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City Club Panel Endorses Ted Wheeler's Oregon Opportunity Initiative


A City Club of Portland research committee today issued a report endorsing a "yes" vote on Measure 86, otherwise known as the Oregon Opportunity Initiative.
The measure, proposed by State Treasurer Te...   More
Wednesday, August 13, 2014 by NIGEL JAQUISS

Oregon's Former First Lady Replaces The Oregonian with The Guardian


When Ted Kulongoski served as Oregon governor from 2003 to 2011, his wife, Mary Oberst, kept a low profile.But Oberst made an unusually public statement late last month when she submitted a brief piece to The Guardian, the U.K. newspaper that enjoys wide readership in the U.S.Oberst, a Portland resident,    More
Tuesday, August 12, 2014 by NIGEL JAQUISS

Attorney General Says Treasurer Ted Wheeler Is Ineligible to Run For Re-Election In 2016


State Treasurer Ted Wheeler's tenure will end in 2016, two years short of the eight years the Oregon constitution allows, according to an opinion issued today by the Oregon Department of Justice.
That opinion is a surprise—the Oregon constitution permits state wide elected officials such as the governor, secretary of state and treasurer to serve eight consecutive years. ...   More
Monday, August 11, 2014 by NIGEL JAQUISS

Gang Mentality

Police say gang violence is exploding. A landmark report shows just the opposite.

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Turn on the TV news and you'd have reason to believe Portland’s gang violence is out of control.  Terse warnings from police and fallout from three recent high-profile shootings have pro   More

A Good Day for Candidate John Kitzhaber: Updated

Top GOP funders write checks to Democratic incumbent


Gov. John Kitzhaber today recorded two contributions that should allow him to have a more relaxing summer.

Kitzhaber, a Democrat seeking to become the first four-term governor in Oregon history, disclosed contributions of $25,000 from Karl "Rick" Miller, a founder ...   More
Wednesday, July 16, 2014 by NIGEL JAQUISS

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

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