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  • Gun Bill Passes Oregon House, Moves to Governor’s Desk

    05/05/2015 6:21:43 PM PDT · by smokingfrog · 12 replies
    WSJ ^ | 5-5-15 | Ashby Jones
    Ever since the 2012 massacre at the Sandy Hook School in Newtown, Conn., gun-control advocates have worked hard to close so-called “loopholes” in background-check laws. Not all the efforts have been successful; gun-rights advocates say such measures are needlessly burdensome and do little to stop violent crime. But last year, Washington state residents voted to toughen the state’s background-check laws. And now the Oregon legislature has done the same. On Monday, the Oregon House voted 32-28 in support of Senate Bill 941, which requires background checks for all purchasers of guns through private sales. Currently, background checks in Oregon are...
  • Garfield County officials: BLM sage-grouse plans take turn for worse ( Colorado and )

    05/05/2015 9:34:50 AM PDT · by george76 · 7 replies
    Grand Junction Sentinel ^ | May 4, 2015 | Dennis Webb
    Garfield County officials said Monday the Bureau of Land Management is considering even-stricter measures to protect greater sage-grouse than previously contemplated, rather than listening to concerns the county and others have raised. As a cooperating agency, the county got an advance look Friday at the revised proposal the agency is now considering. “It is very dramatic in terms of the changes (from a draft BLM proposal) that are being proposed,” Fred Jarman, the county’s community development director, told county commissioners Monday. Jarman and Garfield Commissioner Tom Jankovsky said the proposed measures are the result of directives coming from Washington, D.C....
  • No arrests after police clash with May Day protesters (Portland OR)

    05/02/2015 1:27:38 PM PDT · by mojito · 3 replies
    KGW ^ | 5/2/2015 | Staff
    Portland police used tear gas, flash bangs and what they called "noise distractionary devices" to try and disperse protesters in downtown Portland Friday evening. At least one officer was injured during the clashes. No arrests were made. The group Don't Shoot Portland, protesting excessive force by law enforcement, marched through downtown Portland Friday afternoon and joined an unrelated May Day rally for immigrant rights. Hundreds of marchers began winding their way through downtown Portland at 4:30 p.m., but some protesters disregarded the planned route and walked against traffic. TriMet buses and MAX trains were delayed.Streets in downtown Portland were blocked...
  • White House denies Obama visit to Nike is favor for ‘Let’s Move’ contribution

    05/01/2015 10:10:26 PM PDT · by PROCON · 14 replies
    washingtontimes.com ^ | May 1, 2015 | Dave Boyer
    The White House said Friday that President Obama’s visit to Nike headquarters in Oregon next week is unrelated to the company’s $50 million contribution to first lady Michelle Obama’s “Let’s Move” campaign for kids. Asked whether Nike’s generosity was behind the White House’s selection of the company for a presidential visit, White House press secretary Josh Earnest said “not that I’m aware of.” He said the president will visit the company to talk about free trade.
  • Keystone on West Coast? Oil-sands crude could come to California

    04/30/2015 5:32:00 AM PDT · by thackney · 6 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | April 28, 2015 | David R. Baker
    Billionaire environmentalist Tom Steyer has a new mission — keeping oil from Canada’s tar sands out of California. Steyer’s NextGen Climate organization released a report Tuesday warning that an “invasion” of tankers and railcars carrying crude from the oil sands could soon hit West Coast refineries, which currently process very little Canadian oil. Steyer, a major Democratic donor who quit his hedge fund to focus on fighting climate change, has risen to prominence as a vocal opponent of the Keystone XL pipeline extension, which would link the oil sands to American refineries on the Gulf Coast. But Tuesday’s report, prepared...
  • Candidate cries foul over debate participation

    04/28/2015 6:46:30 AM PDT · by logi_cal869
    Register Guard ^ | 4/23/2015 | Josephine Woolington
    Eugene School Board incumbent Mary Walston, who is up for re-election next month, urged neighborhood organizers of a school board candidates’ debate next week to either reschedule the debate or prevent her opponent from participating because she will be out of town. Organizers of the debate agreed to honor Walston’s request to bar her opponent from the debate — which, in turn, prompted the opponent, Colin Farnsworth, to cry foul. A substitute teacher in the Bethel, Eugene, Springfield and South Lane school districts, Farnsworth said it is “extremely unfair and undemocratic that my participation and perspective will be censored during...
  • Christian Bakery’s GoFundMe Account to Raise Cash to Pay Fine Canceled Thanks to Internet Mob

