Jenny Smith


Today's Oregon News: December 7, 2011

It's Wednesday, and the 70th anniversary of the attacks on Pearl Harbor. Here's a local story about the Pearl Harbor Survivors Association.

A new report on Fortune 500 companies shows that many profitable companies pay no state income tax. Portland's jobs picture remains murky, affecting schools and public services as lower incomes mean less money from tax revenues.

Occupy protestors and local group We Are Oregon take to foreclosed houses to take a stand against big banks wrongfully foreclosing on families. The National Association of Realtors made another big contribution -- $332,000 -- to a ballot measure being circulated by lobbyist Mark Nelson's signature gathering company.


Today's Oregon News: December 6, 2011

It's Tuesday! In case you missed it, the Oregonian editorial board over the weekend urged Oregonians to reconsider strict sentencing laws in light of decreasing crime rates and budget woes. Meanwhile, the end of the year will mean an end to long-term unemployment for many people still reeling from the recession.

Today several local groups are hosting a "housing forum" for mayoral candidates. You can follow along on Twitter with the hashtag #housingpdx.

For a few laughs, check out The Daily Show's take on California's "Direct Democracy Troubles."


Today's Oregon News: December 5, 2011

It's Monday! The unemployment rate may be dropping, but the economic situation remains bleak for much of rural Oregon. PolitiFact Oregon looks at a claim from the Oregon Transformation Project about the state's estate tax and rules it Mostly False.

Meanwhile, Emily's List places a high priority on the CD1 race.


Today's Oregon News: December 2, 2011

Happy Friday! While the national unemployment figure has improved, state agencies have prepared documents showing what they'd have to cut if they faced a 10.5 percent drop in funding. Meanwhile, Gov. Kitzhaber's education proposals include creating a position of "chief education officer."

PolitiFact takes on Greg Walden's statement about the stimulus's success, judging him half-true.



Today's Oregon News: December 1, 2011

It's Thursday and the first day of December if you can believe it. OPB looks at class sizes and the State Report Card, Eugene Weekly interviews Eugene's new schools superintendent, and the Governor's office has launched a survey to shape the way Oregon applies for a No Child Left Behind waiver.

Small business hiring fell last month, and important public programs are on the chopping block due to budget cuts.


Today's Oregon News: November 30, 2011

It's Wednesday! Headlines abound on the issue of childhood poverty, as news outlets both in-state and nationally come to grips with what it means that Oregon has the highest rate of childhood hunger in the country. How is it negatively affecting school children? The Oregonian has a look. Parade Magazine features an Oregon school-based food pantry in its "ways to give" guide.

Multnomah County has parted ways with the Oregon Housing Alliance because the group has retained lobbyist Mark Nelson, whose signature gathering company is circulating a ban on real estate transfer fees.

Suzanne Bonamici won the endorsement of the Independent Party of Oregon over GOP candidate Rob Cornilles, in an election that saw fewer than 100 votes cast out of 12,000 eligible voters.


Today's Oregon News: November 29, 2011

It's Tuesday and there's some sun in the forecast later this week! The Nation writes about Oregon's "Fire Your Bank" and "Move Your Money" movements. And after public outcry and some embarrassing PR, US Bank has agreed to cut the fees attached to its ReliaCard, which delivers unemployment and child support benefits to Oregonians.

Yesterday, the Oregonian wrote about the impact of overcrowding in local classrooms; today, the Statesman Journal looks at what budget cuts have meant to class sizes in Salem-Keizer (Spoiler Alert: They've increased dramatically.)

Meanwhile, Occupy protestors in Washington are rallying at the state capitol to protest deep budget cuts to schools and basic services. The Washington legislature is meeting in a special session.


Today's Oregon News: November 22, 2011

It's a stormy Tuesday. The Medford Mail Tribune takes an up-close look at the life of a home care worker and her client,  as lawmakers consider making deep cuts to home care workers.


Today's Oregon News: November 18, 2011

Happy Friday! Coverage continues of the latest revenue forecast, and the Occupy Portland protests from yesterday appear to have marked a turn in the evolution of the movement--in more ways than one.

It's going to be a cold one this weekend, so stay warm and stay safe.

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