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Isaac Laquedem
Portland, Oregon
I'm a longtime Portlander who keeps an eye on the passing political scene, and I can occasionally be seen at its edges, where the light fades nto shadow. That might be me in the back of the Council chambers, or whispering in the ear of a bureau head. In this blog I try to be accurate, but I make no claim to be fair, impartial, or unbiased.
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Elie Mystal, writing in the November 29 issue of The Nation, argues that it's time to abolish the United States Senate, describing the Senate as "the place where the popular will goes to die. The Senate's primary function is to... Continue reading
Posted Nov 26, 2021 at Isaac Laquedem
The Republican party, and in particular its leadership in Congress, has turned into a collection of Marxists - not adherents of Karl Marx, but of Groucho Marx, most notably his line from Horse Feathers, “Whatever it is, I’m against it.”... Continue reading
Posted Nov 15, 2021 at Isaac Laquedem
Now that a portion of President Biden's infrastructure package has made the passage between the Scylla of Mitch McConnell and the Charybdis of Senators Sinema and Manchin, it's time to look ahead to the eventual dedication ceremonies for some of... Continue reading
Posted Nov 14, 2021 at Isaac Laquedem
On June 11 Governor Kate Brown signed HB 2481, which restricts police departments from acquiring certain types of surplus federal military equipment, including armed drones, grenades and grenade launchers, and firearms silencers. City police departments must obtain written approval from... Continue reading
Posted Jun 27, 2021 at Isaac Laquedem
Portland Parks & Recreation (what old-timers call the "Parks Bureau") has proposed a master plan for the twelve South Park Blocks, the strip of greenery that stretches from Jackson Street north to Salmon Street, where the Mausoleum Club stops further... Continue reading
Posted Jun 27, 2021 at Isaac Laquedem
Rudy Giuliani was at the forefront of former president Donald Trump's efforts to overturn the 2020 Presidential election, everywhere except on the steps of Congress on January 6. He took license with the law and the facts. This morning a... Continue reading
Posted Jun 24, 2021 at Isaac Laquedem
On March 25, the Georgia State Patrol arrested Georgia State Representative Park Cannon inside the Georgia State Capitol building as she knocked on the door of a room where the governor, Brian Kemp, was signing a bill to make it... Continue reading
Posted Mar 30, 2021 at Isaac Laquedem
If downtown Portland is going to cease to be a showroom for the plywood industry and the overnight work of Kennedy Restoration, the city needs to change its response to the occasional protests and coincident property damage. The police force's... Continue reading
Posted Mar 14, 2021 at Isaac Laquedem
In real-dollar terms, the minimum wage of $7.25/hour is at its lowest point since shortly after its creation in 1938. It has been $7.25/hour since 2009. One of our major political parties, fearful of directing money to people who might... Continue reading
Posted Mar 8, 2021 at Isaac Laquedem
On this day in 1876, the United States issued a patent to Alexander Graham Bell for his invention of the telephone. My more modest contribution to March 7 is that on this day in 2004 I published my first blog... Continue reading
Posted Mar 7, 2021 at Isaac Laquedem
Readers with long memories will recall that in 2014 the ILWU and the electricians' union fought over two jobs at Terminal 6, the Port of Portland's container facility on the Columbia River (pictured). The question was whether the task of... Continue reading
Posted Mar 6, 2021 at Isaac Laquedem
The Oregon State Bar prints a magazine called the Oregon State Bar Bulletin, intended mainly for its members. The Bulletin includes articles on legal writing, profiles of individual lawyers, articles about recent legal developments, announcements of upcoming educational classes and... Continue reading
Posted Mar 5, 2021 at Isaac Laquedem
And Moses returned unto the Lord, and said, Oh, this people have sinned a great sin, and have made them gods of gold. Yet now, if thou wilt forgive their sin--; and if not, blot me, I pray thee, out... Continue reading
Posted Feb 26, 2021 at Isaac Laquedem
Except now it's Texas that can't perform even basic functions of civilization as millions of Texans are without power because the state elected to go it alone with its electric grid. Ted Cruz took off for a vacation in Cancun,... Continue reading
Posted Feb 18, 2021 at Isaac Laquedem
To explain one aspect of quantum mechanics, the physicist Erwin Schrödinger imagined his eponymous cat as a feline shut into a box with a timed mechanism that releases poison and kills the cat at some unknown time in the next... Continue reading
Posted Feb 13, 2021 at Isaac Laquedem
In the extremely unlikely event that I should be called to serve as our nation's Chief Executive, and then grant an interview to the New York Times, I will have no qualms about wearing a Rolex watch and a tan... Continue reading
Posted Jan 24, 2021 at Isaac Laquedem
The recent stories about the consequences that are starting to rain upon the January 6 anti-government rioters have drowned out ("swamped" might be appropriate) a story from Cambridge about a consequence that befell one of the insurrectionists' enablers. On January... Continue reading
Posted Jan 20, 2021 at Isaac Laquedem
President Trump was widely expected to issue a fleet of pardons today, his last full day in office. So far (10:23 p.m Eastern time) he hasn't announced any. He may issue the last-minute pardons in the 13-1/2 hours before he... Continue reading
Posted Jan 19, 2021 at Isaac Laquedem
Who has not had the temptation at an all-you-can-eat buffet (remember them? They're a pre-Covid thing) to take some of everything, on the reasonable ground that once you've agreed to pay the fixed price for the meal, all the food... Continue reading
Posted Oct 18, 2020 at Isaac Laquedem
A wise man I knew used to say that it's good to know a senator, but it's much more useful to know the mayor. With that in mind, I'm starting endorsement season with the Portland city council. The Mayor's race... Continue reading
Posted Oct 16, 2020 at Isaac Laquedem
If one of the three main selling points of a request that you approve a new tax is that you won't have to pay the tax -- it's a tax entirely on other people, or on businesses, or on sales... Continue reading
Posted Oct 12, 2020 at Isaac Laquedem