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Mutnomah County GOP Salutes Abraham Lincoln, Martin Luther King Jr. by Raffling Off an AR-15


Assassins shot both President Abraham Lincoln and the Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Now Lincoln and King have something else in common—the Multnomah County GOP is invoking the civil rights leaders' legacies to help raffle off an AR-15 rifle (or a handgun, if you prefer).

Here's the release the county party sent out this morning, with emphasis added:

Multnomah Country Repub...   More
Monday, January 13, 2014 by NIGEL JAQUISS

Port of Portland Rallying Support For CRC Hearing


Port of Portland lobbyist Annette Price convened a meeting of leading business lobbyists yesterday to plan strategy ahead of a Jan. 14 legislative hearing on the proposed Oregon-only Columbia River Crossing project.
The Legislature's approval for the project has expired, and Gov. John Kitzhaber is hoping lawmakers will revive the CRC in the upcoming February legislative se...   More
Thursday, January 9, 2014 by NIGEL JAQUISS

Francesconi Makes Up Fundraising Ground


In today's Murmurs column, we provided a snapshot of the fundraising of Multnomah County Chair candidates Jim Francesconi and Deborah Kafoury. At press-time on Tuesday afternoon, Kafoury led Francesconi by more than a two-to-one margin. 
But after our print deadline, Francesconi filed ...   More
Wednesday, January 8, 2014 by NIGEL JAQUISS

Parking Violation

Oregon’s First Lady is cited for using a state police pass to park her personal car.

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On Dec. 16, Mary Kisel, a city parking officer for the Portland Bureau of Transportation, was patrolling her beat, keeping an eye on the pre-holiday crush that jams downtown streets and fills up curbside parking spaces. 
Wednesday, January 8, 2014 NIGEL JAQUISS

The Campaign Whisperers

Hints of Oregon’s political future in 2014 can be seen in the contributions of 2013.

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It’s 2014, an election year that will bring before voters an astonishingly broad list of ballot measures, a race for the U.S. Senate and an Oregon governor seeking an unprecedented fourth term. But clues to the key turning points in    More
Wednesday, January 8, 2014 NIGEL JAQUISS

CRC: ODOT Says the Numbers Pencil; Cortright Says Beware


The Oregon Department of Transportation this afternoon released its long-awaited investment grade analysis of the proposed $2.8 billion Oregon-only Columbia River Crossing project.
The highway department's conclusion: there will be enough traffic paying tolls to support construction. "The key finding from this analysis on toll-generated revenue and financing concludes that tollin...   More
Tuesday, January 7, 2014 by NIGEL JAQUISS

The Tonya Harding Files, 20 Years After the Hit


As couch-potatoes worldwide prepare for the Sochi winter Olympics, reporters are scurrying to disinter Oregon's most notorious contribution to winter sports: the Tonya Harding scandal.
It was 20 years ago today that a rat-pack of hapless thugs allied with Harding—then and now the best-known figure skater Portland has ever produced—carried out an attack on Harding's rival, ...   More
Monday, January 6, 2014 by NIGEL JAQUISS

Ethics Commission Delays Decision on Patricia McCaig


As expected, the Oregon Government Ethics Commission this morning extended its investigation into the activities of Patricia McCaig, Gov. John Kitzhaber's advisor on the Columbia River Crossing project, for another month.
A WW cover story last year described the ways ...   More
Friday, January 3, 2014 by NIGEL JAQUISS

Tina Kotek Draws a Primary Opponent


House Speaker Tina Kotek (D-North Portland) will have at least one opponent in the May primary.
Joe Rowe, a North Portland teacher and activist, said today that he'll challenge Kotek, a four-term incumbent.
In a statement announcing his candidacy, Rowe made it clear he will try to make Kotek's staunch support for the proposed Columbia River Crossing project an i...   More
Thursday, January 2, 2014 by NIGEL JAQUISS

Convention Center Hotel Opponents: County's Referral Decision is Outrageous

Oregon Convention Center

Although it's not true that Lewis and Clark came here to build a headquarters hotel adjacent to the Oregon Convention Center, the machinations around the long-considered but never-built hotel have seemingly gone on forever.
As WW reported today, there...   More
Tuesday, December 31, 2013 by NIGEL JAQUISS

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