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Multnomah County GOP Wants to Set the Record Straight: We Are All Slaves

Party still trying to defend AR-15 raffle tied to Lincoln and MLK


The Multnomah County Republican Party today issued a statement Monday intended to clarify the controversy the party ignited last week, when it announced plans to raffle off a...   More
Monday, January 20, 2014 by NIGEL JAQUISS

Tom Imeson Leaving Port of Portland for NW Natural


Port of Portland public affairs director Tom Imeson is moving to a similar position at NW Natural, Port Executive Director Bill Wyatt announced today.
Imeson is one of the best-connected figures in Oregon. A former longtime aide to the late U.S. Sen. Mark Hatfield (R-Ore.), he later served as chief of staff to Gov. Neil Goldschmidt and also as lead the transition te...   More
Thursday, January 16, 2014 by NIGEL JAQUISS

The Watchdogs’ Late Bark

After a long silence, Oregon’s top enviro groups slam the Columbia River Crossing.

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For years, two of the state’s leading environmental groups have seemed lost in a green cloud over the Columbia River Crossing. The $2.8 billion bridge, light-rail and freeway expansion project h   More
Wednesday, January 15, 2014 NIGEL JAQUISS

New 1000 Friends of Oregon Report Slams CRC Project


On the eve of a February legislative session which may see Gov. John Kitzhaber try once again to resurrect the $2.8 billion, Oregon-only Columbia River Crossing project, the environmental group 1000 Friends of Oregon has released a scathing 22-page review of the project, titled CRC Facts.The report, w...   More
Tuesday, January 14, 2014 by NIGEL JAQUISS

Mutnomah County GOP Salutes Abraham Lincoln, Martin Luther King Jr. by Raffling Off an AR-15


Assassins shot both President Abraham Lincoln and the Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Now Lincoln and King have something else in common—the Multnomah County GOP is invoking the civil rights leaders' legacies to help raffle off an AR-15 rifle (or a handgun, if you prefer).

Here's the release the county party sent out this morning, with emphasis added:

Multnomah Country Repub...   More
Monday, January 13, 2014 by NIGEL JAQUISS

Port of Portland Rallying Support For CRC Hearing


Port of Portland lobbyist Annette Price convened a meeting of leading business lobbyists yesterday to plan strategy ahead of a Jan. 14 legislative hearing on the proposed Oregon-only Columbia River Crossing project.
The Legislature's approval for the project has expired, and Gov. John Kitzhaber is hoping lawmakers will revive the CRC in the upcoming February legislative se...   More
Thursday, January 9, 2014 by NIGEL JAQUISS

Francesconi Makes Up Fundraising Ground


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. 
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


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

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