Environmentalist Bill McKibben on the Koch Brothers and Disappointment in Obama

McKibben

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While reporting a story on the environment this week, WW caught up with Bill McKibben, an environmentalist and climate-change crusader whose writing has been featured before in our pages.Fresh off publishing this salvo in The Washington Post as part of his war of words with Glenn Beck, McKibben talked about his disappointment with President Obama and his new campaign against the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.WW: ...   More
 
Thursday, March 3, 2011 JAMES PITKIN

Legislators and Latino Leaders: Bill to Restore Driver's Licenses to Undocumented Immigrants "a Public Safety Issue"

Oregon Legislature

News
CAUSA Oregon and the Oregon Commission on Hispanic Affairs are pressing the Legislature to take up a bill that would allow undocumented immigrants access to an Oregon driver's license. The measure, Senate Bill 845, would remove barriers created by the Legislature in 2008 and let undocumented immigrants legally drive and also buy insurance. However, the bill specifies that the licenses will not will ...   More
 
Thursday, March 3, 2011 AILIN DARLING

Why Oregon Backers of Funeral Civility Bill Are Untroubled by Today's Supreme Court Ruling

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Co-sponsors of an Oregon House bill designed to limit funeral protests say today’s Supreme Court ruling protecting the free speech rights of the Westboro Baptist Church will in fact help the legislation pass in the state Legislature. This morning’s 8-1 Supreme Court decision upheld the First Amendment rights of the Kansas-based Westboro Baptist Church, known for its inflammatory funeral protests. ...   More
 
Wednesday, March 2, 2011 REBECCA JACOBSON

Legislative Fixes for Felony "Sexting" Get Hearings

Sext Crimes

News
A pair of bills that would decrease the penalty for teenagers who "sext" got their first joint public hearing today in the Legislature, where lawmakers appear poised to add Oregon to the growing list of states that have lessened the punishment for "sexting." Senate Bills 677 and 678 offer two alternatives for making "sexting" among teenagers a misdemeanor rather than a felony. Today in Oregon, taking ...   More
 
Wednesday, March 2, 2011 BETH SLOVIC

Children Of A Higher God

The members of the Santo Daime church fought for the right to drink hallucinogenic tea. And they’re serving it to kids.


Cover Story
Three times a month, the 39 members of the Church of the Divine Rose gather in a Portland VFW Hall at Southeast 9th    More
 
Wednesday, March 2, 2011 NANCY ROMMELMANN, AARON MESH

Serving Two Masters

Kitzhaber’s Columbia River Crossing adviser also works for the project’s biggest contractor.


News Stories
The Columbia River Crossing has occupied much of Gov. John Kitzhaber’s attention since his election last fall.    More
 
Wednesday, March 2, 2011 NIGEL JAQUISS

Free From Foreclosure? Oregon Senator Sponsors 'Anti-MERS' Bill to Protect Homeowners

Suzanne Bonamici

News
State Sen. Suzanne Bonamici (D-Washington County) is sponsoring a bill in the Legislature that could affect thousands of Oregon homeowners.As reported in today's WW, homeowners have accused Virginia-based Mortgage Electronic Registration Systems of foreclosing on their properties without the correct paperwork or legal standing. The company has faced legal challenges across the country—including from ...   More
 
Wednesday, March 2, 2011 JAMES PITKIN

Wu’s World

Police reports detail one set of problems in the congressman’s marriage.


Politics
U.S. Rep. David Wu tried to explain his odd behavior in the run-up to the November election during interviews last weekend with several local television and radio stations. One week after Wu’s u   More
 
Wednesday, March 2, 2011 BETH SLOVIC

Loan Wolf

A Portlander takes on a mortgage giant to save her property—and she’s not alone.


Housing
After a North Portland rental home owned by Dawn Lind went into foreclosure last fall, she jumped into a nationwide legal fight that could affect millions of residential properties. Lind, who learn   More
 
Wednesday, March 2, 2011 JAMES PITKIN

Justice Postponed

An Oregon couple waits and waits for the trial of an Ecuadorian man charged with their son’s murder.


Cops and Courts
A year and a half after police found Max Chamberlin fatally shot in the back seat of a car in Ecuador, his parents in east Multnomah County are still awaiting justice. The trial of the man accused   More
 
Wednesday, March 2, 2011 AILIN DARLING

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