February 18, 2022

Denied: Ex-NYT Columnist Can’t Run for Governor

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The Oregon Supreme Court ruled that former New York Times columnist Nicholas Kristof can’t run for governor.

Kristof, a two-time Pulitzer Prize winner, left the publication last year to throw his hat in the political ring. The ruling from the Oregon high court scraps his plans after months of buildup.

Last month, Oregon Secretary of State Shemia Fagan ruled that Kristof was ineligible for a gubernatorial bid because the state’s constitution requires candidates to be a resident for at least three years before the election in which they are running.

Fagan cited “objective evidence,” including that Kristof voted in New York as recently as 2020.

Kristof announced that he’d be challenging the decision, saying he was confident he and his team would prevail “because the law is on our side.”

But the Oregon Supreme Court did not agree with Kristof’s assertion, as they sided with Fagon.

“While we are disappointed in the decision, we respect its ruling and thank the justices for their thoughtful consideration on this matter,” Kristof said in a statement.


Oregon Supreme Court says Nicholas Kristof can’t run for governor

January 22, 2022

Oregon Governor Sued for Unlawfully Freeing Over 1K Inmates

Oregon Gov. Kate Brown (D) is facing a lawsuit alleging that she failed to follow the state’s clemency laws and erroneously freed more than 1,000 inmates.

“Victims of crime in Oregon have Constitutional and statutory rights that are being ignored by Governor Brown, the Oregon Department of Corrections, and the State Parole Board,” Lane County District Attorney Patricia Perlow said in a statement.

Two state district attorneys, Patricia Perlow and Doug Marteeny, and the relatives of three homicide victims brought the lawsuit against Brown, claiming she violated clemency procedures requiring victim notification.

“The Governor’s priority is offenders of crime, many of them violent,” Perlow said.

According to a report, Oregon law dictates that inmates must apply for clemency and the application explicitly states that the governor will only grant it in “exceptional cases when rehabilitation has been demonstrated by conduct as well as words.”

But, a majority of the individuals released allegedly did not apply, which is a violation of state law.

Additionally, Oregon law requires the governor to notify the district attorney of the relevant county, and in turn, the DA is required to inform the victim.

“We are asking that the court compel the governor to follow the laws that are already in place,” said Monique DeSpain, a lawyer who filed the case on behalf of Perlow, Marteeny, and the relatives of the homicide victims.


Oregon governor sued for allegedly violating state clemency laws, ignoring victim rights

October 18, 2021

Oregon county declares emergency over illegal weed

An Oregon county declared a state of emergency, saying it’s so overwhelmed by an increase in the number and size of illegal marijuana farms.

“Jackson County strongly requests your assistance to address this emergency,” the Jackson County Board of Commissioners wrote in a letter to the governor and legislators.

The commissions said law enforcement officers and regulators are overwhelmed. The group warned of an “imminent threat to the public health and safety of our citizens from the illegal production of cannabis in our county.”

A megadrought in the West created urgency among marijuana growers, as illegal growers pilfer much-needed water reserves.

The commissioners noted that illegal marijuana farms often pose as legal hemp farms. State health officials reported that about 25 percent of registered hemp farms refused entry to inspectors.


Overwhelmed by illegal pot, Oregon county declares emergency

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