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  • Bloomberg Spends $764,232.35 Buying Oregon Background Check Bill

    08/26/2015 10:05:03 AM PDT · by rktman · 4 replies
    ammoland.com ^ | 8/24/2015 | unknown
    It was the Michael Bloomberg-funded Everytown for Gun Safety Action Fund that spent $764,232.35 in the reporting period covered, eclipsing even the Oregon teachers lobbying arm by $484,055. How much did ALL the pro-Second Amendment groups spend? Ready? It was a grand total of $88,000.
  • How Tom Steyer, the White House, and a Scandal-Plagued Operative Paved the Way for EPA Regulations

    08/24/2015 8:08:52 AM PDT · by Cheerio · 6 replies
    Washington Free Beacon ^ | August 24, 2015 | Lachlan Markay
    The White House, statehouses, and nonprofits backed by the billionaire Democrat Tom Steyer worked behind the scenes to create a state-level advocacy network to support controversial new Environmental Protection Agency regulations, newly released emails reveal. Involved in the strategy was a top aide to John Kitzhaber, the former Democratic governor of Oregon, according to emails obtained by the Energy and Environment Legal Institute. Kitzhaber resigned this year in the midst of a scandal involving his fiancée. E&E released its findings in a Monday report that shows extensive behind-the-scenes coordination between White House staff, aides to as many as 12 governors,...
  • World's Oldest Cat lives in Oregon

    08/22/2015 4:51:07 PM PDT · by smokingfrog · 28 replies
    KOMO ^ | 8-22-15 | Kelly Andersen
    When she was 6 1/2, Ashley Okura picked a kitten from a litter and named him Corduroy. That was 1989. It's now 2015, and Corduroy keeps on purring. “He's very mellow, unless there's a critter that catches his attention," Ashley said. "Then he perks up and he'll go after it.” Ashley's brother picked a cat from the same litter and named him Batman. Batman died at age 19. Corduroy is now 26 - and considered the world's oldest living cat by Guinness World Records. "All of these types of records, they require a vast amount of documentary evidence to ensure...
  • Oregon soldier takes down gunman on French train

    08/22/2015 7:57:41 AM PDT · by MinorityRepublican · 41 replies
    KGW ^ | August 21, 2015 | John Tierney & Travis Worsowicz
    PORTLAND, Ore. -- A National Guard soldier from Roseburg was among two American service members who took down a gunman who opened fire on a French train Friday. Alek Skarlatos of Roseburg was riding the train during a European vacation when a young man armed with a Kalashnikov rifle and a box cutter opened fire. Skarlatos and his traveling companion –Spencer Stone, who is in the Air Force – heard the gunshots from an adjacent car, according to his father Emanuel Skarlatos. “Of course they knew exactly what it was, being in the military,” Emanuel said.
  • Whoa! What Donald Trump Plans for TONIGHT Could Be an HISTORIC Record Breaker!

    08/21/2015 1:28:02 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 101 replies
    Political Insider ^ | 08/21/2015
    The media can’t stop talking about the crowds Presidential candidate Bernie Sanders is attracting. There are reports that his crowds in California and Portland, Oregon were both larger than 27,000. They breathlessly report on this, while forgetting to mention Sanders is a self-described socialist. But what Donald Trump and his campaign has planned for TONIGHT in Mobile, Alabama could blow those numbers out of the water. Initially planning for a rally of 2,000 people at a small venue, tickets were grabbed so quickly that major changes had to be made.Now, the event will be held in the Ladd-Peeles Stadium, a football...
  • Terry Bean Gives $5,000 to Multnomah County Democrats

    08/20/2015 8:05:12 PM PDT · by massmike · 3 replies
    wweek.com ^ | 08/20/2015 | Nigel Jaquiss
    Terry Bean, the real estate investor and gay-rights pioneer who faces sex-crimes charges in Lane County, has been under the microscope for the past year since WW reported on his troubled personal life. As WW has reported, Bean unsuccessfully sought to avoid trial on Lane County charges with a cash offer to his alleged victim, a 17-year-old boy who now is on the run from a subpoena. On Friday, The Oregonian reported that the lawyer for a former boyfriend of Bean, Kiah Lawson, filed documents in a Washington County case attempting to tie Bean to another allegation of sexual abuse...
  • Moreland Farmers Pantry is closing a year after gay marriage controversy

