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The Mayor’s Bar Tab

Hales is looking for ways to pay for his Old Town Entertainment District.


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If you’re looking for proof Mayor Charlie Hales wants to keep Old Town’s Entertainment District running, look no further than the public urinals. The city will introduce two open-air loos�   More
 
Wednesday, August 21, 2013 ANDREA DAMEWOOD

Think Globally, Tax Locally

The mayor’s plan for “carbon taxes” aims to take money from a familiar pocket—yours.


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In June, Portland Mayor Charlie Hales told a visiting environmental delegation from the United Nations his city would be a leader in fighting global warming. “We must redouble our efforts to   More
 
Wednesday, August 21, 2013 AARON MESH

Salem Spamalot

A political group races against a deadline to get your email address before it’s too late.


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You may not have heard of the Oregon Capitol Watch Foundation, a self-described state budget watchdog group. But if you’ve sent or received email to or from a state agency, you may soon be on the    More
 
Wednesday, August 21, 2013 SARA SNEATH

To Lead or Not to Lead

Commissioner Deborah Kafoury wants Jeff Cogen off the Multnomah county board. Is she willing to go for his job as well?


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Deborah Kafoury won election as fifth-grade class president of Irvington Elementary School in 1977 by deploying a secret weapon: a political button-making machine. “Her mom was an elected of   More
 
Wednesday, August 14, 2013 AARON MESH

“I’m Not Free From This Guy”

A pastor protesting abortions at Lovejoy Surgicenter has had trouble with his own flock.


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Last Sunday, pastor Chuck O’Neal read the parable of the sower from the Gospel of Mark to his congregation at Beaverton Grace Bible Church. It’s the story of a man who scatters seeds in all ki   More
 
Wednesday, August 14, 2013 SARA SNEATH

The Big Bike Bailout

Records show the city may spend millions to finance Portland’s Bike Share—and leave out many neighborhoods.


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When the Portland City Council accepted a $2 million federal grant to start a bike-share program in 2011, it did so on one condition: No city money would help pay for it. Instead, the council    More
 
Wednesday, August 14, 2013 AARON MESH

Sitting On Defense

Federal budget cuts come down hard on court-appointed attorneys.


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Steven Wax has become famous for taking on some of the toughest court cases in the nation. As the state’s top federal public defender, Wax represented the so-called “Christmas Tree Bomber,��   More
 
Wednesday, August 7, 2013 ANDREA DAMEWOOD

Justice League

Cogen faces a state criminal investigation. He’s not happy. But should he be worried?


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This month, Multnomah County Chairman Jeff Cogen will answer questions in a criminal investigation aimed at finding out if he abused his public office while having an affair with a county employee   More
 
Wednesday, August 7, 2013 AARON MESH

Video Games on Lovejoy

Oregon’s Labor Commissioner sets his sights on investigating abortion protesters.


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Pastor Chuck O’Neal paces in front of Lovejoy Surgicenter, the Northwest Portland abortion clinic, wearing shorts, a black backpack and a wireless microphone. Members of O’Neal’s Beaverton G   More
 
Wednesday, July 31, 2013 SARA SNEATH

Puttin’ on the Schnitz

Oregon’s biggest arts patron steps out with an art lover of a different sort.


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The Schnitzers are the Rockefellers of the Beaver State, long noted for their power, wealth and generous patronage of the arts. Just how much money the late Harold Schnitzer and his widow, Arlene,   More
 
Wednesday, July 31, 2013 ANDREA DAMEWOOD
 

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