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Kitzhaber Calls For Possible Special Session for Sept. 30

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Gov. John Kitzhaber today alerted legislators to be ready for a special session Sept. 30. His goal is to make further cuts—up to $5 billion—to the Public Employee Retirement System and generate a couple of hundred million dollars with new taxes.
Two things are unclear: First,    More
 
Wednesday, September 4, 2013 by NIGEL JAQUISS

Mining Fool’s Gold

State treasurer Ted Wheeler wants to borrow $500 million to buy stocks and invest the profits in college scholarships.


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As Multnomah County chairman, Ted Wheeler killed a risky proposal for an Oregon Convention Center headquarters hotel. As state treasurer, he’s been a voice of caution on excessive borrowing and    More
 
Wednesday, September 4, 2013 NIGEL JAQUISS

AFSMCE Antes Up For Corporate Tax Increase Measure

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Today's filings with the Oregon Secretary of State show the first big public employee contribution in what could be all-out ballot measure war in 2014. The American Federation of State County and Municipal Employees' Council 75 contributed $25,000 to the campaign for Initiative Petition 14, which would increase the minimum tax on corporations with Oregon sales of more ...   More
 
Friday, August 30, 2013 by NIGEL JAQUISS

Sam Adams Bans Hotel Critic From City Club Debate

UPDATE: City Club debate will now feature dueling national experts

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Before he left office at the beginning of this year, former Mayor Sam Adams was a leading proponent of building a 600-room hotel adjacent to the Oregon Convention Center.
Despite Adams' repeated efforts to find a way to finance such a hotel, the project foundered during the deep recession that plagued his mayoral term.Now, Adams is the executive director of Portland City Club an...   More
 
Friday, August 30, 2013 by NIGEL JAQUISS

Kitzhaber's September Appointment List: Good News for Portland State University

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When lawmakers convene in Salem in mid-September for their quarterly house-keeping session, one of the tasks on the agenda will be to consider Gov. John Kitzhaber's latest    More
 
Thursday, August 29, 2013 by NIGEL JAQUISS

Grand Bargain Basement

Gov. Kitzhaber says he wants pension reform. But he’s running out of time and votes.


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Last month, Gov. John Kitzhaber tried to force two ancient enemies—public-employee unions and the Oregon Republican Party—to strike a “grand bargain” on pension reform and taxes. He fail   More
 
Wednesday, August 28, 2013 NIGEL JAQUISS

Powerful Group Aims Marijuana Measure at 2014 Ballot

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The prospects for marijuana legalization in Oregon are looking stronger. Anthony Johnson, the director of the advocacy group New Approach Oregon, tells WW today that his group will pursue a ballot measure next year.

"Our coalition is moving forward with a legalization measure to end cannabis prohibition in Oregon in the 2014 election," Johnson says.

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Tuesday, August 27, 2013 by NIGEL JAQUISS

Clackamas ESD Slams Rudy Crew in Letter to Kitzhaber

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The Clackamas Education Service District, which provides a variety of services to 10 Clackamas County school districts, took the unusual step last month of putting its unhappiness about Oregon's Chief Education Officer Rudy Crew in writing.
The ESD took its concerns to the man who pushed for the creation of Crew's position, Gov. John Kitzhaber. As WW    More
 
Monday, August 26, 2013 by NIGEL JAQUISS

Ethics Commission Rejects County Employee's Complaint Against Jeff Cogen

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A veteran Multnomah County employee has filed a complaint with the Oregon Government Ethics Commission against county Chairman Jeff Cogen for presiding over a board resolution July 25 that called for Cogen's resignation. The resolution came on the heels of revelations that Cogen had carried on a nearly-two-year affair with Sonia Manhas, also a county employee. Details of the affair led Cogen'...   More
 
Wednesday, August 21, 2013 by NIGEL JAQUISS

Jeff Cogen’s Double Life

Public documents contradict the County Chairman’s account of his affair.


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Multnomah County Chairman Jeff Cogen could not have seemed more sincere last week as he confessed an affair with a county employee named Sonia Manhas. “My family is hurting,” Cogen told WW o   More
 
Wednesday, July 24, 2013 NIGEL JAQUISS , AARON MESH
 

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