    04/27/2015 7:53:31 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 52 replies
    Pajamas Media ^ | 04/27/2015 | Debra Heine
    Americans who choose to live their lives according to conservative Christian values continue to pay a political and social price for it even as gay marriage enjoys unprecedented acceptance.An Oregon bakery that in January of 2013 refused to bake a cake for a lesbian couple’s wedding is only the latest casualty in the culture war over same-sex marriage — a war that Christians are clearly losing.Rachel and Laurel Bowman-Cryer sued Aaron and Melissa Klein of Sweet Cakes by Melissa. This forced the shop to close its doors in September of 2013 after months of hate mail and plummeting revenues.Much like...
  • Gay-Rights Advocates Torpedo GoFundMe Campaign For Christian-Owned Bakery

    04/26/2015 4:31:41 PM PDT · by Steelfish · 44 replies
    The WashingtonTimes ^ | April 25, 2015 | Valerie Richardson
    Gay-Rights Advocates Torpedo GoFundMe Campaign For Christian-Owned Bakery By Valerie Richardson - The Washington Times - April 25, 2015 A crowdfunding campaign that had raised more than $109,000 for the Christian-owned bakery Sweet Cakes by Melissa in Oregon was removed Saturday after complaints from gay-rights advocates. The website GoFundMe said in a statement Saturday that it took down the page because the campaign violated the policy against raising money “in defense of formal charges of heinous crimes, including violent, hateful, or sexual acts.” “The campaign entitled ‘Sweet Cakes by Melissa‘ involves formal charges. As such, our team has determined that...
  • GoFundMe Page for Christian ‘Sweet Cakes’ Bakery Goes Dark

    04/25/2015 6:22:49 PM PDT · by markomalley · 41 replies
    Gateway Pundit ^ | 4/25/15 | Jim Hoft
    Christian Bakery Ordered To Pay $135,000 To Lesbian CoupleThe trials and tribulations for Sweet Cakes By Melissa continue. You may recall that this is the Oregon bakery that refused to bake a cake for a lesbian couple’s wedding. Since then, they’ve been on the receiving end of protests, hit piece articles, and a lawsuit.The Klein family The Oregonian reports: The lesbian couple turned away by a Gresham bakery that refused to make them a wedding cake for religious reasons should receive $135,000 in damages for their emotional suffering, a state hearings officer says.Rachel Bowman-Cryer should collect $75,000 and her wife,...
  • Bakers must pay $135,000 for refusing to make cake for gay wedding

    04/25/2015 4:35:25 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 104 replies
    Fox News ^ | April 25, 2015 | Todd Starnes
    The owners of an Oregon bakery learned Friday that there is a severe price to pay for following their Christian faith. A judge for the Oregon Bureau of Labor and Industries (BOLI) recommended a lesbian couple should receive $135,000 in damages for their emotional suffering after Sweet Cakes by Melissa refused to make them a wedding cake. As a result - Aaron and Melissa Klein could lose everything they own — including their home. The Oregonian reports the recommended penalty is not final and could be raised or lowered by State Labor Commissioner Brad Avakian. The controversy started in 2013...
  • GoFundMe fundraising site for Sweet Cakes owners goes dark (Oregon victims of gaystappo)

    04/25/2015 8:12:01 AM PDT · by aimhigh · 56 replies
    Oregonian ^ | 04/25/2015 | George Rede
    Late Friday night, anyone looking for the GoFundMe page set up to help the Gresham bakers facing a large unlawful discrimination award would have hit a dead end. A supporter of Aaron and Melissa Klein set up the campaign to help raise money for the couple after an administrative law judge for the Oregon Bureau of Labor and Industries issued a proposed order recommending they pay $135,000 in damages to a lesbian couple from Portland.
  • Desalination plants aren't a good solution for California drought

    04/25/2015 7:34:42 AM PDT · by Mean Daddy · 81 replies
    LA Times ^ | April 25, 2015 | Michael Hiltzik
    As surely as the hot, dry Santa Ana winds bring blue skies to the coast and wildfires to the hills, severe California droughts bring calls to build desalination plants up and down the seashore. All that ocean water, begging to be converted to fresh and pumped into our pipelines, would solve our water supply problems instantly and permanently, boosters say. In the coming months, the drumbeat will only get louder. That's not only because the current drought is the longest and most severe in memory, but because a $1-billion desalination project scheduled to start operating in Carlsbad this fall will...
  • “Support Sweet Cakes by Melissa” GoFundMe Page shut down (because "discrimination")

