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IN LOCAL NEWS:
• In case you missed it, Mayor Wheeler trotted out his latest incarnation of the city's budget, which gives even more money to cops, absolutely nothing for the proven and effective Portland Street Response (that Commish Gonzalez is trying to hamstring), plus lots more moolah for keeping homeless shelters running, while also tapping the brakes on utility rate increases which could cause problems for long deferred infrastructure projects. Commissioner Mingus Mapps—usually wrong about most things—may have been closer to right this time with his lone "no" vote on the budget. Our Courtney Vaughn explains it all for you!
Dear god, there have been a LOT of religious shenanigans around here lately! See how well you've been keeping track in my latest edition of the super fun 'n' sassy POP QUIZ PDX! (It's the Antichrist of trivia games!) 😇👿https://t.co/5qNBkEGcYT— Wm. Steven Humphrey (@WmSteveHumphrey) May 19, 2023
• We're entering week three of the Oregon legislature's "Runaway Crybaby Republican Crisis" as these lazy, no-good layabouts have brought the session to a screeching halt because they hate women, children, and... well, everything except the irrational fears of racist, white folk. (In other words, they think refusing to vote on abortion rights, healthcare for transgender kids, and gun legislation will stop all these things from happening. It won't. But thankfully, most will probably lose their jobs over it, so... silver lining!)
• The Oregonian has a batch of emails exchanged between the Pearl neighborhood location of REI and the city, in which the retail giant made its threats clear that it was going to leave Portland unless local government helped solve its recurring problems with thievery. They also complained about homelessness and a car that drove through the store's window (though I'm not exactly sure what the city was supposed to do about that). Missing from this article: There also happens to be a burgeoning union drive at that particular store, and some employees say the closure is just another sneaky method of union-busting. But sure... let's blame the failure of late-stage capitalism on cars crashing into buildings.
My hometown paper:— Shane Dixon Kavanaugh (@shanedkavanaugh) May 21, 2023
“The Eugene Register-Guard, once one of the best newspapers in the region, today has no local editor, no publisher, no physical newsroom and little love from a dismayed citizenry. The news staff that once exceeded 80 now stands at 6.”https://t.co/RZegzllBU8
• A Klamath County Library book club has been dissolved, along with other library programming, following complaints from residents that one such meeting involved discussing the concept of "police abolition," claiming the topic was "too political." In other words, right-wingers are all about freedom of speech... unless it's someone else's, of course.
• Actor Tom Hanks (a well-known aficionado of typewriters) stopped by SE typewriter store Type Space last Wednesday to chat up the owner and purchase an $185 Smith Corona Clipper—and surprise! Apparently Hanks is just as sweet as everyone says.
Hurry up and get those tix for the June 1st edition of Portland's fave live game show, TWO EVILS with @ArloCW and @katemurphys! It's audience vs. special guest comedian/contestant @Nariko_Ott in a hilarious battle of good vs. eeeeeevil! 👹https://t.co/Sf70u1UCLk— Portland Mercury 🗞 (@portlandmercury) May 19, 2023
IN NATIONAL/WORLD NEWS:
• Florida governor Ron DeSantis and South Carolina Senator Tim Scott are expected to announce their run for president this week, entering into a jackal fight with Trump for the Republican nomination. (And we can expect about a half dozen more candidates to jump into the bloody fray as well.)
“Babe was actually a terrible pig. I hated him, and I’m glad he’s dead.” pic.twitter.com/QMUDLeXpHK— Matt Goldich (@MattGoldich) May 22, 2023
• Speaking of Republicans ruining everything they touch, the NAACP has issued a travel advisory against visiting Florida, which they rightfully claim is now a destination that is "openly hostile toward African Americans, people of color and LGBTQ+ individuals."
• Another group of women are joining a continuing lawsuit against the state of Texas and asking a judge to put an emergency hold on some of the state's extremist abortion restrictions, saying the Republicans are endangering the lives of women.
• Get excited, Dua fans!
A new song by Dua Lipa from the ‘BARBIE’ soundtrack will be released this Friday. pic.twitter.com/wayvSa2bCH— Film Updates (@FilmUpdates) May 22, 2023
• Tell me if you think this sounds familiar: Boston's new mayor Michelle Wu is fighting to keep her progressive campaign promises, but is getting major pushback and grief from... you guessed it... big business/property owners and the police union.
• And finally... it's a good week to be who you wanna be.