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Visits From the Tooth Fairy

Minority groups backing Portland’s pro-fluoride measure have received $143,000 in payments from the campaign.

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The campaign advocating fluoridation of Portland’s drinking water has trumpeted the support it’s received from minority organizations, ranging from the Urban League of Portland to the Latino Network. This widespread support, backers say   More
Wednesday, April 24, 2013 NIGEL JAQUISS

GOP Channels Kitzhaber's (Happy) Thoughts from Bhutan


When Gov. John Kitzhaber jetted off to Bhutan this week to study the concept of "gross national happiness,"  it seemed as if Oregonians might not get much in the way of communication from him before  controversial votes Wednesday on changes to the Public Em...   More
Tuesday, April 23, 2013 by NIGEL JAQUISS

Anti-Fluoride Campaign's Kansas Influence Grows


A Kansas man who helped defeat fluoridation in Wichita, Kan., last year has turned his attention to Portland.
Although Clean Water Portland, which opposes Measure 26-151, which would fluoridate Portland's water, has slipped well behind the pro-fluoride campaign, Healthy Kids, Healthy Portland in the money race, the "no" campaign is attracting healthy contributions from out-of-stat...   More
Monday, April 22, 2013 by NIGEL JAQUISS

Pro-Fluoride Campaign Rakes in Another $80,000


Healthy Kids, Healthy Portland, the political action committee advocating a "yes" vote on Measure 26-151 which would fluoridate Portland's water, reported more large contributions today.
Healthy Kids got $50,000 from the Washington Dental Service Foundation; a $25,000 in-kind contribution from the Northwest Health Foundation and $5,000 from the Oregon Medical PAC. <...   More
Friday, April 19, 2013 by NIGEL JAQUISS

Fluoride Campaign Reports Huge Cash Haul, Unusual Spending

Pro-fluoride campaign makes "grants" to minority groups


The pro-fluoride campaign, Healthy Kids, Healthy Portland, has reported $325,000 in new contributions since Monday, taking a large lead in the money race on Measure 26-151, the proposal on the May 21 ballot to fluoridate Portland's water.
The campaign reported contributions of $165,920 from the Northwest Health Foundation; $60,000 from the Oregon Dental Association; $50,000 from ...   More
Wednesday, April 17, 2013 by NIGEL JAQUISS

The Enforcer

Banks send lawyer Daniel Gordon after people who don’t pay their credit-card bills. Who is watching how he operates?

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Misfortune is Daniel N. Gordon’s best friend. No Oregon lawyer files more lawsuits—or wins more—than Gordon. He doesn’t do divorces, car accidents or medical malpractice. Instead, he is th   More
Wednesday, April 17, 2013 NIGEL JAQUISS

Former Top Wyden Aide Will Lobby for Exxon Mobil


Environment & Energy Daily, a trade publication that tracks Congress, reported today that Josh Kardon, the former chief of staff for Sen. Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) has a new client—the oil giant Exxon Mobil Corp.
Kardon, worked for Wyden for 18 years, many of them stationed in Portland. When Kardon left Wyden's office in 2011, the senator was glowing in his praise. <...   More
Tuesday, April 16, 2013 by NIGEL JAQUISS

Bill Sizemore Declares Bankruptcy

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Bill Sizemore, the anti-tax, anti-public employee union ballot measure specialist, has declared Chapter 7 bankruptcy. In his filing on April 9, Sizemore listed assets of $10,796 and liabilities of $21 million.
Those liabilities are the result of civil lawsuits the Oregon Education Association and the American Federation of Teachers won against him.
Sizemore, 61,...   More
Friday, April 12, 2013 by NIGEL JAQUISS

City Commissioners Target Police and Fire Overtime


As the city budget process grinds toward a conclusion, commissioners are turning in their homework.
When Mayor Charlie Hales took control of all city bureaus for the duration of the budget cycle he asked his colleagues to spend some of their new-found spare time examining bureau spending.
Two of them, Dan Saltzman and Amanda Fritz, got the task of looking at public safety lab...   More
Thursday, April 11, 2013 by NIGEL JAQUISS

Kaiser Chips in $25,000 for Fluoride Campaign


Kaiser Permanente has written a $25,000 check to Healthy Kids, Healthy Portland, the political action committee pushing for Measure 26-151, which would authorize fluoridation of Portland's water supply, according to a filing with the state.
That check continues a mini-trend: the pro-fluoride campaign has gotten institutional support, while the anti-fluoride campaign...   More
Tuesday, April 9, 2013 by NIGEL JAQUISS

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