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New Report Says Oregon is Nation's Least Corrupt State


The Washington Post today reported a statistic that will may cause some disbelief in the Beaver State: based on the rate of convictions of public employees, Oregon is the least corrupt state in the union.</...   More
Monday, August 25, 2014 by NIGEL JAQUISS

Gov. John Kitzhaber Looks to Remake SAIF Board


Gov. John Kitzhaber has not had much luck with SAIF Corp., the state-owned workers compensation insurer. He's now seeking to remake SAIF's top decision making body, nominating three new members to the five-member board.
When Kitzhaber was governor from 1995 to 2003, SAIF sunk under the weight of scandal, including a high-profile investigation into its hiring of former Gov. <...   More
Monday, August 25, 2014 by NIGEL JAQUISS

Former Multnomah County Chairman Jeff Cogen to Head Charter School


Former Multnomah County Chairman Jeff Cogen, who resigned last September after admitting having an affair with a county health department employee, is taking a new job as the head of Portland's Leadership and Entrepren...   More
Friday, August 22, 2014 by NIGEL JAQUISS

Attorney General Rosenblum Files Lawsuit Against Oracle


As expected, Attorney General Ellen Roseblum today filed a lawsuit against Oracle Corp, in Marion County court, related to the failure of Cover Oregon."Today's lawsuit clearly explains how egregiously Oracle has disserved Oregonians and our state agencies," said Attorney General Rosenblum in a statement. "Over the course of our investigation, it became abundantly clear that Or...   More
Friday, August 22, 2014 by NIGEL JAQUISS

Fire Chief Erin Janssens Issues Statement on Club Sesso Investigation


As WW reported yesterday, the city's Bureau of Human Resources is investigating the actions of Assistant Fire Marshal Doug Jones, who told the manager of a downtown sex club that he could ignore the fire marshal's denial of a special events permit.
WW obtained a transcript of a telephone...   More
Thursday, August 21, 2014 by NIGEL JAQUISS

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
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