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A few civic and religious leaders joined their people protesting abuse, discrimination, police violence: Camden and Newark (NJ), Flint (MI), Fargo (ND), Coral Gables (FL), Kansas City (MO), Santa Cruz (CA), and others.

Tweeters reported on their own civic leaders joining protesters. I saw this Forbes article the Sunday morning:

“In Some Cities, Police Officers Joined Protesters Marching Against Brutality,” Lisette Voytko, Forbes, May 31, 2020

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Yes, even New Zealand has its contrarians. The “good guys” don’t always get everything right either and besides, we barely know who Covid-19 is, let alone if we want to be left alone in a room with it:

From New Zealand, “A modest defence of the coronavirus contrarians,” by Danyl Mclauchlan, May 12th 2020, The Spinoff.

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On April 1 Governor Kate Brown issued Executive Order  20-13 “ordering a moratorium on certain terminations of residential rental agreements and non-residential leases[.]” This expands her March 22 restriction on residential evictions.

See The Oregonian article Gov. Kate Brown issues 90-day moratorium on commercial evictions for more.

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Did you know that the two trillion (and counting) dollar coronavirus (Covid-19) law started out as a January 24, 2019, revenue bill out of the House of Representatives? (HR 748, 116th Congress, 2019-2020)?

For the record, the 880 page enrolled bill (version passed by both Chambers) was signed by the President on March 27, 2020. [The P.L. number is 116-136.]

So, my question to colleagues was:

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You can go directly to the Law Library of CongressCoronavirus Resource Guide” or if you want additional information on what Congress is doing, visit Congress dot gov. (You can link on Law Library News from there, too.)

This is intended as a guide to laws, regulations and executive actions in the United States, at both the federal and the state level, and in various countries with respect to the new coronavirus and its spread. We are also including links to Congressional Research Service (CRS) reports ….” [Link to Law Library of Congress blog post for more information and updates.]

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Price gouging and war profiteering are as American as, um, apple pie (English origin, actually, or so they say), not that they (price gouging etc.) don’t exist worldwide as well – and neither requires a war. Sigh.

Reporting Price Gouging Violations to the Oregon Department of Justice:

If you have been charged an excessive price for a product or service under normal circumstances, please file a complaint with the Attorney General’s Consumer Protection Hotline by calling 503-378-8442, or using the online Consumer Complaint Form.” [Link to webpage.]

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The constitutionally mandated U.S. census form (and a link to the online form) should be awaiting your attention, perhaps it’s on your kitchen table now.

Here’s an interesting story about the census and pandemic, from OPB (Oregon Public Broadcasting) News:

“COVID-19 Makes 2020 Census More Complicated Than It Already Was,” by Tom Banse, March 23, 2020

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This OPB article and Bike Portland lawsuit might be interesting to people and their loved ones who walk, cycle, or drive in Portland, Oregon, and maybe beyond.

OPB News article: “Lawsuit Claims Portland Illegally Lets Drivers Park Too Close To Intersections,” by Donald Orr OPB Feb. 24, 2020 (archived here.).

The OPB article links to the Bike Portland news article (archived here) and a copy of the complaint filed in Multnomah County, 18 February 2020.

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