    04/25/2015 7:20:29 AM PDT · by Mrs. Don-o · 69 replies
    GoLocalPDX ^ | April 25, 2015 | Byron Beck
    The Oregon Bureau of Labor and Industry (BOLI) completed its case against Sweet Cakes by Melissa, a Gresham bakery that refused to make a wedding cake for a lesbian couple planning to marry. The bakery was fined $135,000. Following the decision Sweet Cakes immediately started a GoFundMe page and raised over $100,000 before it was shut down. As for the decision, BOLI issued the following statement on Friday regarding the agency’s Proposed Order in the Sweet Cakes case: “The facts of this case clearly demonstrate that the Kleins' unlawfully discriminated against the Complainants. Under Oregon law, businesses cannot discriminate...
  • Same-sex couple in Sweet Cakes controversy should receive $135,000, hearings officer says (Oregon)

    04/24/2015 7:35:43 PM PDT · by aimhigh · 120 replies
    The Oregonian ^ | 04/24/2015 | George Rede
    The lesbian couple turned away by a Gresham bakery that refused to make them a wedding cake for religious reasons should receive $135,000 in damages for their emotional suffering, a state hearings officer says. Rachel Bowman-Cryer should collect $75,000 and her wife, Laurel Bowman-Cryer, $60,000 from the owners of Sweet Cakes by Melissa, an administrative law judge for the Oregon Bureau of Labor and Industries said in a proposed order released Friday, April 24.
  • State Says Bakers Should Pay $135,000 for Refusing to Bake Cake for Same-Sex Wedding

    04/24/2015 1:34:05 PM PDT · by mykroar · 115 replies
    The Daily Signal ^ | 4/24/15 | Kelsey Harkness
    An Oregon administrative law judge recommended today that the bakers who refused to bake a cake for a same-sex wedding should be fined $135,000. “[T]he forum concludes that $75,000 and $60,000, are appropriate awards to compensate [the same-sex couple] for the emotional suffering they experienced,” wrote Alan McCullough, administrative law judge for Oregon’s Bureau of Labor and Industries in his proposed order. Aaron and Melissa Klein, owners of Sweet Cakes by Melissa located in Gresham, Ore., say the fine is enough to potentially bankrupt their family of seven. The dispute began in January 2013, when Aaron denied Rachel Cryer a...
  • OREGON SHERIFFS Tell Gun Grabbers To Shove It

    04/23/2015 8:27:54 PM PDT · by servo1969 · 8 replies
    The Gateway Pundit ^ | 4-23-2015 | Michael Strickland
    Oregon Sheriff’s Tim Svenson and John Hanlin Just a few weeks ago, Grant County Sheriff Glenn Palmer made headlines for his staunch opposition to the gun registry bill moving through the Oregon Legislature. He is now being joined by several other Sheriffs across the state.Just yesterday the House rules committee held their hearing on SB941, which is being sold as a “universal background check” bill. Among the folks testifying against the bill were Yamhill County Sheriff Tim Svenson and Douglas County Sheriff John Hanlin. “My fear with SB 941 is that these citizens will now be at risk of being...
  • How not surprising: Top 'gay' charged with raping boy (high # of pedophiles who are homosexual)

    04/22/2015 7:33:23 AM PDT · by Perseverando · 47 replies
    WND ^ | November 21, 2014 | Matt Barber
    Terrance Patrick Bean greets President Obama, as Oregon Gov. John Kitzhaber looks on. “It seems to me that in the gay community the people who should be running interference for NAM/BLA are the parents and friends of gays. Because if the parents and friends of gays are truly friends of gays, they would know from their gay kids that the relationship with an older man is precisely what 13-, 14-, and 15-year-old kids need more than anything else in the world.” – Harry Hay, founder of the modern “gay rights” movement None of it matters: Neither common sense, nor...
  • Reed College Student Who Told Me to Write the N-Word Was Arrested for Harassing a Girls’ Rugby Team

