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Terry Bean Gives $5,000 to Multnomah County Democrats

Embattled real estate investor faces sex-crimes trial in Lane County.

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Terry Bean, the real estate investor and gay-rights pioneer who faces sex-crimes charges in Lane County, has been under the microscope for the past year since WW reported on his troubled personal life.

As WW has reported, Bean    More
 
Monday, August 17, 2015 by NIGEL JAQUISS

Rep. Brent Barton Will Not Run for Re-Election

Lawmaker's decision puts House swing seat in play.

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State Rep. Brent Barton (D-Oregon City) is surrendering the most expensive seat in the Oregon House.
Barton, 35, a Harvard-educated trial lawyer, defeated Republican Steve Newgard in a 2014 rematch that cost $1.24 million. Barton spent $787,000 to retain what is one of only a handful of Portland-area swing seats.
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Wednesday, August 12, 2015 by NIGEL JAQUISS

Gov. Kate Brown Names New State Chief Operating Officer

Governor picks longtime state manager Clyde Saiki

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Gov. Kate Brown this afternoon announced her highest profile state agency hire to date, naming Oregon Department of Transportation deputy director Clyde Saiki to head the Department of Administrative Services and act as the state's chief operating officer.
Brown, who took over from former Gov. John Kitzhaber on Feb. 18, picked a longtime state manager to replace former DAS...   More
 
Tuesday, August 11, 2015 by NIGEL JAQUISS

Clackamas County Sheriff Finds a Stolen Carousel

Some guy named "Pops" appears to be mastermind

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The Clackamas County Sheriff's Office is doing its part to alleviate a slow news Monday with details about an crew of alleged Milwaukie thieves caught with a "bewildering cache of stolen items."It's tough to improve on the sheriff's news release, so we won't try.
Here it is:At about 9 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 7, 2015, the Clackamas County Sheriff's Office Property Crimes Unit conduct...   More
 
Monday, August 10, 2015 by NIGEL JAQUISS

Bittersweet Cake

A Gresham bakery refused to sell this lesbian couple a wedding cake. Now, Rachel and Laurel Bowman-Cryer break their silence.


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Rachel Cryer loved Sweet Cakes by Melissa. She had discovered the Gresham bakery online in 2011 when she went looking for a wedding cake to celebrate her mother’s remarriage. The $250 raspberry fa   More
 
Wednesday, July 22, 2015 NIGEL JAQUISS

Tobias Read Will Run For State Treasurer

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State Rep. Tobias Read (D-Beaverton) announced this morning that he will run for state treasurer next year.Read, a former Nike footwear developer, has served five terms in the House, focusing on transportation and economic development issues. He worked closely this session with current state Treasurer Ted Wheeler to pass a r   More
 
Wednesday, July 8, 2015 by NIGEL JAQUISS

Credit Score

Trimet and a Portland broker work around the legislature’s rules on selling tax credits to wealthy investors.


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Dan Wieden recently did something few Oregonians can do: He bought a dollar for 75 cents. Wieden, co-founder of Portland’s Wieden+Kennedy advertising agency, purchased a $1.8 million state income    More
 
Wednesday, July 8, 2015 NIGEL JAQUISS

Oregon Will Become Second State to Offer Free Community College

Lawmakers approve new program in last minute pre-holiday vote

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More than 10,000 students are expected to benefit from a last-minute bill passed by legislators this week that makes Oregon only the second state (after Tennessee) to offer free community college.

The idea, according to state Sen. Mark Hass (D-Beaverton), is that a lot of needy students who might like to attend community college are currently failing to apply for federal grants that ...   More
 
Tuesday, July 7, 2015 by NIGEL JAQUISS

House Majority Leader Val Hoyle Announces Secretary of State Bid

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One day after the 78th Legislative Assembly adjourned, House Majority Leader Val Hoyle (D-Eugene) made official what Capitol insiders had long speculated—she will run for secretary of state. 
Hoyle made the announcement in an email this morning.Here's what she said:
"Now that the legislative session is over, the time has come for me to focus on the future and consider how I ca...   More
 
Tuesday, July 7, 2015 by NIGEL JAQUISS

Supporters of $337 Million Capitol Renovation "Appalled" That It's Not Happening: Updated

Veteran politicos angered at lawmakers' decision

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The Oregon State Capitol Foundation, a nonprofit established to safeguard the building that houses the Legislature, governor, secretary of state and treasurer, is reacting angrily to news that lawmakers will not include money to begin a proposed $337 million seismic upgrade of the building.
As WW    More
 
Friday, July 3, 2015 by NIGEL JAQUISS
 

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