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Oregon Legislature will have record number of people of color in 2023

The Oregon Legislature will again have a record number of people of color next year after voters elected five Vietnamese-Americans and a second Indigenous woman.

In January 2021, there were 13 people of color in the Legislature. That number will rise to 19 next year, and lawmakers are celebrating the step toward greater diversity while acknowledging that there is more work to be done to make Oregon’s legislative body look more like the state it represents.

The Legislature will remain overwhelmingly white and male – 47 of the 60 incoming House members and 24 of the 30 total incoming and returning senators are non-Hispanic white people. There will be only eight women in the Senate, though the House is near gender parity with 31 men and 29 women.

And all but one Republican in the Legislature will be a non-Hispanic white person after Rep. Raquel Moore-Green, R-Salem, lost her bid for a Senate seat. Moore-Green is of Puerto Rican descent. Republican Rep.-elect Virgle Osborne of Roseburg describes himself as mixed-race, with a Black father and white mother.



GA-SEN: Herschel Walker Ex Comes Forward: He Attacked Me in a Rage

A former longtime girlfriend of Republican senatorial candidate Herschel Walker has come forward to detail a violent episode with the football star, who she believes is “unstable” and has “little to no control” over his mental state when he is not in treatment.

The woman, Dallas resident Cheryl Parsa, described an intimate and tumultuous five-year relationship with Walker in the 2000s, beginning shortly after his divorce and continuing for a year after the publication of his 2008 memoir about his struggle with dissociative identity disorder (DID), once known as multiple personality disorder.

Parsa, who has composed a book-length manuscript about her relationship with Walker, says she is speaking out because she is disturbed by Walker’s behavior on the campaign trail, which she claims exhibits telltale flare-ups of the disorder she tried to help him manage for half a decade.

“He’s a pathological liar. Absolutely. But it’s more than that,” Parsa, who last had regular contact with Walker in 2019, told The Daily Beast. “He knows how to manipulate his disease, in order to manipulate people, while at times being simultaneously completely out of control.” She said that when she was with Walker, he used his diagnosis as an “alibi” to “justify lying, cheating, and ultimately destroying families.”

Parsa is one of five women who were romantically involved with Walker who spoke to The Daily Beast for this article. All of them described a habit of lying and infidelity—including one woman who claimed she had an affair with Walker while he was married in the 1990s. All five women said they were willing to speak to expose the behavior of the man they now see running for Senate.


Tesla to recall 435,000 China-made Model 3, Model Y cars in China

SHANGHAI : Tesla will recall a total of 435,132 units of China-made Model 3 and Model Y cars in China due to software faults, the country's market regulator said on Thursday.

The U.S. automaker will recall 142,277 Model 3 cars and 292,855 Model Ys as the clearance lamps in some of these cars could fail to work due to software errors, leading to collision risks under extreme circumstances, according to a statement by the State Administration for Market Regulator.


Was that Herschel Walker on the sofa?

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Stanford is investigating its president over allegations of research misconduct

Stanford University has opened an investigation into its president, Marc Tessier-Lavigne, a renowned neuroscientist and former biotech executive, for research misconduct after experts alleged papers on which he was an author included altered images, the university confirmed.

The university’s board will oversee the investigation.

The revelations followed a report Tuesday in the Stanford Daily that the European Molecular Biology Organization (EMBO) Journal was reviewing a 2008 paper co-authored by Tessier-Lavigne. The Daily’s story outlines how experts including Elisabeth Bik, a scientific integrity expert who has investigated image manipulation in scientific papers widely, raised concerns about a total of four papers that Tessier-Lavigne co-authored between 2001 to 2008, including two on which he was the senior author.

“The university will assess the allegations presented in the Stanford Daily, consistent with its normal rigorous approach by which allegations of research misconduct are reviewed and investigated,” the university said in a statement.

Tessier-Lavigne gained renown in biotech circles as a research executive at Genentech starting in 2003, a golden period at the company. He left Genentech in 2011 to become president of Rockefeller University, and in 2016 became president of Stanford. Tessier-Lavigne is also a co-founder of Bay Area-based Denali Therapeutics, which is developing medicines for neurodegenerative disorders. He is on the board both at Denali and at Regeneron, and previously was on the boards of Pfizer, Agios Pharmaceuticals, and Juno Therapeutics, according to his resume.


Assembly prepared to vote against seating Brooklyn Republican over residency question

In an extremely rare move, the Democratic-led state Assembly is preparing to vote against seating the Republican winner of an Assembly race in Brooklyn, Lester Chang, because he may not have moved into the borough one year prior to the election as required by law.

Earlier this month, Chang defeated longtime Democratic incumbent Peter Abbate in Southern Brooklyn’s 49th District 52% to 47%.

“He voted last November in Manhattan where he lives,” said Abbate. “And that would give him six days to say he moved, but he didn’t register to vote in King’s County until February of this year.”

By law, Chang would have to have lived in the district for one year. But because of redistricting this year, he only has to have lived in the borough. If his home is in Manhattan, he would not meet the requirement.

This issue first came up in September when the political club Asian Wave Alliance endorsed Chang over Abbate, who raised the issue. The club then called Chang back for a review.

“We asked him ‘would you be eligible to be the assemblymember should you be elected?’” says the Club’s founder Yiatin Chu. “And he said yes. We didn’t ask him to show us any proof. We have to ask the question for him to affirm that, and he did.”

According to documents obtained by NY1 News, Chang registered to vote at his Brooklyn address earlier this year, as alleged by his opponent.


MI-GOV: Whitmer becomes first Democrat in over 100 years to carry big four west Michigan counties.


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For the first time in over a century, Gretchen Whitmer, a Democrat carried the four big west Michigan counties (Kent, Allegan, Ottawa and Muskegon) combined. Republicans need to watch out for falling out in this populated area home to 1.25 million michiganders.

GA-SEN: Soaring voter turnout includes good news for Herschel Walker

While Democrats are giddy about the record-breaking voter participation so far in the runoff — particularly the soaring turnout from Black voters in Georgia — Republicans also have reason to be optimistic.

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