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Rep. Knute Buehler Won't Run For Governor in 2016

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The Oregon GOP's top potential state-wide candidate is sitting out 2016.

State Rep. Knute Buehler (R-Bend) announced this morning he will not run for governor in 2016.

Buehler, an orthopedic surgeon and Rhodes scholar, challenged then-Secretary of State Kate Brown in 2012 and had considered challenging now-Gov. Brown next year, when she will run for the remaining two y...   More
Tuesday, August 25, 2015 by NIGEL JAQUISS

Education Czar Nancy Golden's Retirement Raises Questions About Direction of K-12 Reforms

Departure of Kitzhaber ally leaves uncertainty.


Gov. Kate Brown this morning announced that the state's chief education officer, Nancy Golden, is retiring.
That announcement, first reported by The Oregonian, is significant because Golden, and the position she holds, represent key threads of the ...   More
Monday, August 24, 2015 by NIGEL JAQUISS

Labor Commission Brad Avakian Will Enter Race for Secretary of State


The race for what will be a vacant secretary of state's office in 2016 is shaping up as next year's most competitive statewide contest.
Labor Commissioner Brad Avakian has told numerous people this week that he will enter the Democratic primary.
That decision will likely pit him against state Rep. Val Hoyle (D-Eugene), who earlier stepped down from her post as House Minority ...   More
Thursday, August 20, 2015 by NIGEL JAQUISS

Reduce, Reuse, Redefine

Metro needs more garbage. So it’s aiming to tax some of Portland’s recycling.

News Stories
On one of the grittiest patches of industrial Northwest Portland, Terrell Garrett handles the kind of recycling you won’t see at Burgerville or in an episode of Portlandia. More than 100 trucks ru   More
Wednesday, August 19, 2015 NIGEL JAQUISS

Want an Energy Tax Credit? Name Your Price

EO Media details inconsistencies in energy tax credit boondoggle


Although Oregon lawmakers and bureaucrats pride themselves on progressive policies, they continue to offer extraordinarily generous tax credit programs that allow wealthy Oregonians to reap risk-free, double-digit returns at the expense of schools, health care and public safety programs.
WW highlighted one such giveaway    More
Tuesday, August 18, 2015 by NIGEL JAQUISS

Terry Bean Gives $5,000 to Multnomah County Democrats

Embattled real estate investor faces sex-crimes trial in Lane County.

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Terry Bean, the real estate investor and gay-rights pioneer who faces sex-crimes charges in Lane County, has been under the microscope for the past year since WW reported on his troubled personal life.

As WW has reported, Bean    More
Monday, August 17, 2015 by NIGEL JAQUISS

Rep. Brent Barton Will Not Run for Re-Election

Lawmaker's decision puts House swing seat in play.


State Rep. Brent Barton (D-Oregon City) is surrendering the most expensive seat in the Oregon House.
Barton, 35, a Harvard-educated trial lawyer, defeated Republican Steve Newgard in a 2014 rematch that cost $1.24 million. Barton spent $787,000 to retain what is one of only a handful of Portland-area swing seats.
In    More
Wednesday, August 12, 2015 by NIGEL JAQUISS

Gov. Kate Brown Names New State Chief Operating Officer

Governor picks longtime state manager Clyde Saiki


Gov. Kate Brown this afternoon announced her highest profile state agency hire to date, naming Oregon Department of Transportation deputy director Clyde Saiki to head the Department of Administrative Services and act as the state's chief operating officer.
Brown, who took over from former Gov. John Kitzhaber on Feb. 18, picked a longtime state manager to replace former DAS...   More
Tuesday, August 11, 2015 by NIGEL JAQUISS

Clackamas County Sheriff Finds a Stolen Carousel

Some guy named "Pops" appears to be mastermind


The Clackamas County Sheriff's Office is doing its part to alleviate a slow news Monday with details about an crew of alleged Milwaukie thieves caught with a "bewildering cache of stolen items."It's tough to improve on the sheriff's news release, so we won't try.
Here it is:At about 9 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 7, 2015, the Clackamas County Sheriff's Office Property Crimes Unit conduct...   More
Monday, August 10, 2015 by NIGEL JAQUISS

Bittersweet Cake

A Gresham bakery refused to sell this lesbian couple a wedding cake. Now, Rachel and Laurel Bowman-Cryer break their silence.

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Rachel Cryer loved Sweet Cakes by Melissa. She had discovered the Gresham bakery online in 2011 when she went looking for a wedding cake to celebrate her mother’s remarriage. The $250 raspberry fa   More
Wednesday, July 22, 2015 NIGEL JAQUISS

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