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GOP Candidate For Governor Sid Leiken Lowers Sights, Will Run for Secretary of State

Lane County commissioner ends long-shot bid.


Lane County Commissioner Sid Leiken was always going to be a very long shot for governor. Leiken, a Republican, registered an exploratory commission on April 26, aiming at next year's GOP primary.
Leiken is in his second term on the Lane commission and served 10 years as mayor of Springfield before that, so he has a base in the Willamette Valley. Just not enough of one.
Leiken annou...   More
Monday, June 29, 2015 by NIGEL JAQUISS

It's Illegal to Expose "His or Her Genitalia": Portland Police Issue Helpful Guidance Ahead of Saturday's World Nake Bike Ride

10,000 riders are expected. The cops, willing to exercise discretion, issue "bare minimum" safety advice.


The Portland Police Bureau issued guidance this morning on this weekend's World Naked Bike Ride this morning.

That guidance includes some factual information on the legality of the event that may surprise participants—and a more clever choice of words than your average government press release.

Here's the PPB guidance with emphasis added:

The World N...   More
Friday, June 26, 2015 by NIGEL JAQUISS

Elisa Dozono Resigns From Oregon Lottery Commission: Updated

Decision comes a week after her law firm a filed lawsuit against the Lottery.


Gov. Kate Brown announced this morning that Portland lawyer Elisa Dozono will step down from her position as chairwoman of the five-member Oregon Lottery Commission.
The announcement comes one week after Miller Nash, the law firm at which Dozono is a partner, filed a lawsuit against the Oregon Lottery and its director, Jack Roberts, on behalf of Paddy's Ol...   More
Friday, June 26, 2015 by NIGEL JAQUISS

Gov. Kate Brown Pulls Plug On Attempt to Replace Low Carbon Fuel Standard with Transportation Package

Transportation deal is dead, at least for now.


Gov. Kate Brown this morning put an end to  negotiations with leading legislators aimed at repealing the low-carbon fuel standard, a controversial law she signed in March, and replacing it with a $343 million package of transportation improvements funded by a gas-0tax increase, higher vehicle fees and an increased transit tax. In backing away from the low-carbon fuel standa...   More
Thursday, June 25, 2015 by NIGEL JAQUISS

Watch the Testimony that Doomed Gov. Kate Brown's Transportation Package

ODOT director admits carbon reduction numbers were wrong.


Gov. Kate Brown’s first major initiative since taking office in February, a sweeping $344 million transportation package, blew up today after a state agency acknowledged it had miscalculated the numbers on w...   More
Thursday, June 25, 2015 by NIGEL JAQUISS

The Good, the Bad and the Awful

Reader beware: What follows is mostly gossip and opinion.

Cover Story
We have opened with the warning above since 1977, when we first published our Good, Bad & Awful survey—an unvarnished view of the metro-area legislators who help write Oregon’s laws and shape    More
Wednesday, June 24, 2015 NIGEL JAQUISS

Mayor Charlie Hales Will Nominate Two New Portland Development Commissioners


Mayor Charlie Hales today announced the names of two new nominees for the five-member Portland Development Commission.
Hales is nominating Gustavo Cruz, a business lawyer with the Ater Wynne firm and Willi Meyers, executive secretary of the Columbia Pacific Building and Construction Trades Council. The PDC, the city's economic development and urban renewal agency, is Hal...   More
Tuesday, June 23, 2015 by NIGEL JAQUISS

Retailer Sues Oregon Lottery, Using Law Firm Whose Partner is Lottery Commission Chair


The thorny situation between the Oregon Lottery and Dan Fischer, one of the largest lottery retailers, grew even more complex on June 19, when one of Fischer's companies sued the lottery to stop the agency from cutting off its access to the state's gambling machines.

The lawsuit is part of a long-running battle over the concentration of lottery retailers on Hayden Island   More
Tuesday, June 23, 2015 by NIGEL JAQUISS

The Honeymoon's Over: Environmental Groups Slam Gov. Kate Brown For Bargaining Away Their Legislative Victory

Backers of low-carbon fuel law fighting "backroom deal" for a higher gas tax.


Gov. Kate Brown is facing the first major political challenge in her brief tenure in office, and it's a problem of her own making.After replacing former Gov. John Kitzhaber on Feb. 18, Brown signed a bill that extends the low-carbon fuel standard. That measure will require companies bringing fuels into Oregon either to blend in lower carbon components such as ethanol or purchase c...   More
Friday, June 19, 2015 by NIGEL JAQUISS

The Gecko Chamber

A lengthy legal battle against GEICO underscores Oregon’s weak laws to protect consumers.

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Cornel Tuter knows the charming green GEICO gecko all too well. The creature is ubiquitous, one of the most easily recognizable characters on the planet. It should be: GEICO Insurance spends a   More
Wednesday, June 17, 2015 NIGEL JAQUISS

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