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NORTHWEST NEWS

Sen. Manning on the Year Ahead and the Year That Was

Prominent BIPOC Caucus member concerned with gun regulation, access to Covid-19 testing

Dozens of Oregon Workers Fired for Not Getting COVID Shot

Officials in Oregon say at least 99 state workers have been fired for failing to get vaccinated against COVID-19.

Attorney General Rosenblum Says She Won’t Run for Governor

Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum on Monday put to rest rumors and officially said she will not enter Oregon’s crowded race for governor.

Portland’s Black Population Grew in the Last Decade, but That’s Not the Whole Story

The Black population in North and Northeast Portland declined by 13.5% over the last 10 years as more than 3,000 Black residents moved away, new numbers from the 2020 census show.

NEWS BRIEFS

Oregon's Cannabis Industry Could Be More Vulnerable Than Ever

Portland is the first in the country to allocate cannabis tax revenue to relieve the industry's impacts of...

Open Enrollment Deadline Is Dec. 15 for Health Insurance Coverage Starting Jan. 1, 2022

Help applying and financial assistance is available through the Oregon Health Insurance Marketplace ...

Commissioners From Three Counties Select Lawrence-Spence to Fill Senate District 18 Vacancy

District 18 includes portions of west Portland and Tigard. ...

Congressional Black Caucus Issues a Statement on the Passing of Former Congresswoman Carrie P. Meek

Meek, the first Black person to represent Florida in Congress since the post-Civil War Reconstruction, died Sunday, Nov. 28 at her...

Vsp Global Partners With Black EyeCare Perspective to Eliminate Inequities and Increase Representation of People of Color in the Eye Care Industry

Partnership includes scholarships, leadership development, and outreach to prospective optometrists ...

COVID vaccines becoming tougher to find in some places

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Vaccines have suddenly become scarce in some parts of Oregon after months of vaccine surplus in the state and across that nation, officials said. The situation is a dramatic shift from the late spring, summer and early fall, when Oregon tossed out over...

Kentucky author and 'Merry Prankster' Ed McClanahan dies

LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) — Ed McClanahan, a Kentucky author, teacher and friend of counterculture icon Ken Kesey, died Saturday at his home in Lexington, according to his wife. He was 89. McClanahan lived in Lexington with his wife Hilda, who remembered him as a “great man.” ...

No. 25 Arkansas beats Missouri, caps best season since 2011

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (AP) — Sam Pittman grinned for almost the entirety of his postgame press conference Friday night. The Arkansas coach and his team had done something no others ever had. The No. 25 Razorbacks capped their regular season with a 34-17 victory over Missouri,...

Mizzou's Drinkwitz returning to Arkansas for rivalry game

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (AP) — Just 45 miles of interstate highway separate Eli Drinkwitz from where he started and where he is now as Missouri's head football coach. Raised in the small Arkansas town of Alma, Drinkwitz will come full circle Friday when his Tigers visit No. 25...

OPINION

State is Painting Lipstick on Its One-of-a-kind, Long-term-care Law

Starting in January, the unpopular law imposes a stiff new tax of 58 cents per 0 earned for every worker in the state ...

Giving Thanks

Just by being alive we can be sure of having moments of sadness as well as happiness. When you’re active in politics, you experience both wins and losses. Sometimes it can be hard to feel grateful. ...

Acting on Climate will Require an Emphasis on Environmental Justice

Climate change affects us all, but its effects aren’t distributed equally. ...

Small Businesses Cannot Survive With Current Level of Postal Service

At The Skanner News office we received an important piece of correspondence that was postmarked June 12, 2021, and delivered to us on November 4, 2021. ...

AFRICAN AMERICANS IN THE NEWS

Study: WNBA again earns A-plus grades in diversity hiring

A diversity report has awarded the WNBA high grades again when it comes to racial- and gender-hiring practices. The Institute for Diversity and Ethics in Sport (TIDES) at the University of Central Florida Wednesday issued an A-plus to the WNBA for the league’s overall, racial...

Police shooting raises questions over Black man's gun rights

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (AP) — Leaders in the Black community of Virginia Beach called Wednesday for a federal investigation into the fatal police shooting of a Black man, saying his right to carry a gun for protection was ignored during a night of violence earlier this year on the city's oceanfront....

Death of bullied Utah girl draws anger over suicides, racism

DRAPER, Utah (AP) — When her 10-year-old daughter tried spraying air freshener on herself before school one morning, Brittany Tichenor-Cox suspected something was wrong with the sweet little girl whose beaming smile had gone dormant after she started the fifth grade. She...

ENTERTAINMENT

Review: Leaving the Children of God 'sex cult'

NEW YORK (AP) — “Sex Cult Nun” by Faith Jones (William Morrow) Faith Jones’ vivid memoir “Sex Cult Nun” chronicles her 23 years in the infamous Children of God cult and her slow journey to leave. Born into the cult in 1977 in Hong Kong, Jones was cult royalty, the...

Review: Animated doc 'Flee' tells young refugee’s journey

Filmmaker Jonas Poher Rasmussen was 15 when he encountered a new face on a local train in his sleepy Danish town. It was the kind of place where immigrants couldn’t help but stand out, but Rasmussen noticed this kid’s style first. He had some and most people there didn’t. ...

