Single-Payer Health Care Day in Salem

A Dream for All?

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This Friday, March 11, a group trying to establish universal health care in Oregon is holding a legislative action day to spread the word about a bill that would do just that—the Affordable Health Care for All Act. Despite a tough legislative climate for the proposal, the Oregon Single Payer Coalition and other supporters of the idea are pitching the measure as like Medicare for everyone, providing ...   More
 
Tuesday, March 8, 2011 TIFFANY STUBBERT

Beer Lobbyist Supports Contribution Limits

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Here's a little bit of a man-bites-dog story. Last week, the Oregon House considered a couple of bills (House Bills 2894 and 2239) that would limit political campaign contributions. Oregon is currently one of only five states that allow unlimited contributions. One of those who offered forceful testimony in favor of limits was Paul Romain, a lobbyist for the Oregon Beer & Wine Distributors Association, ...   More
 
Monday, March 7, 2011 NIGEL JAQUISS

Nature Conservancy Clarifies Position on Measure 76 Fix

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The Nature Conservancy finds itself in an unusual position in Salem. Last year, the group funded the campaign that resulted in the landslide victory of Measure 76, which enshrined in the Oregon Constitution the current practice of setting aside 15 percent of Oregon Lottery proceeds for the reclamation and acquisition of wildlife habitat and parks. But rather than enjoying that victory, The Nature Conservancy ...   More
 
Saturday, March 5, 2011 NIGEL JAQUISS

Kitzhaber: Oregon is Not Wisconsin

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Gov. John Kitzhaber brought a message of change to an enthusiastic standing-room-only crowd at Portland's City Club today. "Putting people back to work – as important at that is – will not, by itself, reduce our prison population or the escalating cost of health care; it will not ensure that all our children are ready to learn when the reach kindergarten; or increase the number of Oregonians ...   More
 
Friday, March 4, 2011 NIGEL JAQUISS

Nature Conservancy Benefits from Lottery Dollars

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In the ongoing flap over whether the Oregon Legislature will refer certain "fixes" to Measure 76, it's worth noting that the group most concerned about referring those questions to voters—the Nature Conservancy—has a strong interest in preserving the status quo.As WW previously reported, there was strong disagreement last summer about Measure 76 before voters approved that state constitutional ...   More
 
Wednesday, March 2, 2011 NIGEL JAQUISS

Blumenauer's Big Battle

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 In Oregon congressional news this week not dealing with Democratic Rep. David Wu, Rep. Earl Blumenauer (D-Ore.) was in the middle of a squabble on the House floor with Rep. Dan Lungren (R-Calif.).This video below from the verbal battle Thursday deals with Republicans' claim about a "government takeover of health care."Lungren took issue with Blumenauer lumping him in with what's been judged by ...   More
 
Friday, March 4, 2011 HANK STERN

Environmentalist Bill McKibben on the Koch Brothers and Disappointment in Obama

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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"

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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

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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

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