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An Oregon lawmaker made her pitch Monday for a bill that would double the penalties for people convicted of rioting if they are wearing a mask at the time of the riot.

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A Pulitzer-Prize winning journalist with Oregon ties says it’s tough times for both people of color and the press. 

Freedom of speech is an integral part of the U.S.A’s national identity. It allows us to freely engage in civil discourse, openly critique powerful institutions, and promote new ideas to improve our society. However, freedom of speech is also used to justify hate speech. This has led to a series of questions that are increasingly being asked nationwide.

The police chief of Junction City is suing the municipality and the former City Administrator. Junction City Police Chief Mark Chase says his First Amendments rights were violated. In his complaint, he asserts he was denied due process when then-City Administrator, Melissa Bowers, discriminated against him based on his Christian faith.

Portland attorney Sean Riddell represents the Police Chief.