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Dr. Dough

Gov. John Kitzhaber found the will to help his party win the Legislature.


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Gov. John Kitzhaber’s distaste for the rough and tumble of electoral politics is legendary. During his first stint as governor, from 1995 to 2003, Kitzhaber barely got his hands dirty in helpi   More
 
Wednesday, November 14, 2012 NIGEL JAQUISS

Paying the Piper

Voters approved a tax to fund the arts. Now the city faces the high price of collecting it.


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More than 61 percent of Portland voters checked “yes” on a Nov. 6 ballot measure to raise millions in new taxes to hire more art and music teachers and help bankroll arts organizations. They   More
 
Wednesday, November 14, 2012 AARON MESH

A Bridge Too Low

The CRC isn’t eager to redesign a bridge that should be taller.


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The proposed Columbia River Crossing has turned into a high-stakes limbo dance: How low can the bridge go? CRC officials say they are trying to fix one of the most embarrassing problems with the troubled $3.5 billion Interstate 5 project: The...   More
 
Wednesday, November 14, 2012 ANDREA DAMEWOOD

A Note from the Publisher

To our readers:


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The greatest test facing WW today comes not from the challenge of surviving in a digital world or from the effects of a lingering recession—though neither can be underestimated. Our real tes   More
 
Wednesday, November 7, 2012 RICHARD H. MEEKER

Choo-Choo Changes

The new head of City Hall will be a “transportation mayor”—whether he wants that title or not.


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The next Portland mayor wakes up this morning in charge of a City Hall filled with potholes. The city’s settlement with the U.S. Department of Justice over police mistreatment of the mentally    More
 
Wednesday, November 7, 2012 AARON MESH

Cookie Monsters

Companies are tracking you on the Internet—and are helping political campaigns target your computer.


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This story first appeared on the ProPublica website on October 22, 2012.If you’re a registered voter and surf the Web, one of the sites you visit has almost certainly placed a...   More
 
Wednesday, October 31, 2012 LOIS BECKETT

Big Bad Wolfe

An activist launches a campaign to oust Secretary of State Kate Brown.


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A light drizzle fell on Bob Wolfe as he stood outside a citadel of the Portland establishment like the lupine nemesis in the story of the Three Little Pigs.  Wolfe was rattling the doors    More
 
Wednesday, October 31, 2012 NIGEL JAQUISS

Policing the Police

The mayoral candidates talk about community policing—but not how the city can pay for it.


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Charlie Hales says he’s crossed paths with the Portland police during his campaign for mayor—and he hasn’t always liked what he’s seen. He talks of a recent weapons stop he witnessed a   More
 
Wednesday, October 24, 2012 ANDREA DAMEWOOD

Blood Money

A Portland strip club hands out red-stained $2 bills, despite warnings from the feds to stop.


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The manager at the McDonald’s on Northwest Yeon Avenue glanced at the money in the customer’s hand, a $2 bill that looked as if its edges had been dipped in blood. He grew tense, shook his hea   More
 
Wednesday, October 24, 2012 MARY EMILY O'HARA

Merritt’s System

As a miserable season ends, the Portland Timbers again gamble on a first-time MLS coach.


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Portland Timbers fans have learned one thing for certain about the team’s owner, Merritt Paulson: He’s not afraid to gamble. He launched the team’s freshman season in Major League Soccer las   More
 
Wednesday, October 24, 2012 MATTHEW KORFHAGE
 

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