From the Hill to the ‘hall: Oct. 17-23

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Georgia State Representative’s ‘rhetorical’ remark sparks fervor

Representative Betty Price (R-48) created a firestorm over remarks made at an investigative committee when she asked whether it was possible to quarantine patients that are HIV positive. Clarifying her remarks, Price stated that her comments were merely rhetorical and were meant to highlight the current plight of patients in her state.

Trump to unseal John F. Kennedy assassination files

Announcing his decision via tweet, United States President Donald Trump stated he intends to unseal currently classified files surrounding the assassination of President John Fitzgerald Kennedy, in line with a 1992 law signed by President George H.W. Bush. The contents of these files is unknown, and questions of what may be withheld are still up in the air.

Russian to delete fake GOP account

The extremely popular Republican twitter account @TEN_GOP was revealed to have been the product of a prolific Russian troll farm. In spite of repeated efforts by the actual Republican Party of Tennessee to have the account suspended, it was not until a BuzzFeed report determined the truth that Twitter acted, quickly suspending the account.

ICE raises ire of Oregon’s senators and reps

An Immigration and Customs Enforcement warrantless raid brought the arrest and subsequent release of a man working on a Portland home, prompting United States Senators Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley to respond, as well as United States Representatives Suzanne Bonamici and Earl Blumenauer, all of whom condemned the act and demanded an explanation from ICE.

We didn’t forget about Gresham

Turning to Gresham, Gresham City Council voted Oct. 17 to fund nonprofits and school programs using funds collected at transfer stations, according to The Outlook. Materials published with the resolution state City Council will direct the allocation of funds with assistance of a committee co-chaired by Oregon Metro Councilor Shirley Craddick.

THIS WEEK AT PORTLAND CITY COUNCIL

Livable streets discussion
9:45 a.m., Wednesday, Oct. 25
Portland City Council will take up discussion about adoption of a comprehensive livable streets plan. Such a plan would allow for the prioritization of people in streetscapes and public rights-of-way. Think: nicer sidewalks, streets that flow with community traffic. 45 minutes of discussion is planned.

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