Is Jeff Cogen Portland's Weiner or Portland's Ford?1:59 PM, Nov 11, 2013 • By ETHAN EPSTEIN
It’s a pity that there’s no Portland, Oregon, edition of the New York Post. After all, one can only dream of the headlines the wags at the Post would come up with to describe the ongoing travails of (now former) Multnomah County (home of Portland) Commissioner Jeff Cogen.
To review: Earlier this year, Cogen was riding high atop the county in his powerful elected office, overseeing a $1.5 billion budget and more than 4,000 employees. The Democrat was even frequently talked about as a potential future candidate for Portland mayor.
But then, in late July of this year, news broke that Cogen had had an eighteen-month affair with a subordinate, a health department official named Sonia Manhas. (They were outed by an anonymous email from someone working for the county.) What’s worse, Manhas had been promoted while the two were having the affair, spurring allegations of impropriety. Moreover, it soon came to light that Cogen had used public money to pay for a hotel room for a tryst with Manhas.
Cogen stepped down in disgrace shortly thereafter, but the hits keep coming. Late last week, reports surfaced that Manhas told prosecutors that throughout their affair, Cogen frequently smoked marijuana and dabbled regularly in cocaine. Indeed, Manhas says that Cogen even performed some of the more laborious functions of his job–attending community parades, for example–while under the influence of marijuana. The whole thing is positively Toronto-esque.
There are a few details that make the sordid story uniquely Portland, though. The person who sent the email publicizing the affair has been identified as David Hudson, who was then a colleague of Manhas’s in the county’s health department.
What moved Hudson to publicize the affair? The Oregonian has the details:
Hudson had planned a September 2011 event . . . featuring superintendents of all the county's school districts plus an out-of-state expert on comprehensive school health as a keynote speaker.
He said that less than two weeks before the event, Manhas told him should find another speaker because county leaders wanted to showcase experts who were not white men. He was upset because she raised the issue at the last minute, after the event had been publicized and the keynote speaker's plane ticket paid for.
Jeff Cogen and Sonia Manhas: two more victims of affirmative action.
Hosted by Michael Graham.6:00 AM, Jul 7, 2013 • By TWS PODCAST
WEEKLY STANDARD executive editor Terry Eastland reviews the Supreme Court's decisions in Fisher v. University of Texas, United States v. Windsor, and Hollingsworth v. Perry.
Jul 8, 2013, Vol. 18, No. 41 • By TERRY EASTLAND
In 2007, the Supreme Court ruled against using race to determine public school assignments. Chief Justice Roberts concluded his plurality opinion with this eloquent statement: “The way to stop discrimination on the basis of race is to stop discriminating on the basis of race.”
Jun 24, 2013, Vol. 18, No. 39 • By THE SCRAPBOOK
Last week, the online publication Salon took a break from its usual sophisticated political analysis (“Let’s hope the Boston Marathon bomber is a white American,” the magazine brayed on April 16) to raise a pressing civil rights issue: “Are straight actors in gay roles the new blackface?”
Affirmative action and the betrayal of a colorblind society.Jan 21, 2013, Vol. 18, No. 18 • By GEORGE LEEF
Almost no one understood it at the time, but Lyndon Johnson’s speech at Howard University in June 1965 marked a disastrous change in civil rights policy. Previously, the civil rights movement had sought to overturn the entrenched, often legally mandated discrimination that was the legacy of Jim Crow, and bring about the colorblind society in which people would be judged (as Martin Luther King put it) by the content of their character rather than the color of their skin.
With Fisher v. University of Texas, the High Court can finally put an end to racial preferences in university admissionsOct 1, 2012, Vol. 18, No. 03 • By CARL COHEN
Abigail Fisher, a white applicant to the University of Texas, contends that the university, in giving preference to minority applicants while rejecting her, discriminated against her unlawfully because of her color. The Supreme Court will hear the case this fall; it is likely that Fisher will prevail. The Texas 10 percent law and the special circumstances of that university present complications, of course, but the makeup of the Supreme Court today differs importantly from that of the Court that decided Grutter v.
1:56 PM, Jul 9, 2012 • By MICHAEL WARREN
The Arkansas Democratic party is denying presidential candidate John Wolfe the delegates he earned in the state's primary because Wolfe's selected delegates fail to meet the party's standards for diversity.
They're Asian Americans.Jun 11, 2012, Vol. 17, No. 37 • By ETHAN EPSTEIN
Like many colleges and universities, Princeton professes its devotion to “institutional equity and diversity.” The university’s website claims that the school “actively seek[s] students, faculty, and staff of exceptional ability and promise who . . .
A Duke study documents the harm racial preferences in college admissions can do to the intended beneficiaries. Feb 20, 2012, Vol. 17, No. 22 • By HEATHER MAC DONALD
Policies that give preferential treatment based on race and sex are under fire in states across the country. 2:00 PM, Oct 10, 2011 • By KEVIN MOONEY
Opponents of state ballot initiatives that outlaw race and gender based affirmative action programs have vowed to take their fight all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court. Ward Connerly, the former University of California Regent who was the galvanizing influence behind Proposition 209, which amended that state’s constitution to prohibit preferential policies, would welcome that challenge.
A misguided policy. 9:43 AM, Mar 24, 2010 • By GABRIEL SCHOENFELD
Pressing for a world without nuclear weapons, the State Department has been flacking the president’s upcoming Nuclear Security Summit, scheduled for April 12–13: "President Obama has invited over 40 nations to participate, representing a diverse set of regions and various levels of nuclear materials, energy, and expertise."
Does "a diverse set of regions" mean that affirmative action has become part of arms control? Does "various levels of expertise" mean there will be representatives with little expertise as well as great expertise? Is the State Department being run by diplomats or clowns?
Colleges are doing away with their racially exclusive programs--even though they would prefer not to.11:00 PM, Mar 24, 2004 • By TERRY EASTLAND
YEARS AGO, once colleges and universities had decided to make race and ethnicity "a factor" in their admissions, many of them cast about for additional ways to advance educational opportunity for minorities. So they came up with scholarship and financial aid programs, freshmen orientation programs, and academic-enrichment programs, to name the most prominent. And they made sure that the programs were, as the lawyers say, racially and ethnically exclusive. Only minorities were eligible.