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High Court won’t block Oregon gay marriage

WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court is refusing to halt a federal judge’s order declaring Oregon’s same-sex marriage ban unconstitutional.

The court issued an order Wednesday declining to block any new same-sex unions in the state while a federal appeals court considers whether an anti-gay marriage group can intervene in the case.

The order follows an emergency appeal by the National Organization for Marriage that seeks to overturn the May 19 ruling of U.S. District Judge Michael McShane. The group had unsuccessfully tried to intervene in the lower court proceeding after Oregon Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum declined to defend the same-sex ban.

Hundreds of same-sex Oregon couples have obtained marriage licenses since McShane’s order.

The group filed its request with Justice Anthony Kennedy and he referred it to the full court.

Panhandle Prefers Ducks To Broncos

Just how popular are the Broncos in the Gem State and elsewhere? The folks at social media giant Facebook have an answer — sort of. Late last week, Facebook released its first NCAA college football fan map, similar to maps it has done in recent years showing the allegiances of its users to specific NFL and MLB teams. Using the AP's Top 25 preseason rankings, Facebook analyzed how many “likes” each Top 25 team's official Facebook page had in every county in every state. Boise State, which was 19th in the preseason rankings before dropping out altogether this week after being throttled by Washington in the season opener, won the popularity contest in the majority of Idaho counties. But it wasn't a Gem State shutout. Oregon, which dominates much of the West Coast in the Facebook popularity map, also stole some Idaho counties — Camas and Blaine in central Idaho as well as Lewis County and every county north of it/Idaho Statesman. More here. (AP photo: Oregon's Chance Allen (20) celebrates his touchdown run against Nicholls State Saturday)

Question: Are you surprised that the Oregon Ducks are more popular than the Boise State Broncos in the Idaho Panhandle?

Man Blows Cork Over Misspelling

A sign is shown in the parking lot of the state Teacher Standards and Practices Commission in Salem, Ore., on Wednesday. An upset man brought a pressure cooker he claimed was a bomb into the state Teacher Standards and Practices Commission office on Wednesday and informed employees he had tried to blow up their sign because it was misspelled, a state official said. This side of the sign is missing the letter “d'' in the word “and.” Story here. (AP Photo/Statesman-Journal: Timothy J. Gonzalez)

Question: Do you get upset by typos?

1 In 16 Youth Play ‘Choking Game’?

One in 16 Oregon youths say they have played a dangerous game in which they get high by putting pressure on the neck to cut off blood circulation to the brain, U.S. researchers said on Monday. The study was led by public health officials in Oregon and did not look at the extent of the problem nationwide. But the researchers said there is no reason to think the results would be significantly different elsewhere in the United States. The team surveyed 5,000 eighth graders in 2009 to see whether they had participated in the “choking game,” which can result in deaths, seizures, brain damage and even fatal head injuries from falling to the ground/Reuters. More here. (Wikipedia photo) H/T: Orbusmax

April 5: 10YO southern Idaho boy dies from playing “Choking Game”/Twin Falls Times-News

Question: Have you ever heard of the “Choking Game”?

Simpsons’ Springfield Is In Oregon

One of the best-kept secrets in television history has been revealed, with “The Simpsons” creator Matt Groening pointing to Springfield, Ore., as the inspiration for the animated hometown of Homer and his dysfunctional family. Groening told Smithsonian magazine, published online Tuesday, that he was inspired by the television show “Father Knows Best,” which took place in a place called Springfield. Springfield, Ore., is 100 miles south of Groening's hometown of Portland. “When I grew up, I realized it was just a fictitious name,” Groening told the magazine. “I also figured out that Springfield was one of the most common names for a city in the U.S. “In anticipation of the success of the show, I thought, `This will be cool; everyone will think it's their Springfield.' And they do,” he said/AP. More here. (AP photo)

Question: Which Simpson's character is most like you?

Otter Offers 150 Wolves To Oregon

Idaho Gov. C.L. “Butch” Otter has offered to send Oregon Gov. John Kitzhaber 150 wolves, saying his own state has a few of the predators to spare. Monday's offer came in a tongue-in-cheek letter where Otter sarcastically apologized to Kitzhaber after an Idaho hunter killed a wolf from an Oregon pack that strayed across Idaho's border to the east. On Feb. 2, the Idaho hunter killed a brother of an Oregon wolf that became a celebrity by wandering hundreds of miles into Northern California seeking a mate/AP. More here.