    04/20/2015 7:51:53 AM PDT · by GrootheWanderer · 12 replies
    Reason ^ | April 20, 2015 | Robby Suave
    Remember Jeremiah True, the Reed College student who demanded that I use the n-word before he would consent to an interview? Well, he was arrested for harassment and sexual abuse. BuzzFeed reports that True interrupted a high school girls’ rugby team practice last Thursday and the police had to intervene: The Multnomah County Sheriff’s Office confirmed on Friday that True was in jail and awaiting his arraignment later that afternoon. His booking information, in which his name is spelled incorrectly, is online. According to an employee at Rugby Oregon, a youth rugby organization based in Portland, True was arrested for...
  • Gun control: Burdensome legislation won’t stop criminals from getting guns

    04/19/2015 10:29:35 AM PDT · by rktman · 17 replies
    registerguard.com ^ | 4/19/2015 | James Fritz
    I’m a Democrat, I’m socially liberal, and I’m a gun owner. And when I say a new law won’t stop criminals from getting guns, I hope readers will at least pause for a moment to consider. The bill’s unintended consequences will further polarize politics, while doing nothing to keep guns away from criminals.
  • Oregon gold miners in BLM dispute call on armed supporters to stand down

    04/17/2015 10:23:14 AM PDT · by redreno · 15 replies
    http://www.oregonlive.com ^ | April 16, 2015 at 8:01 PM | AP
    GRANTS PASS -- A man who owns a gold-mining claim on federal land in southwestern Oregon asked for help defending it after U.S. authorities ordered him to stop work, but he is now telling his armed supporters to back off. Rick Barclay said Thursday that he hoped to prevent his fight with federal regulators from turning into the kind of high-profile standoff at a Nevada ranch last year. He initially called in a local chapter of constitutional activists known as the Oath Keepers because he thought the U.S. Bureau of Land Management would seize the equipment on his mining claim...
  • Oregon sheriff says proposed gun background-check law won't be enforced

    04/15/2015 3:50:47 PM PDT · by ButThreeLeftsDo · 28 replies
    FoxNew.com ^ | 4/15/15 | FoxNews
    An Oregon sheriff said Tuesday that he will not enforce an upcoming state law that expands gun background checks to include private sales, The Herald and News reported. Sheriff Dave Daniel, from Josephine County, which sits on the border with California, told the paper that it appears that the law is not in line with the county’s charter and said he does not have the personnel to pursue violators committing a misdemeanor.
  • UPDATE on BREAKING NEWS: OREGON GOLD MINING STAND OFF WITH BLM….NEXT BUNDY RANCH

    04/14/2015 4:00:02 PM PDT · by Whenifhow · 64 replies
    Agenda 21 Radio ^ | April 11 2015 | PAUL PRESTON
    BLM issued a cease and desist order without a court order and without 'Coordination Authorization'....with local authorities. Federal officials acting lawlessly. Possible federal land grab to seize gold rich property on behalf of Chinese government. snip Galice Mining District, JOSEPHINE COUNTY, OREGON-The next Bundy Ranch incident is developing in Josephine County, Oregon. The BLM has served notice to gold miners that they have until April 25, 2015 to stop gold mining….Oath Keepers are on site…Militia on the way. BLM DID NOT seek ‘Coordination Authorization’ with the local community….Sheriff Dave Daniel is NOT considered to be a Consitutional Sheriff. Josephine County...
  • Oregon panel considers noise regulations for hand dryers

    04/13/2015 11:41:20 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 15 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Apr 13, 2015 9:27 PM EDT | Sheila V. Kumar
    An Oregon lawmaker proposed legislation Monday creating uniform standards for hand dryers in public restrooms, citing the proliferation of powerful dryers that, while efficient, can sometimes trigger tinnitus or cause discomfort for people with development or sensory disabilities. The measure would require all new or replacement dryers to operate at a noise level no louder than 84 decibels. According to the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, that is about as loud as a school cafeteria. It also wouldn’t allow hand dryers blowing air downwards to blow air faster than 115 mph, in case the hand-dryer manufacturer doesn’t label...
  • Biological father, 49, and daughter, 25, in incestuous relationship lose custody of second baby...

