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Fast-Growing Independent Party of Oregon Opens Its Primary Today

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For political junkies, these are the dog days of summer. Even the most maniacal candidates are resting up after July 4th parades, content in the knowledge that they have only a few county fairs before election season begins in earnest after Labor Day.
The Independent Party of Oregon, however, is busy. The IPO, which formed in 2007 out of frustration with the dominance of the two major p...   More
 
Monday, July 7, 2014 by NIGEL JAQUISS

Ex-SAIF CEO Sues SAIF Board for Violating Public Meetings Law

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John Plotkin, the former CEO of SAIF Corp., filed a lawsuit today (PDF) in Marion County Court, alleging that SAIF fired him in violation of the state's public meetings law. In his complaint, Plotkin argues...   More
 
Monday, July 7, 2014 by NIGEL JAQUISS

Ex-SAIF Corp CEO John Plotkin Files Tort Claim Notice

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As WW reported in today's print edition, John Plotkin, the former CEO of SAIF Corp., the state-owned worker's compensation insurer, has filed a tort claim against SAIF, as well as one current and two recently-retired SAIF officials.
In the tort claim, Plotkin alleges that current human r...   More
 
Wednesday, July 2, 2014 by NIGEL JAQUISS

House Of Cards

Documents suggest SAIF corp. fired its CEO based on “false and inaccurate” information.


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SAIF Corp. is in the insurance business, an industry defined by the word “caution.” Yet thousands of pages of records from inside the state-owned workers’ compensation insurer suggest that   More
 
Wednesday, July 2, 2014 NIGEL JAQUISS

The Oregonian Names New Top Editor

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The Oregonian named a new editor today, nearly three months after former Editor Peter Bhatia announced he would step down to teach at Arizona State.
The new hire is Mark Katches, a highly-decorated investigative reporter and editor who most recently led the Center for Investigative Reporting, a non-prof...   More
 
Tuesday, July 1, 2014 by NIGEL JAQUISS

Rosemary Lee, Gov. John Kitzhaber's First Wife, Dies

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Rosemary Lee, who was once married to Gov. John Kitzhaber, died last week.

An obituary in The Oregonian says that Lee, 67, died peacefully at her home in Lake Oswego from a brain tumor.

Kitzhaber met Lee in the early 1970s when he was a medical student at OHS...   More
 
Monday, June 30, 2014 by NIGEL JAQUISS

Oregon's Political Connection to the National VA Scandal

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On his blog, The Oregon Oracle, Bruce McCain connects some dots between a longtime Oregon Congressional staffer named Joan Mooney, the Veterans' Adminstration mess and a current Oregon legislative candidate, Paul Evans.  
Most Americans, including most Oregonians, likely have ne...   More
 
Friday, June 27, 2014 by NIGEL JAQUISS

The Cost of Failed OLCC Privatization Measure Keeps Growing

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The grocery industry pulled the plug earlier this month on a planned November ballot measure that would have privatized some functions of the Oregon Liquor Control Commission. Among other changes, grocery chains such as Fred Meyer and Safeway want to sell liquor in their stores, which today is only possible in a small number of pilot operations.

The combination of unfavorable ballot...   More
 
Thursday, June 26, 2014 by NIGEL JAQUISS

Harry Rinehart’s House Of Pain

A century old clinic is at the center of debate over Oregon’s prescription opiate epidemic.


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From its perch on a steep hillside in Wheeler, Ore., the Rinehart Clinic offers a view of the timeless battle between the Nehalem River and the Pacific Ocean. When the tide flows out, water ru   More
 
Wednesday, June 25, 2014 NIGEL JAQUISS

Oregon Right to Life Gets Into the News Business

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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
 

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