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  • Protesters Stage Outside Planned Parenthood (Oregon)

    07/29/2015 8:50:47 AM PDT · by Morgana · 2 replies
    kxl.com ^ | July 28, 2015 | Jeremy Scott
    BEAVERTON, Ore. — Several hundred anti-abortion activists lined the street corners near a Planned Parenthood clinic on Tuesday morning after undercover video was leaked of the organization selling parts of tiny unborn babies. “The newest video released today showed them actually picking through a tiny arm and leg and negotiating prices,” said college student Melodie Durett. She’s calling for an official investigation. The group signed a petition asking for the organization who they say lacks compassion to be de-funded by the government. “Women today are told that your ‘choice’ is abortion. That is not a choice,” said a protester. The...
  • Portland ice cream shop bombarded with threats over Planned Parenthood fundraiser

    07/29/2015 7:28:55 AM PDT · by GoneSalt · 28 replies
    kptv.com ^ | 7/28/2015 | Kaitlyn Bolduc
    A North Portland ice cream shop claims they are being bombarded with threats and insults to their business after holding a fundraiser for Planned Parenthood. “I’m probably getting 12 to 15 every half hour to an hour, the phone is ringing quite often,” said What’s the Scoop owner Jodie Ostrovsky. Ostrovsky said the shop does fundraisers year round, and the staff loves it, because it’s how they give back to the community. When the shop works with Planned Parenthood, though, the threats start pouring in via phone, email and Facebook. Ostrovsky said the Planned Parenthood fundraiser kicked off in July....
  • FBI Investigating Suspicious Letters to Many Oregon Sheriffs

    07/28/2015 12:24:59 PM PDT · by Twotone · 3 replies
    NBC News ^ | July 27, 2015 | M. Alex Johnson
    Haz-mat teams and federal investigators responded across Oregon on Monday after numerous sheriffs received suspicious mail, some of it delivering an unknown substance, authorities told NBC News.
  • Suspicious mail sent to Ore. government; sheriff hospitalized (autoplay vid)

    07/27/2015 10:09:56 PM PDT · by PghBaldy · 3 replies
    KGW ^ | July 27 | Sara Roth & Max Barr
    PORTLAND, Ore. -- Government offices around the state on Monday received suspicious mail, some of which contained an unknown substance, according to Oregon State Police. Grant County Sheriff Glenn Palmer was rushed to the emergency room at Blue Mountain Hospital on Monday evening. The East Oregonian reported that Palmer opened an envelope addressed to him at the sheriff's office in Canyon City. The envelope contained a white substance and Palmer quickly developed a rash on his arms.
  • Rebels without racism? South Albany High School examines its Confederate mascot

    07/27/2015 6:53:52 AM PDT · by bob_denard · 16 replies
    The Oregonian/OregonLive ^ | July 27, 2015 | By Casey Parks
    ALBANY -- They removed the Confederate battle flag from South Albany High School 20 years ago. A Confederate soldier does not dance during football games. This year, one of the school's 10 black students led the cheers. But every year, South Albany students and alumni ask themselves: Can we still call ourselves the Rebels? The world has changed in the 40 years since the Linn County school broke away from Albany Union High. Earlier this month, South Carolina lawmakers even removed the Confederate battle flag from their state capitol grounds. As South Albany has tried to craft a more generic...
  • Fossil Feces Push Back Earliest Date of Humans in Americas

    04/04/2008 7:47:46 AM PDT · by Malone LaVeigh · 22 replies · 76+ views
    Foxnews.com ^ | April 04, 2008
    New evidence shows humans lived in North America more than 14,000 years ago, 1,000 years earlier than had previously been known. Discovered in a cave in Oregon, fossil feces yielded DNA indicating these early residents were related to people living in Siberia and East Asia, according to a report in Thursday's online edition of the journal Science. "This is the first time we have been able to get dates that are undeniably human, and they are 1,000 years before Clovis," said Dennis L. Jenkins, a University of Oregon archaeologist, referring to the Clovis culture, well known for its unique spear-points...
  • Jeff Merkley introduces sweeping LGBT rights bill that makes big changes to Civil Rights Act

    07/25/2015 3:06:07 PM PDT · by Twotone · 17 replies
    The Oregonian ^ | July 24, 2015 | Jeff Mapes
    Oregon Sen. Jeff Merkley, who led the fight in the last Senate for a ban on job discrimination against gays, has said for months that he's shifting to a more expansive approach. On Thursday, Merkley and his allies introduced their new bill, and it is indeed far more sweeping than anything the Oregon Democrat has proposed on gay rights in the past.
  • US authorities allege Oregon imam assisted radicals

