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The Whistleblower

Michael Rodgers has a secret: He’s the one who leaked Gov. John Kitzhaber’s emails. Here’s why he did it.

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On Friday, Feb. 20, Michael Rodgers looked up from his iPad to the parking lot outside his Salem office window. Three people strode toward the entrance of his building. He knew who they were,    More
Tuesday, May 26, 2015 NIGEL JAQUISS

County Commissioner Diane McKeel Wants $200,000 to Publicize a Drug Her Son Promotes: Updated

Commissioner didn't disclose family tie to product.


Multnomah County Commissioner Diane McKeel wants to spend $200,000 of taxpayer money next year to publicize the availability of a new drug called Truvada, which can help prevent HIV.
The Oregonian reported McKeel's budget request on Monday but did not report that...   More
Wednesday, May 20, 2015 by NIGEL JAQUISS

Making The Law Pay

The Attorney General’s favorite Portland law firm is cleaning up financially. It’s also run afoul of a federal judge.

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Nearly 3,000 Oregonians with disabilities have waited more than three years for their day in federal court on a potentially groundbreaking civil rights case. In a sweeping class action lawsu   More
Wednesday, May 20, 2015 NIGEL JAQUISS

Oregon House Passes Impeachment Bill in Bipartisan Vote

Measure stems from Kitzhaber scandal.


In the wake of the abrupt resignation of former Gov. John Kitzhaber on Feb. 18, lawmakers and Kitzhaber's successor, Gov. Kate Brown, have introduced a variety of bills aimed at increasing accountability and transparency in government.

Many of the proposed reform bills are going nowhere but one,    More
Tuesday, May 19, 2015 by NIGEL JAQUISS

World Affairs Council of Oregon Paid Hillary Clinton $250,000 to Speak Last Year: Updated


Among the many lucrative speeches Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton has made since resigning as U.S. secretary of state in 2013, few paid better than an April 8, 2014, address Clinton made in Portland to the World Affair...   More
Monday, May 18, 2015 by NIGEL JAQUISS

Robust May State Revenue Forecast Means $100 Million More For K-12 Budget

Booming economy flows through to schools


A new state revenue forecast released today brings good news for K-12 education—it will add just over $100 million to the $7.255 billion lawmakers budgeted for schools last month.
When lawmakers passed the budget far earlier than normal, they agreed to allocate 40 percent of whatever additional monies the May revenue forecast predicted, because K-12 education gets about 40 percent of ...   More
Thursday, May 14, 2015 by NIGEL JAQUISS

Hotseat: Earl Blumenauer and Peter Defazio

Two Oregon congressmen—divided over free trade—disagree about what a Trans-Pacific deal would mean.

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President Barack Obama jetted to Portland last week to use the city and the world headquarters of Nike as backdrops in his push for a sweeping new free-trade agreement with 11 Pacific Rim coun   More
Wednesday, May 13, 2015 NIGEL JAQUISS

Thunder Dome

There are already runaway costs for a state Capitol remodel that few people know about.

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Peter Courtney usually gets what he wants. As president of the Oregon Senate for 12 years, Courtney, 71, has amassed more influence than almost any other legislator in state history. The Democ   More
Wednesday, May 13, 2015 NIGEL JAQUISS

Michael Jordan, Oregon's Former Chief Operating Officer, Hired to Run City's Bureau of Environmental Services


City Commissioner Nick Fish this morning said he's hired Michael Jordan, the state of Oregon's former chief operating officer, to head the Bureau of Environmental Services.
Fish announced the hire in email to all BES employees.
Jordan replaces Dean Marriott, the longtime BES chief whom Fish    More
Friday, May 8, 2015 by NIGEL JAQUISS

President Barack Obama Comes to Nike (And Not For New Shoes)

President pitches free-trade agreement to friendly audience.

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The big question about President Barack Obama's visit to Portland is, "Why Nike?"Obama is making a cross-country swing to promote the Trans-Pacific Partnership, a 12-nation free trade agreement he's pushed for six years as president.
The Oregon stop is a nod to one of his strongest congressional allies, Oregon's senior U.S. Sen. Ron Wyden. Wyden is carrying Obama's water on trade...   More
Friday, May 8, 2015 by NIGEL JAQUISS
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