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More Protests in Portland, Mayor Signs Police Reform Pledge

More than 10,000 people demonstrated peacefully in Portland in one of the largest U.S. protests Tuesday

Black Leaders Call For Change in Policing, Change in Media Coverage of Demonstrations

The Albina Ministerial Alliance of Portland’s Coalition for Justice and Police Reform has a long history of working on a deep policy level to effect change in local law enforcement practices, often in response to police killings

Portland, Oregon, Remains Largely Peaceful, Curfew Lifted

Portland will not impose a curfew on Tuesday night for the first time in four days

Inslee Orders Statewide Guard Activation Following Unrest

Inslee had previously authorized 400 troops for Seattle and 200 troops for Bellevue.

NEWS BRIEFS

ACLU Files Class Action Lawsuit Against Minneapolis Police for Attacking Journalists at Protests

The lawsuit’s lead plaintiff, Jared Goyette, a journalist covering the demonstrations, was shot in the face with a rubber bullet ...

Statement by AG Rosenblum on People of Color Caucus Recommendations

People of Color Caucus released policy recommendations yesterday pertaining to police accountability ...

An Important Message From Nataki Garrett

#BlackLivesMatter at OSF and we will not remain silent ...

Oregon Health Authority Investigating COVID-19 Increase at Unnamed Business

Oregon reports 71 new confirmed and presumptive COVID-19 cases today, no new deaths ...

Some Columbia River Gorge Trails, Parks Reopen Today

Crowded sites including most waterfall viewing areas, campgrounds, and visitor’s centers will stay closed because of the coronavirus...

Seattle mayor rescinds curfew as Floyd protests continue

SEATTLE (AP) — Leaders in Seattle seeking to address concerns raised by protesters abruptly ended a city-wide curfew in place for days amid massive demonstrations against the death of George Floyd while in police custody in Minnesota. Mayor Jenny Durkan said Wednesday evening on Twitter she...

Top health official: No virus surge since state reopening

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Oregon hasn’t seen a coronavirus resurgence in the weeks since most counties began to slowly reopen businesses, the state’s top health official said Wednesday.Oregon Health Authority Director Patrick Allen spoke of declining hospitalizations and infection...

Kansas, Missouri renew Border War with 4-game football set

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Kansas and Missouri are resuming their bitter Border War in football after the former Big 12 rivals agreed to a four-game series in which each school will play two home games beginning in September 2025.The fourth-longest rivalry in college football dates to 1891, but...

OPINION

Mayor Ted Wheeler: Portland and the Path Forward

Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler invites Portlanders, as public servants, to join him "in insisting that we never return to business as usual." ...

Local Business Leaders Share Messages of Hope

President, CEO of SAIF says each of us must move forward in "our understanding of the problem, in holding ourselves accountable for our own attitudes and biases, and in coming together, not apart." ...

Time to Stop Messing Around and Strike at the Root of Police Violence

Thomas Knapp says the root of police violence is the creation of "police forces" as state institutions separate from the populace and dedicated to suppressing that populace on command ...

A Letter to George Floyd: (Posthumous)

As Black mothers, so often we say, our Black boys across this nation belong to all of us. ...

AFRICAN AMERICANS IN THE NEWS

Floyd to be eulogized in Minneapolis memorial, first of 3

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Mourners converged in Minneapolis on Thursday for the first in a series of a memorials to George Floyd, whose death at the hands of police has sparked turbulent protests around the world against racial injustice.The afternoon event was set for North Central University,...

Prosecutors describe racist slur as Ahmaud Arbery lay dying

BRUNSWICK, Ga. (AP) — A state investigator alleged Thursday that a white man was heard saying a racial slur as he stood over Ahmaud Arbery's body, moments after killing him with three shots from a pump-action shotgun. The lead Georgia Bureau of Investigation agent in the case testified that...

Florida St football team meets after coach accused of lying

Florida State athletic director David Coburn says the football team met Thursday after a star player accused coach Mike Norvell of lying about connecting personally last weekend with every player to discuss the killing of George Floyd and protests against racial injustice.Coburn was making a...

ENTERTAINMENT

'Splash,' 'Stern' writer Bruce Jay Friedman dead at 90

NEW YORK (AP) — Bruce Jay Friedman, an Oscar-nominated screenplay writer and popular playwright and author known for the wry comedy and subtle pathos of such novels as “Stern” and “About Harry Towns” and for his scripts for “Splash” and “Stir...

With 'Succession' shut down, Brian Cox takes on other roles

LONDON (AP) — “Succession” may be temporarily shut down, but star Brian Cox is still finding projects to keep him busy. Not that he's a fan of being an actor working from home.Cox recently filmed “Little Room,” a “whodunnit” for the Zoom age. The...

Lin Miranda doc postponed out of solidarity with protesters

NEW YORK (AP) — Just two days before it was to begin streaming, “We Are Freestyle Love Supreme," a documentary about the hip-hop improv group with Lin-Manuel Miranda and friends, has postponed its release out of solidarity with protesters. The group announced the postponement...

U.S. & WORLD NEWS

VIRUS DIARY: When the class hamster came home - and stayed

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — After 60-plus days, I threw in the towel. Mr. Rich had to go.Mr. Rich is a hamster...

Farm-to-table dining takes on new meaning amid pandemic

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Eric Pray is used to shipping seafood all over the country. But since the...

Hong Kong marks Tiananmen anniversary, defying a police ban

HONG KONG (AP) — Thousands of people in Hong Kong defied a police ban Thursday evening, breaking through...

Turkey strips 3 legislators of seats, setting off protest

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Turkey’s parliament on Thursday stripped three opposition party deputies of...

Landslide in Arctic Norway sweeps away 8 homes

COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — Jan Egil Bakkedal had just prepared himself a sandwich when he heard a huge...

Prince Charles misses hugging his family amid virus lockdown

LONDON (AP) — Prince Charles says he has missed giving his family members a hug during the long weeks of...

McMenamins
By Brian Stimson of The Skanner News

An initiative that would have turned over the legislative redistricting process to a nonpartisan committee of retired judges has failed to gather enough valid signatures, reports the Secretary of State's office.

The sponsors of Initiative 50 – also known as the Oregon Independent Redistricting Commission Amendment – have already launched a lawsuit aimed at the state's signature rejection process. Of the 114,973 signatures gathered for the initiative, 91,617 were deemed to be valid by the Oregon Secretary of State's Office. The petition needed at least 110,358 valid signatures to make it on the fall ballot.
Currently, the state legislature is charged with redrawing districts after each census. If the legislature fails to enact a redistricting plan, the task falls to the secretary of state. Supporters of Initiative 50 say the independent commission is a less-partisan way of deciding how districts are drawn, and legislators have an inherent conflict of interest. Essentially, say supporters, elected officials are picking their voters.
The lawsuit aimed at the Secretary of State's Office says the rules about valid signatures are more restrictive than the state law outlining those rules. Kevin Mannix, a frequent sponsor of initiative petitions who helped to write 50, told The Oregonian that sheets were thrown out because a gatherer wrote the wrong date or because the same address was listed with similar handwriting.


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