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New York Times Magazine Highlights Portland's "Amenity Paradox"

Will we always be a "retirement community for the young?"

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Portland's reputation as a haven for under-employed kombucha-swillers gets another bounce from the New York Times Magazine.
The Sept. 14 issue has    More
 
Tuesday, September 16, 2014 by NIGEL JAQUISS

GMO Labeling Campaign Reports Huge Contributions

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The campaign supporting Measure 92, which would require labeling of genetically modified foods, reported two $550,000 contributions yesterday.

The checks came from Dr. Bronner's Magic Soaps and Mercola.com Health Resources LLC, both of which have been strong supporters of the labeling measure. Presence Marketing LLC of Barrington, Ill., also gave the campaign $2...   More
 
Tuesday, September 16, 2014 by NIGEL JAQUISS

Marijuana Legalization Campaign Reserves Huge Media Buy

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Since ORESTAR, the Oregon Secretary of State's electronic campaign finance tracking system, went live in 2006, the largest transaction on record is a $2.5 million contribution from Phillip Morris to a 2007 campaign against a cigarette tax.
Today, New Approach Oregon, the campaign behind Measure 91, which would legalize marijuana, filed the second biggest transaction in ORESTAR history, ...   More
 
Thursday, September 11, 2014 by NIGEL JAQUISS

Oregon Department of Justice Refuses to Represent or Indeminfy Brenda Rocklin

Former SAIF Corp. CEO sought state's legal protection

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The Oregon Department of Justice has denied a request (PDF) from former SAIF Corp. CEO Brenda Rocklin for legal indemnity and defense in a lawsuit filed against Rocklin by her successor, John Plotkin. The agency rejected Rocklin's contention that, in the series of events that led to Plotkin's firi...   More
 
Wednesday, September 10, 2014 by NIGEL JAQUISS

Senate Democrats File Elections Complaint Against Sen. Alan Olsen: Updated

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The Oregon Senate Democrats today filed an elections complaint against Sen. Alan Olsen (R-Canby), based on a story that appeared in wweek.com yesterday and in print editions of WW today.

The complaint alleges that Olsen violated Oregon's "undue influence" law, which prohibits candidates from offering something of value in exchange for a campaign contribution or vote. <...   More
 
Wednesday, September 10, 2014 by NIGEL JAQUISS

Cold Calculation

Gov. John Kitzhaber’s “Cool Schools” plan flopped. So why is he trying to microwave it for his re-election campaign?


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Four years ago, John Kitzhaber needed something—anything—to convince voters he had a plan to create jobs in Oregon, then emerging from a recession that had left as many as one in 10 people   More
 
Wednesday, September 10, 2014 NIGEL JAQUISS

Dennis Richardson Reports $200,000 Contribution

Eugene company pays for cryptic billboards

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State Rep. Dennis Richardson (R-Central Point) today reported a $200,000 in-kind contribution from Seneca Sustainable Energy, a Eugene-based operator of a cogeneration plant that burns wood waste. That donation dwarfs all previous contributions the Republican gubernatorial candidate has reported.R...   More
 
Tuesday, September 9, 2014 by NIGEL JAQUISS

Lawmaker's "Ladies of the Lobby" Fundraiser at Wife's Boutique Could Skirt Ethics, Elections Law

Sen. Alan Olsen offers lobbyists disounted clothing while seeking campaign contributions

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State Sen. Alan Olsen (R-Canby) is holding a "ladies of the lobby" campaign fundraising event tonight that could violate state ethics and elections law.
Olsen's event will be held at his wife Juanita's Canby boutique, Especially for You.
Here's the invitation:







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Tuesday, September 9, 2014 by NIGEL JAQUISS

House Speaker Tina Kotek, Republican Senators Join Call to Abolish Cover Oregon

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Cover Oregon is beginning to resemble a soccer ball.
After Senate President Peter Courtney (D-Salem) on Friday vowed to introduced legislation abolishing the scandal-plagued public corporation formed to establish a health insurance exchang...   More
 
Monday, September 8, 2014 by NIGEL JAQUISS

Sen. President Peter Courtney Wants to Dissolve Cover Oregon

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Oregon's most senior lawmaker, Senate President Peter Courtney (D-Salem), who first won election to the Legislature in 1980, usually gets what he wants, especially with Democrats in control of both legislative chambers and the governor's office.
Today, Courtney said he wants Cover Oregon, the state's scandal-plagued health insurance exchange, to disappear, and he will introduce legislat...   More
 
Friday, September 5, 2014 by NIGEL JAQUISS
 

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