    07/20/2015 11:31:24 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 4 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jul. 20, 2015 10:03 PM EDT | Jonathan J. Cooper
    U.S. authorities are seeking to revoke the citizenship of an Oregon imam who they say tried to conceal past associations with radical Islamic groups. Mohamed Sheikh Abdirahman Kariye raised money, recruited fighters and provided training for insurgent groups battling Soviet forces in Afghanistan in the 1980s, the U.S. Department of Justice says in a complaint filed Monday in U.S. District Court in Portland. Kariye was one of more than a dozen people who filed a lawsuit challenging the no-fly list, winning last year a court order saying the government must provide information about why people are on the list. The...
  • Christian Bakery Closed for Refusing Gay Wedding Cake Breaks Record on Crowdfunding Site With $352K

    07/19/2015 6:46:45 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 24 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 7/18/2015 | Andrew C. McCarthy
    Aaron and Melissa Klein, Christians and former owners of a bakery in Oregon who were ordered by a judge to pay a fine of $135,000 for declining to bake a cake for a lesbian marriage ceremony, have set a record on a crowdfunding site by raising $352,500 in two months, after their campaign was shut down by another site. The campaign by "Sweet Cakes by Melissa" has raised more than any previous campaign by individuals in the three-year history of the crowdfunding site Continue to Give, site founder Jesse Wellhoefer told The Washington Times. The bakery has received $352,500 through...
  • Fact Check: There’s a False Claim Circulating on Social Media About the Christian Bakers...

    07/18/2015 10:40:31 PM PDT · by Impala64ssa · 16 replies
    The Blaze ^ | 7/13/15 | Billy Hallowell
    ...Who Declined to Make a Gay Wedding Cake and Were Fined $135,000 A Raw Story report published on Friday led with the headline, “Oregon bakers weren’t fined over cake — they were punished for sharing lesbian couple’s home address.” But is that claim true true? The short answer: Absolutely not. As has been widely reported, Aaron and Melissa Klein, owners of Sweetcakes by Melissa, an Oregon bakery, were fined $135,000 in “compensatory damages for emotional, mental and physical suffering,” after they declined to make a wedding cake for Rachel Cryer-Bowman and Laurel Bowman-Cryer. Nowhere in the official order does it...
  • Stop Everything: There’s a New Seaweed That Tastes Like Bacon and Is Better for You Than Kale

    07/16/2015 12:05:35 PM PDT · by Red Badger · 88 replies
    Time ^ | 07-16-2015 | Helen Regan
    Dulse seaweed: a new variety, when cooked, reportedly tastes like bacon ============================================================================================= The world's most perfect food may have just arrived! Researchers from Oregon State University’s Hatfield Marine Science Center say they’ve created and patented a new type of seaweed that has the potential to be sold commercially as the next big superfood. The reason? It tastes just like bacon, they claim. The bizarre but tasty creation is actually a new strain of red marine algae called dulse that is packed full of minerals and protein and looks like red lettuce. Dulse normally grows in the wild along the Pacific...
  • Kitzhaber told staff state policies should match Cylvia Hayes' paid agenda (Oregon corruption!)

    07/16/2015 8:20:39 AM PDT · by aimhigh · 7 replies
    Oregonian ^ | 07/16/2015 | Michael Lloyd
    (Oregon governor) John Kitzhaber told his staff that new state energy policies should match those that special interests were paying his fiancée to promote, newly released records show. The directive could be significant as federal investigators dig into whether Kitzhaber and Hayes engaged in illegal influence peddling – promising or trading government action for money. . . . . The release underscores how the Kitzhaber administration operated through back channels that couldn't be traced through government records. Kitzhaber himself relied on a personal email account to conduct government business – emails his attorneys are now fighting to keep from the...
  • Paying by the Mile

    07/15/2015 3:44:23 PM PDT · by QT3.14 · 43 replies
    Willamette Week ^ | July 1, 2015 | ANTHONY MACUK |
    Excerpt: ... The agency [ODOT] wants to move away from fuel taxes and instead charge drivers based on the distance they drive. ODOT officials have been conducting a decade long search for ways to do it—and it’s turned into an unfocused, meandering and expensive effort. The latest plan: Starting July 1, the state is seeking as many as 5,000 volunteers to pay the state a mileage-based rate rather than taxes at the gas pump. The pilot program, called OreGo, relies on drivers signing up with one of three companies that will supply plug-in devices to count the miles. But the...
  • Sweet Cakes by Melissa crowdfunder breaks record with $352K

