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Stimson Lumber Continues Investment in House Races


Stimson Lumber has made two more $30,000 contributions to GOP House candidates. Following an earlier contribution to Salem IT consultant Barbara Jensen, filings show that Stimson gave $30,000 to Jodi Bailey, who is running in House District 51, which c...   More
Wednesday, March 19, 2014 by NIGEL JAQUISS

Hotseat: Nick Fish

The City Commissioner rails against what he calls a takeover of the city’s water system.

City Commissioner Nick Fish is in hot water. And by the standards of this usually placid lawyer, he’s boiling mad. Fish, who’s up for re-election, is fighting a second battle on the May ballot   More
Wednesday, March 19, 2014 NIGEL JAQUISS , AARON MESH

Stimson Lumber Jumps Into Bitter House GOP Primary


Stimson Lumber today disclosed a $30,000 contribution to House District 25 (Keizer and parts of Salem) GOP candidate Barbara Jensen, making what was already one of May's top legislative races more interesting.

The drama started in December, when incumbent Rep. Kim Thatcher (R-Keizer) announced she would seek the Senate seat being vacated by state Sen. Larry George   More
Monday, March 17, 2014 by NIGEL JAQUISS

Fred Meyer Donates $500,000 to Liquor Privatization Campaign


Fred Meyer really wants to sell booze.

The grocery giant today disclosed a contribution of $500,000 to Oregonians for Competition, the campaign aimed at privatizing the sale of liquor in Oregon.

Currently, the Oregon Liquor Control Commission buys all the hard liquor brought into Oregon or manufactured here, and then sells it through a network of ...   More
Thursday, March 13, 2014 by NIGEL JAQUISS

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

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