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Oregon's Political Connection to the National VA Scandal


On his blog, The Oregon Oracle, Bruce McCain connects some dots between a longtime Oregon Congressional staffer named Joan Mooney, the Veterans' Adminstration mess and a current Oregon legislative candidate, Paul Evans.  
Most Americans, including most Oregonians, likely have ne...   More
Friday, June 27, 2014 by NIGEL JAQUISS

The Cost of Failed OLCC Privatization Measure Keeps Growing


The grocery industry pulled the plug earlier this month on a planned November ballot measure that would have privatized some functions of the Oregon Liquor Control Commission. Among other changes, grocery chains such as Fred Meyer and Safeway want to sell liquor in their stores, which today is only possible in a small number of pilot operations.

The combination of unfavorable ballot...   More
Thursday, June 26, 2014 by NIGEL JAQUISS

Harry Rinehart’s House Of Pain

A century old clinic is at the center of debate over Oregon’s prescription opiate epidemic.

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From its perch on a steep hillside in Wheeler, Ore., the Rinehart Clinic offers a view of the timeless battle between the Nehalem River and the Pacific Ocean. When the tide flows out, water ru   More
Wednesday, June 25, 2014 NIGEL JAQUISS

Oregon Right to Life Gets Into the News Business


Oregon Right to Life, the state's largest anti-abortion group has long been a political powerhouse.
The group's political action committee has spent $2.38 million on Oregon races since 2010, including $400,000 this year, when it played a major role in four hotly contested GOP House p...   More
Tuesday, June 24, 2014 by NIGEL JAQUISS

Oracle Claims Cover Oregon Website Was "Ready For Release in February"


The software giant Oracle is punching back at Oregon Gov. John Kitzhaber and his decision to abandon the health insurance exchange website state officials spent $248 million building.

In a presentation to the U.S. House Energy and Commerce Committee last week, Oracle claimed that the Cover Oregon website the system "is ready for release, and has been since February 2014.” T...   More
Monday, June 23, 2014 by NIGEL JAQUISS

Gov. John Kitzhaber Pushes Past $1 Million Mark, Extends Fundraising Advantage Over Republican Dennis Richardson


Gov. John Kitzhaber is making an early summer push to bury his Republican opponent, State Rep. Dennis Richardson (R-Central Point).Already this week, Kitzhaber has disclosed more than $175,000 in new donations, pushing him well over the $1-million mark for this calendar year. He's now raised $1.155 million in 2014 and has $822,000 on hand. Richardson has raised $269,000 this year and...   More
Thursday, June 19, 2014 by NIGEL JAQUISS

Chain Reaction: How a Top SEIU Lobbyist Ends Up Working for the Trial Lawyers


Arthur Towers, who until today was Service Employees International Union Local 503's top lobbyist, will join the Oregon Trial Lawyers Association, the latest in a series of moves touched off when Curtis Robinhold, formerly the chief of staff to Gov. John Kitzhaber took the number two job at the Port of Portland in February.
In the close-knit world of Oregon politics...   More
Tuesday, June 17, 2014 by NIGEL JAQUISS

Former U.S. Sen. Gordon Smith Re-Ups With Broadcasters


Former U.S. Sen. Gordon Smith (R-Ore.) will be working the halls of power for at least another four years. Smith, who ran his family's Pendleton frozen food business before entering politics, represented Oregon in Washington for two terms until losing his seat to Democrat Jeff Merkley in 20...   More
Monday, June 16, 2014 by NIGEL JAQUISS

Clackamas County Releases Investigative Report On Complaint Against Ludlow and Smith

Investigator didn't believe Ludlow and Smith denials


The Clackamas County Board of Commissioners this afternoon released a 15-page investigative report (PDF) conducted in response to a workplace complaint filed by a now-former county lobbyist against County Chair John Ludlow and Commissioner Tootie Smith.

As   More
Wednesday, June 11, 2014 by NIGEL JAQUISS

Even the Oregon State Bar Has to Pay to Play in Salem


Oregon's loosely regulated campaign finance laws—which allow any party to give as much as they want to any candidate, committee or cause—sometimes create eyebrow-raising contributions.

Here's the latest example: a $2,500 contribution this week by the Oregon State Bar to the House Republican caucus, which is called the Promote Oregon Leadership PAC.

That transactio...   More
Tuesday, June 10, 2014 by NIGEL JAQUISS

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