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Hales' Plans For Fire Bureau: Smaller Rigs


Mayor Charlie Hales clashed with firefighters when, as a city commissioner, he oversaw Portland Fire & Rescue in the late 1990s. Hales pushed hard for the bureau to diversify its hiring practices, which, to some degree, it has done.
Not surprisingly, when Hales ran for mayor last year, after a decade in the private sector, Firefighters Local 43 threw its support to his riv...   More
Saturday, May 4, 2013 by NIGEL JAQUISS

New Bill Would Punish Rogue College Coaches


As the University of Oregon's legal bills related to a pending NCAA investigation mount, Rep. Brent Barton (D-Oregon City) introduced legislation Tuesday aimed at making coaches think harder about their conduct.
Here's the legislative summary of Legislative Concept 3954:

Provides that coach at public university who intentionally or recklessly commits or causes to be comm...   More
Wednesday, May 1, 2013 by NIGEL JAQUISS

Budget Jockeying Warming Up in Salem


After House Democrats failed last Wednesday to pass a $275 million tax increase, various interest groups faced a more real prospect of competing for scarce resources.
Yesterday, Oregon Education Association lead lobbyist Beth Anne Darby met with a coalition of human services groups to tamp down concerns that in the uncertainty about whether there will be additional revenue, the p...   More
Tuesday, April 30, 2013 by NIGEL JAQUISS

Clackamas County Elections Worker Sentenced to 90 Days in Jail

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Deanna Swenson, the part-time Clackamas County elections worker whose ballot tampering WW first reported last November, was sentenced to jail time today.
Here's the release from Secretary of State Kate Brown   More
Thursday, April 25, 2013 by NIGEL JAQUISS

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

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