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The Honeymoon's Over: Environmental Groups Slam Gov. Kate Brown For Bargaining Away Their Legislative Victory

Backers of low-carbon fuel law fighting "backroom deal" for a higher gas tax.

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Gov. Kate Brown is facing the first major political challenge in her brief tenure in office, and it's a problem of her own making.After replacing former Gov. John Kitzhaber on Feb. 18, Brown signed a bill that extends the low-carbon fuel standard. That measure will require companies bringing fuels into Oregon either to blend in lower carbon components such as ethanol or purchase c...   More
 
Friday, June 19, 2015 by NIGEL JAQUISS

The Gecko Chamber

A lengthy legal battle against GEICO underscores Oregon’s weak laws to protect consumers.


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Cornel Tuter knows the charming green GEICO gecko all too well. The creature is ubiquitous, one of the most easily recognizable characters on the planet. It should be: GEICO Insurance spends a   More
 
Wednesday, June 17, 2015 NIGEL JAQUISS

Multnomah County Court Judge Tosses Oracle Suit Against Political Consultants

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Multnomah County Court Judge Henry Kantor today threw out a lawsuit today that Oracle America Corp., filed in February against five political consultants—Kevin Looper, Patricia McCaig, Scott Nelson, Tim Raphael an...   More
 
Friday, June 12, 2015 by NIGEL JAQUISS

The Coalition for A Livable Future Shuts Down

Non-profit played a key role in opposing the Columbia River Crossing Project.

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The Coalition for a Livable Future, a Portland nonprofit, is closing its doors, the group announced today. "After 21 years working across disciplines to create a more equitable and sustainable region, the Coalition for a Livable Future will be closing our doors at the end of June," the group said in a statement. "While it wasn’t an easy call to make, the real story is the CLF success...   More
 
Tuesday, June 9, 2015 by NIGEL JAQUISS

Rep. Knute Buehler Asks Gov. Kate Brown to Bolster Whistle-blower Protections

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Now that prosecutors have announced they won't press charges against whistle-blower Michael Rodgers, Rep. Knute Buehler (R-Bend) is seeking Gov. Kate Brown's support to beef up protections for future whistle-blowers.
Earlier this year, Rodgers refused a request to delete 6,000 of former Gov. John Kitzhaber's emails from state servers. He then leaked those emails to WW</...   More
 
Friday, June 5, 2015 by NIGEL JAQUISS

MSNBC Hosts on Investigation of Whistleblower Michael Rodgers: "What the Hell's Wrong with Oregon"

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Oregon politics is in the national news again—for the wrong reasons.

MSNBC's "Morning Joe" hosts Mika Brzezinski and Joe Scarborough today chewed on the case of Michael Rodgers, the whistleblower who refused a request to delete 6,000 of former Gov. John Kitzhaber's emails...   More
 
Wednesday, June 3, 2015 by NIGEL JAQUISS

Portland Fire & Rescue Chief Erin Janssens Grabbed Subordinate in Meeting

City won't release records regarding incident.

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Portland Fire & Rescue Chief Erin Janssens is trying to put out a blaze in her own office. The city Bureau of Human Resources last month completed an investigation into an allegation that Janssens grabbed a senior civilian fire bureau employee during a tense meeting in late 2013. Sources tell WW...   More
 
Wednesday, June 3, 2015 by NIGEL JAQUISS

District Attorneys Say They Will Not Charge Kitzhaber Whistleblower Michael Rodgers

Decision follows signal yesterday from Gov. Kate Brown.

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The District Attorneys of Marion and Yamhill County this afternoon released a statement saying they would not charge Michael Rodgers, the senior state IT official who refused to delete 6,000 of former Gov. John Kitzhaber's emails and then leaked the emails to WW. The decision ...   More
 
Wednesday, June 3, 2015 by NIGEL JAQUISS

Defending the Whistle-Blower

Gov. Kate Brown says the Kitzhaber email leaker shouldn’t face criminal charges.


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Since going public with his story last week, Michael Rodgers has heard a lot of opinions about his decision to leak 6,000 of former Gov. John Kitzhaber’s emails to WW. Last week’s cover    More
 
Wednesday, June 3, 2015 NIGEL JAQUISS

Gov. Kate Brown Says the Man Who Leaked Kitzhaber’s Emails Should Not Be Prosecuted: Updated

Brown says Oregon instead should be "building trust and accountability in state government."

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Gov. Kate Brown says the man who leaked former Gov. John Kitzhaber's emails to WW should not face criminal charges.

Brown says she believes state IT manager Michael Rodgers acted to protect public records after Kitzhaber’s office requested in February that about 6,000 of Kitzhaber’s emails be deleted from state computers and based on what she's read, his acti...   More
 
Tuesday, June 2, 2015 by NIGEL JAQUISS
 

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