The city of Portland made a national splash a few weeks ago when the city council announced it would be boycotting the entire state of Texas. But after the city made the headlines, the plan changed. This week, we run down the details of how the city’s confused response to Texas’s near-total ban on abortions. We also discuss the redistricting fight state lawmakers are gearing up for.
Oregon Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum joined the chief legal officers of 23 other states in signing onto a brief issued Wednesday supporting the U.S. Department of Justice’s lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of Texas’ ban on abortions after six weeks.
But next week's special session on redistricting will hardly be a return to normalcy. The Capitol is under construction. Mask rules are in place. And many lawmakers are concerned about security after last year's incursion on the building.
Oregon’s battle over how to draw new political maps got real late last week when Democrats and Republicans in Salem unveiled dueling redistricting plans. Now, it’s unclear whether they can find an agreement before time runs out.