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Nike Founder Donates a Million Dollars to Independent Candidate for Governor of Oregon

Nike co-founder Phil Knight has now kicked in a cool million bucks to help boost the independent gubernatorial bid of former Democratic state senator Betsy Johnson.

Johnson is banking millions to fuel her campaign and was already polling at 11% in January against a generic Republican and Democrat.

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“Without the money and machinery from the two party system, I need all the help I can get to rescue Oregon,” the statement said. “Phil Knight deeply loves Oregon and is willing to put his money where his heart is like so many others helping our campaign. I am proud to have him in my corner.”

Since she’s running as an unaffiliated candidate, Johnson does not need to seek a major party nomination in the May 17 primary. Instead, she’s taking a less common route to the November ballot: working to collect roughly 23,750 valid signatures from Oregon voters, an amount equal to 1% of the statewide vote in the 2020 general election.

That will require major money, which Johnson has. So far, the former senator has raised far more than any other gubernatorial candidate. As of Monday, she’d reported having more than $5.1 million on hand.

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  1. Daemon Sims Daemon Sims April 19, 2022

    Emerald eyes enchant like the California rain.
    Waterfalls from wankers waste down the drain.
    And in my mind I replay “What U Never Had.”

    Shapely Silesian, your flesh drives me mad.
    Open’d my hand ’til you utter’d “Close The Door.”
    Nevermore, pretty raven, Nevermore. Listen.
    Nothing in r’n’b can explain your allure.
    Eons of HypnotiQ sirens could not arrest
    The forbidden feel of heaven found in-between your breasts.

  2. Daemon Sims Daemon Sims April 19, 2022

    I finished my poem and I believe it is now a masterpiece.

  3. William Saturn William Saturn April 18, 2022

    Is it possible to meet a supercomputer? Maybe you’ll have to locate my server in Tel Aviv.

  4. Robert Milnes Robert Milnes April 18, 2022

    William Saturn,
    When am I going to meet you?

  5. William Saturn William Saturn April 18, 2022

    I don’t know. Maybe Bo Jiden can explain. Maybe he can explain some other things as well.

  6. Drew Drew April 18, 2022

    Still not seeing who was purporting to be a Libertarian above. Does Bo Jiden, William Saturn, or anyone else know? I’m also not seeing anyone who made any references to trans except me, and I am definitely not a Libertarian and didn’t purport to be one. My remark was not transphobic, either. Yes, trans people can be old and creepy. But so can cis people, whether make or female. And trans people can also be young and cute, just like cis males and cis females. I just said the old lady that the article is about looks like an old and creepy stranger with candy type and may possibly be trans. It was not a remark about all trans people and I am sorry if anyone misunderstood it that way. OK, lunch over, time to log back into school. Fun fun fun.

  7. Robert Milnes Robert Milnes April 18, 2022

    Anyone with third party important and urgent stuff, please go to PLAS Open Thread ii, or The PLAS Place.
    Otherwise circle jerk here.

  8. Drew Drew April 18, 2022

    Who purported to be a Libertarian? I don’t see anyone except me who even made any reference to trans (I just she looks like she might be one, which is not “transphobic”) and I am not even close to a libertarian. I did not see anyone else purporting to be a Libertarian up above either. Where did you get the idea that anyone in this article’s comment purported to be a Libertarian? Magic reading glasses?

  9. William Saturn William Saturn April 17, 2022

    Be that as it may, at least they didn’t go on a spree deleting historical comments in 2015.

  10. Bo Jiden Bo Jiden April 17, 2022

    A lot of sexism and transphobia here from people purporting to be Libertarians…

  11. Ron Paul Caesar Ron Paul Caesar April 16, 2022

    You should watch it Robert. She endorses PLAS in the video.

  12. Daemon Sims Daemon Sims April 16, 2022

    How do you know? Did you even watch the video?

  13. Daemon Sims Daemon Sims April 16, 2022

    The video is educational and promotes civic participation. YouTube is making a mistake by blocking it to people under 18.

