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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

Kitzhaber Calls For Possible Special Session for Sept. 30

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Gov. John Kitzhaber today alerted legislators to be ready for a special session Sept. 30. His goal is to make further cuts—up to $5 billion—to the Public Employee Retirement System and generate a couple of hundred million dollars with new taxes.
Two things are unclear: First,    More
 
Wednesday, September 4, 2013 by NIGEL JAQUISS

Mining Fool’s Gold

State treasurer Ted Wheeler wants to borrow $500 million to buy stocks and invest the profits in college scholarships.


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As Multnomah County chairman, Ted Wheeler killed a risky proposal for an Oregon Convention Center headquarters hotel. As state treasurer, he’s been a voice of caution on excessive borrowing and    More
 
Wednesday, September 4, 2013 NIGEL JAQUISS

AFSMCE Antes Up For Corporate Tax Increase Measure

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Today's filings with the Oregon Secretary of State show the first big public employee contribution in what could be all-out ballot measure war in 2014. The American Federation of State County and Municipal Employees' Council 75 contributed $25,000 to the campaign for Initiative Petition 14, which would increase the minimum tax on corporations with Oregon sales of more ...   More
 
Friday, August 30, 2013 by NIGEL JAQUISS
 

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