Parton, Oh, Biles and teachers named 'People of the Year'

NEW YORK (AP) — People magazine has named Olympic gymnast Simone Biles, actor Sandra Oh, country icon Dolly Parton and the nation's teachers as its “2021 People of the Year.” “This year has been a transformative one, pushing us all to create something new and hopefully...

U.S. & WORLD NEWS

Vaccine champions Spain, Portugal focus on the reluctant few

MADRID (AP) — Juan Esteban Mariño, a healthy 29-year-old, has been part of the rare cohort in Spain who have...

Death of bullied Utah girl draws anger over suicides, racism

DRAPER, Utah (AP) — When her 10-year-old daughter tried spraying air freshener on herself before school one...

Baldwin to ABC about shooting: 'I didn't pull the trigger'

NEW YORK (AP) — Alec Baldwin told ABC's George Stephanopoulos in an interview airing Thursday that he did not...

South Korea confirms first five cases of omicron variant

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — South Korea on Wednesday confirmed its first five cases of the new omicron coronavirus...

UK police investigating antisemitic hate crime in London

LONDON (AP) — British police said Wednesday they are investigating a video which appeared to show a group of men...

WHO nations launch steps toward deal to fight pandemics

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Nigel Duara the Associated Press

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) -- While Oregonians have a record of voting for anti-crime measures, a Nov. 2 ballot initiative being pushed by a prominent Republican has proven controversial because of the money taxpayers would pay to increase mandatory sentences for repeat offenders convicted of sex crimes and drunken driving.
The campaign for Measure 73, which was organized by former GOP gubernatorial candidate Kevin Mannix, a Salem attorney, has brought two strains of conservative thought into conflict: getting tough on crime and getting tough on government spending.
The state faces a shortfall of close to $1 billion this year, and a projected shortfall of $3.2 billion for the next two years, so Measure 73 has proven divisive within Mannix's own party.
Chris Dudley, the GOP gubernatorial candidate, said in his budget plan that he opposes the Mannix measure because it would cost too much.
But Greg Leo, spokesman for the Oregon GOP, said the group is ``generally favorable'' to the measure, despite its potential for increased costs.
``One of the first responsibilities of the state is provide for the safety of its citizens,'' Leo said. ``Public safety has got to be a high priority. We would look for other places in the budget to economize.''
Also opposing Mannix's measure are labor unions, civil-rights organizations that oppose mandatory minimum sentences, and a prominent organization representing crime victims.
``Incarceration is the most expensive and least effective way to deal with any public safety issue,'' said Terrie Quinteros, executive director of the Oregon Coalition Against Domestic and Sexual Violence.
Measure 73 would require anyone convicted of a ``major felony sex crime'' who had previously been convicted of a sex crime to be sentenced to 25 years in prison. That would be a change from the current minimum sentence of 5 years, 10 months.
The initiative would also make a person's third drunken driving conviction a felony and require a 90-day jail sentence. Under current Oregon law, the third drunken driving conviction is a misdemeanor, and the fourth is a felony.
The secretary of state's office predicted Measure 73 would cost between $43.4 million and $63.6 million in its first four years and $18 million to $29 million for each year after that.
The report predicts increased costs for courts, county jails that would need 400 to 600 additional beds over the next five years, and court-appointed attorneys defending against felony charges.
So far, not a lot of money has been raised for or against the measure, according to state campaign filings.
Supporters of Measure 73 have raised at least $2,800 through the Yes on 73 Committee, which has relied almost entirely on in-kind contributions from Mannix's law firm except for a $100 miscellaneous cash contribution.
An opposing group, No on Measure 73, reported no campaign finance activity, including contributions or donations.
Also an unsuccessful candidate in the past for state attorney general, Mannix has had success sponsoring anti-crime measures. They include Measure 11, a 1994 ballot initiative that established mandatory minimum sentences for violent crimes and sex crimes.
Opponents of Measure 73 say the money would be better spent on offender treatment programs and shelters for victims of domestic abuse. They say that state figures show domestic violence victims made 19,500 requests for shelter in 2009 that went unmet.
``It's vague, it's poorly written, and it would be so expensive that that money would have to come from somewhere where it's needed,'' said Kerry Naughton of the Portland-based Partnership for Safety and Justice. ``It doesn't make sense to further jeopardize thousands of cries for help for something that would cost tens of millions of dollars while women's shelters overflow.''
Mannix said the cost estimates from the secretary of state's office are ``out of line'' and the fiscal impact would be much lower.
In an interview with The Associated Press, Mannix said much of the opposition stems from ``a few liberal legislative leaders'' who oppose his tough-on-crime initiatives.
Some opponents, including Oregon's ACLU chapter, say the initiative is too broad. While major felony sex crimes include rape, sodomy and unlawful penetration, they also include ``using a child in display of sexually explicit conduct.'' That could include ``sexting,'' the transmission of sexual images via mobile phones.
The ACLU argues that, under the initiative, a teenager as young as 15 with no previous convictions who sends sexual images to more than one person could be classified as a repeat sex offender, and be automatically sentenced to 25 years in prison.
Mannix called that a ``phantom issue,'' and said that under current Oregon law, a 15-year-old ``sexting'' two or more people would still be counted as a ``repeat offender'' and the punishment would amount to more than 11 years.

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