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Jefferson Smith Revisits Mayoral Campaign On Stage


On Monday night, Back Fence PDX, which hosts live storytelling, celebrated its 5.5 year anniversary with a show at the Gerding Theater.

Among those to take the stage was former State Representative and 2012 Portland mayoral candidate Jefferson Smith (D-Portland).

The theme of the evening was "Great Expectations" a...   More
Tuesday, December 10, 2013 by NIGEL JAQUISS

Same-Sex Marriage Campaign Announces Signature Haul


Oregon United for Marriage, which hopes to legalize same-sex marriage in this state next year, said today its signature gatherers have eclipsed the number of signatures required to make next November's ballot.
Here's the statement from the campaign:
On the one-year anniversary of the day same-sex couples could firs...   More
Monday, December 9, 2013 by NIGEL JAQUISS

Portland ATF Agents Paid Disabled Man To Get Tattoo of Joint-Smoking Squid


The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel published an investigation Sunday about the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, leading the article with an extraordinary anecdote of alleged ATF misbehavior in East Portla...   More
Monday, December 9, 2013 by NIGEL JAQUISS

Kitzhaber Will Announce 2014 Plans Monday


Gov. John Kitzhaber has been raising money (a quarter of a million dollars so far) like a candidate for re-election in 2014. But the three-term governor has taken a surprisingly long time to announce his plans for next year.Kitzhaber will announce his decision—he's running, people familiar with his plans tell WW—at a Monday morning press conference in East Portland.
He...   More
Sunday, December 8, 2013 by NIGEL JAQUISS

Brother, Can You Spare $200 Million?

OHSU is using its clout to have taxpayers match a donation from Nike’s Phil Knight.

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Two months ago, Nike Chairman Phil Knight dangled a tantalizing offer before Oregon Health & Science University: the promise of $1 billion—cash—to finance expansion of the cancer institute   More
Wednesday, December 4, 2013 NIGEL JAQUISS

State Treasurer Ted Wheeler Raising Money For Scholarship Ballot Measure


State Treasurer Ted Wheeler is gearing up a campaign for his Oregon Opportunity Initiative, a college scholarship program he's proposing for 2014.Lawmakers referred the measure to voters earlier this year. Wheeler proposes to use the state's bonding authority to borrow up to <...   More
Tuesday, December 3, 2013 by NIGEL JAQUISS

SEIU's Proposed Hospital Ballot Measures Getting National Attention


Service Employees International Union's proposed 2014 ballot measures in Oregon and California may be the vanguard of a national movement.
In October, Oregon's SEIU Local 49 filed five measures in Salem aimed at greater transparency around prices and outcomes, minimum levels of uncompen...   More
Monday, December 2, 2013 by NIGEL JAQUISS

Multnomah County Democratic Party Declares Its Own Election "Illegal"


The Multnomah County Democratic Party is experiencing some turbulence, thanks to machinations around legislative races. On Nov. 14, the party held an election to replace former chairman Teddy Keizer, who submitted his resignation in order to run for the House District 42 seat Rep. Jules Bailey (D-Portland) vacated to run for county commission.
At that meeting, dozens ...   More
Friday, November 29, 2013 by NIGEL JAQUISS

Siltronic Contributes $20,000 to Water Initiative


As WW reported today, Portlanders for Water Reform, the business-backed group that wants to take over the city's water bureau, is looking to make substantial changes to how Portland addresses stormwater run-off.
Currently, the city bureau plants trees, builds bioswales and spends money...   More
Wednesday, November 27, 2013 by NIGEL JAQUISS

A Lesson In Sharing

Neighbors fear a university’s ambitions will overwhelm a low-income school.

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No shortage of excitement—or hyperbole—has greeted preparations for the first new school to be built with the nearly $500 million voters gave Portland Public Schools last year. “There’s    More
Wednesday, November 27, 2013 NIGEL JAQUISS

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