    04/09/2015 3:21:07 PM PDT · by markomalley · 61 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 4/9/15 | Jill Reilly
    A biological father and daughter in an incestuous relationship have lost custody of their second baby after the first son, plagued with genetic problems, was also taken away. The baby boy was removed from their care four days after he was born in Oregon last year, Eric Lee Gates and his adult daughter, Chalena Mae Moody, had asked the appeals court to overturn a decision for the baby to be put in foster care, but their case was rejected, reports the Register Guard.
  • Prohibited Firearm Users Amass Weapons from Oregon Online Gun Market

    04/08/2015 10:00:06 AM PDT · by rktman · 20 replies
    golocalpdx.com ^ | 4/7/2015 | Annie Ellison
    “This investigation highlights something we’ve known for a long time – that the online market for guns leaves a gaping loophole for criminals and other dangerous people to buy a gun without a background check,” said Sarah Finger McDonald, one of 50,000 Oregon members of the group Moms Demand Action. According to Everytown’s research, gun sales online eclipsed sales at gun shows by a factor of four. More guns were sold by unlicensed vendors online in a week than at a year of Oregon gun shows.
  • Internet gun sales in Oregon creating dangerous, unregulated market, report claims

    04/08/2015 9:47:40 AM PDT · by rktman · 17 replies
    oregonlive.com ^ | 4/7/2015 | Jeff Mapes
    The report from Everytown for Gun Safety said that sellers using just four popular websites may be transferring as many as 25,000 guns a year in Oregon without conducting criminal background checks. Everytown also conducted a sting-like operation by posting 17 ads that had inquiries from 11 people with criminal records who are legally prohibited from buying firearms. Among them were two felons with a record of methamphetamine use as well as two others with domestic violence convictions.
  • Giffords: Oregonians Should Have To Pass Same Background Check My Attacker Passed

    04/07/2015 7:59:27 AM PDT · by rktman · 23 replies
    ammoland.com ^ | 4/3/2015 | AWR Hawkins
    On March 27 215 Gabby Giffords backed Oregon Democrats in pushing all future Oregon gun purchasers to pass the same background check Jared Loughner passed to acquire the firearm with which he attacked Giffords and eighteen others in Tucson. The legislation–SB 941, sponsored by [longtime gun banner] state senator Floyd Prozanski (D-Eugene)–would require a background check for every gun sale and/or transfer in Oregon–whether retail or private–except for sales between “close relatives,” which would continue to be a privilege the government allows.
  • Oregon Sheriff: Gun Control Push ‘Borderline Treasonous,’ Will Not Enforce

    04/05/2015 12:04:11 PM PDT · by E. Pluribus Unum · 26 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 04/05/2015 | AWR Hawkins
    While Oregon Democrats stood with Gabby Giffords and the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence to push expanded background checks on April 1, Grant County Sheriff Glenn Palmer stood for the law-abiding citizens whom the checks will target by describing the gun control push as “borderline treasonous.” Palmer also made clear that if the Democrats pass the measure there is zero chance of his office enforcing it.Breitbart News previously reported that the push for expanded background checks in Oregon is being spearheaded by state senator Floyd Prozanski (D-Eugene). His efforts are strongly supported by the Brady Campaign and Giffords.
  • Read Cylvia Hayes' 94,000 emails with governor's office staff

    04/04/2015 10:42:33 AM PDT · by dila813 · 17 replies
    oregonlive ^ | April 04, 2015 at 10:17 AM, updated April 04, 2015 at 10:20 AM | Laura Gunderson
    After Friday afternoon's release of 94,000 emails between Cylvia Hayes and former Gov. John Kitzhaber's staffers, reporters poured over the documents dating back to the beginning of his third term in 2011. Now it's your turn. Cast of characters The Governor's office Mike Bonetto, Kitzhaber's chief of staff, had a front-row seat to the blurring between Hayes' public and private roles. No longer working in the governor's office. .........snip........ You can access the same archive as reporters by going to this link on Gov. Kate Brown's state site.
  • U.S. to halt expanded use of some insecticides amid honey bee decline

    04/03/2015 5:20:58 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 28 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | 4/3/15 | Reuters
    (Reuters) - The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) said on Thursday it was unlikely to approve new or expanded uses of certain pesticides while it evaluates the risks they may pose to honey bees. The so-called neonicotinoid pesticides are routinely used in agriculture and applied to plants and trees in gardens and parks. But their widespread use has come under scrutiny in recent years after a drop in the number of honey bees and other pollinating insects, which play key roles in food production. The decline is attributed to factors including pesticide and herbicide use, habitat loss and disease, according...
  • GOP hopefuls criticize Obama marijuana policy but hedge on their own

