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OHSU's Anonymous $100 Million Donor is One Tough Mother


On July 28, Oregon Health & Science University announced a $100 million contribution from an anonymous donor. WW has learned that anonymous donor is Gert Boyle, the chairwoman of Columbia Sportswear whose role in the "o...   More
Wednesday, August 20, 2014 by NIGEL JAQUISS

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A top city fire official is under investigation for turning a blind eye to safety violations at a sex club.

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A senior Portland fire official is under investigation for telling a downtown sex club the city would look the other way if it violated fire safety laws. In late June, Portland Fire & Re   More
Wednesday, August 20, 2014 NIGEL JAQUISS

Debt Collection, The Sequel


Debt collection is a growth industry, in Oregon and across the country.
Last year, WW wrote about Daniel Gordon, a lawyer who has filed thousands of Oregon lawsuits on behalf of debt collectors.

Debt collection is one of Oregon’s—and the nation’s—fastest-growing busine...   More
Monday, August 18, 2014 by NIGEL JAQUISS

City Club Panel Endorses Ted Wheeler's Oregon Opportunity Initiative


A City Club of Portland research committee today issued a report endorsing a "yes" vote on Measure 86, otherwise known as the Oregon Opportunity Initiative.
The measure, proposed by State Treasurer Te...   More
Wednesday, August 13, 2014 by NIGEL JAQUISS

Oregon's Former First Lady Replaces The Oregonian with The Guardian


When Ted Kulongoski served as Oregon governor from 2003 to 2011, his wife, Mary Oberst, kept a low profile.But Oberst made an unusually public statement late last month when she submitted a brief piece to The Guardian, the U.K. newspaper that enjoys wide readership in the U.S.Oberst, a Portland resident,    More
Tuesday, August 12, 2014 by NIGEL JAQUISS

Attorney General Says Treasurer Ted Wheeler Is Ineligible to Run For Re-Election In 2016


State Treasurer Ted Wheeler's tenure will end in 2016, two years short of the eight years the Oregon constitution allows, according to an opinion issued today by the Oregon Department of Justice.
That opinion is a surprise—the Oregon constitution permits state wide elected officials such as the governor, secretary of state and treasurer to serve eight consecutive years. ...   More
Monday, August 11, 2014 by NIGEL JAQUISS

Gang Mentality

Police say gang violence is exploding. A landmark report shows just the opposite.

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Turn on the TV news and you'd have reason to believe Portland’s gang violence is out of control.  Terse warnings from police and fallout from three recent high-profile shootings have pro   More

A Good Day for Candidate John Kitzhaber: Updated

Top GOP funders write checks to Democratic incumbent


Gov. John Kitzhaber today recorded two contributions that should allow him to have a more relaxing summer.

Kitzhaber, a Democrat seeking to become the first four-term governor in Oregon history, disclosed contributions of $25,000 from Karl "Rick" Miller, a founder ...   More
Wednesday, July 16, 2014 by NIGEL JAQUISS

All Stacked Up And No Place To Go

Psychiatric patients are being warehoused in Portland’s emergency rooms in growing numbers.

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Jennifer Ann has found herself in Portland emergency rooms more than two dozen times in the past 20 years—almost always for the same reason.  “Usually I go,” she says, “because I fe   More
Wednesday, July 16, 2014 NIGEL JAQUISS

GOP Candidate for Governor Dennis Richardson Picks Up Out-of-State Checks

Unusual $15,000 contribution from Ohio political consultancy


State Rep. Dennis Richardson (R-Central Point), the Republican candidate for Oregon governor, has struggled to raise money in his campaign to unseat incumbent Gov. John Kitzhaber, a Democrat.
Despite Kitzhaber's Cover Oregon-related woes—the state's insurance exchange crashed after the expenditure of $248 million—Richardson has less than $100,000 on hand, even though h...   More
Tuesday, July 15, 2014 by NIGEL JAQUISS

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