    07/14/2015 10:46:31 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 59 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | July 14, 2015 | Valerie Richardson
    A crowdfunding campaign for the Oregon bakery Sweet Cakes by Melissa has set a site record by raising $352,500 in about two months after being kicked off the GoFundMe website, far exceeding the initial goal of $150,000. Jesse Wellhoefer, founder of Continue to Give, said the Sweet Cakes effort has raised more than any previous campaign on behalf of individuals in the three-year-old crowdfunding website’s history. Continue to Give also handles ongoing fundraising for nonprofit organizations as well as mobile and kiosk tithing for churches. GoFundMe, the nation’s largest crowdfunder, removed a campaign for Sweet Cakes by Melissa in April...
  • Hundreds of sex toys dangling from power lines in Portland, Oregon

    07/14/2015 6:47:19 AM PDT · by Twotone · 49 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | July 13, 2015 | Courtney Sherwood
    PORTLAND, Ore. (Reuters) - Hundreds of phallic sex toys have been seen hanging in recent days from power lines across Portland, Oregon, provoking laughter, blushing and lots of photos.
  • Leftist talking points vs. facts in Oregon’s persecution of Christian bakers

    07/13/2015 6:34:03 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 18 replies
    Hotair ^ | 07/13/2015 | Dustin Siggins
    For years, the LGBT movement has claimed its goal is tolerance — for society and the government to consider same-sex sexual relationships equal to those between men and women, even though research, science, and nature show this equality does not exist.In the 16 days since the U.S. Supreme Court decided to undefine marriage, that factually-challenged talking point has been all but forgotten in the rush to further change marriage, strip churches of their non-profit statuses, and punish those who refuse to bow to the new order.Of course, liberals must still pretend their goal is so-called “equality,” not the state-sanctioned...
  • OR Res 'Stunned' to Find Out State Allows 15-Y/O to Get Sex-Change Op Without Parental Notification

    07/12/2015 3:20:35 PM PDT · by NYer · 24 replies
    Christian Post ^ | July 10, 2015 | STOYAN ZAIMOV
    A report has claimed that residents in Oregon are only now finding out that the state allows teenagers as young as 15-years-old to get state-subsidized sex-change operations without parental notification."It is trespassing on the hearts, the minds, the bodies of our children," Lori Porter of Parents' Rights in Education told Fox News on Thursday. "They're our children. And for a decision, a life-altering decision like that to be done unbeknownst to a parent or guardian, it's mindboggling."The report says that the policy, the first of its kind in the nation, was enacted in January, and that residents are "stunned" that the...
  • If Burwell Was Decided Correctly - What Explains Oregon?

    07/11/2015 7:36:19 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 10 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | July 10, 2015 | Dan Horowitz
    Chief Justice John Roberts’ majority decision in King v. Burwell, makes long and convoluted arguments to excuse "inartful drafting" by Congress to allow subsides to flow to Obamacare recipients not part of a state exchange. Roberts chose to take on the role of a legislator to fix and rewrite a statute despite its clear meaning. If the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) believed it could handout tax breaks for both state and federal exchanges, why handout over $5 billion to states to set up their own exchanges under the law rather than one federal exchange to begin with? Oregon was one...
  • Dear Oregon, Thank You For Protecting Us From The Scary Christians

    07/10/2015 5:46:05 PM PDT · by skyman · 8 replies
    The Blaze ^ | July 10, 2015 | Matt Walsh
    Dear Oregon Labor Commissioner Brad Avakian, Captain of the Oregon Thought Police Division, Head Appropriate Beliefs Enforcer, Lord Chancellor of Acceptable Opinions, Minister of Tolerance, greetings and salutations. I’ve been closely following the case of Aaron and Melissa Klein, the depraved fugitive cowards who committed the capital offense of WPH (Withholding Pastries from Homosexuals), and have been attempting to evade justice ever since. As you know, it all started when a lesbian couple came to their bakery, Sweet Cakes by Melissa, back in 2013 looking for a wedding cake. They’d been served by Sweet Cakes many times before, but only...
  • Want to Meet America’s Worst Racists? Come to the Northwest