    04/02/2015 10:26:36 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 27 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | April 1, 2015 | Seth McLaughlin
    Republican presidential hopefuls are united in blasting President Obama for his chaotic enforcement of marijuana laws, but the unity quickly breaks down when they are asked how they would handle things if they were in the White House. Some have sent mixed signals, saying state decisions should be respected while questioning how Mr. Obama has respected those decisions. Others have refused to say how they would wield the federal bureaucracy against marijuana. Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal is one of the few potential candidates to take a firm stance, saying he would insist on following federal statutes that outlaw the drug....
  • Western governors file report on sage grouse conservation efforts

    04/02/2015 7:10:10 PM PDT · by george76 · 3 replies
    Agri-Pulse Communications ^ | April 2, 2015 | Sarah Gonzalez
    The Western Governors' Association released a report today highlighting the voluntary efforts in 11 states to conserve the habitat of sage-grouse as part of an effort to avoid a federal listing of the bird under the Endangered Species Act (ESA). The association, which represents the governors of 19 Western states, said that “the breadth and depth of voluntary conservation efforts across the region, if allowed to run their course, will provide the bird with the necessary habitat to live and thrive.” The greater sage grouse is found in 11 states and its habitat encompasses 186 million acres . The U.S....
  • Sponsors speed gun background check bill through contentious Oregon Senate hearing

    04/02/2015 6:57:58 AM PDT · by rktman · 22 replies
    oregonlive.com ^ | 4/1/2015 | Jeff Mapes
    Robert Yuille, whose wife, Cindy, was killed in the Dec. 11, 2012, shootings at Clackamas Town Center, said, "I'm here today for Cindy because she no longer has a voice." He argued that expanding background checks was a "no-brainer" because they help keep guns out of the hands of felons and others who are prohibited by law from possessing guns.
  • Police: Motorcyclist uses helmet to knock gun away from man threatening teens

    04/01/2015 12:05:42 PM PDT · by lowbridge · 11 replies
    www.kptv.com ^ | march 31, 2015
    A man who pulled a gun on two teens and said, "Get ready to die," had the weapon knocked out of his hand by a man wielding a motorcycle helmet, according to deputies. The situation began at 4 p.m. Sunday in Salem. Investigators said two 17-year-old boys crossed the street in front of a truck on Center Street near Lancaster Drive Northeast. Deputies said the driver, 59-year-old Edward West, yelled at the teens to get out of the street. When they yelled back, deputies said West drove into a nearby parking lot and confronted them. A verbal altercation ensued, deputies...
  • 5 things to know about Oregon's gun-control bill

    03/29/2015 8:42:30 AM PDT · by rktman · 12 replies
    mailtribune.com ^ | 3/28/2015 | Jonathan J. Cooper
    The Senate Judiciary Committee is holding a public hearing on the measure 8 a.m. Wednesday at the state Capitol in Salem. Members of the public are invited to testify, but there's no guarantee that everyone will get a chance. Oregonians also can also email or call their senator. Contact information for all 30 senators is on the Legislature's website,www.oregonlegislature.gov .
  • Oregon Universal Background Check Bill Hearing Schedule for April Fools Day

    03/28/2015 10:34:24 AM PDT · by rktman · 13 replies
    thetruthaboutguns.com ^ | 3/27/2015 | Dan Zimmerman
    Well, Oregonians, are you ready to lose your ability to privately transfer guns? A senate bill under consideration would require you to appear before a gun dealer and go through a background check. How fun would that be? It probably won’t be cheap and it certainly won’t be private. Here’s an email blast we received from the Oregon Firearms Federation:
  • Cruz could win ugly (Saturbray)

    03/28/2015 6:42:06 AM PDT · by bray · 43 replies
    www.braylog.com ^ | 3/28/15 | bray
    Matthew 3:3 For this is he that was spoken of by the prophet Esaias, saying, The voice of one crying in the wilderness, Prepare ye the way of the Lord, make his paths straight. What if Ted Cruz could win the General election and everything the experts know about politics is wrong? What if you don’t have to choose a candidate that mirrors the Dem selection and Americans are not as liberal as the media claims it is? The reason these questions are never asked or answered is that conservative voters have been shamed into a corner so they will...
  • Firearm Background Check Bill Surfaces In Salem (Oregon)

