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State Sen. Jackie Dingfelder Joining Hales' Staff


State Sen. Jackie Dingfelder is resigning to  join Mayor Charlie Hales' staff. Dingfelder, who was first elected to the Legislature in 2000, represents parts of Northeast and Southeast Portland. She is known as one the Capitol's strongest environmental voices and chairs the Senate Environment and Natural Resources Committee.
Hales brings Dingfelder in on the heels of hi...   More
Wednesday, October 16, 2013 by NIGEL JAQUISS

Sen. President Courtney: No CRC Special Session


Senate President Peter Courtney (D-Salem) issued a statement today expressing his desire for hearings on the Oregon-only version of the Columbia River Crossing project championed by Gov. John Kitzhaber and House Speaker Tina Kotek (D-Portland).
Courtney has been far less enthusiastic than the other two about the project since Washington lawmakers refused to match Oregon's ...   More
Wednesday, October 16, 2013 by NIGEL JAQUISS

Where’s John Kuzmanich?

Process servers can’t find the Oregon Tea Party founder, who’s more than three years behind on mortgage payments.

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Few Oregonians have cheered the congressional budget impasse and federal government shutdown more loudly than John Kuzmanich, founder and chairman of the Oregon Tea Party. Since the Tea Party    More
Wednesday, October 16, 2013 NIGEL JAQUISS

Doubling Down

Cover Oregon officials say ads are paying off.

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Educating Oregonians about the state’s new health insurance exchange, Cover Oregon, is a daunting proposition—and more than twice as expensive as originally reported.  Cover Oregon is t   More
Wednesday, October 16, 2013 NIGEL JAQUISS

Bonamici Warns Shutdown Threatens Seasonal Beers


As the drama in Washington D.C. over a partial government shutdown drags on, it's beginning to feel like nothing can dislodge the two parties from their positions.
But now citizens are learning of an issue that could really hurt Oregonians—the federal shutdown of the agency that approves beer labels and operations. U.S. Rep. Suzanne Bonamici (D-Ore.), whose constitue...   More
Monday, October 14, 2013 by NIGEL JAQUISS

Coal Export Terminal PR Maven Speaks Candidly On Tape


Few issues inflame environmentalists in Washington and Oregon more than the prospect of new terminals that would export coal from Wyoming's Powder River Basin to Asia.
Hundreds of citizens showed up for an Oct. 9 public hearing on proposed terminals, many of them to voice their opposition to...   More
Friday, October 11, 2013 by NIGEL JAQUISS

Mark Frohnmayer Proposes Open Primary Initative

Oregon State Capitol.

Mark Frohnmayer's eclectic background includes 11 years in the video games industry and the leading Eugene-based electric vehicle company, Arcimoto.Now, Frohnmayer's trying his hand at politics. He's got a strong political pedigree. His father,    More
Thursday, October 10, 2013 by NIGEL JAQUISS

Unnecessary Roughness

Members take a hit at a former NFL star’s troubled athletic clubs.

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For 14 seasons in the National Football League, Sam Adams ran roughshod over opposing blockers. The onetime Seattle Seahawks defensive tackle went to the Pro Bowl three times, thanks to his skill    More
Wednesday, October 9, 2013 NIGEL JAQUISS

Toll On, Columbia

The CRC will gouge Oregon drivers more than previously disclosed.

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Gov. John Kitzhaber is fresh from a successful special legislative session, where he pushed through reforms to the state’s public pension system and raised taxes to add $200 million in school    More
Wednesday, October 9, 2013 NIGEL JAQUISS

To Democrats in Sunriver, Ted Wheeler and Val Hoyle Look Good


The Democratic Party of Oregon gathered in Sunriver over the weekend for their biennial confab.
In addition to boozing and kibitzing about the just-completed special session, the party faithful conducted straw polls for governor and secretary of state at a private party not sanctioned by the DPO.
Most people's presumption is that incumbent Gov. John Kitzhaber will soon announ...   More
Monday, October 7, 2013 by NIGEL JAQUISS

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