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Happy U.S. Constitution Day! There must be a cocktail you can drink to toast the U.S. Constitution, its origins, and improvements (yes, the founders knew the U.S. Constitution would need to be modernized, through – amendments!).

 

 

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“State sued for withholding proposed legislation,” Paris Achen/Capital Bureau, Portland Tribune, September 10, 2018

The Portland Tribune article links to the complaint, filed in Marion County Circuit Court.

Other articles on the lawsuit can be found in:

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Do you want more information about the Oregon Innocence Project and Deschutes County District Attorney investigation that you read about in the Washington Post? See below for link to the Oregon Public Broadcasting (OPB) podcast featuring an interview with Steve Wax and John Hummel.

Discovery of dog exonerates Oregon man in criminal case” (Wash Post headline)

A dead-dog story helped convict a man of child sex abuse. Then the black lab was found alive.” (Another Washington Post headline)

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The loss of timber revenue to local governments and states is a lot more complicated than “we need more logging on public lands.

There are federal and state taxes, tax credits, and tax cuts – and there is this 7 Sept 2018 article by Emily Green, from Street Roots (Portland, Oregon):

“Cut and run dry: Do Oregon tax laws favor the timber industry?

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There are many ways to serve a community: voting, working, volunteering, learning, parenting, etc.

If your public service-bliss is to geek out on government operations, there is nothing more basic than understanding the budgeting process.

Understanding how laws are made and how political parties operate are equally important, but if you don’t know how “public” money is raised, allocated, and spent, you will always feel out of the loop.

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The 2nd edition of Janay Haas, “Using Small Claims Court in Oregon,” 2018, is now available.

Don’t litigate in Oregon Small Claims Court without it.

Read our previous blog post, Small Claims Court in Oregon, for links additional information on Oregon Small Claims Courts.

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You must register to vote by Tuesday, April 24th, 2018, if you want to vote in the Oregon primary.

View the 2018 Election Timeline (PDF) at the Oregon Secretary of State’s Election Division website. (If the link to the Timeline PDF fails, link to the Election Division’s URL and search there.)

If you like to calculate your own election registration deadline: