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Jail Break

Health insurance companies covering jail inmates shift millions in costs to taxpayers. Now they have to stop.

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Lawmakers fell short on some high-profile bills in the even-year session that ended last week, including the Columbia River Crossing, gun control and marijuana legalization. But the Legislature    More
Wednesday, March 12, 2014 NIGEL JAQUISS

Wind and Wave Energy Developers Target Oregon Coast


All of a sudden Oregon's coast looks like the new frontier for the development of new sources of energy.
The Wall Street Journal is reporting Oregon is pr...   More
Tuesday, March 11, 2014 by NIGEL JAQUISS

Mother Jones Profiles Scott Lively, the Former Oregonian Behind Uganda's Persecutions of Gays

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Mother Jones magazine has a timely profile of Scott Lively, a pastor who earned notoriety in Oregon in th...   More
Monday, March 10, 2014 by NIGEL JAQUISS

UPDATED: Kotek Concedes Death of CRC (For This Legislative Session)

ODOT says it will shut project down by May 31


With the special legislative session over, House Speaker Tina Kotek (D-Portland) has conceded the Columbia River Crossing is dead—for this year, anyway.
Kotek tried hard to move legislation that would have funded an Oregon-only version of the Columbia River Crossing project in the short legislative session that ends today.
But absent Washington's willingness to fund its shar...   More
Friday, March 7, 2014 by NIGEL JAQUISS

New Yorker Files to Run Against Merkley In May Primary

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It's common for unheralded candidates to challenge incumbents such as U.S. Sen. Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.). For instance, Pavel Goberman, a Washington County fitness instructor and perennial candidate for a variety of offices is seeking to unseat Merkley in May.
What's highly unusual for Oregon is that Merkley is also getting a challenge from a resident of Brooklyn—the one in...   More
Thursday, March 6, 2014 by NIGEL JAQUISS

Universal Health Care Advocates Will Protest New Name of Timbers' Stadium


Health Care for All Oregon, an advocacy group seeking universal health care, does not like Providence Health and Services spending money to put its name on the former Jeld-Wen Field.
That naming rights deal, announced earlier this month, changed the name of the stadium that is the home of the Portland Timbers and Thorns a...   More
Wednesday, March 5, 2014 by NIGEL JAQUISS

Getting Totally Hosed

A retired fire bureau official is still doing his former job—but he’s getting paid twice.

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When Mark Schmidt retired from Portland Fire & Rescue in June 2012, shortly after picking up his 35-year pin, he didn’t actually go anywhere. In fact, although Schmidt began collecting a   More
Wednesday, March 5, 2014 NIGEL JAQUISS

Burning The Bridge

An Oregonian editorial columnist bashed the CRC too many times. Now he’s an ex-columnist.

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While a bill to revive the Columbia River Crossing clings to life in the Legislature, Brendan Monaghan’s brief career as an editorial columnist for The Oregonian is over—and it’s hard to esc   More
Wednesday, March 5, 2014 NIGEL JAQUISS , AARON MESH

Dr. Bronner's Soap Pumps $100k Into Anti-GMO Measure


A ballot measure aimed at the November ballot that would require greater labeling of genetically-modified foods has disclosed up its first major financial support, a $100,000 check from the Dr. Bronner's soap company.
Bronner's was a    More
Tuesday, March 4, 2014 by NIGEL JAQUISS

Stand-Down: Unions Withdraw Tax Increase Ballot Initiatives and Business Pulls Anti-Union Measures


The looming conflict between organized labor and its business-backed opponents on the November ballot appears to have been averted.Labor-backed Our Oregon had filed several proposed tax increases for the fall, while opposing groups had filed measures that would have made it harder for unions to build membership and to collect dues. Had the measures gone forward, they would likely hav...   More
Monday, March 3, 2014 by NIGEL JAQUISS

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