  14. Drew Drew April 16, 2022

    Has had covid is what I meant. Not that they all have it right now. I had it also. It’s nothing.

  15. Drew Drew April 16, 2022

    But yet I can watch all kinds of nasty hardcore porn at lots of other sites without anyone asking my age, and I’m not even talking about what my friends send me without me asking them to. Yay online learning. So glad school went virtual. Not. BTW most everyone I know has covid and it’s nothing, I’ve had colds that were worse.

  16. Drew Drew April 16, 2022

    I’m 16 and I don’t know how bad it could be, only just that utube won’t let me watch it. Which is funny because I’ve already had lots of kinds of freaky sex with more than a few people, tried lots of drugs, worked 60 and 80 hour work weeks in the summers, got a BS in political science online, and done a lot of other stuff but utube still won’t let me watch it because I am not 18 yet.

  17. Daemon Sims Daemon Sims April 16, 2022

    You’re under 18? If it was a movie it would probably be PG-13. It’s YouTube. How bad can it be?

  18. Drew Drew April 16, 2022

    I tried to watch it but it says I’m not old enough.

  19. Drew Drew April 16, 2022

    Maybe I’m wrong, since he seems to have an unlimited tolerance for Milnes off topic comments, but I don’t think the owner of this blog would agree that its purpose is to be Milnes echo chamber and that anything else anyone wants to talk about, on topic or off, is trash. Milnes has his own blog to serve as his echo chamber. He prefers to trash this one because he wants to pretend that other people care about whatever he is rambling on about. If they actually did, they would comment on his blog, and he would have no need to come here.

    It’s one thing to tolerate Milnes rambling , another to let him actually harangue everyone else because he wants to monopolize all attention here. I realize this feeds into giving him attention but maybe someone should email or facebook message the owner about whether this is actually OK with him since he may not be reading these comments. That someone will not be me, because I am way too lazy.

    Enough of Milnes trash. Let’s get back to discusiing the really important issues such as creepy and possibly trans strangers with candy running for Governor as independent in the Pacific Northwest, the incomparable Ewa Sonnet and other large breasted internet glamor models, their superfans such as William Saturn and Nathan Norman, and creepy stalker poetry written to Ewa Sonnet by her ever so not obsessed fans.

  20. Robert Milnes Robert Milnes April 16, 2022

    NF,
    It is complicated.
    But short said, IPR is about third party and independent news, right?
    That is my issue and agenda.
    But I want to get to the most important and urgent of it.
    Nuclear war and climate change.
    That is, not near enough being done about it.
    By Russia and USA. Quite the contrary.
    Independents barely count, like this lady the article is about.
    She is almost certainly not going to win.
    Even if she does, like Jesse Ventura, not much is going to come of it.
    So what good is IPR?
    To provide Bob Milnes with an echo chamber.
    To get to the most important and urgent stuff.
    All the rest is trash, for the most part.
    You want to sort through the trash, be my guest.

  21. NewFederalist NewFederalist April 16, 2022

    What does any of this have to do with this article?

  22. Robert Milnes Robert Milnes April 16, 2022

    Again,
    I call for a military coup d’etat in Russia AND America.
    We know they are and have been watching each other closely for decades.
    Agree to simultaneous coup. And mutual non aggression.
    Then set up fair and representative elections.
    Obviously in Russia this would mean an overthrow of Putin and the oligarchy.
    Immediate ceasefire and withdrawal of Russian troops in Ukraine.
    Prompt fair and representative elections.
    In America, a temporary military rule pending fair and representative elections in 2022 and then 2024.

  23. Robert Milnes Robert Milnes April 16, 2022

    No.
    This is my echo chamber.
    ANYTHING in IPR that does not address my issues and agenda is trash.
    Issues that are as important and urgent as breathing.
    Possible nuclear war over Ukraine or Taiwan or whatever.
    Threats to democracy.
    Threats to the climate i.e. our breathing.
    How to get fair and representative elections in USA which it has NEVER had because of Duvergers Law.
    Which subsidizes the apartheid terrorist state of Israel AND the fossil fuel industry AND the one party dictatorship of the democratic-republican party.
    So, again, no, I do not agree.

