DACA ruled unlawful by federal appeals court, but program continues for now
Thu, 06 Oct 2022 16:01:04 +0000

WASHINGTON — A federal appeals court has upheld a prior ruling that the Obama-era Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program is unlawful, sending the case back to a lower court that will decide the legality of the program that includes more than 600,000 undocumented people. The ruling means the program remains for now and those […]

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New bird flu strain threatens North American wildlife
Thu, 06 Oct 2022 12:45:16 +0000

The July 5 trip was routine: From the deck of an airboat, two wildlife biologists scanned the cattail marsh — one of many seasonal wetlands in the Sacramento National Wildlife Refuge — on their weekly lookout for sick or dead birds. In the summer months, avian botulism is a major concern in California’s Central Valley, […]

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Electric vehicle charging company appeals record fine from DEQ for fraud
Thu, 06 Oct 2022 01:32:34 +0000

A Lincoln City company that builds electric vehicle charging stations and allegedly defrauded the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality out of $2 million in carbon credits is appealing the ruling.  On Friday, the agency fined Thompson Technical Services, or TTS Charging, of Lincoln City $2.7 million for falsely claiming credits through a state greenhouse emissions […]

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Opponents file lawsuit against large chicken operation in Linn County
Wed, 05 Oct 2022 23:25:28 +0000

A farmer and three nonprofits representing small farmers and environmentalists took their opposition to a large chicken facility in Scio to Linn County Circuit Court this week. Their petition, which accuses the Oregon Department of Agriculture and the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality of ignoring potential pollution, seeks judicial review of a state wastewater permit […]

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An ‘unprecedented flood’ of book bans engulfs U.S. school districts, PEN report says
Wed, 05 Oct 2022 12:25:32 +0000

WASHINGTON — More than 1,600 book titles across 32 states were banned from public schools during the 2021-2022 school year, with the bulk of the ban requests coming from a handful of right-wing groups pushing for censorship of books that feature LGBTQ+ characters and characters of color, a new report issued Monday said. “What I […]

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Oregon candidate Mike Erickson threatens lawsuit to overturn election over negative ad
Tue, 04 Oct 2022 20:15:57 +0000

Ballots haven’t been mailed yet, but Oregon congressional candidate Mike Erickson is threatening a lawsuit to overturn election results if his Democratic opponent wins.  Erickson’s threat, in a cease-and-desist letter his attorney sent Andrea Salinas’ campaign, rests on a state law that provides for elections to be overturned if a judge finds that the winner […]

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Study: More Republicans than Democrats likely died of Covid
Tue, 04 Oct 2022 20:12:09 +0000

It’s already known that hundreds of thousands of Americans would still be alive if every eligible person had gotten vaccinated against COVID-19. Now new research strongly suggests that many more of those “excess deaths” in Ohio and Florida were among people with Republican voter registrations. It’s perhaps unsurprising that Republicans were more reluctant to get […]

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Attorneys: Oregon candidate Mike Erickson didn’t face felony drug charges in 2016 DUI arrest
Tue, 04 Oct 2022 00:50:14 +0000

The defense attorney who represented congressional candidate Mike Erickson in his 2016 drunken driving case said Monday that her “mistake” resulted in court documents that incorrectly indicated he would avoid felony drug charges by pleading guilty. As reported by the Capital Chronicle last week, Erickson was arrested in 2016 with a blood alcohol content of […]

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