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 the
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, “… holds
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 press
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 first
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’t
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 is
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.
Last week, the United States Senate brought forward four bills that sought to end the current debate on immigration and protect the nearly 690,000 undocumented immigrants currently living in the U.S. known as “Dreamers.” These “Dreamers” are in the United States legally under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) executive action, but these four bills would have kept them from potential deportation. None of the bills were able to garner the 60 votes needed to advance past debate. Out of all states, Oregon has the 14th most DACA recipients. As of March 2017, 11,281 recipients live in the state, according to the Department of
OPINION Although our country is not the most divided that it has ever been, it is still plagued with anger and hate. People have different ideas on why this is; maybe social media has just become a window into people’s unpopular beliefs and warped opinions. Or maybe radical idealism is becoming more frequent. Whatever is happening, the feelings of the country’s citizens seems to be moving farther and farther away from sanity. It is becoming so normal, in fact, that Twitter recently verified a prominent member of the white nationalist community, Jason Kessler. Jason organizes meetups like the Unite the Right’s March in Charlottesville, VA.
Before we open presents, can we appreciate the turkey mom spent half a day on? The holidays are coming up and many are very excited about holiday festivities such as hanging up stockings, Christmas shopping and New Year resolutions. With all of this excitement in the air, some are forgetting that it is still November. Isn’t there some sort of event that happens in November? Oh yes, Black Friday? No! There is still a pretty big moment missing: Thanksgiving. Thanksgiving is a holiday that entails a rather large feast with family and friends. Some people also engage with listing what they are thankful for. The
Democracy has been the stable foundation of this country for hundreds of years, and the party system has been the driving force behind that. We, as the people, select a party to back and then vote for politicians from that party for office. However, it seems that people are abandoning this system and deciding to cast their vote based on what individual politicians they agree with. According to a poll by the Pew Research Center, as of 2014, 39 percent of registered voters identify as independent voters. Although this may seem incredibly odd because we’ve been using the party system for so long, there’s a