    08/18/2015 4:24:09 PM PDT · by hiho hiho · 37 replies
    OregonLive ^ | August 18, 2015 | Anna Marum
    Just a little more than a year after it opened, the Moreland Farmers Pantry is closing. Residents of Portland's Westmoreland neighborhood were originally excited for the arrival of a 5,000-square-foot store stocked -- as it advertised -- with non-genetically modified products. But excitement turned to anger for some after comments on the owner's personal Facebook page were made public. In a 2013 post by owner Chauncy Childs, operating under a pseudonym, she said that although she doesn't judge gay people or their desire to be married, and it isn't her place to form opinions about their lifestyle, she thought gay...
  • Gay activist Terry Bean's ex-boyfriend says teen sex accuser has ties to Bean; reasons to lie

    08/16/2015 5:01:15 AM PDT · by NetAddicted · 11 replies
    Oregon Live ^ | 8/15/2015 | Steve Mayes
    New claims against prominent gay activist Terry Bean have surfaced in a sex abuse case against his ex-boyfriend.
  • Christian preachers on Oregon sidewalk attacked by man with 'police protection'

    08/15/2015 7:22:49 PM PDT · by markomalley · 32 replies
    Christian Today ^ | 8/16/15 | Jonah Hicap
    Christians preaching the Gospel outside a Planned Parenthood clinic in Portland, Oregon, on Wednesday were doused with scouring powder by a man who apparently had police protection since a police officer on duty just stood by and did not stop, much less arrest him.The Portland Police Department later said it would not press charges against the assailant as the incident was deemed "a private criminal complaint."The preachers were taking part in activities at the Biblical Church Evangelism Conference hosted by Beaverton Grace Bible Church, according to Christian News Network.About 20 Christian preachers were on the public sidewalk preaching and holding...
  • Six Christians Attacked with Cleansing Agent, Called ‘Scum’ Outside Oregon Planned Parenthood

    08/14/2015 7:21:10 AM PDT · by Morgana · 44 replies
    christiannews.net ^ | August 13, 2015 | Heather Clark
    PORTLAND, Ore. — At least six Christians were attacked with a cleansing agent on Wednesday while preaching the gospel and standing for life outside of a Planned Parenthood facility in Portland, Oregon, but the man who committed with the act was not arrested and was let go without charges. The pro-life outreach was part of the Biblical Church Evangelism Conference hosted by Beaverton Grace Bible Church and organized by its pastor, Chuck O’Neal. As over 20 Christians stood on the public sidewalk to proclaim the word of God and the gospel of Jesus Christ through preaching and the holding of...
  • Oregon Health & Science University Relies on Babies Aborted at Planned Parenthood for Research

    08/12/2015 7:56:23 PM PDT · by Morgana · 6 replies
    Life News ^ | Aug 12, 2015 | Steven Ertelt
    Oregon Health & Science University is the third university in two months to have been found to be conducting research with tissue from aborted babies who were aborted at Planned Parenthood. In the wake of the Planned Parenthood scandal involving it selling aborted babies and body parts from aborted babies, Colorado State University was found to have purchased body parts from aborted babies and the University of Wisconsin was caught buying body parts from aborted babies for research there that were killed at Planned Parenthood. Now, Oregon Health & Science University is caught up in the controversy. As a new...
  • Survey: Oregon Voters Prefer Clinton, Trump

    08/06/2015 6:14:27 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 7 replies
    Oregon Public Radio ^ | August 6, 2015 | Lizzy Duffy
    A new survey released Thursday finds that a slim majority of Oregon Republicans favor Donald Trump for the 2016 GOP presidential primary nomination. Meanwhile, Oregon Democrats put their support behind former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, though by a slim margin. DHM Research in Portland surveyed 536 Oregonians online July 22-27 about their opinions on the primary candidates. Republican respondents to the poll were asked which GOP candidate they preferred to receive the party nomination. Eighteen percent surveyed supported Trump, followed by 12 percent for Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, 11 percent for former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, and 10 percent...
  • Protesters Stage Outside Planned Parenthood (Oregon)

    07/29/2015 8:50:47 AM PDT · by Morgana · 2 replies
    kxl.com ^ | July 28, 2015 | Jeremy Scott
    BEAVERTON, Ore. — Several hundred anti-abortion activists lined the street corners near a Planned Parenthood clinic on Tuesday morning after undercover video was leaked of the organization selling parts of tiny unborn babies. “The newest video released today showed them actually picking through a tiny arm and leg and negotiating prices,” said college student Melodie Durett. She’s calling for an official investigation. The group signed a petition asking for the organization who they say lacks compassion to be de-funded by the government. “Women today are told that your ‘choice’ is abortion. That is not a choice,” said a protester. The...
  • FBI Investigating Suspicious Letters to Many Oregon Sheriffs

