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Terry Bean's Former Boyfriend Arrested

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Kiah Lawson, a former boyfriend of prominent Portland real estate developer and political fundraiser Terry Bean, was arrested last night in Portland.

Lawson, 25, was arrested in connection with the same alleged crimes that prompted Portland police to    More
 
Thursday, November 20, 2014 by NIGEL JAQUISS

Terry Bean Arrested on Charges of Sex Abuse of a Minor

Prominent Obama supporter and Democratic party activist initially faced allegations of secretly videotaping sex acts

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Terry Bean, a Portland power player in national Democratic politics and the gay rights movement, was arrested today on charges of sex abuse in a case involving a 15-year-old boy.Police arrested Bean, 66, and booked him at the Multnomah County Detention Center this morning. Law enforcement sources familiar with the case say Bean will be charged with two counts of sodomy in the thir...   More
 
Wednesday, November 19, 2014 by NIGEL JAQUISS

Service With a Smile

A senior fire official went to bat for an embattled club owner, who offered what three officials saw as a bribe.


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Maria Toth Brown had some explaining to do. Toth Brown runs Refuge PDX, a club in the Central Eastside Industrial District. On Nov. 23, 2013, records show, Refuge PDX jammed 1,000 people into    More
 
Wednesday, November 19, 2014 NIGEL JAQUISS

Washington Department of Transportation Dramatically Lowers Traffic Forecasts

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The Washington Department of Transportation has released new analysis that shows sharply lower forecasts for future vehicle miles traveled—on the order of 25 percent lower over then next 25 years.

Those figures confirm the principal criticism leveled by opponents of the on-again, off...   More
 
Friday, November 14, 2014 by NIGEL JAQUISS

Smoke Signals

Four things you should know about legal weed.


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U.S. Rep. Earl Blumenauer (D-Ore.) is greeting legal recreational pot with a bold prediction. “You are going to change national policy,” Blumenauer declared Nov. 4, less than an hour after t   More
 
Wednesday, November 12, 2014 NIGEL JAQUISS , AARON MESH

Blurred Lines

How Kitzhaber’s re-election campaign secretly shaped state policy around Cover Oregon.


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Gov. John Kitzhaber used campaign advisers to secretly direct his administration’s response to Cover Oregon, the state’s failed $250 million health insurance exchange. Previously undiscl   More
 
Wednesday, November 12, 2014 NIGEL JAQUISS

Chuck Riley's Lead Over Sen. Bruce Starr Widens

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Challenger Chuck Riley has increased his lead over incumbent state Sen. Bruce Starr (R-Hillsboro) in the only legislative race that has not yet been decided. Last Wednesday, after most of the votes had been counted, it appeared that Starr would retain his seat. But by Friday, Riley, a former three-term state representative from Hillsboro who narrowly lost to Starr in 2010, had moved into a 13...   More
 
Monday, November 10, 2014 by NIGEL JAQUISS

Portland Auditor Receives Final Payment from Publicly Funded Elections Scam

Emilie Boyles, Volodymyr Golovan off the hook

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One of the darkest and most unintentionally hilarious chapters in recent City of Portland political history has come to close, with the repayment of monies owed the city from a scam perpetrated during the 2006 election season.
Back in those more innocent times, city council candidates could qualify for public funding for their campaigns if they obtained the requisite number of signatures.
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Monday, November 10, 2014 by NIGEL JAQUISS

Cylvia Hayes and Gov. John Kitzhaber: Five Issues the Ethics Commission Should Consider

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The Oregon Government Ethics Commission is meeting today to begin to consider allegations of ethical misconduct against Gov. John Kitzhaber and First Lady Cylvia Hayes. Here are the five key issues the commission should be considering as they open the case against Kitzhaber and Hayes.1. Hayes is a public official. On Oct. 13, Gov. John Kitzhaber asked the Oregon Go...   More
 
Friday, November 7, 2014 by NIGEL JAQUISS

Tuesday Night Surprise: Crushing Defeat of Treasurer Ted Wheeler's College Scholarship Measure

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Every election is, in part, about future elections.
On Tuesday night, the man whom many political observers see as a front-runner in the 2018 race for Oregon governor, State Treasurer Ted Wheeler, suffered a setback.Wheeler, a Democrat, wasn't on the ballot. But he wrote Measure 86, which would have allowed lawmakers to use the state's bonding authority to finance an endowment for colle...   More
 
Wednesday, November 5, 2014 by NIGEL JAQUISS
 

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