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Federal Prosecutor Allegedly Stalked By U.S. Attorney Amanda Marshall Was Under Armed Protection

Scott Kerin reportedly had a contract taken out on his life by a Mexican drug cartel.

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The prosecutor that U.S. Attorney for Oregon Amanda Marshall is accused of stalking was at the time under 24-hour-a-day armed protective guard because of a contract Mexican drug dealers placed on his life.

That news adds a bizarre turn in a situation that...   More
 
Monday, March 16, 2015 by NIGEL JAQUISS

U.S. Attorney Amanda Marshall Allegedly Stalked Subordinate

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Amanda Marshall, the U.S. Attorney for Oregon, on Thursday told The Oregonian she was temporarily stepping away from her job as the state’s top federal law enforcement official. "I've been having health issues for months," Marshall told The Oregonian. "I can't serve right now." That is far less that the full story, WW has learned from multiple sources familiar ...   More
 
Friday, March 13, 2015 by NIGEL JAQUISS

Gretchen Kafoury Dies At 72

Longtime housing advocate served in city, county and state governments

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Gretchen Kafoury, a longtime public servant who served in the Oregon Legislature, on the Multnomah County Commission and as a Portland city commissioner, has died, according to Multnomah County spokesman David Austin. She was 72.

Kafoury's older daughter, Deborah Kafoury, is chair of the Multnomah County Commission.
Gretchen Miller Kafoury was born in Walla Walla, Wash. Sh...   More
 
Friday, March 13, 2015 by NIGEL JAQUISS

Emails Show Kitzhaber Was Ambivalent About Seeking Re-Election For a Fourth Term as Governor

"Pretty much burned out right now," Kitzhaber wrote in late 2013, not long before announcing he would run again.

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Former Gov. John Kitzhaber's four-decade political career ended abruptly last month, just 37 days after he was sworn in for a record-setting fourth term.

But before seeking re-election, Kitzhaber came close to deciding against running for re-election, according to his emails that his office later sought to have deleted from state servers.

On July 12, 2013, Kitzhaber wrote to ...   More
 
Thursday, March 12, 2015 by NIGEL JAQUISS

Sen. Chip Shields Pushes a Bill That Could Benefit His Family's Business: Updated

He asked Rep. Lew Frederick to introduce the legislation.

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Sen. Chip Shields (D-Portland) is pushing legislation that could directly benefit his family's business—and he’s getting another legislator to do the political work for him.

The bill, HB 3052, would mandate that contractors in any publicly funded project—...   More
 
Thursday, March 12, 2015 by NIGEL JAQUISS

You Call This a Farm?

Urban farmers and foresters are benefiting from a gaping property tax loophole.


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Joe Angel is a real-estate developer and investor best known for once owning 28 Portland-area Burger Kings. Angel also helped develop three downtown hotels—the Westin, the deLuxe and the Luc   More
 
Wednesday, March 11, 2015 NIGEL JAQUISS

Emails Show Kitzhaber Sought To Hand-Pick Special Prosecutor

Former governor's attorney suggested friendly ex-judges.

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The first week of February marked an acceleration in the spiraling troubles that led former Gov. John Kitzhaber to resign.A disastrous press conference led to the state's biggest daily calling for his resignation, and unanswered ethical and legal questions about first lady Cylvia Hayes only grew bigger. If Kitzhaber were to survive, he needed to change the political narrative—and f...   More
 
Tuesday, March 10, 2015 by NIGEL JAQUISS

Dave Frohnmayer, an Oregon Legal and Political Leader, Dies at 74

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Dave Frohnmayer, one of the leading figures in recent Oregon political, legal and academic history, died Monday night, his longtime spokeswoman, Marla Rae, tells WW. Frohnmayer was 74.

The Eugene Register-Guard reported Frohnmayer died of prostate cancer.

Frohnmayer carved out a career in public service that spanned politics, the law and academia. He was a Rhode...   More
 
Tuesday, March 10, 2015 by NIGEL JAQUISS

Emails Show How Kitzhaber and Hayes Sought to Block Release of Her Emails

Lawyer on Hayes' emails: "Not 'smoking guns' but they are clearly not helpful."

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Former Gov. John Kitzhaber is seeking to block federal criminal investigators from getting access to personal emails he stored on state computers. The Oregonian broke that news last week, noting Kitzhaber has succeeded in delaying by nearly a week the state’s response to a feder...   More
 
Monday, March 9, 2015 by NIGEL JAQUISS

Emails Show Ex-Gov. John Kitzhaber Made Only One Paid Speech While In Office

Kitzhaber had asked ethics commission's permission to earn extra money.

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In December 2012, then-Gov. John Kitzhaber took the extraordinary step of asking the Oregon Government Ethics Commission if could have permission to make paid speeches.
It was a surprising request for a public servant who'd prided himself on high ethical standards. Taking money for speeches could give at least the appearance that Kitzhaber was trading on his position as govern...   More
 
Friday, March 6, 2015 by NIGEL JAQUISS
 

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