The proposed Westside Bypass freeway in Washington County had a lot of momentum — until critics said it ran afoul of Oregon's growth management system. The freeway fight in the early 1990s wound up affecting transportation policies throughout the state.
In a matter of weeks, a wealthy Portlander named Aaron Boonshoft, largely unknown in progressive political circles, has become the largest financial backer to challengers hoping to unseat district attorneys in Washington and Marion counties. He's also backed a measure that would decriminalize sex work in Oregon.
The American Civil Liberties Union of Oregon announced Friday that it has filed a lawsuit against Washington County, the United States government, and the state prison in The Dalles for allegedly wrongfully arresting and detaining a man, then turning him over to immigration officials.