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As Legislature Shuts Down, Speaker Kotek Highlights CRC Funding

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The Legislature coasted to a close today, after months of futile shadow-boxing over whether to add to early session cuts to the Public Employee Retirement System and to partially offset such cuts with a tax increase.

That ultimately did not happen, to Gov. John Kitzhaber's dismay.

The governor made his displeasure clear in a statement following the announcement of s...   More
 
Monday, July 8, 2013 by NIGEL JAQUISS

The CRC is Dead; Now You Can Read its Obit

MAX not invited to funeral

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After Southwest Washington lawmakers led the charge to kill the proposed $3.5 billion Columbia River Crossing project over the weekend, it's only fitting that The Columbian, Southwest Washington's largest newspaper write the project's obituary.  Credit here to <...   More
 
Wednesday, July 3, 2013 by NIGEL JAQUISS

AG Hammers Texas Debt Collection Firm

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Although lawmakers failed to tighten laws around the increasingly controversial debt collection industry during this legislative session, Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum is continuing the crack...   More
 
Wednesday, July 3, 2013 by NIGEL JAQUISS

No More Bridge to Nowhere

Blind faith in the fatally flawed—and now dead—CRC starts a new I-5 conversation.


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George Crandall knows how to kill a freeway. In the 1970s, Crandall helped lead the fight against the Mount Hood Freeway, which would have torn through Southeast Portland neighborhoods. In defea   More
 
Wednesday, July 3, 2013 NIGEL JAQUISS

Kitzhaber's Salary Near the Bottom of Gubernatorial Scale

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Gov. John Kitzhaber makes a lot less than most of his peers. This week, the Council of State Governments released salary data for all 50 governors and Stateline, part of the Pew Center loaded the numbers into an interactive map.
The average g...   More
 
Friday, June 28, 2013 by NIGEL JAQUISS

Janitorial Mess

Portland State University awarded a sole-source contract to a troubled company.


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Portland State University signed a $1.5 million no-bid contract earlier this year with a company for janitorial work in its dorms. But WW has learned the company, Diversified Abilities Inc., h   More
 
Wednesday, June 26, 2013 NIGEL JAQUISS

City Moves Forward with Last Thursday Despite Board Resignation

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Mayor Charlie Hales announced today that the city will provide support and oversight later this week for Last Thursday, despite the resignation of Friends of Last Thursday's board on Monday. The monthly gathering in the Alberta neighborhood has become increasingly controversial as rowdy attendees have fallen afoul of neighbors.
Here's the statement from mayoral spokesman Dana ...   More
 
Tuesday, June 25, 2013 by NIGEL JAQUISS

Kendall Clawson Withdraws Her Name From Consideration for OLCC Post

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Gov. John Kitzhaber's difficulties with the Oregon Liquor Control Commission continue. Kitzhaber struggled last year to remove OLCC director Steve Pharo, whom the five-member commission continued to support after Kitzhaber wanted him gone.
More recently, the commission voted down a 25-cent-per bottle tax increase Kitzhaber and legislative leaders wanted.
Now, Kitzhaber's hand-picked...   More
 
Monday, June 24, 2013 by NIGEL JAQUISS

Rudy Crew Takes New York Job

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Oregon's Chief Education Officer, Rudy Crew, signed a three-year, $280,000-per-year contract when he came to Oregon a year ago. Now, he's headed back to New York, where he grew up and served a superintendent of public schools. Crew will become the new president of Medgar Evers College, part of the City University of New York.
Here's the news from his boss, Gov. John Kitzhaber, wh...   More
 
Monday, June 24, 2013 by NIGEL JAQUISS

Oregon Bus Project Leader to Step Down

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Caitlin Baggott, the executive director of the Oregon Bus Project, announced today in a statement that she will step down at the end of the summer.
"This will be my final summer at the Bus Project's driver's wheel," Baggott wrote. "When I got behind that wheel in 2011, the board and I agreed on a simple, two year plan: to create stability for this young organization and clarity a...   More
 
Wednesday, June 19, 2013 by NIGEL JAQUISS
 

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