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Michael Leighton

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Michael Leighton is the Editor of The Portland Observer.
He is a longtime journalist who has worked as a web editor, TV news producer, newspaper reporter and radio news anchor. He graduated from John Adams High School and St. Charles Elementary in northeast Portland and earned his degree in communications from Pacific University in Forest Grove.



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Controversial Judge Pick Gets Hearing

Oregon senators call process unfair

A controversial judicial pick from Oregon for the U.S. Ninth Circuit of Appeals will have his nomination considered by the Senate Judiciary Committee on Wednesday despite opposition by Oregon’s two U.S. Senators.

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New School Model Lauded

Faubion-Concordia school partnership a pathway to progress

Dr. Jill Biden, the wife of former Vice President Joe Biden, said a new public and private partnership between Concordia University and Faubion Elementary is a shining example of making powerful changes in education that can lift an entire community.

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Gang Enforcement Team Faulted

Audit finds lack of accountability reduces trust

Portland police gang enforcement carried out traffic stops that disproportionately affected black residents.

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County Commissioners Tap Down on Conflict

Pledge calls on restoring trust

After some recent tensions on the Multnomah County Board of Commissioners, a new statement focuses on restoring trust, signed by each member of the governing panel.

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Adrienne Nelson Picked for Supreme Court

Gov. Brown names first African American to highest court

New voice is a widely respected civil rights champion

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Tensions Rise on County Board

Smith gaveled down; Kafoury regrets comment

When Multnomah County Commission Loretta Smith took aim at a housekeeping measure before the board of commissioners last week she was gaveled down by chair Deborah Kafoury who took offense at Smith’s remarks but later had to apologize for making a personal and vulgar attack on Smith’s character.

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Permanently Affordable

Non profit plans condos to create shared equity, stability

Portland community land trust has plans to develop a major affordable condominium project giving priority to displaced residents

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Jury Rules Shooting Justified

Burglary suspect was shot during police chase

Grand Jury determines that a Portland Police Bureau officer was justified when he shot and wounded an unarmed black bank robbery suspect

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Trump behavior cited in resignation calls

But Oregon's U.S. House members don't stand for impeachment

Impeachment vote fails; but But Trump behavior cited in resignation calls

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No Support for Impeachment from Oregon

Entire House delegation voted to kill measure

When a black Democratic lawmaker from Texas introduced a resolution in Congress to impeach President Trump on Wednesday, not one member of Oregon’s congressional delegation supported it.

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