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Murmurs: Avakian is the Word

Zombie lawsuits, burnin’ up the quarter mile.

Two years ago, the Tonkon Torp law firm scored a coup when it snagged Josh Kardon, the longtime chief of staff to U.S. Sen. Ron Wyden, to bolster its federal government-relations practice. Kardon,   More
Wednesday, March 14, 2012 WW Editorial Staff

Murmurs: Sincerest Form of Flattery?

We promise never to use this Ferris joke again.

High-profile Portland lawyer Nena Cook is in a competitive race for an open Oregon Supreme Court seat against Oregon Court of Appeals Judge Timothy Sercombe and Multnomah County Judge Richard Ba   More
Wednesday, March 7, 2012 WW Editorial Staff

Murmurs: Grant High School Exposés Itself

Never deferential, affirming or quiet.

Grant High School student journalists investigating the Jan. 12 locker-room assault involving junior varsity basketball players have broken big news: Sources tell Grant Magazine police will not    More
Wednesday, February 29, 2012 WW Editorial Staff

Murmurs: ODOT Backlash and Schaufler Unbowed

Fixing a city charter right out of Dickens.

WW reported recently about the Oregon Department of Transportation program that has given Union Pacific—with billions in profits—state subsidies of $24.7 million to fix its own track under the lot   More
Wednesday, February 22, 2012 WW Editorial Staff

Murmurs: Doctoring Campaign Contributions

What our five-star mayor is thinking about.

Bad medicine: Doctor groups wanting to avoid Medicaid cuts have raised $2.3 million in campaign contributions to influence health-care reform. As first reported on wweek.com, a document accounting   More
Wednesday, February 15, 2012 WW Editorial Staff

Murmurs: Super PACs-a-Plenty

We’re the only newspaper—except for the others.

Katie Riley, a Democrat making her second run at the House District 29 seat, currently held by Rep. Katie Eyre (R-Hillsboro), learned an important lesson this week: If you are going to misrepres   More
Wednesday, February 8, 2012 WW Editorial Staff

Murmurs: Salem Spam, Animal Psych, and Smith’s Slip.

Thousands of people have been getting emails from state Rep. Dennis Richardson (R-Central Point) recently and haven’t been sure why. Turns out Richardson, co-chairman of the budget-writing Ways    More
Wednesday, February 1, 2012 WW Editorial Staff

Murmurs: Casino Battle Royale and OPE Oil Sands

Where the slogan “just right” always applies.

The two guys from Lake Oswego who want Oregonians to approve a giant casino in east Multnomah County are back again. Last week, Matt Rossman and Bruce Studer got approval to begin gathering signat   More
Wednesday, January 25, 2012 WW Editorial Staff

Murmurs: Still on Target for the Galleria?

Some corporations are more equal than others.

The arrival of big-box retail in downtown Portland encountered another snag last week. Target Corp. has long been eyeing a downtown Portland location, and in October the Daily Journal of Commercerepor   More
Wednesday, January 18, 2012 WW Editorial Staff

Murmurs: Working at the Water Bureau: More Dangerous Than the Fire Bureau

Mayoral candidate Eileen Brady continues her torrid fundraising—she’s brought in $486,000 to Charlie Hales’ $294,000 and Jefferson Smith’s $171,000. But Brady returned two contributions this w   More
Wednesday, January 11, 2012 WW Editorial Staff
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