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Canzano: Oregon Gov. Kate Brown now putting all college basketball programs in state at disadvantage

Oregon Gov. Kate Brown kicked up her game this week. She’s graduated from selectively distributing exemptions to putting every Division I basketball program in our state at a competitive disadvantage.

Well, at least it’s fair.

The University of Portland and Portland State basketball programs still have not received their exemptions to play games and hold full-scrimmage practices. Gov. Brown wrote in a statement on Nov. 4, “I am extending the Pac-12 exemption for college athletics to all Division I schools in Oregon because it is only fair to give Portland State University and the University of Portland the same opportunity that Oregon’s Pac-12 schools have had.”

Except, nearly three weeks later, still no exemption. Now, that stubborn stance is about to affect Oregon and Oregon State.

Gov. Brown’s office and the Oregon Health Authority have offered feedback to UP and PSU. The universities have reviewed those directives, offered to comply

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Canzano: Oregon Gov. Kate Brown shoots back on basketball blockade of Portland State and University of Portland

Oregon Governor Kate Brown doubled down on her decision to shut out the men’s and women’s basketball teams at University of Portland and Portland State. She continues to refuse to grant either Division-I university the same exemption she gave to Oregon and Oregon State weeks ago.

Why?

A spokesperson for Gov. Brown’s office, said on Tuesday, “Here is where Governor Brown’s focus is: Getting kids back in schools who haven’t been in a classroom since last spring. Finding a way for families to safely visit the loved ones in long term care facilities they haven’t seen since early March. Making sure Oregonians who lost everything to wildfires have a warm place to call home before winter. Bringing case counts under control so that we can keep businesses open.”

All very important things. All deserving of focus and attention. Also, all emotionally loaded. It’s a smokescreen really. I also support kids

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Canzano: University of Portland basketball programs preparing to hurdle Gov. Kate Brown and move out of state

The University of Portland is exploring out-of-state options that would allow its men’s and women’s basketball programs the ability to hold practices and host games, The Oregonian/OregonLive has learned.

I can’t say I’m surprised.

Also, not shocked that the State of Oregon won’t recognize the role it played in sweeping a couple of Division 1 college basketball programs across state lines.

Oregon Gov. Kate Brown refused to grant UP the same exception that she gave to both Oregon and Oregon State last month. The Pilots submitted protocols and procedures that mirrored those of the Pac-12 universities, but were denied twice. The governor’s office said it simply isn’t issuing any new exemptions and asked the programs to try again in six to 12 weeks.

Basically, the governor would like UP’s athletes to go away. And it turns out, they are listening to her.

Again, you can ice skate and go bowling

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NASA astronaut Kate Rubins votes from ISS: ‘If we can do it from space…’

This story is part of Elections 2020, CNET’s coverage of the run-up to voting in November.

However you go about casting your vote, you have to admire this NASA astronaut who managed to cast her vote all the way from space. Kate Rubins, who’s currently aboard the International Space Station, posted a photo of herself in front of a padded booth marked “ISS Voting Booth,” with the text “From the International Space Station: I voted today.”

NASA notes this isn’t Rubins’ first time voting from space. She did so in 2016, when she was also on the ISS. 

“I think it’s really important for everybody to vote,” Rubins said in a video uploaded by NASA. “And if we can do it from space, then I believe folks can do it from the ground, too.”

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NASA astronaut Kate Rubbins just voted from space

Rubins, the only American voter not currently on Earth, said she was able to vote from the International Space Station last week.

This isn’t the first time Rubins has cast her ballot from space: She voted in 2016 when she was also researching at the space station.

Rubins, along with two Russian cosmonauts, began their mission earlier this month and will spend a total of six months in space as part of the Expedition 63/64 crew. Rubins will research “the use of laser-cooled atoms for future quantum sensors” and conduct cardiovascular experiments from the space station, according to NASA.

How to vote from space

Astronauts registered to vote in Texas got the right to vote from space in 1997, when Texas lawmakers ruled they could electronically cast their ballot off-planet if they’d be on a spaceflight during the early-voting period or Election Day, according to the Smithsonian’s National Air and
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Canzano: Oregon Gov. Kate Brown absent and out to lunch on college basketball stance

Turns out if that if the Portland State and University of Portland men’s and women’s basketball teams wanted to go bowling or ice skating, they could.

Oregon Gov. Kate Brown must enjoy those activities. She cleared the way for them with an Executive Order. Now, she needs to get out of the way of the University of Portland and Portland State men’s and women’s basketball teams. They remain the only two out of the 350 Division I basketball programs in the country still not cleared to practice.

Why?

That’s the question. It’s a simple one. Gov. Brown hasn’t answered it. In fact, she hasn’t talked directly with anyone involved at either institution. Instead, she’s hid behind her spokespeople like an empty suit in charge of an underperforming office.

The state employment office is a mess. DMV is a disaster. Those are symptoms, folks. This college basketball inequity is, too. Oregon

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NASA astronaut Kate Rubins goes above and beyond to vote

NASA astronaut Kate Rubins hands-down wins the best voting experience story for this presidential election.

Rubins cast her ballot from the International Space Station (ISS), which gives all of us no excuse to not get out and vote.

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This isn’t the first time the NASA astronaut has made headlines voting from space. In 2016 Rubins also cast her vote from the ISS, according to NASA.  

Rubins is a crew member aboard the Expedition 63/64 assigned to a six-month mission that launched on October 14.

Which brings us to the question: How does one vote from orbit?

According to NASA, astronauts have been able to vote from space since 1997, when legislation was passed allowing astronauts

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Canzano: Oregon Gov. Kate Brown is officially adrift in college sports sea

Oregon Gov. Kate Brown must be drowning. There’s no other reasonable explanation for what’s happening when it comes to the events of the last few weeks involving college athletes in our state.

I can’t imagine it’s enjoyable to be lobbied on the COVID-19 front by an assortment of business groups, political entities, schools, unions and citizens. Gov. Brown has to be buried in a sea of requests to re-open, re-asses and provide fresh guidelines.

It’s the only possible explanation.

As it stands, there are 350 Division I colleges in America. Only two of them are prohibited by their respective state from being allowed to practice basketball. Any guess which two are at a staggering competitive disadvantage as the college basketball season approaches?

Answer: Portland State and University of Portland.

Officials at both universities did not respond to requests for comment. Why would they? Both receive state funding. They’re essentially gagged.

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