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NORTHWEST NEWS

Portland Police, FBI Respond to Threats of Gun Violence

Citing intelligence that there are “imminent” efforts from outside groups to “engage and advance gun violence” this weekend, the Portland City Council announced police and the FBI will be on the streets of the city for the next few days

Gov.: Mask Requirement Lifted for Fully Vaccinated in Oregon

Oregon Gov. Kate Brown has announced that the state will immediately follow guidance from the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Jay Inslee: State on Track to Fully Reopen June 30

Washington is on track to fully reopen its economy by June 30, and a full reopening could happen even sooner if 70% or more of residents ages 16 and older have gotten at least one dose of vaccine by then.

Inslee: Open Carry of Weapons Now Prohibited at Rallies, Capitol

Last week the Oregon Legislature passed a measure that bans guns from the state Capitol.

NEWS BRIEFS

Advocates to Keep Fighting Non-Unanimous Jury Convictions

Advocates for over 200 people found guilty of crimes by Oregon juries that weren’t unanimous said Monday that they will keep...

Oregon Senate Votes to Reinstate Foreclosure Moratorium

The bill, which would allow homeowners to put their mortgage in forbearance at least through June 30, passed on a 19-9 vote and now...

The Skanner To Be Honored With Lifetime Achievement Award

The Daily Journal of Commerce and its Building Diversity program is honoring The Skanner on May 26 for its pivotal role in many...

OHS Looks Back to "Guatemalan Immigration: Indigenous Transborder Communities"

In the 1980s, people from Guatemala, seeking refuge from violence and harsh economic and social inequities, began building sister...

Vancouver Principal Resigns Amid Racist Language Accusations

Johnson had led Mountain View High School since 2014 but had been on paid administrative leave almost two months. ...

Police: 4 shot in incident on Portland's Swan Island

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Four people were shot in an incident on Swan Island in Portland on Monday night, police said. The four people arrived at Legacy Emanuel Medical Center around 10 p.m., The Oregonian/OregonLive reported. The Portland Police Bureau said...

Arborist hired after outcry about excessive tree cutting

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Oregon is hiring a Pacific Northwest-based arborist to review the state’s removal of trees in wildfire burn areas after recent concerns that the operation has been hasty and excessive. The Oregon Office of Emergency Management announced Monday that...

OPINION

COMMENTARY: America’s Policing and Political Practices Inextricably Linked to KKK and White Supremacy

Several scholars told the Black Press that the United States, its police forces, and politicians now face a solemn question, “from the Klan to White supremacy, where does America go from here?” ...

OP-ED: The Supreme Court Can Protect Black Lives by Ending Qualified Immunity

The three officers responsible for the murder of Breonna Taylor are not the first to walk free after killing an unarmed Black person, and unfortunately, especially if things continue as they are, they will not be the last. ...

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Trade Arron Rodgers

Give Aaron Rodgers a break, Green Bay. Just like Bart Starr & Brett Favre, Aaron Rodgers has been a Hall of Fame quarterback for the Packers for 16 years. ...

Editorial From the Publisher - Council: Police Reform Needed Now

Through years of ceaseless protest, activists have tried to hold Portland Police to account. ...

AFRICAN AMERICANS IN THE NEWS

Biden reverses Trump changes to bank antidiscrimination law

NEW YORK (AP) — The Biden administration said Tuesday it will repeal changes made by the Trump administration to a law aimed at stopping banks from discriminating against racial minorities and the poor. The Office of the Comptroller of the Currency, one of the nation's bank...

Amazon to continue pause on police use of facial recognition

NEW YORK (AP) — Amazon said Tuesday that it will continue to ban police use of its face-recognition technology beyond the one-year ban it announced last year. Amazon and other technology companies have been under pressure from civil rights activists and their own workers to...

Complaint alleges discrimination in woman's home appraisals

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — A housing discrimination complaint filed by a Black Indianapolis homeowner alleges that appraisers' valuations of her home more than doubled after she removed items that identified her race and asked a white male friend to be there during an appraisal. ...

