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In local news:
• A brief rundown on elections: Voters in Coos, Curry, Douglas, Klamath, and Josephine voted against allowing the therapeutic use of psilocybin. It appears that Republicans have not won enough seats to take control of the Oregon legislature as they had hoped. Clackamas County Clerk Sherry Hall is poised to lose her reelection race against new comer Catherine McMullen… but it will take a few days to confirm her loss because Hall is behind on counting votes.
• While voters were biting their nails over the Governor’s race Wednesday morning (Woohoo Tina!!), the city of Portland and US Department of Justice (DOJ) were in court to provide an update on the city’s ongoing attempts to comply with a 2014 settlement agreement with the DOJ. To put things simply, the judge presiding over the agreement is not pleased with the city/Portland police’s performance as of late. Get all the details with this report form Alex Zielinski.
In @JenniferKayMo's HEAR IN PORTLAND column this week, we're smoking Fountaine's new "Northeast Phonk," My People's Market celebrates five years, and a super smooth show bill of Soccer Mommy and Tops.https://t.co/EfDfAGs1Nm— Portland Mercury 🗞 (@portlandmercury) November 9, 2022
• So the charter amendments passed—what now? City officials mapped out the work that lays ahead of them Wednesday, and it’s a lot to do before 2025! One fun tidbit: City Hall will likely be renovated to fit the expanded city council.
New D.B. Cooper suspect revealed through lab analysis of skyjacker’s tie, just in time for CooperCon https://t.co/XsDUZWX2DQ— The Oregonian (@Oregonian) November 10, 2022
In national and international news:
• Hurricane Nicole battered the Bahamas Wednesday and made landfall in central Florida Thursday morning before weakening to a tropical storm. Sustained winds were around 50 mph and the storm has dumped about four inches of rain so far. About 40,000 residents in Brevard County on Florida’s east coast are without power.
• Elon Musk sent his first email to Twitter staff Wednesday, notifying workers that he is banning remote work unless he personally approves it, requiring at least 40 hours in the office per week, and warning them of “difficult times ahead.” Musk also said that he wants subscriptions to Twitter Blue ($8) to account for half of Twitter’s revenue as the company anticipates a decrease in ad revenue due to economic downturn. My suggestion to Elon Musk is to take a management class and go to therapy to find out what inner turmoil is making him lash out at the world.
Moment of silence for the poor @Twitter lawyers who, in a year or two, will be tasked with explaining these tweets away during the inevitable FTC investigation of whether the company knew if was incentivizing and profiting from fraudulent activity. https://t.co/gLD2xJWI6n— dave karpf (parody account) (@davekarpf) November 10, 2022
• It’s still unclear how power in the US House and Senate will be divided after this election. The Senate appears to be evenly split, but party control could be determined by runoff races in Arizona, Nevada, and Georgia that will take place in early December. Republicans are getting closer to taking control of the House—they need 11 more seats to claim the majority and there are 44 races yet to be called.
• Protests in Iran continue, often as a way to commemorate earlier incidents throughout to 50+ days of protest, despite increasingly violent tactics and threats against protesters from Iranian officials. Iran’s security forces now claim they have obtained hypersonic missiles—missiles that move five times faster than the speed of sound—threatening both protesters and the outside world with their arsenal. An estimated 328 protesters have been killed and over 14,000 arrested.
• Okay, I know we’re technically past the spooky season, but I woke up with the Ghostbusters theme song in my head. Also, 1) Ghostbusters is appropriate year round, 2) election season is the real spooky season, and 3) the music video is so good. Get into it: