Category Archives: Politics

Stories about politics in and around Portland. The city and the state are often at odds with each other, so stories here might also cover the crazies we have running our state government, too.

The Cellphone Ban: Unenforced Laws are just Good Ideas

Bicyclists must stop at stop signs. No skateboarders in the city. Drivers can’t use cellphones. Unenforced laws aren’t laws, they’re just suggestions. Continue reading

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Replace the I-5 bridge with some kind of catapult system.

I-5 links Baja California with British Columbia. Any bridge on it should be replaced quickly, if needed, right? Welcome to Portland’s I-5 bridge fiasco. Continue reading

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Oregon’s discovering it isn’t easy being green.

With projected costs for the subsidies to reach $290 million this year, the Oregon legislature’s looking at the long, hard road in front of it – do they cut the subsidies that are hurting the state budget at a time when other areas need help, or do they continue subsidizing this up-and-coming industry in hopes that the green industry brings much-needed jobs to our beleaguered state?
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Two sides agree in education? Never say never.

We were happy to hear that Portland Public Schools and the Portland Teachers Union reached a tentative agreement for a 2-year contract. No strikes. No threats. Continue reading

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Crazy as a … tiger?

Okay, we must admit – seeing U.S. Representative David Wu dressed in a tiger costume threw us back a little, but it also made us think; wouldn’t the world be a little better if all of Congress wore its crazy on the outside? Continue reading

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Footloose and Fragrance-free

Big Bertha wore enough of Paris Hilton’s “Just Me” to suffocate several elephants. Continue reading

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