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State Treasurer Ted Wheeler Raising Money For Scholarship Ballot Measure

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State Treasurer Ted Wheeler is gearing up a campaign for his Oregon Opportunity Initiative, a college scholarship program he's proposing for 2014.Lawmakers referred the measure to voters earlier this year. Wheeler proposes to use the state's bonding authority to borrow up to <...   More
 
Tuesday, December 3, 2013 by NIGEL JAQUISS

SEIU's Proposed Hospital Ballot Measures Getting National Attention

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Service Employees International Union's proposed 2014 ballot measures in Oregon and California may be the vanguard of a national movement.
In October, Oregon's SEIU Local 49 filed five measures in Salem aimed at greater transparency around prices and outcomes, minimum levels of uncompen...   More
 
Monday, December 2, 2013 by NIGEL JAQUISS

Multnomah County Democratic Party Declares Its Own Election "Illegal"

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The Multnomah County Democratic Party is experiencing some turbulence, thanks to machinations around legislative races. On Nov. 14, the party held an election to replace former chairman Teddy Keizer, who submitted his resignation in order to run for the House District 42 seat Rep. Jules Bailey (D-Portland) vacated to run for county commission.
At that meeting, dozens ...   More
 
Friday, November 29, 2013 by NIGEL JAQUISS

Siltronic Contributes $20,000 to Water Initiative

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As WW reported today, Portlanders for Water Reform, the business-backed group that wants to take over the city's water bureau, is looking to make substantial changes to how Portland addresses stormwater run-off.
Currently, the city bureau plants trees, builds bioswales and spends money...   More
 
Wednesday, November 27, 2013 by NIGEL JAQUISS

A Lesson In Sharing

Neighbors fear a university’s ambitions will overwhelm a low-income school.


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No shortage of excitement—or hyperbole—has greeted preparations for the first new school to be built with the nearly $500 million voters gave Portland Public Schools last year. “There’s    More
 
Wednesday, November 27, 2013 NIGEL JAQUISS

Kitzhaber, Still Undeclared, Spent $35K On Poll

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Gov. John Kitzhaber today reported spending $34,750 last month with the polling firm Fairbank, Maslin, Maullin, Metz & Associates.Polling is the kind of activity candidates engage in to see what voters care about. Raising money is another activity candidates engage in–Kitzhaber's raised $240,000 so far this year.
But Kitzhaber, who is serving his third ...   More
 
Tuesday, November 26, 2013 by NIGEL JAQUISS

Portland Pagan Blogger Embraces Christianity

Former Mouseketeer Teo Bishop a pagan no more

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Many Portlanders were probably unaware that until very recently, one of the country's leading pagans lived and blogged amongst us.
Teo Bishop, who under his real name, Matt Morris, used to write songs for such performers as Justin Timberlake and Kelly Clarkson, following a four-year stint as a Disney Mouseketeer, stil...   More
 
Monday, November 25, 2013 by NIGEL JAQUISS

PCC Names Daryl Dixon Finalist for Top Diversity Job

Multco diversity chief was running private business on county time

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Portland Community College has named departing Multnomah County Chief Diversity and Equity Officer Daryl Dixon one of two finalists for its top diversity job.Here's the announcement that went out to PCC faculty and staff today:
"The Equity/Inclusion Search Committee has recommended 2 candidates be forwarded as finalists for the position. They are: Daryl Dixon who is currently the ...   More
 
Friday, November 22, 2013 by NIGEL JAQUISS

CRC: Wall Street Journal Details Tolling Debacles

Tolling revenues often fall short of projections

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Today's Wall Street Journal contains sobering information about just how badly wrong toll-financed projects can go. Here's the set-up:
Millions of motorists cross the Foley Beach Express toll bridge every year, many to hit Alabama's beaches. But traffic never reached the 10 ...   More
 
Thursday, November 21, 2013 by NIGEL JAQUISS

PPS Board Member Steve Buel Lashes Out

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Steve Buel, the retired teacher who returned to the Portland school board this year after a 32-year absence, has made no secret of his unhappiness since winning election.
At meetings of the seven-member board, Buel has voiced concerns about the lack of discussion and debate; about board members' unwillingness to engage with members of the public during public comments periods; an...   More
 
Wednesday, November 20, 2013 by NIGEL JAQUISS
 

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