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GOP Group Forms to Support Marriage Equality

State's biggest Republican funder backs same-sex marriage


A group of high-profile Oregon Republicans has formed a Freedom Oregon, a political action committee that will support same-sex marriage.
The group includes former U.S. Sen Bob Packwood; former Oregon Attorney General Dave Frohnmayer; former Oregon Secretary of State Norma Paulus and Stimson Lumber CEO Andrew Miller, who individually and through his co...   More
Wednesday, January 29, 2014 by NIGEL JAQUISS

Lines for Life Hires Dwight Holton as Executive Director


Lines for Life, a Portland non-profit that works on suicide and substance abuse prevention, has hired Dwight Holton to be its new executive director.Formerly known as the Oregon Partnership, Lines for Life operates crisis telephone lines that served 35,000 people last year.
Holton, 48, was a federal prosec...   More
Tuesday, January 28, 2014 by NIGEL JAQUISS

State Senator's Solution to CRC Toll Deadbeats? Boot 'Em


Last week, an email State Sen. Lee Beyer (D-Springfield) sent to Washington State Sen. Ann Rivers (R-La Center) made headlines, because Beyer, the chairman of the Senate's Business and Transportation Committee and the co-chairman of the interim Columbia River Crossing oversight committee told Rivers in a Jan. 17 email  "my guess is the bridge issue is dead in our state for the n...   More
Tuesday, January 28, 2014 by NIGEL JAQUISS

Newsweek Says Washington Nuke Plant Overpaid for Fuel

The current edition of Newsweek contains the tortuous tale of how Energy Northwest, which operates the region's only nuclear energy plant, teamed up with two U.S. Senators from Kentucky to pull off a complex, $711 million purchase of 31 years worth of fuel for the plant.The problem, a...   More
Monday, January 27, 2014 by NIGEL JAQUISS

Leading CRC Supporter Says Oregon "Done With The Bridge Issue"

"The bridge issue is dead in our state," a key Oregon lawmaker says. The House speaker disagrees.


One of the strongest legislative supporters of the proposed Columbia River Crossing project, Sen. Lee Beyer (D-Springfield), chairman of the Senate Transportation Committee, appears to have given up on the project, according to an email obtained by the The Columbian.
Gov. John Kitzhaber and other backers of the CRC went all-in with a Jan. 14 legislativ...   More
Friday, January 24, 2014 by NIGEL JAQUISS

PPS School Board Member Stands Up for Benson High


Right now, most of the action at Portland Public Schools is centered on the protracted negotiations over the teachers' contract. That impasse is drowning out other issues, such as the simmering dispute over the future of Benson Polytechnic High.
The district's 2011 high school redesign capped enrollment at Benson, whose focus on technical and vocational education has long made it...   More
Thursday, January 23, 2014 by NIGEL JAQUISS

Busting the Boundary

Lawmakers look at the unprecedented step of voting on local land-use decisions.

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Metro runs the Oregon Zoo, the Oregon Convention Center and directs solid waste disposal in the tri-county area.  But in February, fed-up lawmakers will threaten the regional government’s p   More
Wednesday, January 22, 2014 NIGEL JAQUISS

Headquarters Hotel Proponents Go On PR Offensive

Oregon Convention Center

A Multnomah County Court judge will hear arguments next week over whether opponents of the proposed $200 million Hyatt Hotel adjacent to the Oregon Convention Center can refer Multnomah County's vote to move forward with the project to this ye...   More
Tuesday, January 21, 2014 by NIGEL JAQUISS

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

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