    07/10/2015 5:12:07 PM PDT · by ilovesarah2012 · 30 replies
    politico.com ^ | July 7, 2015 | CASEY MICHEL
    Muuch of the national debate over racism in the aftermath of last month’s mass murder in Charleston, S.C., has focused on the South and its strange and sometimes jarring nostalgia for the Confederacy. And yet tucked away in the Pacific Northwest of the United States is a vicious group that most people have never heard of but the nation’s most virulent online racists know well (among them, accused South Carolina murderer Dylann Roof, who wrote about the group in his now-infamous “manifesto”). The group is called the Northwest Front and its final solution to the race "problem," if you will,...
  • Oregon allowing 15 year olds to get state-subsidized sex change operations

    07/10/2015 8:18:23 AM PDT · by thirst4truth · 13 replies
    Fox News ^ | July 9 2015 | Dan Springer
    State-subsidized sex-change operations By Dan Springer Published July 09, 2015 Sex-changes for 15-year-olds without parental consent? The list of things 15-year-olds are not legally allowed to do in Oregon is long: Drive, smoke, donate blood, get a tattoo -- even go to a tanning bed. But, under a first-in-the-nation policy quietly enacted in January that many parents are only now finding out about, 15-year-olds are now allowed to get a sex-change operation. Many residents are stunned to learn they can do it without parental notification -- and the state will even pay for it through its Medicaid program, the Oregon...
  • Great news, Oregon. 15 year olds can now get govt funded sex change surgery without parental...

    07/09/2015 6:33:47 PM PDT · by markomalley · 35 replies
    Hot Air ^ | 7/9/15 | Jazz Shaw
    Some days I really feel like I’d do better if I could switch jobs for a while and just go mow lawns or something. (I know… many of you have been suggesting the same thing for me for some time now.) If I made a move like that, maybe I wouldn’t find myself having to read stories like this. (Fox News) The list of things 15-year-olds are not legally allowed to do in Oregon is long: Drive, smoke, donate blood, get a tattoo — even go to a tanning bed.But, under a first-in-the-nation policy quietly enacted in January that many...
  • Oregon allowing 15-year-olds to get state-subsidized sex-change operations

    07/09/2015 10:11:01 AM PDT · by dware · 45 replies
    Fox News ^ | 07.09.2015 | Dan Springer
    The list of things 15-year-olds are not legally allowed to do in Oregon is long: Drive, smoke, donate blood, get a tattoo -- even go to a tanning bed. But, under a first-in-the-nation policy quietly enacted in January that many parents are only now finding out about, 15-year-olds are now allowed to get a sex-change operation. Many residents are stunned to learn they can do it without parental notification -- and the state will even pay for it through its Medicaid program, the Oregon Health Plan.
  • With Threats, Bakers Who Refused to Make Lesbian Wedding Cake Warned to Do This (Pay Up) by Monday

    07/09/2015 7:46:17 AM PDT · by xzins · 234 replies
    CBN ^ | 7/9/2015 | TODD STARNES
    Two Christian bakers who refused to bake a cake for a lesbian wedding have been ordered to pay $135,000 in damages by July 13 or else the state of Oregon could place a lien on their home. Aaron and Melissa Klein, the owners of Sweet Cakes by Melissa, were punished by the state's Bureau of Labor and Industry (BOLI) for unlawfully discriminating against a same-sex couple. The Kleins, who are devout evangelical Christians, argued that baking the cake would be a violation of their religious beliefs. The BOLI ruling ordered the mom-and-pop bakers to pay $135,000 to the lesbian couple....
  • How the whitest city in America appears through the eyes of its black residents

    07/08/2015 3:35:00 PM PDT · by MinorityRepublican · 68 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | March 24, 2015 | Emily Badger
    <p>In the above picture of Portland, Ore., from Dustin Cable's breathtaking Racial Dot Map, each blue dot represents a white resident counted during the 2010 census. The city itself is about 76 percent white, making it the whitest big city in the U.S. And diversity has been dwindling in the neighborhoods close to the center of town, as minorities have increasingly moved out to the city's edges.</p>
  • Oregon Declares War on the Christian Faith

