Mickey Finn 
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Re: “Calls to Action on Race

This is a very, very important article. Thanks for shedding more light on the issues and problems that students of color face in our community. If I could do a bit of KPOV promotion here: I will be re-broadcasting the two-hour radio show I did on the October 2018 student town hall on race on Friday, March 22, 10 am to noon, at 88.9 fm; streaming live and archived at It is also available on podcast at --Michael Funke

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Posted by Mickey Finn on 03/14/2019 at 1:54 PM

Re: “Transparency and listening fall off in appointee process

Sally Russell. The Mayor of white Bend. Bought and paid for by the Chamber of Commerce. I voted for Sally because she was not Bill Moseley. Turns out she isn't--she's worse. At least we all know where Mosley is coming from. But Sally, she'll sell you out in a nanosecond and tell you she's for collaboration (a word that had a pretty negative connotation in World War Two Europe, but I digress). She'll tell you she is building bridges, while she works behind the scenes to blow them up. She'll cite her own election as mayor as a sign of inclusion and diversity at the same time that she steps on two very qualified women (one a women of color) who applied to fill the council vacancy. I suspect that the Bend Chamber told her it would not support the transportation bond unless she got behind Chris Piper. She got conned. And, on top of all that, after telling us all she would be a great leader she didn't even have the courage to lead the process and discussion about appointing a new councilor. She farmed it out to the mayor pro tem. That shows a real lack of leadership. This while affair is a permanent stain on her brief record as mayor. Talk is cheap and she has clearly demonstrated she cannot walk the walk.

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Posted by Mickey Finn on 01/23/2019 at 3:23 PM

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Going into Wednesday's Council meeting, three Councilors were ready to vote for Kerani Mitchell. Mayor Russell could have been the fourth vote. She claims to support all the proclamations and resolutions the Council has adopted in support of increased diversity and inclusion. She holds up her own election as mayor as an example of inclusion. We often hear from folks at city hall that city committees lack diversity because people of color don't apply. Then, when a well-qualified person of color does apply and there is an opportunity to put words into action, Mayor Russell single-handedly prevents it from happening. That is a horrible message to send to people of color who live in Bend. It is a permanent stain on Russell's record. She is not the mayor of the whole city. She is the mayor of white Bend.

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Posted by Mickey Finn on 01/21/2019 at 8:37 AM

Re: “A New Representative for Bend

Hopefully, Cheri Helt will learn to recognize the value of public employee unions.

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Posted by Mickey Finn on 01/18/2019 at 1:38 PM

Re: “St. Charles Nurses Reach Tentative Agreement

I think the solidarity and strong support for their union that SCMC nurses have demonstrated made hospital administrators and negotiators blink. Community support for the informational picketing was clearly growing and the hospital did not want to see over a thousand people outside the hospital protesting their treatment of nurses and patients. There is power in a union and ONA is the strongest and most united union in all of Central Oregon. Support staff and other caregivers at SCMC need a union, too.

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Posted by Mickey Finn on 01/15/2019 at 9:11 AM

Re: “Deschutes County Farm Bureau Appeals New Pot Rules

Pretty funny considering that wacky rightwing extremists like Patty Adair are just the sort of candidates that the Farm Bureau prefers, and often finances through its PAC. Marijuana farmers are "real" farmers, too.

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Posted by Mickey Finn on 11/29/2018 at 8:04 AM

Re: “Deschutes County's marijuana blues turn a darker hue

Patty Adair is an idiot. But, so-called "moderate" Republicans in Deschutes County--including Knute Buehler, Cheri Helt and Tammy Baney--deserve some credit for allowing her and the Tea Party Trumpers to takeover the Deschutes County Republican Party. I defy any of them to tell us how they fought to prevent this from happening. Republican "moderates" caved to extremists in their party even as they tried to distance themselves from Trump and the extreme right. That allowed someone like Adair to successfully challenge Baney and turn the County Commission to the extreme right. Now, watch all these so-called moderates cozy up to Adair. They deserve what they get, but they have screwed everyone else in Deschutes County, too. --Michael Funke

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Posted by Mickey Finn on 11/16/2018 at 8:41 AM

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