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Wyden Prevails on Secret Holds, Merkley Doesn't On Filibusters

Ron Wyden

We've written a bit about efforts by Oregon's two Democratic senators to make major procedural reforms in the U.S. Senate.Today, both Sens. Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley learned the fate of their efforts.
Wyden prevailed in his effort to ban secret holds, the practice that allowed any senator to h...   More
 
Thursday, January 27, 2011 by HANK STERN

Oregon Single-Payer Advocates Can Look to Vermont

Vermont and single-payer health care

A piece in today's print edition of WW provides a preview of a big single-payer conference coming to Portland this weekend and the uphill battle ahead for single-payer advocates in Oregon trying to get their bill passed in the state Legislature.

If you're interested in reading about a state much ...   More
 
Wednesday, January 26, 2011 by HANK STERN

The State of Same Sex Marriage Outside Oregon

Same-sex marriage in Oregon

While supporters of same-sex marriage in Oregon tell their stories in hopes of getting a future measure on the state ballot, their counterparts elsewhere are fighting their own battles to achieve the same goal of marriage rights.There's a    More
 
Wednesday, January 26, 2011 by HANK STERN

Dwight Holton

Oregon’s top federal prosecutor on the JTTF, Portland City Council and the iPad.


Q & A
The point man for those urging Portland to rejoin the Joint Terrorism Task Force is Dwight Holton. The 45-year-old interim U.S. attorney for Oregon,    More
 
Wednesday, January 26, 2011 NIGEL JAQUISS , MARK ZUSMAN, HANK STERN

One Former Portlander Exults at Olbermann Departure

Bill O'Reilly

Keith Olbermann's recent departure from MSNBC left one prominent ex-Portlander giddy last night. Fox News' Bill O'Reilly, who worked in Portland in the mid-1980s at KATU as a reporter and anchor, was often criticized by Olbermann on Olbermann's show.

And ...   More
 
Tuesday, January 25, 2011 by HANK STERN

Grand Jury Finds Fatal Jan. 2 Police Shooting Was Justified




A Multnomah County grand jury has concluded that the fatal Portland police shooting of a homeless man on Jan. 2 in an abandoned car wash in southeast Portland was justified.

Police    More
 
Thursday, January 20, 2011 by HANK STERN

Look Who's Invited to Dinner at The White House




Today's withering front-page piece in The Oregonian about the mass staff defections from the office of Rep. David Wu (D-Ore.)—and the congressman's run of bizarre behavior—apparently isn't a disqualifier from getting the nod to an invite to a state dinner at the White House.

The guest list for tonight's state dinner (PDF) for Chinese President Hu Jintao includes Wu, a long-time critic of China's human rights policies. Here's the rest of the list:    More
 
Wednesday, January 19, 2011 by HANK STERN

Mitch Greenlick Back in the News, This Time for a Proposed Soda Tax

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For a five-term state representative who we expect most Oregonians couldn't have picked out of a lineup before this month, Democrat Mitch Greenlick has certainly vaulted into prominence with the 2011 Legislature barely one week old.

Last week, Greenli...   More
 
Wednesday, January 19, 2011 by HANK STERN

Another Week, Another Trail Blazers Knee Surgery




This time it's 36-year-old center Marcus Camby, who injured his left knee in Monday night's win over Minnesota.

Camby becomes the fifth Bl...   More
 
Wednesday, January 19, 2011 by HANK STERN

Kroger Tells OPB That Portland Should Rejoin JTTF




Oregon Attorney General John Kroger jumped into the discussion today over whether Portland should rejoin the federal   More
 
Tuesday, January 18, 2011 by HANK STERN
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