ENTERTAINMENT

ABC's new 'Women of the Movement' about Emmett Till's mother

NEW YORK (AP) — ABC will air a short-run series “Women of the Movement” next season about Mamie Till-Mobley, whose son Emmett Till became a symbol of the civil rights movement after he was lynched in Mississippi in 1955. The network, which announced its plans for the next...

Disney Junior series aims to give a kid's-eye view of race

LOS ANGELES (AP) — “Rise Up, Sing Out,” an animated shorts series presenting the concepts of race, racism and social justice to young viewers, is coming to Disney Junior. Designed for children ages 2 to 7 and their families, the series will include music by Ahmir...

Review: America struggles to reconcile the Tulsa genocide

“The Ground Breaking: An American City and Its Search for Justice,” by Scott Ellsworth (Dutton) No one really knows what 19-year-old Dick Rowland did or said to Sarah Page in Tulsa, Oklahoma, when he rode the elevator she operated to the fourth floor of the Drexel Building,...

U.S. & WORLD NEWS

Study: Climate change added billion to Sandy's damages

Climate change-triggered sea level rise added billion in damage during 2012’s Superstorm Sandy, one of...

Spain, Morocco square off after 8,000 migrants arrive by sea

CEUTA, Spain (AP) — Spain deployed its military to the Moroccan border Tuesday and expelled nearly half of the...

Rockets from Gaza rain havoc on Israeli cities in latest war

JERUSALEM (AP) — Sirens wailed just before the Jewish holiday of Shavuot began on Sunday evening, sending Chen...

India scours sea after barge sinks, 2nd adrift after cyclone

NEW DELHI (AP) — The Indian navy is working to rescue crew members from a sunken barge and a second cargo vessel...

UK job market improving as lockdown measures are eased

LONDON (AP) — Further evidence emerged Tuesday to show that the British economy is recovering strongly, with the...

Long after grisly end, Túpac Amaru still fascinates in Peru

NEW YORK (AP) — Roads and schools in Peru carry the name of Túpac Amaru. A framed depiction of him — stern...

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Scott Bauer Associated Press


Gov. Scott Walker

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- Wisconsin Democrats, fueled by millions of dollars in spending by national unions and other outside groups, are hoping to wrest control of the state Senate away from Republicans through six recall elections Tuesday that stemmed from anger over Gov. Scott Walker's collective bargaining proposal.

The races targeting incumbent Republicans morphed into a high-stakes political fight with national implications as tens of millions of dollars poured into the state, breaking spending records in the unprecedented recalls.

Until this year, there were only 20 attempts nationally since 1913 to recall lawmakers from office, just 13 of them successful.

Besides the six Republicans on Tuesday's ballot, two Democratic incumbents face recalls next week. A third Democrat survived a recall attempt last month.

Republicans hold a 19-14 advantage in the Senate, so Democrats need to win five of the eight elections to take control.

If Republicans lose three or four seats on Tuesday, the balance of power in the Senate will rest on the outcome of the two Democratic races next week. Those races target Sens. Bob Wirch of Pleasant Prairie and Jim Holperin of Conover.

The stakes were clearly much larger than simply determining who has control of the state Senate. The elections figured to help determine whether the Republican revolution led by Walker will get a shot in the arm or a major setback. Both parties also were testing messaging ahead of the 2012 presidential race, in which Wisconsin could be an important swing state.

Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus said it was "all in" to win the races, while a coalition of national unions spent millions on attack ads and other campaign activity to take seats from the Republicans. Conservative groups also spent millions.

It all amounted to a summer unlike any other in Wisconsin, with the unprecedented recalls the largest unified effort to kick incumbents out of office in history. More than $31 million was estimated to have been spent on the nine recall elections, rivaling the $37 million spent on last year's governor's race.

Republicans won control of both houses of the Legislature and the governor's office in the 2010 election just nine months ago.

Since January, the Legislature that had been passing Republican-backed bills in rapid succession and with great ease will likely grind to a halt if Democrats win back the Senate and are then able to block anything from clearing without a bipartisan agreement.

Any newly elected senator will take office within 15 days of the election, a brief window where Republican Senate leaders could call a lame duck session if they are about to lose majority control.

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