    03/27/2015 9:40:25 AM PDT · by rktman · 12 replies
    boisestatepublicradio.org ^ | 3/27/2015 | Chris Lehman
    Oregon lawmakers are gearing up for another round of debate over firearm regulations. Democrats introduced a measure Thursday that would require criminal background checks for most private gun sales. If the proposal sounds familiar, it's because similar measures were introduced and failed in the last two legislative sessions. The difference now? "It's all about the votes,” said bill co-sponsor state Senator Ginny Burdick, a Democrat. "We have the votes now and we did not have the votes before. That's the main difference."
  • Trucking Industry Sues Oregon Over Fuel Law

    03/25/2015 7:01:15 AM PDT · by Twotone · 14 replies
    Roll Call ^ | March 24, 2015 | Staff
    Oregon’s new governor Kate Brown two weeks ago signed into a law a bill requiring distributors to reduce the carbon “intensity” of vehicle fuel by 10 percent over the next decade. Now the American Trucking Associations has joined with the American Fuel & Petrochemical Manufacturers and the Consumer Energy Alliance in suing Oregon to block the fuel standards. “The Oregon program is set up to give a big boost to Oregon’s small biofuel industry, without reducing net greenhouse gas emissions, and at the expense of higher fuel costs for everyone,” said ATA Vice President for Energy and Environmental Affairs Glen...
  • Glitch Sends False Notice of Oregon Inmates' Release, Triggers Probe

    03/24/2015 5:16:15 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 5 replies
    NBC ^ | 3/21
    Routine computer maintenance caused a major technical glitch that sent out thousands of false reports, saying prison inmates had been released, according to Oregon officials. About 8,000 incorrect notices went out to victims and their families Friday evening, including an alert that wrongfully said a prisoner convicted of killing two schoolgirls in Oregon City had been discharged. Corrections Department spokeswoman Betty Bernt says the system contractor, Appriss, has twice alerted those who received the notifications to say they were erroneous. The glitch, Bernt said, happened while the state was updating its large inmate database, which contains about 15,000 files. She...
  • Monsanto Settles Farmer Lawsuits over (Escaped) Experimental GMO Wheat

    03/22/2015 4:03:55 PM PDT · by jonatron · 13 replies
    Organic Consumers ^ | 11/12/14 | Carey Gillam
    Monsanto Co said on Wednesday it reached a settlement with U.S. wheat farmers who sued the seed company over market disruption after unapproved genetically engineered wheat was discovered growing without oversight in Oregon. Monsanto's "Roundup Ready" wheat, which was never approved by U.S. regulators and which the company said it stopped testing a decade ago, was found growing in an Oregon farmer's field in 2013. The company had said all the experimental grain was destroyed or stored away. South Korea and Japan temporarily halted purchases of U.S. wheat after the announcement on fears the unapproved wheat, engineered to withstand Roundup...
  • The Chamber of Commies (Saturbray)

    03/21/2015 7:10:25 AM PDT · by bray · 9 replies
    www.braylog.com ^ | 3/21/15 | bray
    Isaiah 23:17 [Full Chapter] At the end of seventy years, the LORD will deal with Tyre. She will return to her lucrative prostitution and will ply her trade with all the kingdoms on the face of the earth. One of my friends said he decided not to pay his taxes to the gummit this year. Rather, he gave it to a Mexican who was mowing a lawn and said he was just skipping the middle man. He asked, what is the point of contributing his hard earned money to a broken political system when it is going to end up...
  • Was a student really banned from class for disputing rape statistics?

    03/20/2015 2:38:06 PM PDT · by GrootheWanderer · 18 replies
    Campus Reform ^ | March 20, 2015 | Kaitlynn Schallhorn
    A male student at the private Reed College in Oregon gained national attention for supposedly being banned from class discussions as he refuted the widely debunked statistic that says one in five college women have been sexually assaulted, but his story has suddenly taken a weird turn. In an interview with Buzzfeed News, Jeremiah True, a freshman, said that he received an email from his professor that said he could no longer be included in the “conference” portion of the class. The professor, Pancho Savery, said True made several victims of sexual assault who are in the class feel “extremely...
  • College Professor Bans Student From Class For His Views On Rape