    07/28/2015 12:24:59 PM PDT · by Twotone · 3 replies
    NBC News ^ | July 27, 2015 | M. Alex Johnson
    Haz-mat teams and federal investigators responded across Oregon on Monday after numerous sheriffs received suspicious mail, some of it delivering an unknown substance, authorities told NBC News.
  • Jeff Merkley introduces sweeping LGBT rights bill that makes big changes to Civil Rights Act

    07/25/2015 3:06:07 PM PDT · by Twotone · 17 replies
    The Oregonian ^ | July 24, 2015 | Jeff Mapes
    Oregon Sen. Jeff Merkley, who led the fight in the last Senate for a ban on job discrimination against gays, has said for months that he's shifting to a more expansive approach. On Thursday, Merkley and his allies introduced their new bill, and it is indeed far more sweeping than anything the Oregon Democrat has proposed on gay rights in the past.
  • Christian Bakery Closed for Refusing Gay Wedding Cake Breaks Record on Crowdfunding Site With $352K

    07/19/2015 6:46:45 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 24 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 7/18/2015 | Andrew C. McCarthy
    Aaron and Melissa Klein, Christians and former owners of a bakery in Oregon who were ordered by a judge to pay a fine of $135,000 for declining to bake a cake for a lesbian marriage ceremony, have set a record on a crowdfunding site by raising $352,500 in two months, after their campaign was shut down by another site. The campaign by "Sweet Cakes by Melissa" has raised more than any previous campaign by individuals in the three-year history of the crowdfunding site Continue to Give, site founder Jesse Wellhoefer told The Washington Times. The bakery has received $352,500 through...
  • Fact Check: There’s a False Claim Circulating on Social Media About the Christian Bakers...

    07/18/2015 10:40:31 PM PDT · by Impala64ssa · 16 replies
    The Blaze ^ | 7/13/15 | Billy Hallowell
    ...Who Declined to Make a Gay Wedding Cake and Were Fined $135,000 A Raw Story report published on Friday led with the headline, “Oregon bakers weren’t fined over cake — they were punished for sharing lesbian couple’s home address.” But is that claim true true? The short answer: Absolutely not. As has been widely reported, Aaron and Melissa Klein, owners of Sweetcakes by Melissa, an Oregon bakery, were fined $135,000 in “compensatory damages for emotional, mental and physical suffering,” after they declined to make a wedding cake for Rachel Cryer-Bowman and Laurel Bowman-Cryer. Nowhere in the official order does it...
  • Man Practicing Open Carry Law Robbed of Gun

    07/16/2015 11:09:59 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 32 replies
    Gresham man robbed of gun he was openly carryingA man practicing his open carry right was robbed of the gun he was openly carrying. William Coleman III was robbed of his Walter- brand P22 just after 2:00 a.m. October 4 in Gresham by a young man who asked him for it — and flashed his own weapon as persuasion. Coleman, 21, was talking to his cousin in the 17200 block of NE Glisan St., after purchasing the handgun earlier that day, when a young man asked him for a cigarette, police said. The man then asked about the gun, pulled...
  • Oregon ‘Will Be Toast’ When Next Big Earthquake Hits

    07/16/2015 11:03:50 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 14 replies
    KOIN ^ | 7/16
    Northwest region is 72 years overdue for next big earthquake, experts sayOne of Oregon’s top earthquake experts predicts the “really big one” will wipe out the entire Northwest. In fact, the area’s FEMA director said everything west of I-5 “will be toast”. Andrew Phelps, director of the Oregon Office of Emergency Management, says there will be 6 minutes of shaking when the 'really big' quake hits. (KOIN) Andrew Phelps, director of the Oregon Office of Emergency Management, says there will be 6 minutes of shaking when the ‘really big’ quake hits. (KOIN) In The New Yorker article “The Really Big...
  • FEMA is planning for an earthquake that would devastate the Pacific Northwest, killing...

