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Washington Post: Feds Will Take Over Cover Oregon


The Washington Post is reporting that federal officials have decided to take control of Oregon's failed health insurance exchange, Cover Oregon.<...   More
Thursday, April 24, 2014 by NIGEL JAQUISS

It’s the Real Thing

Big soft-drink money is pouring into the Multnomah County Chair’s race.

If you make or sell soda pop, you’ve got a lot to worry about from Multnomah County. The county’s health department has targeted sugary soft drinks as a top worry, especially in the fight ag   More
Wednesday, April 23, 2014 NIGEL JAQUISS

One Question: What Change Would You Make to the County Health Department?

No local government agency delivers more health care than Multnomah County. Aside from running the jails, it’s the biggest thing the county does. According to its latest budget, Multnomah County   More
Wednesday, April 23, 2014 NIGEL JAQUISS

Metro Files Legal Action in Attempt to Move Hotel Project Forward


Metro President Tom Hughes today took an aggressive step to move forward with development of a $200 million Hyatt Hotel adjacent to the Oregon Convention Center.

The three government agencies involved in the project—the City of Portland, Multnomah County and Metro—   More
Tuesday, April 22, 2014 by NIGEL JAQUISS

Secretary of State Kate Brown Hits Back Against Oregonian Editorial


It's unusual to see a statewide elected official take to social media to fight with the state's largest newspaper. But that's what Secretary of State Kate Brown, Oregon's top elections officer, did this week.
On Tuesday, The Oregonian's editorial page (which won a Pulitzer Prize...   More
Friday, April 18, 2014 by NIGEL JAQUISS

Former Portlander Pens Extraordinary Tale Of Cuban Baseball Phenom

Jesse Katz chronicles Dodger Yasiel Puig's Perilous Journey


By now, most sports fans are familiar with Yasiel Puig, the prodigiously talented Cuban defector whose electrifying skills pumped life into the moribund Los Angeles Dodgers last year.

But the story that Jesse Katz tells in the curren...   More
Thursday, April 17, 2014 by NIGEL JAQUISS

Assisted Living Tycoon May Jump Into State Senate Race: Updated

Rick Miller files as candidate in Richard Devlin's district


What has been a pretty humdrum legislative election season just got a whole lot more interesting.

Karl "Rick" Miller, who made a fortune in the assisted living field—he founded Avamere Health Services, a large chain of facilities for seniors—filed a candidate committee yesterday that has the effect of making him a candidate in the District 19 (Lake Oswego and Tualatin) st...   More
Wednesday, April 16, 2014 by NIGEL JAQUISS

Put a Label On It

It’s Oregon’s turn (again) to debate the labeling of GMO foods.

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There’s much to talk about in Ashland—a southern Oregon winter so dry that, for the first time in 50 years, the local ski mountain failed to open, or the fare at this year’s Oregon Shakespea   More
Wednesday, April 16, 2014 NIGEL JAQUISS

Two Major Oregon GOP Funders Form Federal PAC, Attack Jason Conger in the Republicans' US Senate Primary


The machinations in Oregon's hotly-contested GOP U.S. Senate primary are getting more and more interesting.
On his blog, Oregon Oracle, Bruce McCain, a former top Multnomah County sheriff's official, tracks down a new federal political action committee formed to oppose ...   More
Tuesday, April 15, 2014 by NIGEL JAQUISS

Why So Much Expensive Art Travels to Oregon


The New York Times drilled down over the weekend on the phenomenon of high-priced art purchases that come to Oregon for temporary exhibitions. The recent showing of painter Francis Bacon's Three Studies of Lucien Freud, which arrived in Portland shortly after Las Vegas collector Elaine Wynn    More
Monday, April 14, 2014 by NIGEL JAQUISS

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