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Sen. Richard Devlin Takes Issue with Gov. John Kitzhaber's Budget

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Republicans surrendered two seats in the Oregon Senate in the November election and one in the Oregon House. That meant they gave up much of their ability to serve as a check on Gov. John Kitzhaber, a Democrat.That role—to the extent anyone fills it—will now fall to members of his own party, such as state Sen. Richard Devlin (D-Tualatin). Now in his 18th year as...   More
 
Tuesday, December 16, 2014 by NIGEL JAQUISS

New Emails Show First Lady Cylvia Hayes Regularly Used State Employee To Book Personal Business Travel

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Newly released emails show that Oregon first lady Cylvia Hayes regularly used a state-paid employee in the office of her fiancé, Gov. John Kitzhaber, to book travel and hotel for Hayes’ private consulting business.

The emails show Hayes used public resources for her personal benefit, treating her government assistant as a private secretary for her consulting business.

The ...   More
 
Friday, December 12, 2014 by NIGEL JAQUISS

First Lady Cylvia Hayes: Email Shows Kitzhaber's Attorney Was Uncomfortable With Privately-Paid Spokeswoman

Proposed contract created "legal and ethical issues"

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Two months ago, WW reported a highly unusual situation: The Oregon Business Council, which advocates for Oregon's largest employers, in 2013 hired a spokeswoman for first lady Cylvia Hayes. A group pushing a political agenda would not usually be allowed to provide staff support for the governor's office.
Documents Gov. John Kitzhaber's office has now released to ...   More
 
Thursday, December 11, 2014 by NIGEL JAQUISS

New Study Finds Oregon Among Least Corrupt States

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A new study from Harvard's Safra School of Ethics finds that Oregon is among the least corrupt states, measured both by illegal and legal corruption.
The study's authors defined legal corruption as "the political gains in the form of campaign con...   More
 
Wednesday, December 10, 2014 by NIGEL JAQUISS

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
 

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