    03/20/2015 12:31:48 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 61 replies
    BuzzFeed News ^ | March 19, 2015 | Katie J.M. Baker
    A 19-year-old was banned from the discussion portion of a humanities class at Reed College after students complained that his opinions on sexual assault made them feel uncomfortable. He doesn’t want to keep quiet. Reed College, a small liberal arts school in Portland, Oregon, attracts students who want to speak their mind. But when Jeremiah True wouldn’t stop talking about his controversial opinions on sexual assault in his required freshman humanities course, his professor banned him from the discussion segment of the class for the remainder of the semester. The 19-year-old told BuzzFeed News that his professor, Pancho Savery, warned...
  • Hillsboro jail worker sentenced to four years for inmate liaisons [Oregon]

    03/19/2015 2:11:45 PM PDT · by QT3.14 · 23 replies
    A judge has sentenced a former Oregon jail worker to four years in prison for having sex with an inmate in a supply closet. The liaisons happened 13 times last year, a Washington County prosecutor said Monday. When a sheriff's deputy in the maximum-security wing went to lunch, that left jail services technician Jill Curry alone in the control room so she could press a button to let the 25-year-old inmate out of his cell.
  • Yes, Portland is America's most religiously unaffiliated metro (Oregon)

    03/19/2015 9:54:27 AM PDT · by aimhigh · 9 replies
    Oregonion ^ | 3/18/2015 | Melissa Binder
    Surprise, surprise: statistics show Portland is the most religiously-unaffiliated metro area in the United States. About 42 percent of residents in the City of Roses and surrounding suburbs self-identify as religiously unaffiliated, according to a survey released this week by the Public Religion Research Institute. That's nearly 10 percentage points higher than Portland's West Coast peers and runner-ups Seattle and San Francisco, which both came in at 33 percent.
  • Oregon bill to expand gun background checks in the works

    03/19/2015 8:42:09 AM PDT · by rktman · 6 replies
    oregonlive.com ^ | 3/19/2015 | Jeff Mapes
    A key Oregon legislator says he is finishing work on a bill to expand background checks to almost all gun transactions in Oregon. Senate Judiciary Chairman Floyd Prozanski, D-Eugene, said the bill will include provisions affecting people with mental health issues and for those who fail background checks. The legislation is being closely watched by both advocates and opponents of gun control. It also will provide another test for the strengthened Democratic majority in the Legislature.
  • Oregon will now register you to vote whether you want to or not, you peasant

    03/17/2015 9:30:56 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 54 replies
    Hotair ^ | 03/17/2015 | Jazz Shaw
    So I’m guessing this was supposed to be good news, right? In Oregon, you will now be registered to vote pretty much automatically whenever you have any interaction with the DMV. That’s the new initiative being signed into law by newly inducted Governor Kate Brown (the nation’s first openly bisexual Governor!) and considered to be her first signature piece of legislation. Sweeping first-in-the nation legislation making voter registration automatic in Oregon was signed into law on Monday by Governor Kate Brown, potentially adding 300,000 new voters to state rolls.The so-called Motor Voter legislation will use state Department of Motor...
  • Oregon governor signs sweeping automatic voter registration into law

    03/16/2015 9:03:47 PM PDT · by DeaconBenjamin · 27 replies
    maktoob news ^ | By Shelby Sebens
    PORTLAND, Ore. (Reuters) - Sweeping first-in-the nation legislation making voter registration automatic in Oregon was signed into law on Monday by Governor Kate Brown, potentially adding 300,000 new voters to state rolls. The so-called Motor Voter legislation will use state Department of Motor Vehicles data to automatically register eligible voters whose information is contained in the DMV system, with a 21-day opt-out period for those who wish to be taken off the registry. Supporters say the legislation's goal is to keep young voters, students and working families who move often from losing their right to vote. Republican lawmakers, who unanimously...
  • Archaeologist Talks About Oregon's Early Natives

    04/13/2004 4:52:32 PM PDT · by blam · 14 replies · 377+ views
    The World Link ^ | 4-12-2004 | Daniel Schreiber
    Page Updated: Monday, April 12, 2004 1:28 PM PDT Archaeologist talks about Oregon's early natives Dr. Dennis Jenkins believes the entire Sumner Lake Basin was once filled with water up to state Highway 31. Contributed Photo By Daniel Schreiber, Staff Writer Were humans present 12,000 years ago in the Great Basin region of Oregon when buffalo, non-Spanish horses and even camels roamed the landscape? This, the central question of University of Oregon archaeologist Dennis Jenkins' series of digs, is what researchers have been trying to determine since the 1930s. In 1938, Luther Cressman, the first to explore the region, discovered...