    07/15/2015 4:47:55 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 130 replies
    <p>To the north of California's famous San Andreas fault is a less known, but possibly more deadly, fault line. The Cascadia subduction zone runs some 700 miles from northern California to Vancouver.</p> <p>In a deeply reported article for The New Yorker, Kathryn Schulz tells the tale of how this fault lies dormant for periods of 243 years, on average, before unleashing monstrous tremors. The Pacific Northwest is 72 years overdue for the next quake, which is expected to be between 8.0 and 9.2 in magnitude.</p>
  • Kitzhaber told staff state policies should match Cylvia Hayes' paid agenda (Oregon corruption!)

    07/16/2015 8:20:39 AM PDT · by aimhigh · 7 replies
    Oregonian ^ | 07/16/2015 | Michael Lloyd
    (Oregon governor) John Kitzhaber told his staff that new state energy policies should match those that special interests were paying his fiancée to promote, newly released records show. The directive could be significant as federal investigators dig into whether Kitzhaber and Hayes engaged in illegal influence peddling – promising or trading government action for money. . . . . The release underscores how the Kitzhaber administration operated through back channels that couldn't be traced through government records. Kitzhaber himself relied on a personal email account to conduct government business – emails his attorneys are now fighting to keep from the...
  • Scientists in Oregon develop bacon-flavored seaweed

    07/16/2015 1:18:10 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 32 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jul 15, 2015 6:26 PM EDT
    What grows quickly, is packed with protein, has twice the nutritional value of kale and tastes like bacon? The answer, according to scientists at Oregon State University, is a new strain of seaweed they recently patented. Dulse is a form of edible seaweed that grows wild along the Pacific and Atlantic coastlines. It’s harvested and commonly used by people in dried form as a cooking ingredient or nutritional supplement. But OSU researchers say the variety they’ve developed can be farmed and eaten fresh, with the potential for a new industry for Oregon. …
  • Paying by the Mile

    07/15/2015 3:44:23 PM PDT · by QT3.14 · 43 replies
    Willamette Week ^ | July 1, 2015 | ANTHONY MACUK |
    Excerpt: ... The agency [ODOT] wants to move away from fuel taxes and instead charge drivers based on the distance they drive. ODOT officials have been conducting a decade long search for ways to do it—and it’s turned into an unfocused, meandering and expensive effort. The latest plan: Starting July 1, the state is seeking as many as 5,000 volunteers to pay the state a mileage-based rate rather than taxes at the gas pump. The pilot program, called OreGo, relies on drivers signing up with one of three companies that will supply plug-in devices to count the miles. But the...
  • OR Res 'Stunned' to Find Out State Allows 15-Y/O to Get Sex-Change Op Without Parental Notification

    07/12/2015 3:20:35 PM PDT · by NYer · 24 replies
    Christian Post ^ | July 10, 2015 | STOYAN ZAIMOV
    A report has claimed that residents in Oregon are only now finding out that the state allows teenagers as young as 15-years-old to get state-subsidized sex-change operations without parental notification."It is trespassing on the hearts, the minds, the bodies of our children," Lori Porter of Parents' Rights in Education told Fox News on Thursday. "They're our children. And for a decision, a life-altering decision like that to be done unbeknownst to a parent or guardian, it's mindboggling."The report says that the policy, the first of its kind in the nation, was enacted in January, and that residents are "stunned" that the...
  • Sweet Cakes by Melissa crowdfunder breaks record with $352K

    07/14/2015 10:46:31 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 59 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | July 14, 2015 | Valerie Richardson
    A crowdfunding campaign for the Oregon bakery Sweet Cakes by Melissa has set a site record by raising $352,500 in about two months after being kicked off the GoFundMe website, far exceeding the initial goal of $150,000. Jesse Wellhoefer, founder of Continue to Give, said the Sweet Cakes effort has raised more than any previous campaign on behalf of individuals in the three-year-old crowdfunding website’s history. Continue to Give also handles ongoing fundraising for nonprofit organizations as well as mobile and kiosk tithing for churches. GoFundMe, the nation’s largest crowdfunder, removed a campaign for Sweet Cakes by Melissa in April...
  • Leftist talking points vs. facts in Oregon’s persecution of Christian bakers

    07/13/2015 6:34:03 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 18 replies
    Hotair ^ | 07/13/2015 | Dustin Siggins
    For years, the LGBT movement has claimed its goal is tolerance — for society and the government to consider same-sex sexual relationships equal to those between men and women, even though research, science, and nature show this equality does not exist.In the 16 days since the U.S. Supreme Court decided to undefine marriage, that factually-challenged talking point has been all but forgotten in the rush to further change marriage, strip churches of their non-profit statuses, and punish those who refuse to bow to the new order.Of course, liberals must still pretend their goal is so-called “equality,” not the state-sanctioned...
  • Oregon Christian Bakers Forced to Pay $135K by Monday Deadline or Lien May Be Placed on Home

