Oregon voters voted Tuesday, May 15, in one of the nation’s first primaries. Positions on the ballot included everything from governor, federal representatives, state representatives and senators, to county commissioners and judicial candidates. As Oregon moves on from the primaries to the general election in November, what’s next? Historically, the turnout rate of this month’s primary was the lowest in decades. According to the Secretary of State’s official results, only 891,441 ballots had been received of the 2,665,029 eligible voters or 33.45 percent. In the race for governor, incumbent Kate Brown easily won the Democratic primary with roughly 82 percent of the vote. On theRead More →

In this edition of (Para)Legally Laughable first year paralegal student Charles Crosier laughs at, and answers, a question. This is an opinion piece and does not reflect the views of The Mainstream. An opinion written recently by Han A. Von Spakovsky, first appearing on Fox News’ website and later on The Heritage Foundation website, asks a very interesting question with its title: “Is Robert Mueller Going to Investigate George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, and Andrew Jackson, Too?” To start on an even level Spakovsky’s article has to be boiled down to its point. He argues that the president has prosecutorial authority which he says, “… holdsRead More →

Far Cry 5, the latest installment from Ubisoft, is an action-packed first person shooter (FPS), setting in the mountains of (fictional) Hope County, Montana. Your character, a Junior Deputy Sheriff, is pitted against a “religious” group led by Joseph Seed, who in reality, are a dangerously armed cult that happens to believe in a god of some sort. Throughout the game, players will fight the cult with the help of several different resistance groups (formed by people who understand the fact that cults are bad). My favorite aspect of the game is the ability to choose who you fight, how you fight and when youRead More →

After finishing the regular season with a 49-33 record and entering the playoffs seeded third in the Western Conference, the highest conference finish since 2000, the Portland Trail Blazers suffered a disappointing four game series sweep at the hands of the New Orleans Pelicans. The swift defeat has left fans with many questions and the team entering the offseason in a tailspin. While some are calling for a total team overhaul, Blazer’s General Manager Neil Olshey knows this team is a work in progress. “Nobody thinks this roster is a finished product … it’s a work in progress,” Olshey told reporters at his post-game pressRead More →

Imagine with me, if you will, a world where if someone gave an educated opinion it could be illegal. Would it surprise you to know that this is established practice in America? If you become a paralegal (I’m currently in my first year) then you face the chance of committing the “Unauthorized Practice of Law.” The America Bar Association has a handy breakdown of what a lawyer may not delegate to a paralegal: responsibility for 1) establishing an attorney-client relationship, 2) establishing the amount of a fee to be charged for a legal service and 3) a legal opinion rendered to a client. The firstRead More →

Imagine you’re a business owner looking to hire new employees. One of your potential prospects has worked in your field for 16 years, slowly making their way to the corporate level. The other applicant is new to the field, completely inexperienced and known to make disparaging comments about others. Who would you most likely hire? Now, picture those same two candidates running for U.S. office. Your choice likely isn’t so black and white because experience is no longer the be-all and end-all of politics. The election of Donald Trump proved that voters no longer valued government experience in a president. If they did, they wouldn’tRead More →

For most people, computer controllers aren’t something to think about. It’s just sort of taken for granted until a problem occurs. Many of these controllers though are simply more advanced versions of other, more subtle machines. A good example that many people may jump to is the airplane’s yoke or even a knob on a marble maze to turn the playing field. In the past, a controller has been a series of gears and strings or wire that pulled on an airplane’s control surfaces or a steering wheel of a naval ship to control the rudder. So how did these simple tools, often wooden-yokes withRead More →

This is an opinion of a first year paralegal student and does not constitute advice of any nature, legal or otherwise. Constantly it seems that the headlines are filled with talk about Special Counsel Robert Mueller, the President and whether there was any “wrong doing” with Russia and a flurry of other headlines surrounding the entire debacle including threats, bravado, indictments and controversy. Since there is so much to focus on, here are the important topics this article will discuss: the indictments so far, protections for Mueller and what Trump may or may not do. As far as the President directly firing Mueller, that isRead More →

The Special Counsel leading the Russia investigation, Robert Mueller, has quickly became one of the most polarizing men today. He and the investigation have drawn severe ire from the President and his supporters. Questions surrounding a Mueller dismissal have circulated mainstream media for months, and now, it seems that we may soon have an answer as Trump’s attacks have escalated to a height we have not yet seen. Following the April 9 FBI-conducted raids on the office, hotel room and home of Trump’s personal attorney, and friend, Michael Cohen, the President has become increasingly adamant in his refusal to cooperate further with the Special Counsel.Read More →

  Despite being one of the lowest rated Academy Awards, the 90th Oscars still had some impactful moments and one of the most diverse group of nominees and winners ever. Highlights from the night included surprising winners along with a tribute to the armed forces and a multimedia memoriam to the members of the film industry lost in 2017. Cinematographer Roger Deakins finally took home gold for his work on “Blade Runner 2049” after being previously nominated 13 times. Past nominated work of his included cinematography on “The Shawshank Redemption,” “True Grit” and “Skyfall.” Director and writer Jordan Peele surprised audiences with his horror masterpieceRead More →