    07/08/2015 8:40:34 AM PDT · by xzins · 22 replies
    Charisma News ^ | 7/7/2015 | MICHAEL BROWN
    In one of the most egregious anti-Christian acts committed by a state official in recent memory, Oregon Labor Commissioner Brad Avakian not only upheld the ridiculous $135,000 fine levied against Aaron and Melissa Klein for declining to bake a cake for a lesbian commitment ceremony, but he ordered the Kleins to "cease and desist" from making any public comments about their religious convictions relative to this case. This is an outrage and a travesty, and it must be rebuked and resisted. Who does Mr. Avakian think he is? The fine itself is unconscionable, as the amount of $135,000 was determined...
  • Sweet Cakes by Melissa raises more than $200,000 to cover fine by Oregon Gaystapo

    07/08/2015 8:55:34 AM PDT · by Timber Rattler · 46 replies
    CainTV.com ^ | July 8, 2015 | Dan Calabrese
    Score one for the good guys, even if it's only a partial victory. The State of Oregon has failed in its attempt to bankrupt Aaron and Melissa Klein for the crime of declining to bake a cake - as the preposterous $135,000 fine it levied was no match for the willingness of good people to help out the Kleins and their now exclusively online business, Sweet Cakes by Melissa. Through a campaign via Continue to Give, people who still respect both faith and freedom have responded to the following appeal by contributing more than $200,000:
  • Do Christians Even Have a Chance Against Oregon’s Bureaucracy?

    07/08/2015 4:46:20 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 41 replies
    National Review ^ | 07/08/2015 | David French
    On July 2, Brad Avakian, commissioner of Oregon’s Bureau of Labor and Industries (BOLI), ordered Aaron and Melissa Klein to pay $135,000 in damages for “emotional, mental and physical suffering” to a lesbian couple after the Kleins — owners of Sweet Cakes by Melissa — declined to bake a cake celebrating their same-sex wedding. Avakian also ordered the Kleins to “cease and desist” from “publishing, circulating, issuing or displaying, or causing to be published . . . any communication to the effect that any of the accommodations . . . will be refused, withheld from or denied to, or...
  • Minimum wage advocates struggle to walk the talk: Editorial (Oregonian stumbles into truth!)

    07/06/2015 5:05:21 PM PDT · by aimhigh · 8 replies
    Oregonian ^ | 07/06/2015 | Oregonian
    . . . . Consider what happened in Los Angeles. Last month, the city council approved a five-year plan to boost the minimum wage to $15 an hour. Late in the campaign for that increase, labor unions, which had led the push for a higher wage, made a surprising request: They wanted collectively bargained contracts to be exempt from the new standard. The mayor said no, but some other cities have such exemptions and the issue is unlikely to go away in Los Angeles. The unions' request reflects realities of both economics and politics. Politically, the $15 wage push is,...
  • Judge To Oregon Bakers: No Free Speech For You [On top of the $135,000 fine]

    07/06/2015 11:57:12 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 53 replies
    The Federalist ^ | 07/06/2015 | Rachel Lu
    By decree of the great state of Oregon, the owners of Sweet Cakes by Melissa must pay $135,000 to the lesbian couple whom they “mentally raped” by refusing to bake their wedding cake. This was expected, but the final judgment, handed down last Thursday, came with another twist. Aaron and Melissa Klein have also been given a “cease and desist” order, which effectively decrees they must refrain from stating their continued intention to abide by their moral beliefs. Land of the What-Was-That? Let’s be clear on why this is so sinister. There are times when speech rights conflict with other...
  • Oregon Declares War On Christian Faith

    07/06/2015 5:27:22 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 49 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | July 6, 2015 | Michael Brown
    In one of the most egregious anti-Christian acts committed by a state official in recent memory, Oregon Labor Commissioner Brad Avakian not only upheld the ridiculous $135,000 fine levied against Aaron and Melissa Klein for declining to bake a cake for a lesbian commitment ceremony, but he ordered the Kleins to “cease and desist” from making any public comments about their religious convictions relative to this case. This is an outrage and a travesty, and it must be rebuked and resisted. Who does Mr. Avakian think he is? The fine itself is unconscionable, as the amount of $135,000 was determined...
  • Oregon Baker to Christians: 'Get Ready for Civil Disobedience'

