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Oregon Supreme Court Invalidates 2013 PERS Cuts for Retired Workers: Updated

A split decision will add costs for schools, state agenices and local governments.


The Oregon Supreme Court ruled today that big cuts to the state's public retirement system the Legislature made in 2013 are unconstitutional, slashing the savings taxpayers would have seen under the reforms.The court delivered a split decision: It ruled that cutting the cost of living increases for worke...   More
Thursday, April 30, 2015 by NIGEL JAQUISS

Cover Oregon Fallout Continues: High Level State IT Official Alleges State Committed 'Illegal Actions'

Tort claim notice accuses Oregon's former chief operating officer Michael Jordan of illegality, retaliation


The slow-motion disaster formerly known as Cover Oregon continues to reverberate through state government.

Lawmakers voted to abolish the state's ill-fated online health insurance exchange recently, folding it into another state agency after Oregon spent $300 million of federal money on a website that never functioned.

Now a top state information technology official named   More
Wednesday, April 29, 2015 by NIGEL JAQUISS

State Sen. Chuck Riley Compares Gun Bill, Slavery: Updated with GOP Call for Censure

Video catches lawmaker in awkward exchange

When state Sen. Chuck Riley (D-Hillsboro) sat down with constituents over coffee on April 25, he probably didn't intend to get into a history discussion.One unidentified man expressed unhappiness with Riley's April 14 vote for SB 941, a controversial measure that expands background checks for ...   More
Tuesday, April 28, 2015 by NIGEL JAQUISS

President Barack Obama Will Come to Portland May 7

Trans-Pacific Partnership may be on agenda


President Barack Obama will make a rare appearance in Portland next week.

The president is scheduled to arrive on Thursday, May 7, for a 5 pm fundraiser for the 2016 White House Victory Fund.

The event will be held at the Sentinel Hotel, according to a copy of the invitation. The fundraiser is sponsored by t...   More
Tuesday, April 28, 2015 by NIGEL JAQUISS

Portland Economist Says Region's Last Nuke Losing $250 Million on Fuel Deal

Utility disagrees with calculation.


Portland economist Robert McCullough has been unsparing in his analysis of the financial underpinnings of the region's only operating nuclear generating plant, the Columbia Generating Station in Richland, Wash.

A new report McCullough released earlier this month says the plant's operator, Energy N...   More
Monday, April 27, 2015 by NIGEL JAQUISS

U.S. Attorney Amanda Marshall Resigns Effective May 15

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U.S. Attorney for Oregon Amanda Marshall has submitted her resignation effective May 15.The state's top federal law enforcement official went on leave in March. Initially, she told U.S. Sen. Ron Wyden's office that her leave was health-related but it quickly emerged that Marshall was under investigation for    More
Friday, April 24, 2015 by NIGEL JAQUISS

Hot Air

Pilots say the Port of Portland’s plans to sell land for a power plant next to the Troutdale Airport include a fatal flaw.

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Mike Rhodes fell in love with flying nearly 50 years ago at the Troutdale Airport while on a school field trip, and from his first flight, he knew he wanted to be a pilot. Today, Rhodes, 61, a   More
Wednesday, April 22, 2015 NIGEL JAQUISS

Tough Times For Ted

State Treasurer Wheeler finds his agenda stymied and his future at a crossroads.

Until recently, State Treasurer Ted Wheeler’s political future looked bright. He had risen quickly from being a reform-minded chairman of the Multnomah County Board of Commissioners to overs   More
Wednesday, April 22, 2015 NIGEL JAQUISS

Hotseat: Brendan Kennedy

The founder of legal weed’s biggest investor, Privateer Holdings, wants the door to Oregon kept open.

Brendan Kennedy has $82 million to spend on weed. He wants to make sure he can blow some cash in Oregon. Kennedy is a Silicon Valley veteran who launched a tech firm and ran a company to acquire   More
Wednesday, April 22, 2015 AARON MESH, NIGEL JAQUISS

Feds Indict Washington State Auditor on Tax Evasion Charges


A federal grand jury today indicted Washington state auditor Troy Kelley on tax evasion charges, according to The Seattle Times. The charges relate ...   More
Thursday, April 16, 2015 by NIGEL JAQUISS
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