Last week, Murmurs quoted Ron Murray, a founder of Oregon Dog PACâa political action committee aimed at starting a no-kill shelterâas saying the Multnomah County animal shelter euthanizes 64 percent of cats it takes in. Oopsâwe should have checked with the shelter before running that stat. County Animal Services director Michael Oswald says those numbers are outdated: The shelter has lowered its euthanasia rate of cats from 62 percent in 2008 to 46 percent last year. âWeâre all focused on the same goal,â Oswald says. âIt takes time.â The county launched a new pet adoption campaign Oct. 15; its ads show a cartoon cat in an Uncle Sam hat.
One of Attorney General Ellen Rosenblumâs tasks is to clean up the mess left by a 2010 Oregon Department of Energy case. Thatâs the investigation into how a state contract business was steered to a partnership owned in part by Cylvia Hayes, Gov. John Kitzhaberâs companion. During the investigation, the Eugene law firm of Harrang Long represented Mark Long, Energyâs interim director, who was cleared of wrongdoing. The firm has served the state with an $871,000 legal bill. Itâs a bit touchy for Rosenblum: Longâs lawyers were among her supporters in her campaign for AG. Her Department of Justice attorneys told a judge the billingsâby Bill Gary ($450 per hour) and former University of Oregon President Dave Frohnmayer ($550 per hour)âwere excessive and the state should pay no more than $100,000. Last week, however, a Marion County judge awarded Harrang Long $562,569. Rosenblum spokesman Jeff Manning says the DOJ is appealing.
The latest Oregon bus project is being driven by the Tea Party. The anti-tax movement is using a former city bus to transport canvassers into contested legislative districts to stump for conservative candidates. âWe can drive around the district with the candidateâs signs in the windows, getting out the message,â says Tea Party spokesman Jeff Reynolds. Shipping volunteers on a bus has been a decade-long hallmark of the Oregon Bus Project, the Portland-based voter registration group co-founded by state Rep. Jefferson Smith (D-East Portland). The Tea Partyâs ride, dubbed the âFreedom Bus,â is emblazoned with a Ronald Reagan quote. Last weekend, the Tea Party bus sent about 20 volunteers to knock on doors for Scott Hansen, a Republican candidate running against state Sen. Laurie Monnes Anderson (D-Gresham) in Senate District 25; and Art Robinson, a Cave Junction chemist and newsletter publisher whoâs challenging U.S. Rep. Peter DeFazio (D-Ore.) in Oregonâs 4th Congressional District.