    07/11/2015 7:33:21 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 69 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 07/11/2015 | Samuel Smith
    More than $210,000 has been raised in support of the Oregon Christian bakers who are being forced by the state to pay $135,000 in "emotional damages" to a lesbian couple for declining to bake them a wedding cake in 2013, an act that would have violated their deeply-held religious convictions. Although an online fundraiser established on GoFundMe.com to support Melissa and Aaron Klein, the owners of the now-closed Sweet Cakes by Melissa bakery in Gresham, raised over $100,009 in nine hours in April, the campaign was taken off the website because the Kleins had been "formally charged by local authorities...
  • Dear Oregon, Thank You For Protecting Us From The Scary Christians

    07/10/2015 5:46:05 PM PDT · by skyman · 8 replies
    The Blaze ^ | July 10, 2015 | Matt Walsh
    Dear Oregon Labor Commissioner Brad Avakian, Captain of the Oregon Thought Police Division, Head Appropriate Beliefs Enforcer, Lord Chancellor of Acceptable Opinions, Minister of Tolerance, greetings and salutations. I’ve been closely following the case of Aaron and Melissa Klein, the depraved fugitive cowards who committed the capital offense of WPH (Withholding Pastries from Homosexuals), and have been attempting to evade justice ever since. As you know, it all started when a lesbian couple came to their bakery, Sweet Cakes by Melissa, back in 2013 looking for a wedding cake. They’d been served by Sweet Cakes many times before, but only...
  • Franklin Graham Responds: Gov’t to Fine Christian Bakers $135,000 for Declining Gay Wedding Cake

    07/09/2015 6:36:33 AM PDT · by Din Maker · 40 replies
    The Blaze ^ | July 7, 2015 | Billy Hollowell
    Evangelist Franklin Graham, son of famed preacher Billy Graham, decried a decision by Oregon officials to fine bakers Aaron and Melissa Klein $135,000 for refusing to make a wedding cake for a lesbian couple, calling it “unbelievable.” “Brad Avakian, Oregon’s Bureau of Labor & Industries Commissioner, upheld the ruling that the Kleins have to pay the lesbian couple $135,000 for a long list of alleged damages including: ‘acute loss of confidence,’ ‘high blood pressure,’ ‘impaired digestion,’ ‘loss of appetite,’ ‘migraine headaches,’ ‘pale and sick at home after work,’ ‘resumption of smoking habit,’ ‘weight gain,’ and ‘worry,’” Graham wrote. “Give me...
  • Sweet Cakes by Melissa raises more than $200,000 to cover fine by Oregon Gaystapo

    07/08/2015 12:42:53 PM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 20 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 07/08/15 | Dan Calabrese
    Excellent. Score one for the good guys, even if it’s only a partial victory. The State of Oregon has failed in its attempt to bankrupt Aaron and Melissa Klein for the crime of declining to bake a cake - as the preposterous $135,000 fine it levied was no match for the willingness of good people to help out the Kleins and their now exclusively online business, Sweet Cakes by Melissa. Through a campaign via Continue to Give, people who still respect both faith and freedom have responded to the following appeal by contributing more than $200,000: HTML5 video is not...
  • Oregon bureaucrat overrides 1st Amendment? How to gut gov’t bullies

    07/08/2015 7:40:54 AM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 13 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 07/08/15 | A. Dru Kristenev
    Schizophrenic states like Oregon must desist from passing laws and ordinances that counter their own Constitution, nullifying it and instituting anarchy in its place. SCOTUS should also get this message It’s no surprise that a lowly state bureaucrat believes he can wield more power than the Oregon and United States Constitutions combined. Given the recent Supreme Court opinions that illegally upheld anti-(not just un-)Constitutional actions by government, these actions of a state employee only seem natural. Administrative punishments, like those levied against Christian bakery owners in Oregon, are becoming commonplace. However, they are not acceptable. The question becomes rhetorical as...
  • Do Christians Even Have a Chance Against Oregon’s Bureaucracy?

