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Money Continues to Pour in For Fluoridators


Today's large donation to Healthy Kids, Healthy Portland, the campaign proposing Measure 26-151, which would fluoridate Portland's water supply, comes from Upstream Public Health.
Upstream, a Portland non-profit, is the group that started the fluoridation movement rolling last year in clandestine tal...   More
Wednesday, May 15, 2013 by NIGEL JAQUISS

222,000 Have Paid Arts Tax; Deadline Today

UPDATE: Arts tax payment website crashes.


UPDATE, 6:25 pm: Several procrastinating readers have alerted WW that the arts tax website—the city's preferred method of payment—has crashed. It could not handle the volume of people trying to pay on the last day before a promised $20 penalty.
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Wednesday, May 15, 2013 by NIGEL JAQUISS

This Robe For Hire

A retired chief justice of the state Supreme Court lobbies for the insurance industry.

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Last week, the Hon. Paul J. De Muniz, recently retired chief justice of the Oregon Supreme Court, strode into a state capitol hearing room to offer his legal opinion on a bill being debated by l   More
Wednesday, May 15, 2013 NIGEL JAQUISS

Dentists Throw More Money at Fluoride Vote


As we enter the final week of the May election cycle, the big money continues to flow into the "yes" side of Measure 26-151, which calls for the fluoridation of Portland's water supply.Healthy Kids, Healthy Portland reported two contributions totaling $68,000 from the Dentists of Oregon PAC, bringing that group's total giving to the campaign to $98,000. The anti-fluoridation c...   More
Tuesday, May 14, 2013 by NIGEL JAQUISS

Top Lawyers Cleared on Some Charges, Guilty of Conflict of Interest, Misrepresentation


An Oregon State Bar panel has found (PDF) two prominent lawyers guilty of conflicts of interest and misrepresentation in a long-running case that dates to 2000.The three-member trial panel ruled that Barnes Ellis and Lois Rosenbaum violated Bar ethics rules governing conflic...   More
Thursday, May 9, 2013 by NIGEL JAQUISS

Proposed Columbia County Coal Terminal Dead


The bulk commodities giant Kinder Morgan has announced it won't pursue a coal export terminal it hoped to build at Port Westward in Columbia County."Kinder Morgan’s terminal would have exported up to 30 million tons of Wyoming and Montana coal a year to Asia. The company projected its investment at $150 million to $200 million with 80 permanent jobs at the terminal," The Oreg...   More
Wednesday, May 8, 2013 by NIGEL JAQUISS

The Overlooked Hotel

Portland State University faces allegations of kickbacks and cronyism at its hotel.

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Workers at a downtown hotel owned and operated by Portland State University say they have faced extortion, lost wages to ghost employees and had their tips stolen by supervisors. IMAGE: Kurt Arm   More
Wednesday, May 8, 2013 NIGEL JAQUISS

Health Groups Pour More Money into Fluoridation


Two of the biggest supporters of Measure 26-151, which calls for the fluoridation of Portland's water supply have kicked in more cash to the Healthy Kids, Healthy Portland campaign.State filings for today show that the Northwest Health Foundation, the biggest contributor to the campaign, has given another $20,000, bringing its total to $235,000. The Dentists of Oregon PAC kick...   More
Tuesday, May 7, 2013 by NIGEL JAQUISS

Portland Pensioners Eligible for Arts Tax Refund


The star-crossed, $35-per-head arts tax Portlanders approved last November continues to sow confusion in the populace. For the second time, the city is having to issue guidance about who should and should not have to pay the tax—and this time, it's offering a refund.Mayor Charlie Hales, whose exasperation with the flawed measure is obvious, announced this morning that the ci...   More
Tuesday, May 7, 2013 by NIGEL JAQUISS

The Inspiration for Marge Simpson Dies at 94


Margaret Groening, the mother of the mother of Matt Groening, the Portlander who created of The Simpsons has died in Portland at age 94. The names of Margaret "Marge" Groening and her husband, Homer, who died in 1996, will live on forever as part of American culture, and in Simpsons reruns. (Although at least in the photo in her obit, Marge did not re...   More
Monday, May 6, 2013 by NIGEL JAQUISS

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