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The ugly truth about graduation rates at Portland’s high schools.

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On a balmy, nearly full-moon August evening, only a few people showed up at a Portland Public Schools board meeting. That was fortunate for board members and Superintendent Carole Smith, because d   More
Wednesday, November 13, 2013 NIGEL JAQUISS

Wall Street Journal Identifies Oregon Sites of Nuclear Contamination

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The Wall Street Journal recently published a fascinating, depressing investigation of sites contaminated by nuclear contamination. The article includes a searchable map identifying the location of known contaminated sites.
The good news: none of them is in Portland.
In terms of number of contaminated sites,   More
Monday, November 11, 2013 by NIGEL JAQUISS

Key Washington Senate Result Could Hurt CRC Chances


The probable result of a special Washington state senate race on Wednesday is bad news for supporters of the Columbia River Crossing Project.Although there are still some votes to be counted, Republican Jan Angel    More
Thursday, November 7, 2013 by NIGEL JAQUISS

Former Multnomah County Chair Diane Linn Returning to Portland


Former Multnomah County Chairwoman Diane Linn is coming home to Portland after a five-year exile in California.
Linn served on the county commission from 1999 to 2007 and as chair from 2001 to 2007. She was seen as a rising political star, but the county's ill-fated decision to begin marrying same-sex couples in 2004 sent her career into a tailspin. She lost a 2006 re-election bid to cu...   More
Monday, November 4, 2013 by NIGEL JAQUISS

Porn, Condom King Donates $50K to Marijuana Measure

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The latest tycoon to ante up for a proposed 2014 marijuana legalization measure already backed by billionaires Peter Lewis and George Soros has a fascinating backstory.Philip Harvey gave $50,000 to New Approach Oregon, according to a Nov....   More
Monday, November 4, 2013 by NIGEL JAQUISS

Paying Double

Technical problems at PDX? Not our problem, says the Port of Portland—and everyone else.

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The readers of Travel + Leisure love Portland International Airport. They said so in a survey published Oct. 15 that named PDX the nation’s best. “Portland, OR, has a reputation for hipsters,�   More
Wednesday, October 30, 2013 NIGEL JAQUISS

Secretary of State Kate Brown Hires New Elections Director


Secretary of State Kate Brown, who oversees Oregon elections, will be busy next year with U.S. Senate and gubernatorial races, along with what promises to be a large slate of ballot measures.
Brown's elections director, Steve Trout, resigned earlier this year, as did her chief of staff, Brian Shipley. Over the weekend, The Norman Daily Transcript, a daily newspaper in...   More
Monday, October 28, 2013 by NIGEL JAQUISS

OLCC Commissioners Learned Belatedly of Steve Marks' DUII Arrest


Two Oregon Liquor Control Commissioners say they only learned of Steve Marks' 2010 DUII arrest a short time before yesterday's unanimous vote approving Marks as the new OLCC executive director. Marks, who served a top aide to Go...   More
Friday, October 25, 2013 by NIGEL JAQUISS

George Soros-Related Group Gives to Marijuana Legalization Effort

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New Approach Oregon, a group that hopes to legalize marijuana in Oregon next year, has reported a $50,000 contribution from the New York-based Drug Policy Alliance.
The significance of that contribution is the DPA, which helped legalize marijuana in Colorado and Washington last year, is closely tied to th...   More
Thursday, October 24, 2013 by NIGEL JAQUISS

New Oregon Liquor Control Commission Director Was Arrested for DUII in 2010

Steve Marks told a state trooper he hadn't been drinking; the breathalyzer showed he had been.


The newly named executive director of the Oregon Liquor Control Commission was arrested in September 2010 for driving under the influence of alcohol, and he twice denied to a state trooper he had been drinking, even though a breathalyzer subsequently showed that wasn't true, documents obtained by WW show.

Steve Marks, 52, was then a campaign aide to Gov. John Kitzhab...   More
Thursday, October 24, 2013 by NIGEL JAQUISS

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