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Between ICE And A Hard Place

Salvador Ibarra provided evidence against immigration crooks. His reward? Likely deportation.

Any day now, Salvador Ibarra could be deported from the United States. The Oregon resident sits in a federal immigration detention lockup   More
Tuesday, December 24, 2013 NIGEL JAQUISS

Progressive Insurance Chairman Peter Lewis Wrote Big Check For Marijuana Legalization Before Dying

Marijuana Pot Cannabis Leaf

Peter Lewis, the billionaire founder of Ohio-based Progressive Insurance, was really committed to marijuana legalization in Oregon.
How committed?On Nov. 18, just five days before Lewis died of natural causes at the age of 80, he sent   More
Friday, December 20, 2013 by NIGEL JAQUISS

Chris Garrett Won't Seek Reelection


Rep. Chris Garrett (D-Lake Oswego) will not seek re-election, WW has learned.
Garrett's departure will be a significant loss for the House Democrats. First elected in 2008, Garrett rose quickly to become a leader in his caucus.
In this year's regular session, he served in three key positions: Chair of the Rules Committee, Co-Chair of the Joint Committee on Public Safety, and ...   More
Friday, December 20, 2013 by NIGEL JAQUISS

Updated: Critics of Subsidized Convention Center Hotel Will Seek Referral

Oregon Convention Center

Opponents of the proposed $200 million Hyatt hotel adjacent to the Oregon Convention Center said today they will refer the question of whether the hotel will be built with an $80 million public subsidy to county voters next year.
The news comes after a vote today by the Multnomah Co...   More
Thursday, December 19, 2013 by NIGEL JAQUISS

The Driving Records Racket

The state diverts higher fees from Oregon’s roads to the information superhighway.

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About 2 million times a year, Oregon companies small and big, from family-owned trucking firms to major insurers, pay for information from the state’s files of driver’s licenses. The companies   More
Wednesday, December 18, 2013 NIGEL JAQUISS

The Not-So-Green Machine

The hidden environmental cost of the Pacific Northwest’s lone nuclear power plant.

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For a week now, the people running the Pacific Northwest’s only nuclear power plant have been on the defensive—and for good reason. A devastating report about the Columbia Generating Stati   More
Wednesday, December 18, 2013 NIGEL JAQUISS

Portland Lawyer and Ex-Legislator Kelly Clark Dies at 56


Portland lawyer Kelly Clark, a former Oregon legislator who achieved prominence through his representation of the victims of child sex abuse, has died at 56.Clark over the past 15 years won landmark cases for clients against the Archdiocese of Portland and the Boy Scouts of America.
His personal story was fascin...   More
Tuesday, December 17, 2013 by NIGEL JAQUISS

Sen. Larry George Will Not Seek Re-Election


Sen. Larry George (R-Sherwood) announced today he will not seek re-election next year. George, 45, who was first elected in 2007, runs what he says the nation's biggest biggest hazel-nut processing business with his brother.
George is part of an extended political family. His father, Gary, served as a state senator as did his  father-in-law, Rod Johnson.
George and fellow...   More
Tuesday, December 17, 2013 by NIGEL JAQUISS

Grocers File Petitions Aimed At Privatizing Oregon Liquor Control Commission


The Northwest Grocery Association today filed five versions of an initiative petition aimed at privatizing the Oregon Liquor Control Commission.As WW reported in a cover story last year, the filing has been almost inevitable since Washington voters approved privatizing that state's liquor...   More
Monday, December 16, 2013 by NIGEL JAQUISS

Lewis & Clark Law Names New Dean


Lewis & Clark Law School has named longtime professor Jennifer Johnson dean. Johnson, who teaches business and securities law has served on the Lewis & Clark faculty since 1980.She succeeds Robert Klonoff and will become the first woman to be the law school's...   More
Friday, December 13, 2013 by NIGEL JAQUISS

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