Politics

Oregon Lawmakers Promised Radical Change on Racial Justice in 2021. Did They Deliver?

The founders of Reimagine Oregon say change was incremental rather than transformative.

06/29/2021 By Julia Silverman

Politics

The 2021 Legislative Session Is Almost Complete. Let's Review.

Here's what you need to know as lawmakers prepare to wrap things up in Salem

06/09/2021 By Julia Silverman

Cannabis

Big Changes Could Be Coming for Cannabis in Oregon

And that's a good thing: the Oregon Cannabis Equity Act would help level the playing field for BIPOC communities.

03/21/2021 By Sam Pape

News

After Charges of Mishandling Sexual Assault Accusations, a Prominent OHSU Doctor Faces a Reckoning

Esther Choo, cofounder of Time’s Up Health Care, is named in a new lawsuit against OHSU and the so-called “Tik Tok Doc.”

03/03/2021 By Julia Silverman

Footnotes

LISTEN: How Oregon's New Drug Decriminalization Law Treats Addiction as a Mental Health Issue

We talk with Ron Williams, outreach director at the Health Justice Recovery Alliance, about the new law that went into effect February 1. (No, it doesn't legalize everything.)

02/05/2021 By Gabriel Granillo

Oregon, Whose Oregon?

Oregon’s 1920s-Era State Song Is Nakedly Racist

After nearly a century, is this the year “Oregon, My Oregon” will finally get a rewrite?

10/05/2020 By Gabriel Granillo and Julia Silverman

Trump v. Oregon

Oregon Lawyers Have Spent Almost Four Years Suing the Trump Administration

Here’s what they have to show for it.

09/19/2020 By Julia Silverman

Supreme

RIP RBG: Oregon Pays Tribute to the Legendary Supreme Court Justice

The death of Ruth Bader Ginsburg was met with outpouring of grief and gratitude from Oregonians.

09/18/2020 By Portland Monthly Staff

Explainer

Divorce Lawyers Are Preparing for a Surge in Cases. Here Are the Most Common Questions They're Seeing.

Are the courts closed? Not quite. Can I still file for divorce? Technically, yes.

05/17/2020 By Gabriel Granillo

The Supremes

After 86 Years, Oregon's Non-Unanimous Jury Convictions Rule Struck Down by the US Supreme Court

The verdict is a big win for criminal justice reform advocates.

04/20/2020 By Julia Silverman

Face/Off

Can Portland Stop Tech Companies from Using Your Face?

The city council votes this month on banning facial recognition technology.

04/01/2020 By Sam Hill

Wide Open Races

Sizing Up the Contenders for Greg Walden’s Soon-to-Be-Vacant Congressional Seat

Spoiler: the real race is on the GOP side.

02/25/2020 By Julia Silverman

California Dreaming

Face It, Oregon: On These Topics, California Is Way Ahead of Us

Buckle up, Beaver State. We have some catching up to do.

01/21/2020 By Julia Silverman

Count Them In

Oregon Isn’t Taking This Year’s Census Lying Down

Meet the women of color who are making sure that every Oregonian gets counted.

01/21/2020 By Julia Silverman

Menstruation

Period Activists Call For An End to the Tampon Tax

A menstrual equity movement born in Portland goes national

10/18/2019 By Kiva Hanson

Public Health

Kate Brown Just Issued a Temporary Ban on Flavored Vape Products

The ban follows the death of two Oregonians and a national outbreak of vaping-related illnesses.

10/04/2019 By Julia Silverman

Save the Planet

Survival Tips for Portland’s Brave New Plastic Straw-Free World

Swap out that single-use plastic for locally made, reusable goods...OR ELSE.

10/01/2019 By Olivia Wolf

Feature

Is Oregon Addicted to the Lottery?

Oregonians forked over $12 billion last year on slim chances to win big. Here’s how our state lottery plans to keep feeding that habit.

06/25/2019 By Ramona DeNies

PDX Index

12 Things That Are Banned in the Beaver State

You already know Oregon law frowns on certain fireworks. But sky lanterns and pet leopards?

06/25/2019 By Kelly Clarke

The Oregon Woman 2019

Women of Color Are the Majority on the Multnomah County Commission. It's a Big Deal.

Turns out it matters who has a place at the table, even when you’re talking about soil erosion and transportation funding. Welcome to the matriarchy.

04/23/2019 By Sarah Mirk