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Fred Meyer, Safeway Disclose Huge Contributions to OLCC Privatization Measure


Two grocery chains pursuing the privatization of the Oregon Liquor Control Commission today disclosed $1.156 million in new contributions to committees aimed at placing the issue on the November ballot.The privatization campaign, Oregonians for Competition, has now hit $2.01 million in contributions. The group has several initiative committees moving forward with various ...   More
Monday, March 31, 2014 by NIGEL JAQUISS

To Win Union Endorsements, Jim Francesconi Made Big Promises


Former City Commissioner Jim Francesconi and former county commissioner Deborah Kafoury are competing in the May 20 primary to be the next chair of the Multnomah County Board of Commissioners.
Both are experienced politicians with strong lists of supporters but Francesconi has clai...   More
Wednesday, March 26, 2014 by NIGEL JAQUISS

House at the End of a Scam

The auctioneer’s gavel will fall on the last of Andrew Wiederhorn’s troubled Portland empire.

News Stories
The most expensive home ever sold at a Multnomah County sheriff’s foreclosure auction will go on the block April 2. It’s a 20,000-square-foot, $6.8 million mansion atop the Southwest Hills, the    More
Wednesday, March 26, 2014 NIGEL JAQUISS

The Great Race

This spring, voters will choose between two seasoned politicos who want to rehab Multnomah County’s scandal-plagued brand.

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Multnomah County government is like plumbing: essential but only noticed when there’s a mess. The most recent pipe break occurred last summer, when the tawdry personal life of then-Multnomah C   More
Wednesday, March 26, 2014 NIGEL JAQUISS

Uber, Which Can't Break into Portland, Sued by Seattle Cabbies


Uber is one of those Silicon Valley "share economy" startups that has amassed a multi-billion valuation on what seems like a simple idea—allowing consumers to summon a for-hire car through a smartphone app. The company says...   More
Tuesday, March 25, 2014 by NIGEL JAQUISS

Nuclear Plant's Watchdog Pressing Energy Northwest on Accounting of Nuclear Fuel Transaction


A Portland-based consultant who has questioned the high costs of the Pacific Northwest's only nuclear power plant is now engaged in a huge public records battle with its operator, Energy Northwest.

The Tri-City Herald
reports that the utility has estimated it...   More
Monday, March 24, 2014 by NIGEL JAQUISS

Stimson Lumber Continues Investment in House Races


Stimson Lumber has made two more $30,000 contributions to GOP House candidates. Following an earlier contribution to Salem IT consultant Barbara Jensen, filings show that Stimson gave $30,000 to Jodi Bailey, who is running in House District 51, which c...   More
Wednesday, March 19, 2014 by NIGEL JAQUISS

Hotseat: Nick Fish

The City Commissioner rails against what he calls a takeover of the city’s water system.

City Commissioner Nick Fish is in hot water. And by the standards of this usually placid lawyer, he’s boiling mad. Fish, who’s up for re-election, is fighting a second battle on the May ballot   More
Wednesday, March 19, 2014 NIGEL JAQUISS , AARON MESH

Stimson Lumber Jumps Into Bitter House GOP Primary


Stimson Lumber today disclosed a $30,000 contribution to House District 25 (Keizer and parts of Salem) GOP candidate Barbara Jensen, making what was already one of May's top legislative races more interesting.

The drama started in December, when incumbent Rep. Kim Thatcher (R-Keizer) announced she would seek the Senate seat being vacated by state Sen. Larry George   More
Monday, March 17, 2014 by NIGEL JAQUISS

Fred Meyer Donates $500,000 to Liquor Privatization Campaign


Fred Meyer really wants to sell booze.

The grocery giant today disclosed a contribution of $500,000 to Oregonians for Competition, the campaign aimed at privatizing the sale of liquor in Oregon.

Currently, the Oregon Liquor Control Commission buys all the hard liquor brought into Oregon or manufactured here, and then sells it through a network of ...   More
Thursday, March 13, 2014 by NIGEL JAQUISS

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