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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

Chuck Riley

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


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


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


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

Sept. 21, 2000: The feds shut down Jeff Grayson’s Capital Consultants…

40th Anniversary
The star wall in Jeff Grayson’s downtown office featured autographed photographs of Grayson’s powerful friends and acquaintances, including former Gov. Neil Goldschmidt, President George H.W.    More
Wednesday, November 5, 2014 NIGEL JAQUISS

May 6, 2004: Goldschmidt exposed…

40th Anniversary
In January 1990, then-Gov. Neil Goldschmidt stunned Oregon with the announcement he would not seek a second term. Goldschmidt, a Democrat, was the golden boy of Oregon politics. He’d won electio   More
Wednesday, November 5, 2014 NIGEL JAQUISS

Jan. 19, 2009: Mayor Sam Adams admits his relationship with Beau Breedlove…

40th Anniversary
For a long time, the political ascent of Sam Adams seemed to have no ceiling.  Adams started as an intern for then-Lane County Commissioner (now Congressman) Peter DeFazio in 1984. He dropp   More
Wednesday, November 5, 2014 NIGEL JAQUISS

Gov. John Kitzhaber Defeats Dennis Richardson, Looks Toward Historic Fourth Term

A Narrow Win for Kitzhaber's 4th Term


Incumbent Gov. John Kitzhaber is on track for what could be a narrow victory over his Republican challenger, state Rep. Dennis Richardson (R-Central Point) tonight.
Kitzhaber, a Democrat, leads Richardson 49 percent to 46 percent with more than half the votes counted.At 67, Kitzhaber becomes the first governor in Oregon elected to four terms. (He previously served from 1995 to 20...   More
Tuesday, November 4, 2014 by NIGEL JAQUISS

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