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No Good Deed

Heather Merrifield adopted an abused boy. Now he’s back where the abuse started—and she’s being blamed.

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In 2006, Heather Merrifield tried to rescue a 6-year-old boy named Daniel. The boy had been so severely abused by his mother and father that the state of Oregon terminated their parental rights    More
Wednesday, July 17, 2013 NIGEL JAQUISS

Anti-Fluoride Group Raising Money Again


Clean Water Portland, the political action committee that won a landslide victory over proponents of fluoridating Portland's water in May, is not finished yet.
The group reported last week reported raising $11,000, most of it in ...   More
Monday, July 15, 2013 by NIGEL JAQUISS

Local MMA Fighter Chael Sonnen's Adventures Continue


In some ways, it's a pity that MMA fighter Chael Sonnen pulled the plug on his budding political career back in 2010 (he was running as Republican candidate for a House seat in West Linn when a looming federal indictment for mortgage shenanigans caused him to withdra...   More
Thursday, July 11, 2013 by NIGEL JAQUISS

Portland Will Host 2014 Major League Soccer All Star Game


Mayor Charlie Hales, Portland Timbers owner Merritt Paulson and Major League Soccer Commissioner Don Garber announced today that the Timbers will host the 2014 MLS All-Star game at Jeld-Wen Stadium.
That's a big reward for the fans who've filled Jeld-Wen for 42 consecutive Timbers' sell-outs.
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Wednesday, July 10, 2013 by NIGEL JAQUISS

Howard Dean Calls For a Challenge To Sen. Betsy Johnson


Former Democratic National Committee Chairman Howard Dean does not often get involved in Oregon legislative races.But today the 2004 presidential candidate and former Vermont governor today took a shot at State Sen. Betsy Johnson (D-Scappoose) on Twitter
Here's Dean's tweet from earlier today:

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Tuesday, July 9, 2013 by NIGEL JAQUISS

As Legislature Shuts Down, Speaker Kotek Highlights CRC Funding


The Legislature coasted to a close today, after months of futile shadow-boxing over whether to add to early session cuts to the Public Employee Retirement System and to partially offset such cuts with a tax increase.

That ultimately did not happen, to Gov. John Kitzhaber's dismay.

The governor made his displeasure clear in a statement following the announcement of s...   More
Monday, July 8, 2013 by NIGEL JAQUISS

The CRC is Dead; Now You Can Read its Obit

MAX not invited to funeral


After Southwest Washington lawmakers led the charge to kill the proposed $3.5 billion Columbia River Crossing project over the weekend, it's only fitting that The Columbian, Southwest Washington's largest newspaper write the project's obituary.  Credit here to <...   More
Wednesday, July 3, 2013 by NIGEL JAQUISS

AG Hammers Texas Debt Collection Firm


Although lawmakers failed to tighten laws around the increasingly controversial debt collection industry during this legislative session, Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum is continuing the crack...   More
Wednesday, July 3, 2013 by NIGEL JAQUISS

No More Bridge to Nowhere

Blind faith in the fatally flawed—and now dead—CRC starts a new I-5 conversation.

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George Crandall knows how to kill a freeway. In the 1970s, Crandall helped lead the fight against the Mount Hood Freeway, which would have torn through Southeast Portland neighborhoods. In defea   More
Wednesday, July 3, 2013 NIGEL JAQUISS

Kitzhaber's Salary Near the Bottom of Gubernatorial Scale


Gov. John Kitzhaber makes a lot less than most of his peers. This week, the Council of State Governments released salary data for all 50 governors and Stateline, part of the Pew Center loaded the numbers into an interactive map.
The average g...   More
Friday, June 28, 2013 by NIGEL JAQUISS

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