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Francesconi Makes Up Fundraising Ground

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In today's Murmurs column, we provided a snapshot of the fundraising of Multnomah County Chair candidates Jim Francesconi and Deborah Kafoury. At press-time on Tuesday afternoon, Kafoury led Francesconi by more than a two-to-one margin. 
But after our print deadline, Francesconi filed ...   More
 
Wednesday, January 8, 2014 by NIGEL JAQUISS

Parking Violation

Oregon’s First Lady is cited for using a state police pass to park her personal car.


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On Dec. 16, Mary Kisel, a city parking officer for the Portland Bureau of Transportation, was patrolling her beat, keeping an eye on the pre-holiday crush that jams downtown streets and fills up curbside parking spaces. 
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Wednesday, January 8, 2014 NIGEL JAQUISS

The Campaign Whisperers

Hints of Oregon’s political future in 2014 can be seen in the contributions of 2013.


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It’s 2014, an election year that will bring before voters an astonishingly broad list of ballot measures, a race for the U.S. Senate and an Oregon governor seeking an unprecedented fourth term. But clues to the key turning points in    More
 
Wednesday, January 8, 2014 NIGEL JAQUISS

CRC: ODOT Says the Numbers Pencil; Cortright Says Beware

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The Oregon Department of Transportation this afternoon released its long-awaited investment grade analysis of the proposed $2.8 billion Oregon-only Columbia River Crossing project.
The highway department's conclusion: there will be enough traffic paying tolls to support construction. "The key finding from this analysis on toll-generated revenue and financing concludes that tollin...   More
 
Tuesday, January 7, 2014 by NIGEL JAQUISS

The Tonya Harding Files, 20 Years After the Hit

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As couch-potatoes worldwide prepare for the Sochi winter Olympics, reporters are scurrying to disinter Oregon's most notorious contribution to winter sports: the Tonya Harding scandal.
It was 20 years ago today that a rat-pack of hapless thugs allied with Harding—then and now the best-known figure skater Portland has ever produced—carried out an attack on Harding's rival, ...   More
 
Monday, January 6, 2014 by NIGEL JAQUISS

Ethics Commission Delays Decision on Patricia McCaig

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As expected, the Oregon Government Ethics Commission this morning extended its investigation into the activities of Patricia McCaig, Gov. John Kitzhaber's advisor on the Columbia River Crossing project, for another month.
A WW cover story last year described the ways ...   More
 
Friday, January 3, 2014 by NIGEL JAQUISS

Tina Kotek Draws a Primary Opponent

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House Speaker Tina Kotek (D-North Portland) will have at least one opponent in the May primary.
Joe Rowe, a North Portland teacher and activist, said today that he'll challenge Kotek, a four-term incumbent.
In a statement announcing his candidacy, Rowe made it clear he will try to make Kotek's staunch support for the proposed Columbia River Crossing project an i...   More
 
Thursday, January 2, 2014 by NIGEL JAQUISS

Convention Center Hotel Opponents: County's Referral Decision is Outrageous

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Although it's not true that Lewis and Clark came here to build a headquarters hotel adjacent to the Oregon Convention Center, the machinations around the long-considered but never-built hotel have seemingly gone on forever.
As WW reported today, there...   More
 
Tuesday, December 31, 2013 by NIGEL JAQUISS

Voices 2014: Space Travel Can Be For Everyone

Cameron Smith, archaeologist and anthropology professor at Portland State University


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By day, Cameron Smith teaches anthropology at Portland State University—digging fossils in Africa, launching solo voyages in the Arctic or sailing primitive vessels in the open ocean. By night,    More
 
Tuesday, December 31, 2013 NIGEL JAQUISS

Liquor Privatization Campaign Draws Elections Complaint

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It didn't take long for the boozy ballot initiatives backed by the Northwest Grocery Association and filed last week to generate an elections complaint.
Jesse Cornett, a political consultant who has previously   More
 
Tuesday, December 24, 2013 by NIGEL JAQUISS
 

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