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Big Business borrows Big Labor’s political brain.


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No political advocacy group in the state has enjoyed greater success than Our Oregon in recent years. In 2010, Our Oregon engineered the passage of Measures 66 and 67, two income-tax hikes that bucke   More
 
Wednesday, July 6, 2011 NIGEL JAQUISS

Giving Us Flack

Portland’s $7 million, publicly funded PR Industrial Complex takes news for a spin.


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Earlier this month, Metro had some good news to get out. The Portland-area regional government was turning 100 acres in Happy Valley into the Scouter Mountain Natural Area—a Boy Scout camp and ad   More
 
Wednesday, May 25, 2011 JAMES PITKIN

Perfectly Legal

How one lawmaker uses campaign money to subsidize his mortgage, pay his bar tabs and explore Canada.


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When elected officials provided their statements of economic interest to the Oregon Government Ethics Commission last month   More
 
Wednesday, May 11, 2011 NIGEL JAQUISS

Tea Party vs. Unions

Two groups, one public square.


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Portland’s living room—a.k.a. Pioneer Courthouse Square—hosted two very different guests last weekend less than 24 hours apart. On a rainy Friday evening, April 15, the Oregon tea party held c   More
 
Wednesday, April 20, 2011 NATHAN GILLES, EVAN SERNOFFSKY

Ta-Ta, Transparency

Elections “clean-up” bill would create a gaping loophole.


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Oregon is the Wild West when it comes to campaign contributions, and there’s a bill shooting through the Legislature that would make a bad situation worse.    More
 
Wednesday, April 6, 2011 NIGEL JAQUISS

House Of David

David Wu doesn’t live in the 1st Congressional District.


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Last year, when U.S. Rep. David Wu crashed his rental car into a parked vehicle in Northwest Portland, he gave a police officer the home address of a close friend rather than the address on his Oreg   More
 
Wednesday, March 30, 2011 BETH SLOVIC

Asleep At The Wheel

David Wu totaled a parked car in 2010 and blamed it on his hectic travel schedule.


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U.S. Rep. David Wu crashed his car into a Ford Focus parked on a residential street in Portland’s Forest Heights neighborhood last year   More
 
Wednesday, March 16, 2011 BETH SLOVIC

Wu’s World

Police reports detail one set of problems in the congressman’s marriage.


Politics
U.S. Rep. David Wu tried to explain his odd behavior in the run-up to the November election during interviews last weekend with several local television and radio stations. One week after Wu’s u   More
 
Wednesday, March 2, 2011 BETH SLOVIC

Extra Credit

While the county struggled, commissioners spent money on professional fees, travel and their favorite charities.


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In his first “State of the County” speech, Multnomah County Chairman Jeff Cogen recently described his government’s financial woes.    More
 
Wednesday, February 16, 2011 JAMES PITKIN

Blowing In The Wind

Why the bag bill sails forward despite significant weaknesses.


Politics
Anybody who has ever watched a tree-bound plastic bag flapping in the Columbia Gorge wind or glimpsed one bobbing in a coastal wave    More
 
Wednesday, February 16, 2011 NIGEL JAQUISS
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