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Some Republicans wince as a controversial radio host seeks election to the Oregon House.


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Tina Kotek made history Jan. 14, 2013, when she was sworn in as speaker of the Oregon House to become the first openly lesbian leader of a state legislature in the U.S. In the Capitol that day   More
 
Wednesday, October 8, 2014 MILLER RESOR

Body Double Standard

How Legacy Health’s acquisition of cadavers—now under FBI investigation—escaped state scrutiny.


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In the spring of 2013, Portland hospital system Legacy Health launched a body donation program to obtain cadavers for surgical training.  That June, the Oregon Legislature passed a law    More
 
Wednesday, September 3, 2014 AARON MESH, KATE WILLSON

Just Say No Redux

Taxpayers will pay for an anti-drug campaign—timed to hit just before the November vote on legalizing pot.


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Legal weed is coming to Oregon—that’s the conventional wisdom anyway. A recent poll shows eight of 10 Oregonians believe it’s a matter of when, not if, voters erase laws against recreati   More
 
Wednesday, August 20, 2014 KATE WILLSON

On Shaky Ground

Lawmakers are readying the state Capitol for a massive earthquake. They haven’t prepared Oregon schools.


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Seven years ago, the state identified 275 public school buildings that, without safety upgrades, were sure to collapse when the next big earthquake shakes Oregon.   The state Legislature    More
 
Wednesday, July 30, 2014 KATE WILLSON

Don't Bogart That Tax

Portland is looking to tax weed—even before voters legalize it.


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Come November, Oregon voters will decide whether to legalize recreational marijuana, giving the state the authority to regulate and tax weed sales. But Portland city leaders aren’t waiting to    More
 
Wednesday, July 30, 2014 AARON MESH

Meet the Marijuana Moneymen

These eccentric billionaires have the cash that could legalize pot in Oregon.


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What do a hedge-fund billionaire, an online sex-toy mogul and the nation’s most beloved expert on backpacking in Europe know about Oregon that voters here do not? That it should be legal for the   More
 
Wednesday, July 30, 2014 SAMI EDGE, REBECCA TURLEY

Hot Seat: Ted Wheeler

The State Treasurer—famously averse to risk—wants to gamble millions for college scholarships.


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We didn’t think we’d see State Treasurer Ted Wheeler out on the campaign trail for another two years. He won election in the last cycle to a full four-year term after being appointed in 2010   More
 
Wednesday, May 21, 2014 WW Staff

Hotseat: Nick Fish

The City Commissioner rails against what he calls a takeover of the city’s water system.


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City Commissioner Nick Fish is in hot water. And by the standards of this usually placid lawyer, he’s boiling mad. Fish, who’s up for re-election, is fighting a second battle on the May ballot   More
 
Wednesday, March 19, 2014 NIGEL JAQUISS , AARON MESH

Mining Fool’s Gold

State treasurer Ted Wheeler wants to borrow $500 million to buy stocks and invest the profits in college scholarships.


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As Multnomah County chairman, Ted Wheeler killed a risky proposal for an Oregon Convention Center headquarters hotel. As state treasurer, he’s been a voice of caution on excessive borrowing and    More
 
Wednesday, September 4, 2013 NIGEL JAQUISS

No License To Vote

A bill tying voter registration to driver’s licenses is stuck in neutral.


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A bill that could register as many as 600,000 new Oregon voters is in danger of dying without a vote. The state’s top elections official, Secretary of State Kate Brown, wants anyone who gets a   More
 
Wednesday, June 12, 2013 NIGEL JAQUISS
 

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