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Murmurs: CRC Toll Plan B: Boot Clark County Cars.

Oregon Sen. Lee Beyer (D-Springfield), chairman of the Senate Business and Transportation Committee, made headlines last week when he told a Washington state legislator in an email that the Columb   More
Wednesday, January 29, 2014 WW Editorial Staff

Murmurs: All the News 55% of Taxpayers Deserve.

N. Christian Anderson III arrived as The Oregonian’s publisher in 2009 with a bold idea to change the way the newspaper looked: He wanted a tabloid-style format with stapled pages. The presentation,   More
Wednesday, January 22, 2014 WW Editorial Staff

Murmurs: A Lobbyist Seeking a Different Pelt

Lobbyist Paul Phillips represents many powerful interests in Salem, including physician groups that have collectively given Gov. John Kitzhaber $450,000 in recent years. Now Phillips, a lifetime membe   More
Wednesday, January 15, 2014 WW Editorial Staff

Murmurs: News With Many Rivers To Cross.

What a difference a decade makes. Ten years ago, when he ran for mayor, Jim Francesconi outraised his opponent, Tom Potter, by more than a 4-to-1 margin. In this year’s race for Multnomah County   More
Wednesday, January 8, 2014 WW Editorial Staff

Murmurs: Will Voters Get A Say On A Convention Hotel?

Opponents of a proposed publicly subsidized hotel at the Oregon Convention Center were planning to force a vote on the question in the November 2014 election. Project opponents—downtown hotelier   More
Tuesday, December 31, 2013 WW Editorial Staff

Murmurs: All The News That’s Left Under The Tree.

Portland Public Schools spent $135,703 in October to send 79 employees, including Superintendent Carole Smith, to a national conference in St. Louis sponsored by one of its more controversial consulta   More
Tuesday, December 24, 2013 WW Editorial Staff

Murmurs: In Scappoose, No One Can Hear You Scream.

Howard Dean may have inadvertently kick-started the re-election campaign of state Sen. Betsy Johnson (D-Scappoose). Johnson is often a swing vote in a Senate that Democrats control by a 16-14 marg   More
Wednesday, December 18, 2013 WW Editorial Staff

Murmurs: A Former Drug Agent Goes Green.

A Portland-based agent for the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration has gone to work for a private equity firm that exclusively backs businesses involved in legal marijuana sales. The Wall Street Jour   More
Wednesday, December 11, 2013 WW Editorial Staff

Murmurs: News That Burns No Carbon.

Portland is getting an ELF for Christmas. That’s the name of a bike-car hybrid built by Durham, N.C.-based company Organic Transit, which announced Dec. 2 it will open its third manufacturing faci   More
Wednesday, December 4, 2013 WW Editorial Staff

Murmurs: News To Comfort Crying Timbers Fans.

The race to replace disgraced former Multnomah County Chairman Jeff Cogen heated up last week when Deborah Kafoury unveiled an all-star list of endorsers, including Gov. John Kitzhaber. Her main oppon   More
Wednesday, November 27, 2013 WW Editorial Staff

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