Question: Do you wish Idaho really could send Oregon 150 wolves?

Washington, Oregon On Liberal List

Earlier, I published a list of the 10 most conservative states, compiled by Fellowship of the Minds: Conservatives Who Love America (from Gallup polling). Above you can find a list of the 10 most liberal states.

Question: Are you surprised that Oregon is No. 3 and Washington No. 4?

‘Portlandia’ Returns For 2nd Season

On a map of the Internet, the capital these days would be “Portlandia.” The cult IFC Channel sketch show has been dominating Twitter and Google searches for several days leading up to Friday night's Season Two debut, occupying the type of web chatter usually reserved for Lindsay Lohan court-dates and Charlie Sheen implosions. Not bad for a show set in a hipster's version of Portland, where tattoo ink flows freely and people are really worried if the chicken they're eating is organic and locally raised. Where it's okay to have an obsession with the nineties grunge, to sell hand-crafted light bulbs for $68 apiece, and to toss out catch-phrases like “Put a Bird on It”/New York Daily News. More here. (Scott Green AP/IFC photo: Fred Armisen and Carrie Brownstein are shown in a scene from “Portlandia”)

Question: What's your favorite/least favorite thing about Portland, Ore.?

Oregon Guv Won’t Allow Execution

Gov. John Kitzhaber (pictured) announced today he will not allow the execution of Gary Haugen — or any death row inmateto take place while he is in office. The death penalty is morally wrong and unjustly administered, Kitzhaber said. “In my mind it is a perversion of justice,” he said at an emotional news conference in Salem. The governor cited his constitutional authority to grant a temporary reprieve for Haugen, in effect canceling the planned Dec. 6 lethal injection of the twice-convicted murderer. Haugen waived his legal appeals and has been preparing for the execution, which would have been Oregon's first in 14 years/Helen Jung, Oregonian. More here. (AP photo)


Court OKs Guns At Oregon Colleges

Students and faculty with permits will be allowed to carry concealed guns on Oregon's seven public university campuses – at least for now – as the result of a court ruling Wednesday.  A three-judge panel of the Oregon Court of Appeals said that an Oregon University System ban on guns exceeds its authority and is invalid. That means people with permits can pack concealed guns, said Di Saunders, spokeswoman for the university system. “We don't have the authority to kick them off campus unless they show the weapons,” she said. But anyone brandishing a gun on campus would be approached immediately by security, she said/Bill Graves, Oregonian. More here. (Wikipedia photo)

Question: Do you still agree with me that this is a dumb idea?

Johnson: Hatfield Fit Senator Mold

I’ve always thought of Mark Hatfield, the Oregon Republican who died on Sunday, as looking and acting exactly as a United States Senator should. If Hollywood were casting a role for a wise, reasoned fellow to be a U.S. Senator, Hatfield could have played the part. Heck, he did play the part for 30 years. Most of the obits describe Mark Hatfield as “a liberal Republican,” and that is probably a fine description, as far as it goes. I think of him in the great tradition of Senate independents and independence is way more important in politics than being a Republican, a Democrat, a liberal or a conservative. Hatfield was an independent/Marc Johnson, The Johnson Post. More here.

Question: Which U.S. senator today “looks” like a U.S. senator should look?

20% Of Oregon Town OK To Grow Pot

In Oregon, big city Portland has cafes where medical marijuana users smoke pot while singing karaoke. But it is in the small rural communities of southwestern Oregon where medical marijuana has really taken root. The Associated Press analyzed the locations of people registered to grow medical marijuana as patients, caregivers or designated growers based on their ZIP codes and found that Williams in Josephine County has the heaviest concentration. More than 400 of the town’s 2000 residents, approximately 20 percent of residents, are authorized by the state to grow up to six plants each/ NW roundup. More here. (SR file photo of marijuana plant, for illustrative purposes)

Question: Would you want to live in a town where 20 percent of the residents were registered to grow marijuana?