    07/05/2015 8:06:14 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 51 replies
    Newsmax ^ | July 3, 2015 | Cathy Burke
    Defiant Oregon bakers fined $135,000 for their 2013 refusal to make a cake for a lesbian wedding reportedly vow to "fight back" against the state labor commissioner's stiff penalty – and are calling on "Christians … to take a stand." "For years, we’ve heard same-sex marriage will not affect anybody," Aaron Klein, co-owner of Sweet Cakes by Melissa, told The Blaze. "I’m here firsthand to tell everyone in America that it has already impacted people. Christians, get ready to take a stand. Get ready for civil disobedience." Oregon's Labor Commissioner Brad Avakian on Thursday issued a final ruling in the...
  • 'Sweetcakes' owner defiant in face of $135,000 fine

    07/05/2015 5:50:00 AM PDT · by sheikdetailfeather · 153 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 7-3-2015 | Barbara Boland
    After getting hit with a financially-crushing $135,000 fine Thursday for their decision to not bake a cake for a lesbian wedding, the owner of the Oregon "Sweetcakes by Melissa" bakery has a dire warning for Americans. "For years, we've heard same-sex marriage will not affect anybody," Aaron Klein said in an interview with The Blaze. "I'm here firsthand to tell everyone in America that it has already impacted people." Aaron and his wife Melissa are required to immediately write a $135,000 check to the lesbian couple they refused to bake a wedding cake for, Rachel Cryer-Bowman and Laurel Bowman-Cryer, to...
  • Christian Bakers Fined, Gagged in Gay Cake Case

    07/03/2015 7:28:21 PM PDT · by xzins · 107 replies
    CBN ^ | Friday, July 03, 2015 | CBNNews.com
    An Oregon official certified a ruling Thursday imposing a $135,000 fine against Christian bakers who refused to make a wedding cake for a lesbian couple. The official then ordered the owners of Sweet Cakes by Melissa not to speak publicly about their conscientous decision to follow their religious beliefs by not baking any cakes for same-sex weddings. The company has gone out of business due to the legal battle. An article by The Daily Signal, a publication of the Heritage Foundation, states that Oregon Labor Commissioner Brad Avakian ordered Aaron and Melissa Klein to "cease and desist" from openly professing...
  • Happy Independence Day: State of Oregon fines Christian bakers $135,000 over a wedding cake

    07/03/2015 6:20:59 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 45 replies
    Hotair ^ | 07/03/2015 | Ed Morrissey
    The last we had heard from Aaron and Melissa Klein, the former owners of Sweet Cakes in Oregon that lost their bakery business after refusing to make a wedding cake for a same-sex couple, the site GoFundMe had shut down their crowdfunding operation. That was in April, but the drama was not over for the Kleins, who faced a stiff fine for their allegedly discriminatory conduct. Aaron and Melissa defended themselves in media interviews in an attempt to prevent the state of Oregon from further penalizing them, but Oregon Labor Commissioner Brad Avakian went even further than anyone might...
  • State Silences Bakers Who Refused to Make Cake for Lesbian Couple, Fines Them $135K

    07/03/2015 5:14:13 AM PDT · by Truth29 · 90 replies
    The Daily Signal ^ | July 2, 2015 | Kelsey Harkness
    Oregon Labor Commissioner Brad Avakian finalized a preliminary ruling today ordering Aaron and Melissa Klein, the bakers who refused to make a cake for a same-sex wedding, to pay $135,000 in emotional damages to the couple they denied service. “This case is not about a wedding cake or a marriage,” Avakian wrote. “It is about a business’s refusal to serve someone because of their sexual orientation. Under Oregon law, that is illegal.” In the ruling, Avakian placed an effective gag order on the Kleins, ordering them to “cease and desist” from speaking publicly about not wanting to bake cakes for...
  • Oregon launches program to tax drivers by the mile

    07/03/2015 6:45:07 AM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 55 replies
    Fox News ^ | 07/03/15 | Dan Springer
    Oregon launches program to tax drivers per mile Never autoplay videos David Hastings is a rare American. This long-time hybrid car owner from Oregon wants to pay higher taxes for roads and bridges and says the current 30 cents per gallon state gas tax barely affects him. "I've been free-loading on the highways for 20 years driving electric cars or hybrid cars, getting at least 40 miles to the gallon. So I haven't been paying my share," Hastings said. Now, Hastings will pay more thanks to OReGO -- the first pay-by-the-mile program in the U.S. Oregon’s Department of Transportation has...
  • Sweet Cakes final order: Gresham Bakery must pay $135,000 (Oregon)

