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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

State Sen. Jackie Dingfelder Joining Hales' Staff


State Sen. Jackie Dingfelder is resigning to  join Mayor Charlie Hales' staff. Dingfelder, who was first elected to the Legislature in 2000, represents parts of Northeast and Southeast Portland. She is known as one the Capitol's strongest environmental voices and chairs the Senate Environment and Natural Resources Committee.
Hales brings Dingfelder in on the heels of hi...   More
Wednesday, October 16, 2013 by NIGEL JAQUISS

Sen. President Courtney: No CRC Special Session


Senate President Peter Courtney (D-Salem) issued a statement today expressing his desire for hearings on the Oregon-only version of the Columbia River Crossing project championed by Gov. John Kitzhaber and House Speaker Tina Kotek (D-Portland).
Courtney has been far less enthusiastic than the other two about the project since Washington lawmakers refused to match Oregon's ...   More
Wednesday, October 16, 2013 by NIGEL JAQUISS

Where’s John Kuzmanich?

Process servers can’t find the Oregon Tea Party founder, who’s more than three years behind on mortgage payments.

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Few Oregonians have cheered the congressional budget impasse and federal government shutdown more loudly than John Kuzmanich, founder and chairman of the Oregon Tea Party. Since the Tea Party    More
Wednesday, October 16, 2013 NIGEL JAQUISS

Doubling Down

Cover Oregon officials say ads are paying off.

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Educating Oregonians about the state’s new health insurance exchange, Cover Oregon, is a daunting proposition—and more than twice as expensive as originally reported.  Cover Oregon is t   More
Wednesday, October 16, 2013 NIGEL JAQUISS

Bonamici Warns Shutdown Threatens Seasonal Beers


As the drama in Washington D.C. over a partial government shutdown drags on, it's beginning to feel like nothing can dislodge the two parties from their positions.
But now citizens are learning of an issue that could really hurt Oregonians—the federal shutdown of the agency that approves beer labels and operations. U.S. Rep. Suzanne Bonamici (D-Ore.), whose constitue...   More
Monday, October 14, 2013 by NIGEL JAQUISS

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