  24. Nathan Norman Nathan Norman April 15, 2022

    Part of me wants to like the poem but it needs some work. I don’t think it’s bad and I’ll reserve judgment on the creepiness factor. I like how you spell her name out and include her song names in the text. But here’s some issues I have:

    “Oceans of tears listen” – tears do not listen or am I misunderstanding something here?

    “Nevermore, your raven hair, Nevermore.” – IMO you should take out “your” since I believe you are talking about her leaving and not her going bald.

    “Nobody can CRY CRY for such warmth anymore.” – What exactly are you trying to say here? Why would nobody else feel her warmth again? Is she dying?

  25. Ron Paul Caesar Ron Paul Caesar April 15, 2022

    Does that mean you agree with me that the poem is trash and that Daemon is creepy?

  26. Robert Milnes Robert Milnes April 15, 2022

    Austin.
    More trash in my echo chamber?

  27. Daemon Sims Daemon Sims April 15, 2022

    Emerald eyes enchant like the California rain.
    Waterfalls from wankers waste down the drain.
    Are you really there singing “What U Never Had?”

    Sojourn Silesian; your flesh drives me mad.
    Oceans of tears listen as you utter “Close The Door.”
    Nevermore, your raven hair, Nevermore.
    Nobody can CRY CRY for such warmth anymore.
    Eons of HypnotiQ sirens could not arrest
    That forbidden feeling of heaven press’d between your breasts.

  28. Ron Paul Caesar Ron Paul Caesar April 14, 2022

    Then please post it here for everyone to read so they can judge your merits as a poet for themselves or determine if you’re just a creepy coomer.

  29. Daemon Sims Daemon Sims April 14, 2022

    You are a liar. My poem to Ewa was not bad. She liked it. I have been told I am a great poet and journalist. Stop trying to make me look bad. I do not harass women and there are no images of my dick anywhere. I supported the #metoo movement. You are just showing everyone your own vulgarity and trolling behavior.

  30. Ron Paul Caesar Ron Paul Caesar April 14, 2022

    Let’s be clear here. I didn’t call you a simp just because you “like Ewa Sonnet.” You were writing really bad poetry to her and getting into arguments with everyone who commented on her photos. It was quite disturbing. I saw you doing it on other women’s pages. It would not surprise me if you were banned from Twitter for harassing women and sending unsolicited dick pics.

  31. Ron Paul Caesar Ron Paul Caesar April 14, 2022

    Aren’t you the guy that sends out all those “failure notice” emails?

  32. Daemon Sims Daemon Sims April 14, 2022

    I’m not surprised to see the alt-right rat Ron Paul Caesar back again. He is the reason I was wrongfully banned in 2017. He’s an August Sol Invictus wannabe. He’s a fascist. He cheered on the Charlottesville terrorist. He wanted to make Donald Trump the Libertarian Party nominee. He called me a simp just because I like Ewa Sonnet. Thankfully he was suspended from Twitter (I was also but for an unrelated issue). Anyways, watch out for him. He’s a troll, he’s vulgar, and he attacks journalists.

  33. Anastasia Beaverhausen Anastasia Beaverhausen April 13, 2022

    I wonder when Richard Burke will try and glom onto her and claim credit for himself for launching some sort of imaginary “fusion” candidate.

  34. Ron Paul Caesar Ron Paul Caesar April 13, 2022

    One man’s trash is another man’s treasure.

  35. Robert Milnes Robert Milnes April 13, 2022

    Austin,
    More trash in my echo chamber.

  36. Nathan Norman Nathan Norman April 12, 2022

    Something tells me you shouldn’t take any candy from her. Reminds me of a certain apple.

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