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Heartbreak Hotel

Despite fierce opposition, officials are set to approve $80 million in subsidies for a 600-room hotel at the Convention Center.


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The lot located at Northeast 3rd Avenue and Multnomah Street doesn’t look like much. There’s a debris-filled hole, where a former Teamsters union hall was demolished last week; a ramshackle    More
 
Wednesday, September 18, 2013 NIGEL JAQUISS

Kotek Memo: Kitzhaber "Likely" To Drag CRC into Special Session

Governor and House Speaker Continue To Push For Bridge Project

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In March, Gov. John Kitzhaber and House Speaker Tina Kotek (D-Portland) celebrated the passage of House Bill 2800, which provided $450 million for what was then the $3.4 billion Columbia River Crossing project.
The pair had convinced skeptical lawmakers to support the bill by including conditions for the expenditure of Oregon's $450 million—most notably, the condition or "trigg...   More
 
Tuesday, September 17, 2013 by NIGEL JAQUISS

Restaurant and Lodging Association Kicks Headquarters Hotel

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The Oregon Restaurant and Lodging Association raised concerns today about the 600-room headquarters hotel Metro President Tom Hughes is proposing to build next to the Oregon Convention Center. ORLA is one the state's largest and best-financed trade associations,
Metro, which operates the convention center, has already approved a $198 million hotel deal, which includes about $80 mi...   More
 
Tuesday, September 17, 2013 by NIGEL JAQUISS

Merkley Helps Derail Obama's Choice for Fed Chief

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For a rookie U.S. Senator embarking on his first re-election campaign, U.S. Sen. Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.), is doing a great job of getting his name in the paper. His doing so by sticking his thumb in the eye of President Barack Obama and the many powerful interests on Wall Street and elsewhere who wanted to see Larry Summers succeed current Federal Reserve Chairman   More
 
Monday, September 16, 2013 by NIGEL JAQUISS

State Rep. Sara Gelser Will Run for Key Senate Seat

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State Rep. Sara Gelser (D-Corvallis) announced today that she will seek the Oregon Senate seat currently held by Sen. Betsy Close (R-Albany). 
Currently, Democrats hold a 16-14 advantage in the Legislature's upper chamber. That means Republicans need convince only one Democrat to vote their way to bring the chamber to stalemate. In the past session, GOP senators have been be...   More
 
Monday, September 16, 2013 by NIGEL JAQUISS

Oregon GOP Chair Seeks Urine Samples

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Newly elected Oregon Republican Party Chairman Art Robinson is hoping to collect a urine sample from everybody in Josephine County, according to a story in today's Grant's Pass Daily Courier.

"CAVE JUNCTION -- Art Robinson, the scientist who ran for Congress in 2010 and 2012 and who is now chairman of Oregon's Republican Party, wants your urine sample.

Every ho...   More
 
Thursday, September 12, 2013 by NIGEL JAQUISS

Role-Playing Games

Jeff Cogen’s resignation means local pols are maneuvering for new chairs.


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Jeff Cogen has simplified the 2016 election for Charlie Hales. The embattled Multnomah County chairman announced last week he’ll resign Sept. 16—two months after revelations of his affair wi   More
 
Wednesday, September 11, 2013 NIGEL JAQUISS , AARON MESH

Industrial Water Users Disclose Large Contribution

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Portlanders for Water Reform, the coalition of industrial water consumers aiming to wrest control of water and sewer pricing from the City of Portland has disclosed its first contribution—and it's a big one.
The Portland Mercury    More
 
Monday, September 9, 2013 by NIGEL JAQUISS

Rep. Jules Bailey Will Run for County Commission

State Rep. Will Seek to Replace Deborah Kafoury

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State Rep. Jules Bailey (D-Portland) says he will run for County Commission seat one if the incumbent in that seat, Commissioner Deborah Kafoury, runs for county chair.
Bailey says his conversation with Kafoury today led him to believe she will seek to replace Jeff Cogen, who    More
 
Monday, September 9, 2013 by NIGEL JAQUISS

New Report Shows Explosion of Nonprofits' Politcial Spending

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A new report released today by the Center for Responsive Politics shows that national political spending by non-profit groups—mostly 501c4s, which do not have to disclose their donors—grew from about $5 million in 2006 to more than $300 million last year.
"These organizatio...   More
 
Thursday, September 5, 2013 by NIGEL JAQUISS
 

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