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Health: Carrick Flynn and the Next Pandemic

The Story: Gabe Bankman-Fried runs a group founded in 2020, in the worst days of the Covid pandemic, designed to help the United States, and...

Oregon’s Governor is term limited: Who’s next?

The Story: Oregon does not allow someone who has been Governor for two consecutive (four year) terms to run for a third. Thus, Governor Kate...
Oregon governor sends police to find lawmakers who skipped climate vote

Oregon governor sends police to find lawmakers who skipped climate vote

Oregon's Republican senators are in hiding over a Democrat-backed carbon cap and spend bill, hoping to run out the clock on voting on the measure; Dan Springer reports from Salem, Oregon. FOX News operates the FOX News Channel (FNC), FOX…

Democrats seek financial records from Trump Fed pick after Guardian report

Democratic US senators have pressed Stephen Moore for detailed information on his finances over the past decade, after the Guardian revealed he owed $75,000 in federal taxes and was held in contempt of court over unpaid debts. Moore, the economics commentator chosen by Donald Trump for a seat on the Federal Reserve’s board of governors, was warned in a letter that he may need to provide a full tax return to senators preparing to consider his nomination. The articles disclosed that the IRS is pursuing Moore for $75,000 that it assesses he owes for 2014, and that he was separately reprimanded by a judge in November 2012 for failing to pay more than $300,000 in alimony and child support to his ex-wife. Brown and Wyden asked Moore to explain why he had still not paid the IRS, despite a lien for the debt being filed to court in Maryland in January 2018. Moore has blamed IRS bureaucracy, saying that calls to the service have gone unreturned. Moore said on Fox News this week that the findings on his personal finances and legal issues were irrelevant. “This doesn’t have anything to do with whether I’m qualified to be on the Federal Reserve board,” he said. He was asked in the letter if he had wrongly claimed deductions for child support in other tax years, and whether his alleged debt to the IRS related to any other issues on which he had been challenged. He was also pushed to explain why he apparently failed to respond to notifications from the IRS for several years, and whether any adjustments were made to his tax bills following audits in the last decade. The senators asked for a response by 15 April.

Are Oregon political districts gerrymandered?

The Oregon League of Women Voters certainly hopes so. Meanwhile, Wilsonville residents who attended the meeting provided thoughts on redistricting and the League's proposal. In the vast majority of states including Oregon, the state legislature decides how district lines are drawn. Oregon is not said to be one of the most gerrymandered states in the United States. House District 26 representative-elect and Wilsonville resident Courtney Neron attended the meeting and said she would support taking redistricting powers out of the Legislature's control. "I'm all for a fair process," she said. Under the current system, Poff and Wilsonville resident Marge Easley worried that Democrats could use a potential advantage in the state legislature to gerrymander districts when redistricting takes place in 2021. Interestingly, as Johnson pointed out, over the last 100-plus years the Oregon State Legislature has rarely passed a redistricting plan. When the Legislature fails to pass a plan, the secretary of state takes control over state legislature redistricting and federal courts help decide Congressional districts. "Any system should include safeguards and processes when things happen.

Courtney hopes to temper politics in Oregon’s Legislature

He gets hit with a new challenge every day. If they win their point, the path to tax changes would be more challenging. Burdick, of Portland, is now Senate majority leader. Courtney joined the Senate two years after Burdick, in 1999. Before 2012, Oregon lawmakers only met in odd-numbered years. Some advocates and interest groups say they’d prefer the public vote even if legislation fails. “Both sides are radicalized.” Courtney has appointed Republicans to chair policy committees and asks senators for their committee preferences, said Sen. Bill Hansell, R-Athena. One version of the bill passed the House with one Republican vote. But I don’t think I’m partisan.” Courtney wants Oregonians to understand that most laws pass the Senate with little fuss and bipartisan backing. If necessary, he would let priority bills like cap and trade pass with just Democratic votes — but that’s not his preference.

The future of abortion politics is changing

White evangelicals are the largest religious group in Alabama and West Virginia, where restrictions on abortion passed with 59 percent and 51 percent of the vote respectively. And that means the landscape for abortion policy in the United States may also be changing. Millennials are already more liberal in their leanings than any other generation. And over half of young Democrats (53 percent) in a related September poll say that abortion is a critical issue. The trends are different when it comes to the politics of White evangelicals. While White evangelicals’ have strong feelings about abortion, at least half of this group contends that other issues are just as important. Conservative positions on policies like immigration, climate change, government-sponsored health care, and tax reform are emerging in place of traditional “religious voter” issues. In contrast, religious groups that lean more Democratic—the religiously unaffiliated and black Protestants — are more convinced that the judge will vote to overturn Roe (more than half of the former and two-thirds of the latter). In part because white evangelicals have broadened their agenda and abortion is only one of many policy targets for the group. At the same time, increased threats to abortion access are bringing about a more concentrated focus on abortion by Democrats and leading to evolving opinions of millennials on this issue.
Jeff Merkley: FEMA funding ICE an 'evil partnership'

Jeff Merkley: FEMA funding ICE an ‘evil partnership’

After releasing a document showing a $10 million transfer from the Federal Emergency Management Agency to US Immigration and Customs Enforcement, Sen. Jeff Merkley (D-OR) argues the funds are being taken away from storm preparation in favor of supporting President…
Tucker challenges Portland 'Occupy ICE' protester

Tucker challenges Portland ‘Occupy ICE’ protester

During the protesters' month-long occupation of ICE facilities, Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler announced his support for them and refused to have police intervene. Now, the National ICE council has sent a cease-and-desist letter demanding that their right to police protection…

The Atlantic Politics & Policy Daily: Howdy, Pardoner

-Written by Elaine Godfrey (@elainejgodfrey) Today in 5 Lines President Trump pardoned Dwight and Steven Hammond, two ranchers in Oregon who were sentenced to prison for arson on public lands, and whose imprisonment inspired the 41-day occupation of a wildlife refuge in 2016. Trump is reportedly preparing to impose tariffs on an additional $200 billion worth of Chinese products. Dozens of children will be released from government custody and reunited with their parents after being separated at the U.S. border, according to the administration. On Monday, the Trump administration said they would only be able to reunite about half of the children under age 5 by Tuesday, the court-imposed deadline. All 12 members of a boys’ soccer team and their coach have been rescued after spending 18 days trapped in a flooded cave in Thailand. Judge Brett Kavanaugh, President Trump’s Supreme Court nominee, began meeting with Senate leaders on Capitol Hill. Today on The Atlantic Breaking Precedent: Supreme Court nominees never discuss how they feel about specific court cases. (Elaina Plott) Moment of Truth: At some point, American and South Korean leaders will have to decide whether the denuclearization of North Korea is really achievable. That time is coming soon. (National Review) The End of Roe: Americans should expect Brett Kavanaugh to gut Roe v. Wade.