    07/08/2015 4:46:20 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 41 replies
    National Review ^ | 07/08/2015 | David French
    On July 2, Brad Avakian, commissioner of Oregon’s Bureau of Labor and Industries (BOLI), ordered Aaron and Melissa Klein to pay $135,000 in damages for “emotional, mental and physical suffering” to a lesbian couple after the Kleins — owners of Sweet Cakes by Melissa — declined to bake a cake celebrating their same-sex wedding. Avakian also ordered the Kleins to “cease and desist” from “publishing, circulating, issuing or displaying, or causing to be published . . . any communication to the effect that any of the accommodations . . . will be refused, withheld from or denied to, or...
  • Oregon Will Become Second State to Offer Free Community College

    07/07/2015 9:42:50 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 22 replies
    Willamette Week Newspaper ^ | July 7, 2015 | Nigel Jaquiss
    More than 10,000 students are expected to benefit from a last-minute bill passed by legislators this week that makes Oregon only the second state (after Tennessee) to offer free community college. The idea, according to state Sen. Mark Hass (D-Beaverton), is that a lot of needy students who might like to attend community college are currently failing to apply for federal grants that could pay for much of their education. The new legislation, Senate Bill 81, offers a carrot: If eligible students apply for and receive federal grants for community college, Oregon will pay the balance of their tuition. The...
  • Oregon Issues Gag Order Against Christian Bakers Who Declined to Make ‘Gay Wedding’ Cake

    07/06/2015 7:46:17 PM PDT · by Faith Presses On · 49 replies
    The Christian Post ^ | 7/6/15 | Heather Clark
    GRESHAM, Ore. — The Oregon Bureau of Labor and Industries has issued a gag order against the Christian owners of a bakery in the state, banning them from speaking about their convictions not to participate in same-sex ceremonies by baking, decorating and delivering a cake for the event. “The Commissioner of the Bureau of Labor and Industries hereby orders [Aaron and Melissa Klein] to cease and desist from publishing, circulating, issuing or displaying, or causing to be published … any communication to the effect that any of the accommodations … will be refused, withheld from or denied to, or that...
  • Oregon Baker to Christians: 'Get Ready for Civil Disobedience'

    07/05/2015 8:06:14 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 51 replies
    Newsmax ^ | July 3, 2015 | Cathy Burke
    Defiant Oregon bakers fined $135,000 for their 2013 refusal to make a cake for a lesbian wedding reportedly vow to "fight back" against the state labor commissioner's stiff penalty – and are calling on "Christians … to take a stand." "For years, we’ve heard same-sex marriage will not affect anybody," Aaron Klein, co-owner of Sweet Cakes by Melissa, told The Blaze. "I’m here firsthand to tell everyone in America that it has already impacted people. Christians, get ready to take a stand. Get ready for civil disobedience." Oregon's Labor Commissioner Brad Avakian on Thursday issued a final ruling in the...
  • 'Sweetcakes' owner defiant in face of $135,000 fine

    07/05/2015 5:50:00 AM PDT · by sheikdetailfeather · 153 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 7-3-2015 | Barbara Boland
    After getting hit with a financially-crushing $135,000 fine Thursday for their decision to not bake a cake for a lesbian wedding, the owner of the Oregon "Sweetcakes by Melissa" bakery has a dire warning for Americans. "For years, we've heard same-sex marriage will not affect anybody," Aaron Klein said in an interview with The Blaze. "I'm here firsthand to tell everyone in America that it has already impacted people." Aaron and his wife Melissa are required to immediately write a $135,000 check to the lesbian couple they refused to bake a wedding cake for, Rachel Cryer-Bowman and Laurel Bowman-Cryer, to...
  • Baker Has a Message for the Gov’t Official Who Just Fined Him $135,000 for Declining......

    07/03/2015 3:18:22 PM PDT · by Morgana · 121 replies
    BLAZE.COM ^ | Jul. 3, 2015 | Billy Hallowell
    FULL TITLE: Baker Has a Message for the Gov’t Official Who Just Fined Him $135,000 for Declining a Gay Wedding Cake: ‘He’s Doing This With the Wrong Christian Just hours after Oregon officials announced that Aaron and Melissa Klein, owners of Sweetcakes by Melissa, would be fined $135,000 for their refusal to bake a cake for a lesbian wedding, Aaron Klein had a message for government officials: He has no plans of backing down. “He wants to silence anyone who opposes his point of view,” Klein told TheBlaze, speaking specifically about Oregon Labor Commissioner Brad Avakian, who has spearheaded the...
  • Happy Independence Day: State of Oregon fines Christian bakers $135,000 over a wedding cake

