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The High Five

Political Cartoons by Gary Varvel

  1. U.S. Cities and States Start Spending Again – State and local governments in the U.S. used to be steady employers. Mass layoffs were a rarity. Then came the 2007–09 recession, and those governments slashed half a million workers, becoming an immense drag on growth.

  2. Legislative preview: Key issues, people and events in this session – When they begin their 2013 session Monday, Oregon lawmakers face weighty matters of state prisons and the public-pension system, and perennial issues such as a sales tax and a ban on plastic bags.

  3. A balancing act on Willamette Street – The south Eugene stretch poses obstacles for all users, and the city faces a difficult task in making changes

  4. Nike eyed Austin, Vancouver until Oregon special session – Nike wanted to invest millions in an expansion that could generate hundreds, if not thousands, of new jobs. And if the state could give the company assurance on taxes, that investment, code-named “Project Impact,” would be in Oregon.

  5. How the NRA evolved into a mighty gun lobby – A group that was focused on hunting, conservation and marksmanship began to transform itself in 1977, overcoming internal tumult, developing a large grass-roots operation and becoming closely aligned with the Republican party.

 

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