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In New Court Filing, Oracle Slams Gov. Kate Brown, AG Ellen Rosenblum for Withholding Kitzhaber Emails: Updated


The legal battle between Oracle America Corp. and the state of Oregon over who's to blame for the failed $300 million health exchange called Cover Oregon continues in Marion County Circuit Court.

As The Oregonian reported last week, the current ...   More
Thursday, September 24, 2015 by NIGEL JAQUISS

Labor Commissioner Brad Avakian Flexes Fundraising Muscles


Labor Commissioner Brad Avakian still has not officially announced his candidacy for secretary of state. But his strong recent fundraising speaks to his intentions.WW reported in August that Avakian, a former Washington County lawmaker, was ...   More
Wednesday, September 23, 2015 by NIGEL JAQUISS

Dues Date

Oregon labor unions may be running out of time for big tax measures.

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When Allan Bruner set up a booth for the Oregon Education Association at the annual gathering of the Republican Party of Oregon earlier this year, he was operating behind what many teachers consider e   More
Wednesday, September 23, 2015 NIGEL JAQUISS

Kitzhaber Whistleblower Michael Rodgers Reaches Settlement With State


Michael Rodgers, the former state information technology manager who refused a request to delete 5,000 of former Gov. John Kitzhaber's emails from state servers, resigned effective Sept. 18.A settlement Rodgers reached with the Oregon Department of Justice on Monday will pay him $286,200, which is two years' salary. He will also receive a payout for 300 hours of accrued vaca...   More
Tuesday, September 22, 2015 by NIGEL JAQUISS

Department of Corrections Inspector General Files Tort Claim Notice and Ethics Complaint Against DOC and Its Director


Leonard Williamson, the inspector general for the Oregon Department of Corrections, has filed a tort claim notice against the department, his boss, DOC director Colette Peters, and an unnamed group of DOC employees referred to as "DOES 1-10."The tort claim notice, dated Sept. 3,  says the potential defendants "have injured Mr. Williamson's professional reputation. The date of th...   More
Tuesday, September 22, 2015 by NIGEL JAQUISS

Message From New ODOT Bridge Survey: Send Cash or World Will End

I-5 bridges far from the worst in the state.


The Oregon Department of Transportation released its 2015 bridge survey last week.

It's a document the agency releases every few years, and its 212 pages are chock full of charts, data and sometimes alarming information.

Here's the scary stuff:
Worsening conditions will incr...   More
Monday, September 21, 2015 by NIGEL JAQUISS

Former House Speaker Dave Hunt May Seek His Old Legislative Seat in Clackamas County


Dave Hunt, the former speaker of the Oregon House, may run for his former legislative seat."A bunch of people have asked me to consider running," says Hunt, a Democrat who previously held the House District 40 seat, representing Gladstone and parts of Oregon City from 2003 to 2013.
Hunt, 47, was first elected to the House in 2002. He served as speaker in 2009 but lo...   More
Friday, September 18, 2015 by NIGEL JAQUISS

Give Us This Day: Senate Committee Will Address Records Secrecy

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The Senate Human Services Committee will hold a hearing on the Department of Human Services later this month, and will address the state agency's secrecy in its handling of child-welfare records.In reporting this week's cover story about the troubled foster-care provider Give Us...   More
Thursday, September 17, 2015 by NIGEL JAQUISS

Give Us This Day: Department of Human Services Issues Statement in Response to WW Story

UPDATE: Protesters picket Oregon Department of Justice


In advance of today's WW cover story about a troubled foster care provider called Give Us This Day, the Oregon Department of Human Services issued a news release last night to all state legislators and DHS staff.

WW has been asking questions to state officials for mo...   More
Wednesday, September 16, 2015 by NIGEL JAQUISS

Home Sweet Hustle

Mary Holden runs one of the largest foster care agencies in Portland. For years, she’s been accused of financial misdeeds and neglecting vulnerable children. Why is she still in business?

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In child welfare circles, it’s sometimes said that heaven holds a special place for foster parents, those selfless souls who provide temporary homes for needy children. Mary Holden, executive dire   More
Wednesday, September 16, 2015 NIGEL JAQUISS

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