Judge Michael McShane did not issue a formal ruling at the end of Tuesday's four-hour hearing on a national injunction against the rule, brought by the Oregon Department of Justice and 20 other states. However, McShane expressed his clear opposition to the feds' "ham-fisted approach to public health policy" and said he will grant the plaintiffs' injunction within the next few days.Continue reading »
The Oregon District Attorneys Association (ODAA) is circulating a report that criminal justice experts say is laden with misleading assertions and ethical problems, in an effort to dissuade state lawmakers from voting in favor of youth criminal justice reform.
“This report is not intended to be a measured assessment,” says Mark Leymon, a criminology and criminal justice professor at Portland State University. “I don’t feel like it’s at all close to an accurate representation of what’s going on with youth in the system.”
ODAA is using the report to argue against Senate Bill 1008, an omnibus bill that would reverse parts of Measure 11, a ballot initiative passed by Oregon voters in 1994. The measure imposed strict mandatory minimum sentences, or obligatory sentence lengths, for certain violent crimes—and required that 15, 16, and 17-year-olds charged with a Measure 11 crime automatically be referred to the adult court system, rather than juvenile court.Continue reading »
Three federal judges have already blocked the plan, saying the Trump administration's rationale for bringing back the question—that it's necessary to ask people whether they're citizens in order to enforce the 1965 Voting Rights Act—is nonsense. ("A senior Justice Department official conceded in a sworn deposition last year that the data was not actually required," The New York Times notes.)
What no one seems to disagree on is that asking people about their citizenship status will lead to lower participation in the 2020 census—especially in urban centers, which could lead to states such as California losing Congressional representation. "There’s no doubt that people will respond less,” Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor said at today's Supreme Court hearing on the issue. But the court's conservative majority, according to reports, seems ready to let Trump ask a citizenship question anyway.Continue reading »
Based on proposed legislation, Red Clocks is stunning and horrifying in how it imagines the potential reality of the pro-life agenda. But the book works because it’s about people—five women who are complex, flawed, and real. It’s not a political book. It’s a book about how politics operate as an undercurrent in our lives. It’s a book about the marketing of motherhood and how cultural measures of success infiltrate our minds. Zumas is bold in how she allows the book’s biggest moments to be quiet, understated, and uncomfortable—just as significant moments often are in real life.
Other Portland authors who won awards last night are: Emily Whitman, Kenneth R. Coleman, Andrea Stolowitz, Matthew Minicucci, and Beth Wood. Check out the full list of winners and after the jump!Continue reading »
Good morning, Portland! Here is your friendly reminder that we have just four days until tickets go on sale for Lizzo at Edgefield.
Here are the headlines.
That's a No From Nancy: House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is warning fellow Democrats not to proceed with impeachment proceedings for Trump. Meanwhile, Kamala Harris has just joined fellow 2020 hopeful Elizabeth Warren in calling for impeachment.
The Supremes: The US Supreme Court will hear oral arguments today in the question of whether a citizenship question should appear on the 2020 Census. It's a big week for the court—this comes one day after it indicated it would soon consider the issue of LGBTQ workplace discrimination.Continue reading »
Plus, Seattle's Congresswoman, Pramila Jayapal, has been on the record supporting impeachment since 2017 and now sits on the House Judiciary Committee, where any impeachment proceedings would begin. Jayapal said in a statement last week that Congress needs to see the full, unreacted Mueller report so it can perform its "Constitutional duty."
But Democratic House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is telling the ITMFA crowd to—once again—slow down.Continue reading »
But the coolest "thing" about THING looks to be its deemphasis of your standard music festival experience (see 10,000 bands; get daydrunk and sunburned) in favor of showcasing multiple artistic disciplines. Alongside the musical performers—which include Jeff Tweedy, De La Soul, Japanese Breakfast, Mexico's Café Tacvba, and Portland's own Black Belt Eagle Scout—are actors, comedians, podcasters, and more, doing presumably non-musical things. (Or, in the case of John C. Reilly, an actor playing music.) That means we get Macaulay Culkin and Stephen Tobolowsky doing live podcast tapings; stand-up comedians like Todd Barry; terrific writers/performers in the form of Lindy West and Natasha Lyonne; and curios like Napoleon Dynamite Live! and a scripted reading of the movie An Officer and a Gentleman. I have no idea what some of these performances will look like! And that's THING's ultimate strength. Well, that and a total dodge of the EDM/dance/whoompwoomp acts that typically attract younger crowds to the bigger music festivals.Continue reading »
Conservative outlets may find this storyline interesting because it has the potential to spin up some intra-party feuding on the left, with Bernie backers getting pissed at Buttigieg for saying they're just like Trump fanatics.
But one, that's not exactly what Buttigieg is saying, and two, the results of the 2016 presidential election show there was a large—and potentially decisive—group of voters who backed Bernie and then, when he didn't win the Democratic nomination, backed Trump.Continue reading »
In case you're living under a rock, Lizzo is the rapper/singer/flautist that's stealing everyone's heart in 2019 with her single "Juice," empowering message, soul-fired vocals, and legendary twerking skills. On Friday the artist released her studio debut, Cuz I Love You, a follow-up to her fantastic Coconut Oil EP from 2016. Her new album, out on Atlantic Records, is also excellent. (It even bumped Beyoncé's Homecoming live album from its No. 1 spot on iTunes.)
The discussion group commences below. Yes, there are spoilers.Continue reading »
For the last four years this gustatory hero has challenged himself to eat every slice on the Pizza Week menu. (See a quick profile on Andy here from KOIN.) This year, according to his reviews, he ate 45 slices of pizza in six days. HOLY CRAP! That alone would be heroic enough (or self-destructive if you're a pessimist), but he also performed a great public service by writing a daily diary on Reddit that reviewed each of the slices he ingested. A tough but fair critic, Andy had a lot to say about what he ate, and if you enjoyed Pizza Week, you should check out his reviews to see if your thoughts matched up with his!
Even better, Andy ranked his top five slices for 2019, and here are a couple of them, starting with #2:Continue reading »