    07/03/2015 6:20:59 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 45 replies
    Hotair ^ | 07/03/2015 | Ed Morrissey
    The last we had heard from Aaron and Melissa Klein, the former owners of Sweet Cakes in Oregon that lost their bakery business after refusing to make a wedding cake for a same-sex couple, the site GoFundMe had shut down their crowdfunding operation. That was in April, but the drama was not over for the Kleins, who faced a stiff fine for their allegedly discriminatory conduct. Aaron and Melissa defended themselves in media interviews in an attempt to prevent the state of Oregon from further penalizing them, but Oregon Labor Commissioner Brad Avakian went even further than anyone might...
  • State Silences Bakers Who Refused to Make Cake for Lesbian Couple, Fines Them $135K

    07/03/2015 9:48:59 AM PDT · by NRx · 24 replies
    The Daily Signal ^ | 07-02-2015 | Kelsey Harkness
    Oregon Labor Commissioner Brad Avakian finalized a preliminary ruling today ordering Aaron and Melissa Klein, the bakers who refused to make a cake for a same-sex wedding, to pay $135,000 in emotional damages to the couple they denied service. “This case is not about a wedding cake or a marriage,” Avakian wrote. “It is about a business’s refusal to serve someone because of their sexual orientation. Under Oregon law, that is illegal.” In the ruling, Avakian placed an effective gag order on the Kleins, ordering them to “cease and desist” from speaking publicly about not wanting to bake cakes for...
  • Oregon imposes gag order on Christian bakers in gay wedding case

    07/03/2015 9:53:58 AM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 88 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 07/03/15 | Dan Calabrese
    Aaron and Melissa Klein ordered not to talk publicly about their faith. I don’t know if you’ve followed the case of Sweet Cakes by Melissa. This is the now-closed bakery in Oregon that has become a target of state officials because its Christian owners declined to bake a cake for a lesbian wedding. Not only has the business been forced to close, the state has fined the Kleins $135,000. But it gets worse. Much worse. Now that state has responded to a radio interview the Kleins gave by ordering them to no longer talk publicly about why their faith compels...
  • Oregon launches program to tax drivers by the mile

    07/03/2015 6:45:07 AM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 55 replies
    Fox News ^ | 07/03/15 | Dan Springer
    Oregon launches program to tax drivers per mile Never autoplay videos David Hastings is a rare American. This long-time hybrid car owner from Oregon wants to pay higher taxes for roads and bridges and says the current 30 cents per gallon state gas tax barely affects him. "I've been free-loading on the highways for 20 years driving electric cars or hybrid cars, getting at least 40 miles to the gallon. So I haven't been paying my share," Hastings said. Now, Hastings will pay more thanks to OReGO -- the first pay-by-the-mile program in the U.S. Oregon’s Department of Transportation has...
  • Sweet Cakes final order: Gresham Bakery must pay $135,000 (Oregon)

    07/02/2015 3:11:28 PM PDT · by aimhigh · 116 replies
    Oregonian ^ | 07/02/2015 | George Rede
    Oregon Labor Commissioner Brad Avakian on Thursday ordered the owners of a former Gresham bakery to pay $135,000 in damages to a lesbian couple for refusing to make them a wedding cake. Avakian's ruling upheld a preliminary finding earlier this year that the owners of Sweet Cakes by Melissa had discriminated against the women on the basis of their sexual orientation.
  • Oregon takes first steps into era of legal retail marijuana

    07/01/2015 11:28:26 AM PDT · by ConservingFreedom · 66 replies
    The Monroe News [OR] ^ | July 1, 2015
    Forty-two years after Oregon became the first state to decriminalize small amounts of marijuana, the state is taking its first steps along a road leading to state-licensed stores selling limited amounts of it to anyone over 21. "Oregon has long been a pioneer on sensible marijuana policies," said Anthony Johnson, chief petitioner on Measure 91, which on Wednesday makes Oregon the fourth state to adopt laws legalizing recreational use of cannabis for people old enough to drink. He added though that he doesn't expect much increased demand for it. Smoking it in public is illegal, but in Portland police are...
  • Your cat is on a killing spree that's destroying the planet; study finds you're in denial about it

