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Role-Playing Games

Jeff Cogen’s resignation means local pols are maneuvering for new chairs.

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Jeff Cogen has simplified the 2016 election for Charlie Hales. The embattled Multnomah County chairman announced last week he’ll resign Sept. 16—two months after revelations of his affair wi   More
Wednesday, September 11, 2013 NIGEL JAQUISS , AARON MESH

Industrial Water Users Disclose Large Contribution


Portlanders for Water Reform, the coalition of industrial water consumers aiming to wrest control of water and sewer pricing from the City of Portland has disclosed its first contribution—and it's a big one.
The Portland Mercury    More
Monday, September 9, 2013 by NIGEL JAQUISS

Rep. Jules Bailey Will Run for County Commission

State Rep. Will Seek to Replace Deborah Kafoury


State Rep. Jules Bailey (D-Portland) says he will run for County Commission seat one if the incumbent in that seat, Commissioner Deborah Kafoury, runs for county chair.
Bailey says his conversation with Kafoury today led him to believe she will seek to replace Jeff Cogen, who    More
Monday, September 9, 2013 by NIGEL JAQUISS

New Report Shows Explosion of Nonprofits' Politcial Spending


A new report released today by the Center for Responsive Politics shows that national political spending by non-profit groups—mostly 501c4s, which do not have to disclose their donors—grew from about $5 million in 2006 to more than $300 million last year.
"These organizatio...   More
Thursday, September 5, 2013 by NIGEL JAQUISS

Kitzhaber Calls For Possible Special Session for Sept. 30


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.

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


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


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


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

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