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GOOD MORNING, PORTLAND! When we're together, it's like hot coals in a fire (oh baby). My body's burning, so come on heat my desire (come on, come on). LET'S GO TO PRESS.
IN LOCAL NEWS:
• New this morning in the Mercury : If you've been wondering how much progress has been made in Portland about police reform since the murder of George Floyd, our Alex Zielinski has put together a deeply-researched five-part series on just that, and it is a MUST-READ. (Especially for any national writer assigned to do one of the many, inaccurate "Portland is Dying" stories.) CHECK IT OUT!
• On the heels of recent homeless sweeps, the city announced it will begin construction in August of six new outdoor villages that would give unhoused Portlanders a place to stay, either in tents, sleeping pods, or vehicles. No word yet on how many beds the camps might hold, or their locations—but prepare your ears for the inevitable screaming neighborhood associations.
• A progressives-backed campaign to recall Mayor Ted Wheeler—following accusations of election and police reform shenanigans—is set to start gathering signatures in July and has hired a campaign manager.
• Latino workers employed by Clark County have filed a federal discrimination lawsuit, saying they were the victims of racist hostility and harassment and that the county failed to do anything to stop it.
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• Good news for booze lovers like me: Oregon lawmakers have passed a bill that will give bars and restaurants permission to keep selling cocktails-to-go, even after the pandemic! It now heads to Gov. Brown's desk for final approval.
IN NATIONAL NEWS:
• While marking the centennial of the Tulsa race massacre yesterday, Busy Bee Biden also made it very clear that Democrats (HELLO, SEN. JOE MANCHIN) need to step up to stop the clearly "unAmerican" attempts by Republicans in 14 states to make it harder for people (particularly people of color) to vote.
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— Black Girls Vote (@blackgirlsvote) June 2, 2021
• More troubling voting news: The Supreme Court is scheduled within the next few weeks to hear another challenge to the Voting Rights Act—which they partially gutted when the court didn't have a 6-3 conservative majority. ("Uh-oh" is right.)
• You hate to see it: Two of American's most prominent extreme right wing groups, the Proud Boys and Oath Keepers, are in turmoil following their attack on the nation's capitol and many arrests which has brought about infighting and members turning on each other. (In addition... heh, heh, hehhhhh.)
• Bigly Failure: After one month of anemic readership, former president and social media pariah Donald Trump has abandoned his whining, rambling blog. I told him he should've added a crossword puzzle!
• Today in "UNNNNNGGGGGHHHH":
• Good news for Democrats who were biting their nails over a diminishing majority in the House—Rep. Melanie Stansbury of Arizona has won the seat vacated by Deb Haaland before she became President Biden’s interior secretary.
• Kentucky Derby winner Medina Spirit may be the second horse in the history of the race to be disqualified after its post-race drug test came back positive. The trainer is blaming (of course) "cancel culture." OMIGOD SO TIRING.
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• And now... THE WEATHER REPORT: Still wicked sunny, though a touch less hot today with a high of 91!
• And finally, RIP this bear. (He'll never be able to show his face in the cave again!)