In this week's Phoenix, Annie Larmon has a Q&A with Blainor McGough, director of the new Mayo Street Arts center (picture below). The new non-profit community arts center boasts a gallery and music hall where classes will be taught during the week, plus six 10' x 11' artist studios (they're all spoken for right now, but the center is keeping a waiting list).
Ben Chipman, a Green party member on Portland's Charter Commission, reports that the commission has preliminarily moved toward recommending instant-runoff voting as the method for selecting the city's mayor.
While there are legitimate concerns about IRV (as Al Diamon notes - though he misses another major criticism, which is the lack of proportional representation achieved through IRV), it does have the advantage of allowing people to vote for third-party candidates who may well lose, without feeling like they've wasted their vote when it could also have supported a like-minded major-party candidate.
According to a report by Avery Yale Kamila earlier today, Portland's indoor winter farmers market will open one week later than expected -- but it will open! Various permitting and licensing snafus are to blame for the hold-up, which has some observers in a tizzy. When it opens on February 20 at 85 Free Street (across from the Civic Center), the market will operate through April, offering winter vegetables, meat, cheese, bread, and fish.
Apparently, on the question of whether the Constitution protects citizens or all people, she is.
Glenn Greenwald has a point-by-point assessment of the latest comments from our rightmost "moderate" senator.
(And remember, she's really very aligned with Bush.)