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Pandemic Rapid Response Team (RRT) Eviction Diversion Lab, a National Center for State Courts (NCSC) webinar:

The looming risk of an explosion in eviction filings remains ever-present, and state and local courts across the country have begun planning for what happens when their local regulations and/or the CDC moratorium expire.

The RRT’s Eviction Diversion Lab invites you to a policy briefing with officials from the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) who will offer insights about and answer questions concerning a recent Interim Rule issued in support of the CDC’s eviction moratorium. This Interim Rule requires debt collectors to provide written notice to tenants of their right under the eviction moratorium and provides other protections, as well as penalties for landlords who do not comply….” [Link to webinar page for registration and related info.]

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If you want to know more about legislative redistricting in Oregon, talk to your state legislator and visit the Oregon Legislature Redistricting information website.

If you want to read the April 9, 2021, Oregon Supreme Court case on how the Legislative Assembly and the Secretary of State will meet deadlines for decennial reapportionment of state legislative districts set out in Article IV, section 6, of the Oregon Constitution, given the federal government will not meet its own statutory deadline to produce federal decennial census data:

Short case name: Advance Sheet*: State ex rel Kotek v. Fagan, 367 Or 803 (S068364) (April 9, 2021)

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The City Club of Portland has released a new report: The Future of Money in Oregon Politics: Recommendations for policymakers (January 6, 2021).

They have made it available in front of their paywall so you can read it without being a City Club member. (Thank you to City Club members!)

City Club research tip: Portland State University has a collection of City Club of Portland 1920-2007 reports via PDX Scholar.)

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Librarians may now qualify for FOIA fee exemption as educational institution requesters:

Excerpt from Wisblawg, 12/21/2020, blog post:

Librarians now qualify for FOIA fee exemption as educational institution requesters,” December 21, 2020

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Plots thicken. Yes, they do. The “little red house” saga in Portland, Oregon, is a perfect example.

One article by journalists working with Oregon Public Broadcasting (OPB) summed up What We Know So Far, as of December 10, 2020, which, as you know if you continue to follow the story, had to be updated the next day and the next day and ….

The lesson to be learned here is always to listen, breathe, stop, read, research, listen, stop, sleep, read, and breathe again before you decide where you stand on an (or any) idea, news story, or shouted slogan.

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View the ceremony and read the Oath of Office:

Oregon State Bar October 2020 Virtual Admissions Ceremony

Chief Justice Martha Walters and the Oregon State Bar welcome those eligible for admission to the practice of law. While Justice Walters will lead participants in a symbolic Oath of Office ….

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Yes there is still a U.S. Constitution and it has its own day. Read about it at the Constitution Center and the Library of Congress where they also have Constitution Day Teacher Resources, for teachers and homeschoolers everywhere.

And don’t forget those extraterrestrials and the Bill of Rights.

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Facts matter (usually, often, or at least eventually, sometimes, maybe, well, we can at least try to read and listen to original sources … please):

Listen to the Unrefined Sophisticates podcast at the Stitcher link below and via other podcast platforms (search unrefined sophisticates for more links):

The Unrefined Sophisticates Podcast: Exclusive Naked Athena of Portland Interview (116 MINS July 24, 2020)

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Our Oregon public librarians, statewide, have a plan for this! Here is what they have shared with our library community so far (as of June 22, 2020):

Bottom line: “Results show that the SARS-CoV-2 virus was not detectable on the materials after three days of quarantine.”

See more about the REALM Project, Phase 1:

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