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Paul Stanford Files Pot Initiative For 2014: Updated


The politics of marijuana are going to get a lot more complicated. Paul Stanford, a longtime marijuana activist whose legalization effort, Measure 80, failed in 2012, yesterday filed an initiative petition for 2014, seeking to change the constitution to legalize pot.During the current legislative session, ...   More
Friday, June 7, 2013 by NIGEL JAQUISS

The Good, the Bad and the Awful

Our ranking of Portland-area lawmakers.

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Reader, beware: What follows is mostly gossip and opinion. As we have done near the end of every legislative session since 1977, WW surveyed Salem lobbyists, legislative staffers and journalists to    More
Wednesday, June 5, 2013 NIGEL JAQUISS

All You Ever Wanted to Know About Portland Bike Thefts


Here's some useful information from the Portland Police Bureau for cyclists in a city where nearly six bikes per day are reported stolen (which presumably means the real number is much higher).
As summer approaches and good weather brings out more cyclists, the Portland Police Bureau is cautioning bike riders to protect their bikes from theft. Portland Police Crime Analysis Unit has completed ...   More
Tuesday, June 4, 2013 by NIGEL JAQUISS

Longtime Head of Oregon State Hospital Dies


Last week, when Dr. Dean Brooks, the former longtime head of the Oregon State Hospital died at 96, Gov. John Kitzhaber issued the following statement:“Dr. Brooks left a legacy of hope and recovery for the patients of Oregon State Hospital and their families. During his tenure, he worked tirelessly to help people across the state understand the challenges facing those who live wi...   More
Monday, June 3, 2013 by NIGEL JAQUISS

Brig. Gen. Mike Caldwell Resigns After Allegations of Sexual Misconduct


Brig. General James Michael “Mike” Caldwell has submitted his resignation from the Oregon Military Department effective July 1 due to allegations that he made inappropriate sexual advances to a female subordinate.
Caldwell is the deputy director of the Oregon Military Department and commander of the state defense force. The military department last week claimed Caldwell's depa...   More
Monday, June 3, 2013 by NIGEL JAQUISS

Feds Investigating Debt Collection Practices


Although a bill aimed at curbing abusive debt collection practices is dead this session in Salem, the Washington Post is    More
Wednesday, May 29, 2013 by NIGEL JAQUISS

Outstanding Imbalances

Democrats abandon a bill to regulate pernicious debt-collection practices.

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The corpses line 82nd and 122nd avenues, Northeast Sandy Boulevard and other roads of despair: not bodies, but defunct payday-loan shops. It seems like only yesterday a Portlander could find a   More
Wednesday, May 29, 2013 NIGEL JAQUISS

Fluoride Legislation Rumor in Salem is "Crazy Talk"

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In the contentious run-up to Tuesday night's vote on Measure 26-151, which would have fluoridated Portland's water supply, one of the most interesting rumors was the speculation about a possible legislative Plan B, should fluoridation go down to a narrow defeat.The rumor went like this: Many Portland lawmakers, including House Speaker Tina Kotek (D-Portland), contributed to the pro-fluorida...   More
Friday, May 24, 2013 by NIGEL JAQUISS

Director of Multnomah County Health Department Arrested for Assault: Updated


Lillian Shirley, the director of the Multnomah County Health Department, was arrested on Monday for alleged domestic violence.Shirley was booked at the Justice Center but her husband, the alleged victim, declined to press charges.
Shirley, 65, is one of the highest ranking officials in county government. Her department employs just under 1,000 people, which is more than any other ...   More
Thursday, May 23, 2013 by NIGEL JAQUISS

Metro Tax Measure Fares Suprisingly Well in Clackamas County


Although the tallies from yesterday's election are not official yet, Measure 26-152, Metro's five-year, $50 million open spaces levy is passing by a 54 percent to 46 percent margin.
That's a good result for a campaign that struggled to raise money and, according to campaign manager Stacey Dycus, started off with poor polling numbers.
The results in Multnomah County<...   More
Wednesday, May 22, 2013 by NIGEL JAQUISS

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