    07/02/2015 3:11:28 PM PDT · by aimhigh · 116 replies
    Oregonian ^ | 07/02/2015 | George Rede
    Oregon Labor Commissioner Brad Avakian on Thursday ordered the owners of a former Gresham bakery to pay $135,000 in damages to a lesbian couple for refusing to make them a wedding cake. Avakian's ruling upheld a preliminary finding earlier this year that the owners of Sweet Cakes by Melissa had discriminated against the women on the basis of their sexual orientation.
  • Oregon takes first steps into era of legal retail marijuana

    07/01/2015 11:28:26 AM PDT · by ConservingFreedom · 66 replies
    The Monroe News [OR] ^ | July 1, 2015
    Forty-two years after Oregon became the first state to decriminalize small amounts of marijuana, the state is taking its first steps along a road leading to state-licensed stores selling limited amounts of it to anyone over 21. "Oregon has long been a pioneer on sensible marijuana policies," said Anthony Johnson, chief petitioner on Measure 91, which on Wednesday makes Oregon the fourth state to adopt laws legalizing recreational use of cannabis for people old enough to drink. He added though that he doesn't expect much increased demand for it. Smoking it in public is illegal, but in Portland police are...
  • Do your neighbors believe in global warming? New map has answer

    06/26/2015 6:00:24 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 20 replies
    The Oregonian ^ | June 25, 2015 | By Kelly House
    Multnomah County has the state's highest percentage of global warming believers, according to new figures from Yale University. According to the university's national climate change opinions map, 74 percent of residents believe global warming is happening, while 13 percent don't buy it. The newly released figures are based on a complex statistical analysis of public perceptions about climate change in every state, congressional district and county across the country. Washington, D.C. residents led the nation in climate change affirmation, with 81 percent of residents. Floridians' title as the nation's biggest climate change deniers. Curious what your neighbors think about global...
  • Authorities Seize 3D Printed Assault Rifle From Two Oregon Felons

    06/29/2015 8:59:23 AM PDT · by aimhigh · 37 replies
    3DPrint.com ^ | 06/29/2015 | Whitney Hipolite
    Today, we learn that two felons in Oregon were arrested and charged with illegally possessing firearms, one of which deputies believe was 3D printed. Nolan DeBell, 42, and Joshua Holloway, 27, were arrested three weeks ago on June 9 when deputies found a large number of illegally-modified and stolen firearms at their house in Chiloquin, Oregon. One of the weapons that was seized was an AR-15 assault rifle, which included a lower receiver that investigators now believe had been 3D printed. The lower receiver is of course a part of the gun that contains the firing mechanism, and is basically...
  • Our Most Overestimated President

    06/24/2015 5:36:09 PM PDT · by Twotone · 8 replies
    Oregon Catalyst ^ | June 24, 2015 | Larry Huss
    This past weekend’s Wall Street Journal carried an article entitled “Our Most Peculiar President” which reviews two new books on former President Richard M. Nixon. The reviewer concludes that Mr. Nixon was an extreme introvert in an extreme extrovert job. The lengths to which Mr. Nixon would go to avoid engagement in social discourse – focused primarily on conversations with others – were extraordinary. Virtually everyone in Washington was aware of Mr. Nixon’s peculiarities – meaning that the press had to also know – and yet it was left to the historians to compile and comment on those peculiarities decades...
  • Oregon dumps cold water on low Obamacare rates

    06/22/2015 4:15:14 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 15 replies
    CNBC ^ | June 22, 2015 | by Dan Mangan
    They wanted their Obamacare prices to be low—but the state said "no." The state of Oregon reportedly has ordered a number of insurers to raise proposed Obamacare premiums for 2016 after some of those companies asked for rates that were only moderately higher, if not lower than this year. Now, many Obamacare customers there are looking at likely double-digit percentage rate increases after having experienced some of "the lowest premiums in the nation," the Oregonian noted. For example, Oregon's Health CO-OP asked for a 5.3-percent average rate increase for next year, but the state's preliminary decision calls for a 19.9...
  • Oregonians' health premiums poised for big hikes next year

    06/19/2015 7:30:20 PM PDT · by QT3.14 · 15 replies
    OregonLive ^ | June 18, 2015 | Nick Budnick
    More than 220,000 Oregonians who buy their own health insurance are poised to pay higher premiums next year -- some of them a lot higher. State regulators on Thursday announced rates for people who aren't covered by their employers or government programs. And the news is not good. While some insurers proposed rates similar to or better than this year's, officials are ordering them to be raised -- saying they need to close a sizable gap between what insurers have collected and what they spend on claims. As a result, the least expensive "silver" plan premium available to a 40-year-old...
  • Prosecutor: Oregon's Obamacare Snowden Free to Go

