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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

Clackamas County Sheriff's Deputy Posts About Public on Facebook


A Clackamas County Sheriff's deputy has been using his Facebook page to discuss his police work, attracting the attention of a watchdog group.
Deputy Robby Nashif has been posting photos and comments on his personal Facebook page making light of people with whom he interacts while on duty. For example, he posted a photo of a motorcyclist stopped for speeding with the caption, �...   More
Monday, March 10, 2014 by KATE WILLSON

Republican Senate Candidate Backs Same-Sex Marriage


Republican U.S. Senate candidate Tim Crawley announced today that he supports gay marriage. “The State should not be in the business of marriage at all,” Crawley says in a press release. “In a civil as opposed to a religious context, marriage should mainly be seen as a contractual arrangement between consenting adults. But as long as the State has the authority to grant...   More
Thursday, March 6, 2014 by KATE WILLSON

Multnomah County Ready to Marry Same-Sex Couples When Court Rules


Multnomah County will issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples as soon as a federal court judge determines Oregon's ban on same-sex marriage violates the U.S. Constitution, county attorney Jenny Madkour wrote today in a response to a lawsuit filed against county and state officials. "Current Oregon law discriminates against same-sex couples seeking to marry," Madkour wrote....   More
Tuesday, March 4, 2014 by KATE WILLSON

Winning By Default

Marriage equality is on its way to Oregon despite advocates’ tactical errors.

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When Oregon Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum announced last week that her office would not defend the state’s constitutional ban on gay marriage, it signaled the decade-long battle for marriage    More
Wednesday, February 26, 2014 KATE WILLSON

Same-Sex Marriage Ballot Campaign Suspended

Some supporters dismayed BRO has pressed pause


Oregon United for Marriage has suspended its campaign to challenge the state’s constitutional ban on same-sex marriage at the November election after Oregon’s Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum announced today that the government won’t fi...   More
Thursday, February 20, 2014 by KATE WILLSON
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