GOOD MORNING, BLOGTOWN! You better watch, don't mess with me. No moneyman can win my love. It's sweetness that I'm thinking of. LET'S GO TO PRESS.
Despite expert advice and warnings from homeless advocates, some of Portland's richie-rich people REALLY want the Wapato Jail to be a homeless shelter. (But who am I to tell them they're throwing their money away?)
Mayor Wheeler is proposing a 13 to 18 percent jump in the city's business taxes—which has the early, conditional approval of both Commissioner Chloe Eudaly AND the Portland Business Alliance. (Well, of course the PBA is being asked for their opinion before regular citizens like you and me. Who do you think runs this town, anyway?)
Oregon's Department of Justice has hired a Portland law firm to investigate potential mismanagement and discrimination at Business Oregon, the state's agency for economic development.
The Supreme Court will be hearing a case that tests Trump's latest incarnation of his promised Muslim travel ban. Those challenging the ban say the presidential order "was tainted by religious animus and not adequately justified by national security concerns."
In more good legal news, a federal judge has slapped down Trump's attempt to end DACA, saying that unless the government can supply a good LEGAL reason for getting rid of it, it must continue (as well as resume accepting new DACA applications).
While they didn't win last night's Arizona special congressional election to replace former GOP congressman Trent Franks, Democrats are still celebrating, because they came shockingly close.
Prince and Princess Griftalot arrive at the Pre-Prison Cotillion. pic.twitter.com/mnn0blfRyw— The Hoarse Whisperer (@HoarseWisperer) April 24, 2018
After telling his Veterans Affairs nominee Ronny Jackson that he shouldn't take the job, Trump has flip-flopped again, and is now standing behind his pick (who has a troubling history of breaking various medical rules including getting drunk on the job).
Speaking of Trump's many corrupt appointees, here's something that Mick Mulvaney, the president's pick to head the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, said yesterday OUT LOUD AND IN PUBLIC to a bankers association: “If you’re a lobbyist who never gave us money, I didn’t talk to you. If you’re a lobbyist who gave us money, I might talk to you.” Wow. Wow wow wow wow WOW.
HAHAHAHAHA!!— Nooruddean (@BeardedGenius) April 24, 2018
Look at the tentative way he begs for her hand with his little pinky. She legit HATES himpic.twitter.com/8dKlDTVcG8
Because guns keep us safer: A Dallas gunman wounded two police officers and an employee in a Home Depot.
The most infuriating headline of the day (so far): White golf course owners said five African American women were playing too slowly. Then they called the police.
Rapper Meek Mill has been released from prison following a controversial sentence stemming from a parole violation, which activists say is just another example of the system's penchant for wrongful convictions.
The Simpsons' Hank Azaria says he disagrees with the awful way the show has handled the Apu controversy and is willing to stop voicing the character.
Happy April 25th! pic.twitter.com/cPxX1HELqA— BuzzFeed (@BuzzFeed) April 25, 2018
Now what about this WEATHER we're having: IT'S GETTING HOT IN HURR, SO TAKE OFF ALL YOUR CLOTHES! (Sunny and a high of 86!)
And finally, a perfect tour guide gives tourists a really great story to tell their friends later. These are perfect tour guides.