9:43 PM, Oct 8, 2015 • By DANIEL HALPER
President Obama will be heading to Oregon tomorrow to visit Umpqua Community College, the site of a shooting rampage last week. But Obama's not heading home directly after meeting with families of the victims. Instead, the president will attend a series of West Coast fundraisers immediately after.
In fact, Obama has three fundraisers lined up for tomorrow. Two in Seattle and one in San Francisco. He'll spend tomorrow night in San Francisco.
"In the morning, the President will travel to Roseburg, Oregon. The President’s departure from the South Lawn is open press and arrival at the Mahlon Sweet Field Airport is open to pre-credentialed media," reads the president's schedule.
"In the afternoon, the President will visit privately with families of victims of the Umpqua Community College shooting. These meetings are closed press. Following the meetings, the President will depart Eugene, Oregon en route Seattle, Washington. The departure from the Mahlon Sweet Field Airport and the arrival at the King County International Airport are open to pre-credentialed media.
"Later in the afternoon, the President will participate in a DNC roundtable at the Westin Hotel. The roundtable is closed press. Following the roundtable, the President will deliver remarks at an event for Senator Patty Murray and the Washington State Democratic Party. There will be travel pool coverage of the President’s remarks.
"In the evening, the President will depart Seattle, Washington en route San Francisco, California. The President’s departure from the King County International Airport and the arrival at the San Francisco International Airport are open to pre-credentialed media. Following his arrival, the President will participate in a DNC roundtable at a private residence. The roundtable is closed press.
"The President will remain overnight in San Francisco."
The collision of religious liberty and gay rights in Oregon Jul 20, 2015, Vol. 20, No. 42 • By MARK HEMINGWAY
"They have good days and bad days, but I will tell you they are resolute,” attorney Herb Grey says of his clients, Aaron and Melissa Klein, two bakers from Portland who are facing a $135,000 fine from the state of Oregon for refusing to bake a cake for a lesbian commitment ceremony in January 2013. “They know that today it’s them, but that there’s nothing they can do to escape from it, and they’re willing to stand up, knowing what the potential implications are for other people.”
12:36 AM, Jul 3, 2015 • By MARK HEMINGWAY
In April, an administrative judge with the Oregon Department of Labor ordered Aaron and Melissa Klein, the owners of the now shuttered bakery Sweet Cakes by Melissa, to pay a fine of $135,000 for refusing to bake a cake for a lesbian couple's wedding. While there's a case the couple violated the state's public accommodation laws, there's little doubt that the fine was excessive and the reasoning for it specious.
1:36 PM, Jun 17, 2015 • By MARK HEMINGWAY
The New York Times has an alarming article today about the movement to push sex change operations at earlier and earlier ages. It contains this detail:
Advocates say that extending treatment to teenagers will alleviate depression and suicide. With that in mind, Oregon’s Medicaid began covering the gamut of treatment, regardless of age, in January. Patients as young as 15 do not need parental consent.
May 11, 2015, Vol. 20, No. 33 • By MARK HEMINGWAY
In January 2013, Rachel Cryer and her mother walked into Sweet Cakes By Melissa, a bakery in Gresham, Oregon, and tried to order a wedding cake. Aaron Klein, the co-owner (and Melissa’s husband), was informed Cryer would be marrying another woman. He apologized and told them that providing a cake for a same-sex wedding violated his Christian convictions. Cryer walked out of the store.
7:27 PM, Feb 4, 2015 • By MARK HEMINGWAY
The Oregonian, the biggest paper in the state, is calling for the resignation of Oregon Governor John Kitzhaber as a result of shady dealings related to his longtime girlfriend and fiancée:
More ugliness may surface, but it should be clear by now to Kitzhaber that his credibility has evaporated to such a degree that he can no longer serve effectively as governor. If he wants to serve his constituents he should resign.
9:17 AM, Jan 6, 2015 • By JEFFREY H. ANDERSON
While college football fans were riveted to the two playoff games on New Year’s Day (make that one-and-a-half playoff games, as the second half of the Rose Bowl was hardly must-see T.V.), some commentators could hardly wait to seize the moment to criticize the Bowl Championship Series (BCS), college football’s previous format for determining its national champion.
Hosted by Michael Graham.11:38 AM, Jan 2, 2015 • By TWS PODCAST
THE WEEKLY STANDARD podcast with editor William Kristol on the new year, the College Football Playoff, Foreign Policy, and Politics.
After an audit finds Portland inflated its streetcar stats, a legendary loudmouth suddenly clams up.1:33 PM, Dec 16, 2014 • By ETHAN EPSTEIN
Portland, Oregon, city commissioner Steve Novick is nothing if not verbose.
By 60 to 23 percent margin, fans said they would rather entrust the BCS than a committee. 6:04 PM, Dec 7, 2014 • By JEFFREY H. ANDERSON
Most college football fans are happy that the sport has adopted a 4-team playoff. The method of selecting those four teams, however, is another matter. This past offseason, McLaughlin & Associates asked self-described college football fans this question: “As you may know, college football will have a 4-team playoff starting next season.
5:05 PM, Aug 11, 2014 • By MICHAEL WARREN
The campaign of Democratic senator Jeff Merkley turned away three people from a "private event" in Hillsboro, Oregon, despite the fact that the people said they were invited to the event. A tracker with the campaign of Merkley's Republican opponent, Monica Wehby, captured the exchange between the three people and a representative of the Merkley campaign. Watch it below:
The astounding waste, corruption, and self-dealing of university student governments Aug 11, 2014, Vol. 19, No. 45 • By MARK HEMINGWAY
For anyone who follows national politics, there is no shortage of scandals and harrowing economic figures to buttress the opinion that our leadership is corrupt and incompetent. My own pessimism about government, however, is born of experience. I was foolish once and young; I even believed in The System. That was before I spent time in student government, a corner of campus life that is directly responsible for accelerating the degradation of our broader political culture. If, as P. J.
2:50 PM, May 20, 2014 • By MICHAEL WARREN
Monica Wehby is on track to win today's Republican primary for U.S. Senate in Oregon, and Democrats are already unloading on her as she prepares to face off against incumbent Jeff Merkley in the fall. Last Friday, a Politico article described a police report filed last year that alleged Wehby, a divorced mother, had been "stalking" and "harassing" an ex-boyfriend, local businessman Andrew Miller.