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Measure 92 Proponents File Suit, Demand All Ballots Be Counted: Updated

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Proponents of Measure 92, which would require the labeling of genetically modified foods, today filed a lawsuit in Multnomah County Court aimed at forcing Secretary of State Kate Brown to count 4,600 ballots that proponents believe have been incorrectly rejected by elections officials.“These voters completed their ballots, signed their return identification envelops pursuant to ins...   More
 
Monday, December 8, 2014 by NIGEL JAQUISS

Jim Francesconi Has A New Job

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Former City Commissioner Jim Francesconi has a new job—he's the vice president of public policy for Moda Health.Francesconi, who served as a city commissioner from 1997 to 2005, attempted a political comeback this year, running against Deborah Kafoury for the vacant Multnomah County...   More
 
Friday, December 5, 2014 by NIGEL JAQUISS

Measure 92 Recount in Multnomah County is Complete

"Yes" vote margin increases by 25 votes

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Multnomah County today finished recounting the votes for Measure 92, the November ballot measure that would require the labeling of genetically modified foods. The results in Oregon's largest county will not do much to help the prospects of the measure, which failed in the    More
 
Friday, December 5, 2014 by NIGEL JAQUISS

The Animal Lawyer

In Oregon, animals are people, too. Meet the prosecutor who protects them.


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For decades, William Holdner raised cattle west of Portland in Columbia County—as many as 2,000 at a time. But in 2012, he let his cows starve. In a four-month period, records show, Holdne   More
 
Wednesday, December 3, 2014 NIGEL JAQUISS

Measure 92 Recount Begins Today

GMO labeling measure failed by 812 votes

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The hand recount for Measure 92, which would require the labeling of genetically modified foods begins today, according to Secretary of State Kate Brown, who oversees elections.The schedule Brown posted this morning shows that the recount will begin today in Clackamas County, with many other coun...   More
 
Monday, December 1, 2014 by NIGEL JAQUISS

Terry Bean Comments on His Arrest on Sex Abuse Charges: Updated

Developer, Obama fundraiser says he's innocent

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The real estate developer and prominent Democratic party fundraiser Terry Bean took to Facebook yesterday, making his first public comments following his Nov. 19 arrest in...   More
 
Monday, November 24, 2014 by NIGEL JAQUISS

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
 

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