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Gov. Ted Kulongoski and former Gov. Barbara Roberts announced their endorsement this week of Greg Macpherson, D-Lake Oswego, to become Oregon's next Attorney General.
Kulongoski and Roberts are the first statewide figures to endorse in the race to succeed Hardy Myers.
'Greg has been a tireless advocate for Oregon families, civil liberties, and environmental protection,' said Kulongoski, who served as the state's Attorney General from 1993 to 1997. 'That's exactly the kind of Attorney General we need.'
As a state representative, Macpherson worked closely with Kulongoski to help pass landmark legislation shutting down meth labs, and protecting farm land and open space.
'We need an Attorney General who knows what matters to Oregonians, and who understands the values and perspectives that are unique to the people of our state,' said Roberts. 'Greg is the only candidate who has deep roots in the state, and a proven record of accomplishment for our families.'
'These are two of the most important endorsements in Oregon, and I'm honored to have their support,' said Macpherson.
Macpherson is currently serving his third term as State Representative from Oregon's House District 38, and is chair of the House Judiciary Committee.
Rep. Greg Macpherson, D-Lake Oswego, has been appointed to the Oregon Law Commission by House Speaker Jeff Merkley.
'I'm honored by this appointment to serve with leading Oregon attorneys on the improvement of our state's laws,' Macpherson said. 'The Oregon Law Commission provides an important service by tackling difficult issues.'
The commission's recent projects include governmental ethics reform, how paternity is determined, and uninsured motorist statutes.
The Oregon Law Commission was created in 1997 by the Legislative Assembly to conduct a continuous program of law improvement. The Commission brings proposals for amendments to Oregon statutes to each regular session of the Oregon Legislature.
Commission members include the state Attorney General, the Chief Justice of the Oregon Supreme Court, and 11 other individuals appointed by the governor, the president of the Senate, the speaker of the House, and the deans of Oregon law schools. In addition to the 13 Commissioners, more than 70 volunteers currently serve on the Commission's Work Groups.
'I look forward to drawing on my long experience as an Oregon attorney and lawmaker to improve our state's laws and system of justice,' Macpherson, who is one of two announced candidates for the attorney general's post, said.
Recycle on Saturday
Master Recyclers will collect all those hard-to-recycle plastics on Saturday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Portland Community College's Sylvania, 12000 SW 49th (lot 10), Portland.
The recycling roundup will accept all those items that cannot be recycled curbside - including buckets, food tubs, plastic bags, lawn furniture, nursery pots and trays. Master Recyclers do not accept Styrofoam, PVC pipe, food-contaminated plastic, and the so-called 'compostable plastic' (says PLA 7 on bottom).
Packaging comprises an estimated 20 to 30 percent of waste in Oregon. Master Recyclers suggest reusing plastic items and selecting products with minimal packaging whenever possible.
Lawn care seminar set
Dennis 7 Dees Nursery of Lake Oswego will offer a free seminar on natural lawn care on Saturday at 1 p.m.
Gardeners and homeowners can learn how to have both a beautiful lawn and garden while protecting the environment.
The seminar will have an emphasis on water pollution. Subjects will include the phophorus pollution and chemical runoffs that threaten waterways.
Minimum wage rises
State Labor Commissioner Dan Gardner said Oregon's minimum wage is increasing by 15 cents an hour as part of a cost-of-living adjustment, going from $7.80 to $7.95 an hour.
As a result, Oregon's minimum wage will be the third highest in the nation.
The 15-cent increase puts Oregon's wage behind the $8-an-hour wages paid in California and Massachusetts. Washington's minimum wage is $7.93 an hour.