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Oregon Right to Life Gets Into the News Business


Oregon Right to Life, the state's largest anti-abortion group has long been a political powerhouse.
The group's political action committee has spent $2.38 million on Oregon races since 2010, including $400,000 this year, when it played a major role in four hotly contested GOP House p...   More
Tuesday, June 24, 2014 by NIGEL JAQUISS

Oracle Claims Cover Oregon Website Was "Ready For Release in February"


The software giant Oracle is punching back at Oregon Gov. John Kitzhaber and his decision to abandon the health insurance exchange website state officials spent $248 million building.

In a presentation to the U.S. House Energy and Commerce Committee last week, Oracle claimed that the Cover Oregon website the system "is ready for release, and has been since February 2014.” T...   More
Monday, June 23, 2014 by NIGEL JAQUISS

Gov. John Kitzhaber Pushes Past $1 Million Mark, Extends Fundraising Advantage Over Republican Dennis Richardson


Gov. John Kitzhaber is making an early summer push to bury his Republican opponent, State Rep. Dennis Richardson (R-Central Point).Already this week, Kitzhaber has disclosed more than $175,000 in new donations, pushing him well over the $1-million mark for this calendar year. He's now raised $1.155 million in 2014 and has $822,000 on hand. Richardson has raised $269,000 this year and...   More
Thursday, June 19, 2014 by NIGEL JAQUISS

Chain Reaction: How a Top SEIU Lobbyist Ends Up Working for the Trial Lawyers


Arthur Towers, who until today was Service Employees International Union Local 503's top lobbyist, will join the Oregon Trial Lawyers Association, the latest in a series of moves touched off when Curtis Robinhold, formerly the chief of staff to Gov. John Kitzhaber took the number two job at the Port of Portland in February.
In the close-knit world of Oregon politics...   More
Tuesday, June 17, 2014 by NIGEL JAQUISS

Former U.S. Sen. Gordon Smith Re-Ups With Broadcasters


Former U.S. Sen. Gordon Smith (R-Ore.) will be working the halls of power for at least another four years. Smith, who ran his family's Pendleton frozen food business before entering politics, represented Oregon in Washington for two terms until losing his seat to Democrat Jeff Merkley in 20...   More
Monday, June 16, 2014 by NIGEL JAQUISS

Clackamas County Releases Investigative Report On Complaint Against Ludlow and Smith

Investigator didn't believe Ludlow and Smith denials


The Clackamas County Board of Commissioners this afternoon released a 15-page investigative report (PDF) conducted in response to a workplace complaint filed by a now-former county lobbyist against County Chair John Ludlow and Commissioner Tootie Smith.

As   More
Wednesday, June 11, 2014 by NIGEL JAQUISS

Even the Oregon State Bar Has to Pay to Play in Salem


Oregon's loosely regulated campaign finance laws—which allow any party to give as much as they want to any candidate, committee or cause—sometimes create eyebrow-raising contributions.

Here's the latest example: a $2,500 contribution this week by the Oregon State Bar to the House Republican caucus, which is called the Promote Oregon Leadership PAC.

That transactio...   More
Tuesday, June 10, 2014 by NIGEL JAQUISS

Clackamas County Chairman John Ludlow Apologizes for Alleged Racist and Sexist Remarks: Updated

Documents report Ludlow made comments about Mexicans, "A-rabs" and a state legislator's "perky titties."


A revealing and potentially embarassing personnel complaint against Clackamas County Chairman John Ludlow and Commissioner Tootie Smith has ended without discipline for either elected official, but documents air racially charged and sexually inappropriate language by Ludlow. 
The complaint also says Smi...   More
Friday, June 6, 2014 by NIGEL JAQUISS

Coal-Line Stand

Gov. Kitzhaber’s growing opposition to coal dovetails with federal policy and divestment activism.

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For Gov. John Kitzhaber right now, coal is king. The debate over coal is heating up just as Kitzhaber needs an issue to energize his so-far lackluster campaign for an unprecedented fourth term a   More
Wednesday, June 4, 2014 NIGEL JAQUISS

Terry Bean’s Problem

A prominent Portlander fights for his reputation after a love affair goes wrong.

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Few people have worked harder for last month’s historic decision to allow same-sex couples to marry in Oregon than Portland real-estate developer Terry Bean. Bean, 65, is one of the founders   More
Wednesday, June 4, 2014 KATE WILLSON, NIGEL JAQUISS

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