    06/14/2015 5:45:01 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 11 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | June 14, 2015 | Neil McCabe
    The man playing the role of Edward Snowden in the $300 million Oregon production of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act will not rot in prison for blowing the whistle on former governor John A. Kitzhaber—who in this Left Coast drama was playing the role of Hillary R. Clinton. Michael Rodgers was the interim administrator of the state's Enterprise Technology Services division of the Department of Administrative Services and a man with 200 employees under his sway and 15 years on the books when Feb. 5 Jan Murdock sent him an email directing him to destroy all of the...
  • Hillary takes the reins of Democratic Party after Obama defeat

    06/13/2015 11:42:23 AM PDT · by upchuck · 20 replies
    washington examiner ^ | June 13, 2015 | W. James Antle III
    Hillary Clinton's Saturday campaign reboot isn't just her first public rally. Coming a day after President Obama suffered an embarrassing legislative defeat, it is a changing of the guard for the Democratic Party. Make no mistake: while House Republicans also voted overwhelmingly against the president on a key trade bill Friday, it was his fellow Democrats who handed him the most stinging rebuke. Just 40 Democrats out of 188 voted with Obama. Nearly 80 percent of House Democrats, including Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, went against him. A mere two of the 10 Democrats representing Obama's home state of Illinois in...
  • NAACP releases statement standing by Rachel Dolezal (#Transracial)

    06/12/2015 9:52:26 AM PDT · by tcrlaf · 105 replies
    KHQ ^ | 6-12-2015 | KHQ
    A day after the parents of Rachel Dolezal, the President of the Spokane Chapter of the NAACP, said she has been misrepresenting herself as black for years, the NAACP says they are standing by Dolezal. In a statement released Friday, the organization said: "For 106 years, the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People has held a long and proud tradition of receiving support from people of all faiths, races, colors and creeds. NAACP Spokane Washington Branch President Rachel Dolezal is enduring a legal issue with her family, and we respect her privacy in this matter. One's racial identity...
  • Prison labor helps U.S. solar company manufacture at home ( Suniva & Goldman Sachs )

    06/10/2015 11:58:39 AM PDT · by george76 · 15 replies
    Reuters ^ | June 10 , 2015 | Nichola Groom
    One of the largest companies to manufacture solar panels in the United States uses a surprising resource to keep costs low and compete against producers from China: prison labor. Suniva Inc, a Georgia-based solar cell and panel maker that is backed by Goldman Sachs Group Inc, farms out a small portion of its manufacturing to federal inmates as part of a longstanding government program intended to prepare them for life after prison. Suniva does not actively publicize its work with the prisons, saying it prefers to talk about its in-house factories in Georgia and Michigan, which handle most of its...
  • Christian Bakers Respond to Government Agency’s Ties to LGBT Group

    06/03/2015 3:35:04 AM PDT · by markomalley · 18 replies
    Daily Signal ^ | 6/3/15 | Kelsey Harkness
    The Oregon couple who refused to bake a cake for a same-sex wedding says the case against them should be “pulled out” of the state’s administrative court system due to concerns that the government agency responsible for overseeing the trial is biased.The Daily Signal obtained communications between Basic Rights Oregon, a prominent gay rights group, and the Bureau of Labor and Industries, which is the state agency pursuing the case against Aaron and Melissa Klein.Based on that information, the couple’s lawyers suggested potential bias against the Kleins and requested the judge re-open the case for further investigation.Now the Kleins, who...
  • Did Oregon Gov't Agency Collude With LGBT Group Against Christian Bakers?

    06/02/2015 8:35:43 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 6 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 06/02/2015 | BY RAY NOTHSTINE
    There may be evidence that the government agency in charge of enforcing Oregon anti-discrimination laws colluded against Aaron and Melissa Klein, former owners of Sweet Cakes by Melissa bakery, with the pro-LGBT group Basic Rights Oregon. The Daily Signal, the news arm of The Heritage Foundation, exposed the communications contact between officials at the Oregon Bureau of Labor and Industries and Basic Rights Oregon, obtained through a public records request, in their story titled, "Emails Raise Questions of Bias in Case Against Bakers Who Denied Service for Same-Sex Wedding." The communications between the two groups raises questions of the impartiality...