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A Sales Tax, Anybody?

Lawmakers are about to start debating a shakeup of the state’s tax system—and an unpopular idea leads the list.

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In the history of Oregon politics, there are few things voters have hated more than a sales tax. But when voters...   More
Wednesday, December 5, 2012 NIGEL JAQUISS

Hold the Phone

Dwindling calls lead the state to propose ending its HIV/AIDS hotline.

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The dial tone on Oregon’s long-running HIV/AIDS hotline may soon go dead. Since 1987, the hotline has connected thousands of callers with testing and HIV/AIDS services—key to the early detec   More
Wednesday, December 5, 2012 ANDREA DAMEWOOD

Hotseat: Jenna Burrell

A Portlander researches African internet scams—by actually going to interview the scammers in Ghana.

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Few with email haven’t had the privilege of a Nigerian “official” requesting their assistance to transfer the sum of $47,500,000.00...   More
Wednesday, November 28, 2012 MATTHEW KORFHAGE

Bridge Builder

The next speaker of the Oregon House—Portland Democrat Tina Kotek—will face immediate tests of her leadership.

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Hundreds of raucous Democrats, crowded into the cavernous downtown Hilton Hotel ballroom for their election-night victory bash, roared...
Wednesday, November 28, 2012 NIGEL JAQUISS

A Charlie Hales Christmas

The Mayor-elect is charging donors up to $2,500 to attend a pre-inaugural party.

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The invitation to the Dec. 4 reception at the Gilt Club makes it clear this would be a fundraiser for a winner: The red “Charlie Hales for Mayor” logo is amended with...   More
Wednesday, November 28, 2012 AARON MESH

Crossing the Bar

Two giants of Portland’s legal community stand trial on ethics charges.

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Barnes Ellis spent nearly 50 years at the pinnacle of Oregon’s corporate legal world. A magna cum laude graduate of both Yale University and Harvard Law School, Ellis occupied rarefied territo   More
Wednesday, November 21, 2012 NIGEL JAQUISS

Unwelcome Mat

Housing discrimination based on sexual identity or orientation is against Oregon law. Who knew?

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When Mari Orr and her partner, Jennifer Vales, went looking for a new apartment last fall, Orr says, “We got a lot of odd looks.”  Vales is a transgender woman, and she still had a ma   More
Wednesday, November 21, 2012 MARY EMILY O'HARA

Hogan’s Hero

A Eugene law firm plans a spendy party for a retiring federal judge.

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A party has got to be really swank to raise the eyebrows of the state’s lawyers. Yet a proposed retirement bash for U.S. District Court Judge Michael Hogan has many Oregon lawyers’ brows firmly    More
Wednesday, November 21, 2012 ANDREA DAMEWOOD

Counting Cops

Police staffing levels will come under scrutiny as Charlie Hales pushes reforms.

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Mayor-elect Charlie Hales will be returning to City Hall in January with big plans to reform the Portland Police Bureau.    More
Wednesday, November 14, 2012 TROY BRYNELSON

Emerging Women

A group that trains Democratic women to run for office is showing success.

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As a candidate for public office, Jessica Vega Pederson already had a compelling life story. She was raised in a Mexican-American family in Chicago, where her mother was politically active and P   More
Wednesday, November 14, 2012 OLGA KOZINSKIY

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