Wu Resigns In Wake Of Sex Scandal

Rep. David Wu, D-Ore. speaks in Hillsboro, Ore., in this March 7 file photo. Wu has announced that he is resigning in the wake of allegations that he had a sexual encounter with an 18-year-old woman. Story from The Hill here. (AP Photo/Don Ryan, File)

Question: Should we require that all male U.S. senators & representatives wear a chastity belt, to keep them from sex scandals?

Oregon Insurer Seeks 22% Increase

Item: Oregon's largest health insurer seeks 22 percent rate increase/Joe Rojas-Burke, Oregonian

More Info: Oregon's largest health insurer, Regence BlueCross BlueShield, wants to raise premiums by more than 22 percent for 59,000 customers with individual coverage. In response to the eye-popping rate request, state insurance regulators took the unusual step of scheduling a public hearing, set for June 2.

Question: How affordable is your health insurance?

Title Guy: Oregon Fans Obnoxious

In the comments section, Title Guy writes of the BCS Championship game won by No. 1 Auburn over No. 2 Oregon 22-19 last night: “Seeing Oregon LOSE made my year!!! Thier fans are nasty!!!” Some have said the same thing of Boise State. I enjoy having a team in Idaho that can challenge for a national championship, although I didn't appreciate the Broncos kicking the Idaho Vandals to the curb by jumping to the Mountain West and then refusing to continue their interstate rivalry with Idaho. On the other hand, I'm a bit sad for several colleagues in the Spokane office who graduated from University of Oregon and are in mourning today. I don't pay a lot of attention to chest-thumping by fans.

Question: Which college football fans are most obnoxious — Oregon's, Boise State's, or some other school?

Auburn Nips Oregon w/FG 22-19

Item: Auburn nails it: Late field goal earns Tigers BCS championship/Eddie Pells, Associated Press

More Info: Auburn running back Michael Dyer never heard any whistle, so he just kept running – past the tackler who thought he had him down – and deep into Oregon territory. Dyer broke stride, then took off on a dead run in the final minutes, setting up a short field goal on the last play that led No. 1 Auburn over the No. 2 Ducks 22-19 in the BCS championship game on Monday night.

Question: Which college football bowl game meant the most to you? Why?

Auburn Edges Oregon For BCS Title

Auburn's Michael Dyer (5) is tackled short of the goal line by Oregon's Eddie Pleasant (11) defends during the second half of the BCS National Championship NCAA college football game tonight in Glendale, Ariz. Auburn won 22-19. ESPN game story & boxscore here. (AP Photo/Matt York)

Parting Shot — 1.10.11

Auburn University fans gather at the Scottsdale Waterfront, Sunday in Scottsdale, Ariz. The Auburn fans were gearing up for the BCS national championship NCAA college football game with Oregon tonight in Glendale, Ariz. (AP Photo/The Arizona Republic, Tom Tingle)

Question: Who's going to win?

No. 2 Oregon Hikes Minimum Wage

Oregon boasts the second highest minimum wage in the country. Washington state leads the nation with a 2011 minimum wage of $8.67 an hour. The Oregon Bureau of Labor and Industries mandates a minimum wage increase from $8.40 an hour to $8.50 an hour for 2011. For a 40-hour work week, the 10-cent increase means about $4 more a week. That translates to about $16 a month and about $192 a year before taxes. Some say that increase is great for workers but can put some strain on businesses trying to keep up with payroll/Kelly Koopmans, KBOI. More here. (H/T: Orbusmax)

Question: Is the minimum wage in Oregon ($8.50) and Washington ($8.67) too high? Or is the Idaho minimum wage ($7.25) too low? Or both? What would be a perfect minimum wage?

Meghann: I Want To Pump My Own Gas

Twitter/Facebook/SR buddy Meghann Cuniff mentioned on her blog recently that she’s off on an well-deserved, two-week vacation back to her home country, Oregon. So I wasn’t surprised to see a post from Oregon on her Twitter account that sez pointedly: “At a gas station in Portland. Not being able pump your own gas is ridiculous but “I still love Oregon.” I agree with her bottom line. If I didn’t live in Idaho, I’d probably live in Oregon. Beautiful country. Much closer to the ocean. However, her observation about the gas stations there hit home. I’m not a patient sort. And I don’t like waiting for an attendant at an Oregon station to amble over to pump your gas … or to quit pumping it once the pump shuts off. How about you?

Question: What do you think of the Oregon law that requires attendants at stations pump gas?

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