Sunday, April 08, 2007

Spanning the State--Tote Board Edition

Our Draft DeFazio campaign is going great! Our tote board at the Draft DeFazio blog shows that far we've raised $968 from 54 contributors. But we've still got a long way to go to meet our $2000/100 contributor goal. Please sign the petition to support Peter's Senate campaign and drop a small donation over at Act Blue (even a $5 donation is very meaningful--it demonstrates a commitment to help).

And now, let's Span the State!


The Jackson County Library System closed this week due to lack of funds.

The US Census Bureau has declared that Bend is the second fastest growing metro area in the US, just behind St. George, Utah.

Just in case you were under the delusion that the newspaper of record in Canby isn't biased, let me disabuse you. Any paper that describes Ross Day as the leading light for OIA is demonstrating itself to be firmly ensconsed up the ass of conservatives. Ick.

Grass seed farmer Dave Doerfler says that he and other seed farmers were "caught unawares" by Rep. Paul Holvey's attempt to ban field burning. This seems pretty hard to believe given that I heard about the proposal in September or October, that someone who is as apparently politically active as Doerfler didn't know.

Senator Ron Wyden is making the rounds east of the mountains.

The WalMart store approved for the town of Cornelius is expected to open June 2008. WalMart is still looking for a place in the Beaverton area. I would expect that any effort to open a store in Beaverton will be met with stiff resistance from residents.

The McMinnville News Register seems to be crowing over local gas prices being at $2.99 per gallon, claiming that Portland Metro area prices are higher. But a quick check at shows that prices in Portland and the surrounding area are about the same or a little less.

A group of rural schools in Oregon have banded together to ask the legislature for a $4.4 million grant. Portland representative Tina Kotek is helping to champion their efforts.