    07/01/2015 8:36:24 AM PDT · by Rio · 84 replies
    OregonLive.com ^ | July 1, 2015 | Douglas Perry
    Your cat is a killer. And we're not just talking about the hit to your soul when Fluffy stares right past you despite your sweetest cooing. Cats, no matter how adorable, are predators. They stalk, they pounce -- and then they snap the neck of whatever little flying or skittering thing they've just caught. Most of us view this as a good thing. We're all better off with fewer rodents around, and if some pretty little birds get caught up in the killing spree, we can live with that. Biologists, it seems, aren't so sure. Domestic cats aren't a natural...
  • Do your neighbors believe in global warming? New map has answer

    06/26/2015 6:00:24 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 20 replies
    The Oregonian ^ | June 25, 2015 | By Kelly House
    Multnomah County has the state's highest percentage of global warming believers, according to new figures from Yale University. According to the university's national climate change opinions map, 74 percent of residents believe global warming is happening, while 13 percent don't buy it. The newly released figures are based on a complex statistical analysis of public perceptions about climate change in every state, congressional district and county across the country. Washington, D.C. residents led the nation in climate change affirmation, with 81 percent of residents. Floridians' title as the nation's biggest climate change deniers. Curious what your neighbors think about global...
  • Oregon men hospitalized - recovering after rare beaver attack

    06/27/2015 7:02:05 PM PDT · by smokingfrog · 83 replies
    NewsDaily ^ | 6-26-15 | Courtney Sherwood
    PORTLAND, Ore. – Two Oregon hikers who were assaulted by a beaver after they climbed onto its dam have been hospitalized for injuries incurred during the rare attack, law enforcement officials said on Friday. Clayton Mitchell, 23, told the Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office that he and a friend had been hiking along a river near his central Oregon home..
  • Two bodies found in freezer at Springfield home; family members identify couple

    06/25/2015 2:00:34 PM PDT · by markomalley · 5 replies
    Eugene Register-Guard ^ | 6/25/15 | Chelsea Gorrow
    Detectives on Wednesday evening were still in the process of removing evidence, including a number of cellphones, as they worked to determine how two bodies ended up in a chest-style freezer at a Nicholas Drive home. From the doorway where police entered Tuesday to bring a man outside — identified as 38-year-old Jeremy Daniel Ringquist — a white freezer was apparent as police officers from both Springfield and Eugene went in and out of the garage through a broken doorframe. Detectives also performed a three dimensional scan of the scene, preserving images for future use. As of 5 p.m., the...
  • Oregon dumps cold water on low Obamacare rates

    06/22/2015 4:15:14 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 15 replies
    CNBC ^ | June 22, 2015 | by Dan Mangan
    They wanted their Obamacare prices to be low—but the state said "no." The state of Oregon reportedly has ordered a number of insurers to raise proposed Obamacare premiums for 2016 after some of those companies asked for rates that were only moderately higher, if not lower than this year. Now, many Obamacare customers there are looking at likely double-digit percentage rate increases after having experienced some of "the lowest premiums in the nation," the Oregonian noted. For example, Oregon's Health CO-OP asked for a 5.3-percent average rate increase for next year, but the state's preliminary decision calls for a 19.9...
  • Oregonians' health premiums poised for big hikes next year

    06/19/2015 7:30:20 PM PDT · by QT3.14 · 15 replies
    OregonLive ^ | June 18, 2015 | Nick Budnick
    More than 220,000 Oregonians who buy their own health insurance are poised to pay higher premiums next year -- some of them a lot higher. State regulators on Thursday announced rates for people who aren't covered by their employers or government programs. And the news is not good. While some insurers proposed rates similar to or better than this year's, officials are ordering them to be raised -- saying they need to close a sizable gap between what insurers have collected and what they spend on claims. As a result, the least expensive "silver" plan premium available to a 40-year-old...
  • Nail-gun sales subject to background checks? Legislator plans to make sure they're not

    06/13/2015 4:35:36 PM PDT · by Red in Blue PA · 25 replies
    A certain type of high-powered nail gun may technically qualify as a firearm in Oregon -- meaning that purchasers could be subject to criminal background checks. That prospect has legislators scrambling to change the law to avoid being accused of making tool buyers go through new regulatory hoops. Senate Judiciary Chairman Floyd Prozanski, D-Eugene, on Thursday won approval of his committee to amend a House-passed gun bill to include language making it clear that a "low-velocity powder-actuated tool or similar apparatus" is not a firearm under Oregon law.