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Loren Parks, Oregon Sheriffs' Association Write Big Checks


The reclusive medical tycoon Loren Parks wrote his first big checks of the November cycle, giving $100,000 to the Oregon Small Business Association Political Action Committee and $60,000 to the Oregon Sportsmen's Association. Parks has long been right at the top of contributors to conservative causes in Oregon, focusing mostly on ballot measures.
The Oregon Sheriffs' As...   More
Monday, September 22, 2014 by NIGEL JAQUISS

Task Force Will Examine Criticism of Juvenile Justice System


Earlier this year, Clackamas County District Attorney John Foote and Chuck French, a retired Multnomah County prosecutor working on contract for Foote, produced a withering review of the approach to juvenile justice in Oregon. The report found the system is expensive ...   More
Wednesday, September 17, 2014 by NIGEL JAQUISS

New York Times Magazine Highlights Portland's "Amenity Paradox"

Will we always be a "retirement community for the young?"


Portland's reputation as a haven for under-employed kombucha-swillers gets another bounce from the New York Times Magazine.
The Sept. 14 issue has    More
Tuesday, September 16, 2014 by NIGEL JAQUISS

GMO Labeling Campaign Reports Huge Contributions


The campaign supporting Measure 92, which would require labeling of genetically modified foods, reported two $550,000 contributions yesterday.

The checks came from Dr. Bronner's Magic Soaps and Mercola.com Health Resources LLC, both of which have been strong supporters of the labeling measure. Presence Marketing LLC of Barrington, Ill., also gave the campaign $2...   More
Tuesday, September 16, 2014 by NIGEL JAQUISS

Marijuana Legalization Campaign Reserves Huge Media Buy


Since ORESTAR, the Oregon Secretary of State's electronic campaign finance tracking system, went live in 2006, the largest transaction on record is a $2.5 million contribution from Phillip Morris to a 2007 campaign against a cigarette tax.
Today, New Approach Oregon, the campaign behind Measure 91, which would legalize marijuana, filed the second biggest transaction in ORESTAR history, ...   More
Thursday, September 11, 2014 by NIGEL JAQUISS

Oregon Department of Justice Refuses to Represent or Indeminfy Brenda Rocklin

Former SAIF Corp. CEO sought state's legal protection


The Oregon Department of Justice has denied a request (PDF) from former SAIF Corp. CEO Brenda Rocklin for legal indemnity and defense in a lawsuit filed against Rocklin by her successor, John Plotkin. The agency rejected Rocklin's contention that, in the series of events that led to Plotkin's firi...   More
Wednesday, September 10, 2014 by NIGEL JAQUISS

Senate Democrats File Elections Complaint Against Sen. Alan Olsen: Updated


The Oregon Senate Democrats today filed an elections complaint against Sen. Alan Olsen (R-Canby), based on a story that appeared in wweek.com yesterday and in print editions of WW today.

The complaint alleges that Olsen violated Oregon's "undue influence" law, which prohibits candidates from offering something of value in exchange for a campaign contribution or vote. <...   More
Wednesday, September 10, 2014 by NIGEL JAQUISS

Cold Calculation

Gov. John Kitzhaber’s “Cool Schools” plan flopped. So why is he trying to microwave it for his re-election campaign?

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Four years ago, John Kitzhaber needed something—anything—to convince voters he had a plan to create jobs in Oregon, then emerging from a recession that had left as many as one in 10 people   More
Wednesday, September 10, 2014 NIGEL JAQUISS

Dennis Richardson Reports $200,000 Contribution

Eugene company pays for cryptic billboards


State Rep. Dennis Richardson (R-Central Point) today reported a $200,000 in-kind contribution from Seneca Sustainable Energy, a Eugene-based operator of a cogeneration plant that burns wood waste. That donation dwarfs all previous contributions the Republican gubernatorial candidate has reported.R...   More
Tuesday, September 9, 2014 by NIGEL JAQUISS

Lawmaker's "Ladies of the Lobby" Fundraiser at Wife's Boutique Could Skirt Ethics, Elections Law

Sen. Alan Olsen offers lobbyists disounted clothing while seeking campaign contributions


State Sen. Alan Olsen (R-Canby) is holding a "ladies of the lobby" campaign fundraising event tonight that could violate state ethics and elections law.
Olsen's event will be held at his wife Juanita's Canby boutique, Especially for You.
Here's the invitation:

Tuesday, September 9, 2014 by NIGEL JAQUISS

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