Top Stories in Oregon

 

 

ADDITIONAL STORY

 

Tax And Anti-Immigration Measures See Movement As Filing Deadline Nears

Oregon Public Broadcasting

With a Friday deadline looming for submitting initiatives for the fall election, union officials announced they would back off an initiative that would require large, publicly held corporations to reveal more about their operations in Oregon and how much they pay in state and local taxes. In exchange, some major corporate officials have agreed to join labor officials in opposing two tax measures sought by other business interests. Those measures would exempt groceries from new taxes on sales and require a three-fifths legislative vote for bills raising revenue.

 

 

 

GOVERNMENT & POLITICS

 

Nike dumps $100,000 into new PAC formed by company executive

Oregonian/OregonLive

Nike is hinting it could play a major role in Oregon’s fall election, with a new political action committee headed by the company’s government affairs executive. Oregon’s largest company on Tuesday put $100,000 into the Common Good Fund, a new political action committee headed by Julia Brim-Edwards, Nike’s senior director of government and public affairs.

 

Oregon’s Rep. Bynum On Race, Grace And Getting Stopped By The Police While Canvassing

Oregon Public Broadcasting

He said something to the effect of “Let me guess, you’re selling something?” And I said “I’m actually the state representative for this area, and I’m talking to my voters and constituents. Did somebody call the police on me? What was I accused of doing?” He said that someone said that it looked like I was casing out the area, and I was spending an inordinate amount of time on my cellphone after walking away from each house. I was like, “Yeah, I’m putting my notes in. That’s pretty disappointing.”

 

Politicians Of Color Often Face Uncertainty While Canvassing In Oregon

Oregon Public Broadcasting

“I don’t know what the woman was thinking. I don’t know what her experience was five minutes before she saw or felt like she needed to report. I don’t know,” she said. “The same grace I am offering her is what I would like for people to be offered when they are in front of a judge, or in front of a jury, or when I come to do the door and I ask for your vote. I want you to assume the best in me. I don’t want you to fill in the blanks about how bad I might be.”

 

SUPREME COURT

 

Merkley, Brown and Bonamici Call on U.S. Senate to Reject Any Anti-Abortion Supreme Court Nominee

Willamette Week

With the U.S. Senate and the presidency in Republican control, the Democrats have no power to block a nominee except through an attempt at outside pressure. Abortion rights remain popular among Americans, but not among the Republicans who have control over two branches of the federal government in Washington, and are arguably about to extend control over the courts. At a press conference in Portland this morning, the three Oregon officials demanded that the U.S. Senate reject any nominee that President Trump picks for the spot on the Supreme Court that has recently opened, and called on anyone opposed to the end of legal abortion to take whatever action they can.

 

OCCUPY ICE

 

Protesters At Portland’s Occupy ICE Camp Start Hunger Strike To Pressure City Officials

Willamette Week

A small group of protesters at the Occupy ICE camp vowed to consume only Gatorade until Portland officials act to drive U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement out of the city.

 

CAMPUS SAFETY

 

Family Of Man Shot By PSU Police Demands University Disarm Campus Officers

Oregon Public Broadcasting

“What this community experienced on the morning of June 29, 2018 is not uncommon in this city and around the country,” said Andre Washington, Jason’s brother, at a press conference Friday. “Black men being gunned down by white police officers is an affliction in America.” “We are demanding that Portland State University disarm its officers immediately and retrain its officers to deal with conflict without the use of weapons,” Washington said.

 

TARIFFS

 

With tariffs in place, these Oregon sectors will suffer massive hits

Portland Business Journal

As the New York Times reported, “A trade war between the world’s two largest economies officially began Friday morning as the Trump administration followed through with its threat to impose tariffs on $34 billion worth of Chinese products, a significant escalation of a fight that could hurt companies and consumers in both the United States and China.”

 

OPINION

 

Why I stand in opposition to dam removal along the Klamath River

Representative E. Werner Reschke

It is clear the overwhelming majority of people directly affected by this potential action on the Klamath River are opposed to dam removal. Our government is to be by, for and of the people, not the other way around. This dictate of dam removal comes from outside the area and is being foisted onto those who have depended on these dams for generations. The people’s will is to keep, enhance and move forward with these dams in place to provide affordable power, recreational opportunities and flood control for the next several generations to come.

 

My View: Public workers freed from union dues

Aaron Withe

The bottom line for public workers in Oregon and similar states: They have a right to work in their state’s public sector without having to pay union dues or fees against their will. They’re free men and free women, they have constitutional rights, First Amendment free speech rights, like other Americans.

Editorial: Prove fee increase is needed for boats

The Bulletin Editorial Board

The marine board, which oversees law enforcement, boater education, environmental stewardship and access to the state’s waterways for recreationists, is funded by its motorized boat registrations, a portion of Oregon fuel taxes and other fees. It receives no money from the state’s general fund.

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