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The New Yorker Looks at Portland's Divestment of Walmart Bonds


A couple of weeks ago, City Commissioner Steve Novick issued a press release highlighting the first phase of the city of Portland's divestment of bonds issued by Walmart.
Last year, city council passed a resolution prohibiting any future investments from the city's $1 billion  portf...   More
Thursday, May 29, 2014 by NIGEL JAQUISS

Rolling Into November

The May 2014 primary results provide clues about the fall election—and this state.

If the May 20 primary election reinforced one lesson, it’s that voters are paying attention. They saw through the specious claims put forth by Portlanders for Water Reform, the group seeking t   More
Wednesday, May 28, 2014 NIGEL JAQUISS

Treasurer Ted Wheeler Wants More Focused Economic Development


Treasurer Ted Wheeler is promoting his Opportunity Initiative as an economic development strategy. His idea, the subject of a November ballot measure, is that Oregon should borrow money to create an endowment for college scholarships and grants.

The investment gains fr...   More
Friday, May 23, 2014 by NIGEL JAQUISS

Pennsylvania Judge Nixes Gay Marriage Ban


A day after a federal Oregon judge made a similar ruling, the Washington Post is reporting that a U.S. District Court Judge in Pennsylvania today    More
Tuesday, May 20, 2014 by NIGEL JAQUISS

GMO Labeling Campaign Begins Gathering Signatures, Discloses Huge Donation

Mercola Health Resources returns to Oregon politics


The group Oregon GMO Right to Know announced today it would begin gathering the 87,213 signatures it needs by July 3 in order to qualify for the November ballot. The group hopes to succeed where similar efforts in California and Washington failed. In both of those states, groups calling for...   More
Thursday, May 15, 2014 by NIGEL JAQUISS

Spare the Jail, Spoil the Child?

For years Oregon has believed less prison time for juvenile offenders is the ideal. A new report suggests that may be wrong.

Cover Story
Donald Anthony Beckwith stole his first car when he was 15. The next year, in August 2005, he mugged a couple near the downtown Hilton. Just short of his 17th birthday, Beckwith and a buddy, high    More
Wednesday, May 7, 2014 NIGEL JAQUISS

New HBO Host John Oliver Feasts on Cover Oregon Debacle

Breathtaking mountains, shitty website: "you live in a cartoon"


John Oliver, the host of the new HBO show "Last Week Tonight," had some fun with Cover Oregon last night.

"We get it, Oregon, you people live in a cartoon," Oliver said. "Everywhere you go, you hear the sound of fucking ukeleles."

After trashing the beleaguered website, Oliver, a longtime correspondent on Jon Stewart's "The Daily Show," brought singer   More
Monday, April 28, 2014 by NIGEL JAQUISS

GMO Labeling Campaign Picks Up Another $100K Check


Oregon GMO Right to Know, which is trying to qualify a measure for the November ballot that would require the labeling of genetically modified foods, reported a second contribution of $100,000 today.
The campaign earlier reported getting $100,000 from Dr. Bronner's Magic Soaps....   More
Friday, April 25, 2014 by NIGEL JAQUISS

Kafoury Produces Her First TV Ad in County Chair's Race


With less than a month until ballots are counted in the May 20 primary election, both of the leading candidates in the Multnomah County chair's race are now up with their first television ads.

Former City Commissioner Jim Francesconi went first, releasing    More
Thursday, April 24, 2014 by NIGEL JAQUISS

Washington Post: Feds Will Take Over Cover Oregon


The Washington Post is reporting that federal officials have decided to take control of Oregon's failed health insurance exchange, Cover Oregon.<...   More
Thursday, April 24, 2014 by NIGEL JAQUISS

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