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Hotseat: Steven Wax

Oregon’s outgoing federal public defender talks about government secrecy, low-profile wins and his next job.

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Oregon has known only one chief federal public defender, the person who stands up in court for people who can’t afford an attorney. Steven Wax, who opened the state’s Federal Public Defender   More
Wednesday, April 9, 2014 KATE WILLSON

Oregon Drops Proposed Ban on Treats Laced With Marijuana


The Oregon Health Authority had threatened to be a buzzkill when it came to medical marijuana dispensaries selling candies, cakes and cookies and other munchies seasoned with pot.
But according to the Associated Press, the agency has backed off that proposal, instead fo...   More
Monday, March 31, 2014 by KATE WILLSON

Onward Christian Voters

As same-sex marriage foes ready for a new crusade, how many old allies will follow?

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In 2007, host Ira Glass of This American Life came to Portland on a book tour and was scheduled to speak at the 1,500-seat New Hope Community Church in Happy Valley. He asked for a change of ven   More
Wednesday, March 26, 2014 KATE WILLSON

Disabled Portlanders File Suit to Keep Social Security Benefits


Disabled Portlanders filed suit yesterday on behalf of about 700 recipients of Social Security benefits who fear their funds will be cut off when Safety Net of Oregon loses its federal qualification to manage their accounts on April 1, Street Roots News r...   More
Tuesday, March 25, 2014 by KATE WILLSON

KATU Hosts Live Town Hall Tonight on Failing Cover Oregon Web Portal

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KATU televison (Channel 2) will host a live town hall with lawmakers tonight to discuss what happens now that Cover Oregon has announced it won’t have a fully operational website by the federal deadline of March 31. The discussion will follow the release today of a state-sponsored study by First Data Government Solutions about what went wrong with Oregon’s healthcare exchange.The...   More
Thursday, March 20, 2014 by KATE WILLSON

Deputies Vote Against Endorsing Multnomah County Sheriff Dan Staton for Re-election


Multnomah County corrections deputies earlier this month voted narrowly not to endorse Sheriff Dan Staton for re-election. The Multnomah County Corrections Deputies Association was Staton’s biggest backer in 2010. But union leadership says Staton has been an absentee sheriff out of touch with what happens in his jails, the operations of which account for more than 80 per...   More
Tuesday, March 18, 2014 by KATE WILLSON

Search Warrant Reveals $600,000 May Be Missing From Safety Net Oregon—and the Non-Profit's Director Blames a "Software" Glitch


Investigators for the Social Security Administration seized computers, personnel and client files, bank records and correspondence when they executed a search warrant March 6 at Safety Net of Oregon, a Portland nonprofit that manages about $1 million in disability and veterans benefits. ...   More
Tuesday, March 18, 2014 by KATE WILLSON

Sheriff Dan Staton Cruises Unopposed Toward Re-election


County Sheriff Dan Staton failed to draw an opponent by the March 11 filing deadline despite a four-year term that has included bad news about overtime overspending, the still-unsolved investigation into the...   More
Monday, March 17, 2014 by KATE WILLSON

Two U.S. Senators to Raise Money in Portland This Weekend

They include an anti-abortion Oklahoma senator campaiging for Monica Wehby, a pro-choice GOP candidate for U.S. Senate


Two U.S. senators will pass through Portland this weekend on a fundraising sweep.  Sen. Mary Landrieu (D-La.) will stop at the Paragon restaurant in the Pearl District for brunch Sunday as part of a Northwest fundraising tour for her re-ele...   More
Thursday, March 13, 2014 by KATE WILLSON

FBI Will Ask Judge to Dismiss Torture Lawsuit


The FBI this week will ask a federal judge to dismiss a lawsuit alleging its agents had Portland resident Yonas Fikre kidnapped and tortured for months in the United Arab Emirates, then refused to let him re-enter the United States. Fikre is living in Sweden, where he sought asylum after being released from a UAE facility in September 2011, and after being denied an...   More
Tuesday, March 11, 2014 by KATE WILLSON

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