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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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Model Rule 8.2 of the Rules of Professional Conduct for lawyers, as recommended by the American Bar Association and adopted in some form by most of the states, reads: Rule 8.2 Judicial And Legal Officials (a) A lawyer shall not... Continue reading
Posted Oct 3, 2018 at Isaac Laquedem
Here's what Judge Kavanaugh should have told the Judiciary Committee, as revised by Isaac. Continue reading
Posted Sep 28, 2018 at Isaac Laquedem
If a young man in a German concentration camp 75 years ago were asked to define "surviving" he might have taken it to mean living to see the next day, or the next week, or the next month -- maybe,... Continue reading
Posted Sep 16, 2018 at Isaac Laquedem
I can't be the only one who noticed the coincidence in CNN's story about the mother of Osama bin Laden being followed by, well, the story that it was followed by. Continue reading
Posted Aug 5, 2018 at Isaac Laquedem
This week the Supreme Court held, in a case called Janus v. AFSCME, that public employees could not be compelled to pay "fair share" fees to the unions that negotiate their contracts with the government, overturning 40 years of precedent.... Continue reading
Posted Jun 27, 2018 at Isaac Laquedem
Wendell Phillips, the underappreciated author of the fine phrase that graces our federal courthouse, "The first duty of society is justice," was not necessarily a proper Bostonian - the other Boston brahmins thought him a rabble-rouser, which he was --... Continue reading
Posted Apr 19, 2018 at Isaac Laquedem
Law and academe share a fondness for citation. Nothing more interesting than a cliché may be quoted without attributing the quotation to its source. As the saying goes, "Be original - but find someone who said it first."1 The Hatfield... Continue reading
Posted Mar 23, 2018 at Isaac Laquedem
Fifty-five years ago Dennis Buchanan left his job at the Chicago Tribune to come to Portland, where he took a job as an investigative reporter for the Oregon Journal. He got the public’s attention with a story on the December... Continue reading
Posted Dec 29, 2017 at Isaac Laquedem
Six years ago Macy's turned down Venerable Mom's application for a credit card, despite her good credit history and enviable financial status. I wrote about it here. This week VM received an invitation to apply for a Platinum Visa card... Continue reading
Posted Oct 9, 2017 at Isaac Laquedem
In 2008, I wrote: Some years ago, here in Portland, two businessmen had a disagreement. One said to the other, "If you don't settle this dispute on my terms, I will sic my lawyers on you and they will tie... Continue reading
Posted Sep 15, 2017 at Isaac Laquedem
The unlikely life of Theodosios T. Tzantarmas began in 1936 in Thessaloniki, the second-largest city in Greece and one with a lively reputation for challenging the government: it was the locus of the original Young Turks, who started the revolution... Continue reading
Posted Aug 4, 2017 at Isaac Laquedem
A challenge to President Trump's executive order to bar citizens of certain Muslim-dominant nations from visiting the United States came before the Fourth Circuit of the United States Court of Appeals, which issued its opinion today blocking the president's travel... Continue reading
Posted May 25, 2017 at Isaac Laquedem
At least, that's how I interpret the juxtaposition of Mr. Trump firing James Comey as director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation at the same time that his son-in-law's sister is selling real estate investments and visas to the Chinese. Continue reading
Posted May 9, 2017 at Isaac Laquedem
My cell phone carrier texts me today: "This Mother's Day, call your mom (on THIS NEW iPhone - and save)," with a link to the advertisement. The carrier has hit on a compelling sales pitch. I would pay well for... Continue reading
Posted May 5, 2017 at Isaac Laquedem
I enjoy reading the descriptions of natural history that condense the life of the universe into the scale of a single year, sometimes called the Cosmic Calendar, so that if the Big Bang happened on January 1, the solar system... Continue reading
Posted Mar 23, 2017 at Isaac Laquedem
In January, Senator Mike Lee (R-Utah) proposed eliminating the corporate income tax. As president-elect, Donald Trump wanted to lower the top corporate tax rate from 35% to 15%. They may wish to review the history of how the nation's tax... Continue reading
Posted Mar 23, 2017 at Isaac Laquedem
On this day in 1919, when Tom Moyer was born in an upstairs bedroom of this unassuming building in Sellwood, his father, who had boxed as "Silk Hat" Harry Moyer, might have imagined that Tom would himself become a boxer... Continue reading
Posted Mar 2, 2017 at Isaac Laquedem
I was not the first, or the second, or even the six hundredth person to be surprised by Amanda Fritz's decision to close her City Hall office and travel to Arizona with six of her senior staff to attend a... Continue reading
Posted Mar 1, 2017 at Isaac Laquedem
The title of the link is misleading: the 9th Circuit declined to lift the stay that Judge James Robart placed on President Trump's immigration order. Continue reading
Posted Feb 9, 2017 at Isaac Laquedem
Comedian Irwin Corey billed himself as "The World's Foremost Authority." Authority on what? Anything you might wish him to talk about, if you were willing to overlook how he could spiral from coherent and professorial English into a whirlpool of... Continue reading
Posted Feb 7, 2017 at Isaac Laquedem
Hidden within Donald Trump's executive order on immigration is this little gem, section 9: Sec. 9. Visa Validity Reciprocity. The Secretary of State shall review all nonimmigrant visa reciprocity agreements to ensure that they are, with respect to each visa... Continue reading
Posted Feb 6, 2017 at Isaac Laquedem
A year ago I'd written about Richard See and Paul Gold, who dominated downtown real estate for decades and whose exploits included acquiring and assembling the block where the Georgia-Pacific Building (now the Standard Insurance Center) became downtown's first modern... Continue reading
Posted Jan 30, 2017 at Isaac Laquedem