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House Speaker Tina Kotek, Republican Senators Join Call to Abolish Cover Oregon


Cover Oregon is beginning to resemble a soccer ball.
After Senate President Peter Courtney (D-Salem) on Friday vowed to introduced legislation abolishing the scandal-plagued public corporation formed to establish a health insurance exchang...   More
Monday, September 8, 2014 by NIGEL JAQUISS

Sen. President Peter Courtney Wants to Dissolve Cover Oregon


Oregon's most senior lawmaker, Senate President Peter Courtney (D-Salem), who first won election to the Legislature in 1980, usually gets what he wants, especially with Democrats in control of both legislative chambers and the governor's office.
Today, Courtney said he wants Cover Oregon, the state's scandal-plagued health insurance exchange, to disappear, and he will introduce legislat...   More
Friday, September 5, 2014 by NIGEL JAQUISS

U.K. Will Extradite Man Accused of Planning Terrorist Boot Camp in Oregon

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A British citizen who allegedly tried to establish a terrorist training camp in the Klamath County town of Bly in 1999 is heading back to the U.S. to face criminal charges, CNN reports today:
Haroon Rashid Aswat is wanted in a case dating back to 1999. Aswat, a British national, was...   More
Thursday, September 4, 2014 by NIGEL JAQUISS

Non-Partisan Primary Measure Attracts Big Checks


Big donors are piling cash into the campaign to support Measure 90, the November ballot measure that would end Oregon's partisan primary system.

Filings with the elections division show new contributions from Associated Oregon Industries ($50,000), Portland insurer The Standard ($25,000), Portland property magnate Greg Goodman ($15,000) and Harsch Investment G...   More
Wednesday, September 3, 2014 by NIGEL JAQUISS

Cost of Renaming City Street for Trail Blazers' Jack Ramsay: $2,640


City Commissioner Steve Novick is not much accustomed to the slings and arrows of a skeptical public or press.
He's taken heat from both for the proposed new transportation funding measure he and Mayor Charlie Hales have pursued this year.
But this week, Novick will finalize    More
Tuesday, September 2, 2014 by NIGEL JAQUISS

Anti-Marijuana Academics Tied to Pain-Killer Manufacturers

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It's easy to understand the general motivations of those who support Measure 91, the marijuana legalization initiative on the November ballot: consumers, entrepreneurs and libertarians.
As WW has reported,    More
Friday, August 29, 2014 by NIGEL JAQUISS

Lars Larson Files Elections Complaint Against Portland Fire Bureau for Gov. John Kitzhaber Ad


Yesterday, Portland Fire & Rescue released a public service announcement featuring Gov. John Kitzhaber talking about the importance of knowing how to perform cardiopulmonary resuscitation.

The ad followed a May incident in whic...   More
Friday, August 29, 2014 by NIGEL JAQUISS

New Dennis Richardson Ad Aimed at Gov. John Kitzhaber's Base


Dennis Richardson, the GOP candidate for governor, has a new ad out and it's aimed at the group that loves incumbent Democratic Gov. John Kitzhaber the most—women voters. Polling shows that Kitzhaber's strongest support comes from well educated women, and particularly, young women. The new ad produced by state Rep. Richardson (R-Central Point) is short—just 15 seconds�...   More
Thursday, August 28, 2014 by NIGEL JAQUISS

Anti-GMO Labeling Campaign Cranks Up


Opponents to Measure 92, the November ballot initiative that would require labeling of genetically-modified foods, have begun funding what is likely to be a multi-million dollar campaign.
Filings with the Oregon secretary of state today show the No on 92 campaign raised $150,000 from the Grocery Manufacturers Association, $82,000 from Monsanto and $58,150 from Dupont Pi...   More
Wednesday, August 27, 2014 by NIGEL JAQUISS

Playing With Fire

A former regular at Club Sesso says the sex club’s manager spoke of a special relationship with the fire bureau.

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The city of Portland’s investigation of a high-ranking officer at Portland Fire & Rescue who allegedly protected a downtown sex club from being cited for code violations may now expand into a    More
Wednesday, August 27, 2014 NIGEL JAQUISS

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