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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

Kitzhaber Picks Up Checks from Nike, Others


Gov. John Kitzhaber—who still has not announced whether he will run for a fourth term next year—disclosed a new round of fundraising today.Kitzhaber got $10,000 from Nike, the beneficiary of a 2012 special session that guaranteed state's current method of taxing the sportswear giant would remain unchanged. He also got $7,500 from Brett Wilcox, a close associate who ...   More
Wednesday, October 23, 2013 by NIGEL JAQUISS

Environmental Groups File Notice of Intent to Sue Intel


Neighbors for Clean Air and the Northwest Environmental Defense Council announced today they intend to sue Intel over the chip giant's alleged failure to obtain the proper permits for it multi-billion D1X expansion in Washington County.
Neighbors for Clean Air has previously been in the news because of its efforts to force ESCO, the Northwest Portland steel maker, t...   More
Tuesday, October 22, 2013 by NIGEL JAQUISS

Stimson Lumber, Eric Lemelson Open Checkbooks


Two of Oregon's biggest political contributors weighed in on contested races in recent days.
Filings with the secretary of state's elections divisions show Portland-based Stimson Lumber gave state Rep. Dennis Richardson (R-Central Point) $20,000. Richardson is seeking the GOP gubernatorial nomination which confers upon the winner the dubious pleasure of challenging incumbent Gov....   More
Monday, October 21, 2013 by NIGEL JAQUISS

Michael Dembrow Will Seek Dingfelder's Seat


Rep. Michael Dembrow (D-Northeast Portland) announced this morning he will seek the Senate seat Sen. Jackie Dingfelder (D-Northeast and Southeast Portland) vacated to go to work for Mayor Charlie Hales.

“Jackie has served residents of NE and SE Portland extremely well for the last 12 years.  She ha...   More
Monday, October 21, 2013 by NIGEL JAQUISS

SAIF Picks Industry Insider to be New CEO


The state-owned worker's compensation insurer, SAIF Corp., named a new chief executive today, John Plotkin, an industry insider from Colorado.
Plotkin's selection ends speculation about whether the job—which currently pays $294,350 and is one of the state's plum public sector posts—would be a political appointment or go to a candidate with worker's comp expertise.
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Monday, October 21, 2013 by NIGEL JAQUISS

Kitzhaber Picks Jack Roberts to Head Oregon Lottery


Gov. John Kitzhaber has made an intriguing selection for the next person to head the Oregon Lottery—he's picked former Labor Commissioner Jack Roberts, who held that statewide office from 1995 to 2003. Tim Raphael, Kitzhaber's spokeman confirms the governor intends to put Roberts' name forward for the job, although all the paperwork necessary for a formal nomination is ...   More
Friday, October 18, 2013 by NIGEL JAQUISS

Jeff Manning Leaves AG's Office, Returns to The Oregonian


Oregon Department of Justice spokesman Jeff Manning made one final announcement for DOJ yesterday—he's quitting the agency to head back to The Oregonian.
In August 2012, Manning, long one of the state's top investigative reporters, left the daily after ...   More
Thursday, October 17, 2013 by NIGEL JAQUISS

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