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Good morning, Portland! It's the first day of October—time to start preparing for Halloween.
Here are the headlines.
• Hundreds of protesters gathered in downtown Portland last night to honor Patrick Kimmons on the two-year anniversary of his death. Kimmons was fatally shot by Portland Police Bureau (PPB) officers, but a grand jury later cleared the officers of any wrongdoing.
• Commissioner Jo Ann Hardesty announced yesterday that she no longer supports Mayor Ted Wheeler in his re-election campaign. She stopped short of endorsing his opponent, Sarah Iannarone, saying she will not endorse any mayoral candidates. "Because of his non-response around the police violence that has been happening, I just cannot in good conscience support [Wheeler]," Hardesty told the Oregonian.
• US Attorney Billy Williams is refusing to reverse the federal deputization of 56 PPB officers, despite local officials' request that he do so. Federally deputizing officers translates to higher penalties for protesters accused of assaulting them, and also extends federal overreach in Portland's jurisdiction. So, yeah, you could say Portland is federally occupied right now.
• I guess it's sweet that the rest of the world would still think to expect anything different:
'Is This American-Style Civilization?': World Reacts To Presidential Debate https://t.co/kWCiRuOhKv— NPR Politics (@nprpolitics) September 30, 2020
• Internal documents from the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), obtained by NBC news, show that DHS officials were directed to speak in positive terms about Kyle Rittenhouse, the teenager who shot and killed two people at Kenosha, Wisconsin protests in August. The document states that Rittenhouse "took his rifle to the scene of the rioting to help defend small business owners." In other words, right-wing violence is also state-sanctioned vigilante justice.
• Meanwhile, it appears that Donald Trump's campaign to spread fear and misinformation about voting by mail is working. Fewer people than expected are mailing in their ballots—just half of all likely voters—meaning in-person poll sites could be crowded this year. Those who do vote in person will face a long wait, and an increased risk of contracting COVID-19.
• On the bright side: I'm not sure if polls matter at this point, but the most recent polls are the worst Trump has seen since the conventions.
• From our handy-dandy new cannabis guide: The University of Washington has led a special initiative to investigate workplace risks associated with the cannabis industry, and they’ve found a particularly chaotic landscape when it comes to worker protections. Because the federal government still hasn’t legalized pot, there’s no national guidance on protecting the safety of employees, leading to a patchwork of protections from state to state and a rise in occupational hazards like falls and asthma.
• Finally: Happy 96th birthday, former President Jimmy Carter!