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All Stacked Up And No Place To Go

Psychiatric patients are being warehoused in Portland’s emergency rooms in growing numbers.

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Jennifer Ann has found herself in Portland emergency rooms more than two dozen times in the past 20 years—almost always for the same reason.  “Usually I go,” she says, “because I fe   More
Wednesday, July 16, 2014 NIGEL JAQUISS

GOP Candidate for Governor Dennis Richardson Picks Up Out-of-State Checks

Unusual $15,000 contribution from Ohio political consultancy


State Rep. Dennis Richardson (R-Central Point), the Republican candidate for Oregon governor, has struggled to raise money in his campaign to unseat incumbent Gov. John Kitzhaber, a Democrat.
Despite Kitzhaber's Cover Oregon-related woes—the state's insurance exchange crashed after the expenditure of $248 million—Richardson has less than $100,000 on hand, even though h...   More
Tuesday, July 15, 2014 by NIGEL JAQUISS

Here's Who Could Oppose Marijuana Legalization in Oregon

Marijuana Pot Cannabis Leaf

So far, there's no organized opposition in Oregon to a marijuana legalization measure that New Approach Oregon wants to put on the November ballot.
New Approach has been raising big money from the same national funders who passed legalization in Colorado and Washington in 2012 and is following a similar playbook to the one that worked in those states.
So what could go wrong in weed-...   More
Monday, July 14, 2014 by NIGEL JAQUISS

Organic Consumers Fund Gives Another $100,000 to GMO Measure

Campaign likely to battle Monsanto, profiled in current Bloomberg Businesweek


A group called the Organic Consumers Fund has made a second $100,000 contribution to Oregon GMO Right to Know, the political action committee behind a proposed November ballot measure seeking to label genetically modified organisms.  That contribution brings GMO Right to Know's total raised this year to $1.3 million.
Meanwhile the current issue of Bloomberg Bu...   More
Friday, July 11, 2014 by NIGEL JAQUISS

Supporters of Ex-SAIF CEO John Plotkin Will Petition Gov. John Kitzhaber


The fallout from SAIF Corp. board's firing of CEO John Plotkin continues.

As WW reported earlier, the state-owned worker's compensation insurer fired Plotkin on May 9, just three-months after he started work. Thousands of pages of emails and other documents SAIF released pursuant to p...   More
Thursday, July 10, 2014 by NIGEL JAQUISS

New Poll Finds Support for Movement of Crude Oil By Rail: Updated


A new poll by DHM Reseach shows that a majority of respondents in Oregon, Washington and Idaho are supportive of shipping crude oil by train, although the pollsters found the level of knowledge about the subject is low.

The poll, conducted for Oregon Public Broadcasting's Ear...   More
Wednesday, July 9, 2014 by NIGEL JAQUISS

Fast-Growing Independent Party of Oregon Opens Its Primary Today


For political junkies, these are the dog days of summer. Even the most maniacal candidates are resting up after July 4th parades, content in the knowledge that they have only a few county fairs before election season begins in earnest after Labor Day.
The Independent Party of Oregon, however, is busy. The IPO, which formed in 2007 out of frustration with the dominance of the two major p...   More
Monday, July 7, 2014 by NIGEL JAQUISS

Ex-SAIF CEO Sues SAIF Board for Violating Public Meetings Law


John Plotkin, the former CEO of SAIF Corp., filed a lawsuit today (PDF) in Marion County Court, alleging that SAIF fired him in violation of the state's public meetings law. In his complaint, Plotkin argues...   More
Monday, July 7, 2014 by NIGEL JAQUISS

Ex-SAIF Corp CEO John Plotkin Files Tort Claim Notice


As WW reported in today's print edition, John Plotkin, the former CEO of SAIF Corp., the state-owned worker's compensation insurer, has filed a tort claim against SAIF, as well as one current and two recently-retired SAIF officials.
In the tort claim, Plotkin alleges that current human r...   More
Wednesday, July 2, 2014 by NIGEL JAQUISS

House Of Cards

Documents suggest SAIF corp. fired its CEO based on “false and inaccurate” information.

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SAIF Corp. is in the insurance business, an industry defined by the word “caution.” Yet thousands of pages of records from inside the state-owned workers’ compensation insurer suggest that   More
Wednesday, July 2, 2014 NIGEL JAQUISS

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