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Sen. Merkley Named Most Valuable Senator of 2012

Jeff Merkley

As if he needed to burnish his already very liberal credentials, Sen. Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.) has been named Most Valuable Senator of 2012 in The Nation's annual Most Valuable Progressive Honor Roll, which the lefty magazine been publishing for nearly a decade. Merkley joi...   More
Friday, December 21, 2012 by OLGA KOZINSKIY

This Is My Rifle

The AR-15—the rifle favored by hunters, marksmen and spree killers—by the numbers.

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1957: The year ArmaLite Corp. began to develop the AR-15 (AR meaning “ArmaLite,” not “assault rifle”). 1959: The first year the
Wednesday, December 19, 2012 AARON MESH, OLGA KOZINSKIY

Driving to Drink

A new liquor sales law in Washington is sending hordes of booze buyers into Oregon.

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For years now, the embattled Oregon Liquor Control Commission has been fighting powerful lobbyists for grocery store chains that want to end the state’s nearly 80-year monopoly on selling booze.   More
Wednesday, December 12, 2012 OLGA KOZINSKIY

Kettle Donations Down 45 Percent This Year

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We all know what the the jingling noise outside the Freddies this time of year means.
But despite their holiday familiarity, donations to the Salvation Army's 150 Portland area bell ringers are down by 45 percent, the nonprofit says.
Just $286,195 has been donated so far, or 32 percent of the total Kettle revenue needed for the entire season. With just 15 days left to go, the agency says its...   More
Friday, December 7, 2012 by OLGA KOZINSKIY

Ron Wyden Continues to Fight Spy Bills

Ron Wyden

Sen. Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) is waging a fight against two legislative priorities of Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) in a disagreement over the reach of government when it comes to intelligence and surveillance.In fact, reports Roll Call, Wyden has put a hold on "every major bill coming out of her [Senate] Intelligence Committee in the past two years."The Capitol Hill newspaper ha...   More
Saturday, December 1, 2012 by OLGA KOZINSKIY

Portland to Join Women's Professional Soccer League

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United States Soccer Federation announced the formation of a new women’s professional soccer league in a media conference call this morning, and Portland will be home to one of the new teams.Seattle, D.C., and Kansas City will also join four former Women’s Professional Soccer teams: Boston Breakers, Chicago Red Stars, NY/NJ Sky Blue and Western New York Flash. The league, which hasn’...   More
Wednesday, November 21, 2012 by OLGA KOZINSKIY

Emerging Women

A group that trains Democratic women to run for office is showing success.

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As a candidate for public office, Jessica Vega Pederson already had a compelling life story. She was raised in a Mexican-American family in Chicago, where her mother was politically active and P   More
Wednesday, November 14, 2012 OLGA KOZINSKIY

Fritz Defeats Nolan in City Council Race


City Commissioner Amanda Fritz has survived a challenge to her City Council seat.

In early returns Tuesday night, Fritz leads her challenger, state Rep. Mary Nolan (D-Portland), 58 percent to 41 percent.

Fritz for much of the year looked vulnerable to Nolan, known for her flinty approach and ability to raise plenty of campaign cash. (She spent more than $500,000.)
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Tuesday, November 6, 2012 by OLGA KOZINSKIY

What Did Nike Know About Lance Armstrong, and When Did It Know It?


Nike terminated its contracted with Lance Armstrong today due to overwhelming evidence provided by the USADA that shows Armstrong has indeed participated in doping, reported The Wall Street Journal.But the Beaverton-based sports apparel company remains dogged by a ques...   More
Wednesday, October 17, 2012 by OLGA KOZINSKIY

Casino Backers Threaten to Sue Over Opponents' Campaign Ads


Proponents of two ballot measures that would authorize a private Wood Village casino are threatening to sue the measures’ opponents over an ad that mocks the project’s name and raises questions about the casino’s main investor.

Last Thursday, casino opponents, who call themselves It’s Still a Bad Idea Committee,    More
Monday, September 17, 2012 by OLGA KOZINSKIY
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