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Fearing the loss of his precious filibuster, Senate Minority Turtle Mitch McConnell blinks at the debt ceiling vote. Alex Wong / Getty News
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IN LOCAL NEWS:
• DO NOT FORGET! The most delicious week of the year IS FINALLY HERE! The MercuryWING WEEK runs all week (October 4-10) with 24 creative wing dishes from your favorite restaurants and bars, and they’re just $ 6 per plate! SEND YOUR WINGS.
• We have a new candidate running for Oregon’s most ignorant politician, and it’s Josephine County Commissioner Darin Fowler, who last week in a town hall lashed out at the terms of vaccination by saying hilariously, “You don’t have the right to ask me a medical question, Mr Government!” (Josephine has one of the highest COVID death rates in the state.) this week’s meeting, I think he might have outdone himself with the following silly statement about vaccines to the public: “You’re just going to have to ask God, and pray for wisdom on this one, for you can’t trust politicians, you can’t trust doctors, you sure can’t trust the CDC or any world health organization. In response, God said, “You will pretty much elect n doesn’t matter, doesn’t it?
• Speaking of politicians who aren’t the sharpest tools in the shed:
“I do not support the mandates for the masks. I do not support the mandates for the vaccines. I do not support sending your children to school for nine hours with a mask,” Mayor Drinkwine said https: //t.co/eZgXifRQgx
– Portland Tribune (@ThePortlandTrib) October 8, 2021
• Sorry anti-vaccine, but you suffered another loss in court. An Oregon appeals court has refused to end the state’s mandate that requires healthcare workers, as well as firefighters and paramedics, to get vaccinated.
• Good news for supporters of criminal justice reform: a decision this morning by the Oregon Supreme Court will likely have the effect of all current death sentences in the state, and maybe end the death penalty in Oregon! Our Blair Stenvick has the details of this monumental decision.
• Oregon authorities sound the alarm over an increase fake drugs sold over the internet, some of which lead to an increase in overdose cases statewide and, in some cases, death.
• Elite Portland prep school Catlin Gabel is facing yet another sex scandal and fired a teacher accused of sexually abusing an eighth grader decades ago. At present, the school is defending itself against 27 people who are suing to collect a total of $ 80,850,000 in damages.
• Sure you are smart … but are you PORTLAND smart? Find out by picking up the latest edition of the fun and super sassy POP QUIZ PDX, featuring plenty of entertaining anecdotes about local political scandals, weird history and this week … a special subjective Halloween candy question!
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– Portland Mercury 🗞 (@portlandmercury) October 7, 2021
IN NATIONAL / GLOBAL NEWS:
• Thanks in large part to the Delta variation of COVID-19, September hiring numbers across the country were below what was expected, but still showing signs of growth.
Even as the Delta variant begins to sag in the United States, the country’s employment figures in September reflect the devastation it has caused https://t.co/AHyHva3tVf
– The Daily Beast (@thedailybeast) October 8, 2021
• Senate Republicans eventually agreed to join Democrats in extending the national debt ceiling, but it wasn’t because of potential economic disaster … they feared losing their precious filibuster.
• A new report from the Senate Judiciary Committee details Trump’s extraordinary efforts in his attempt to overthrow the 2020 election, prompting GOP leaders across the country to report massive electoral fraud and using intimidation tactics against him. Department of Justice to the point where there were almost massive resignations.
• Meanwhile, Trump and his lawyers are advising his former aides, including Mark Meadows, Kash Patel, Dan Scavino and Stephen Bannon, to ignore subpoenas to appear before Congress and answer questions about the involvement of the former president in the January 6 national terrorist attack on Capitol Hill. (Good! I’d love to see all these guys in jail.)
• According to documents released by the House Oversight Committee, Trump lied about the millions his DC hotel was making during his tenure because in reality he racked up more than $ 70 million (!!) in losses. WOMP WOMP!
• Congratulations to journalists Maria Ressa from the Philippines and Dmitry Muratov from Russia who won the Nobel Peace Prize for their work in exposing the corruption of their governments.
Dozens of states have tried to end qualified immunity. Police officers and unions have helped beat almost all of the bills. https://t.co/62XgoLRbYR
– Wesley (@WesleyLowery) October 8, 2021
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