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Spending Time

County Commissioner Loretta Smith uses her office budget to benefit constituents—and her own ambitions.


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No elected official in Portland spends more time with constituents than Multnomah County Commissioner Loretta Smith.  Whether flipping pancakes at the Hollywood Senior Center or personall   More
 
Wednesday, March 25, 2015 NIGEL JAQUISS

Grant High School Magazine Wins Regional and National Honors

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For a second year in a row, Grant High School's Grant Magazine has won a Gold Crown award from the Columbia University Scholastic Press Association.
More than 1,200 schools from the U.S. and Asia submitted entries for the award. Only 81 schools received Gold Crowns.Grant Magazinea glossy monthly printed ...   More
 
Monday, March 23, 2015 by NIGEL JAQUISS

Emails Show That Unlike Gov. John Kitzhaber, Cylvia Hayes Had No Doubts About Holding On To Power

She called Kitzhaber's tenure as governor "our administration."

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Last week, WW published emails showing that former Gov. John Kitzhaber had been ambivalent about seeking re-election, and that he worried that he lacked the energy and desire to continue.

The emails show that, ...   More
 
Friday, March 20, 2015 by NIGEL JAQUISS

Gov. Kate Brown, While Calling For Greater Government Integrity, Is Still Targeting Whistleblowers

A continuing Oregon State Police investigation into email leaks is "chilling."

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Since taking office Feb. 18, Gov. Kate Brown has publicly made honest and open government a top priority. She has introduced three bills aimed at tightening Oregon's lax approach to government ethics, and she has  promised a thorough audit of how state agencies respond to requests for public records. Last night, Brown got a    More
 
Thursday, March 19, 2015 by NIGEL JAQUISS

Fatal Attraction Fallout

U.S. Attorney Amanda Marshall’s flameout amid the Kitzhaber investigation could sully the image of her patron, U.S. Sen. Ron Wyden.


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Amanda Marshall grabbed the attention of Oregonians last month when she publicly took command of the largest government corruption case this state has seen in decades. Marshall, the chief fe   More
 
Wednesday, March 18, 2015 NIGEL JAQUISS

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
 

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