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Michael Bloomberg and John Arnold Give an Additional $1.3 Million to Open Primaries


Billionaires Michael Bloomberg of New York and John Arnold of Texas have just given the Vote Yes on 90 campaign new big checks to support the drive for open primaries in Oregon.State election filings today show Bloomberg, New York City's former mayor, recently gave an additional $280,000 to the cause, bringing his pro-90 total to more than $1.9 million.Arnold, an energy trader who on...   More
Thursday, October 30, 2014 by BETH SLOVIC

Portland Public Schools' Confidentiality Agreement is "Under Review"


Portland Public Schools has hit pause on a plan to ask district office employees to sign a sweeping confidentiality agreement that one expert called unenforceable."Th...   More
Thursday, October 30, 2014 by BETH SLOVIC

Megabucks Megaphone

Rich white men alter the campaign finance landscape in Oregon’s 2014 campaign.

What name sends chills down the backs of liberal Portland politicos? We don’t need a poll to tell us it’s Koch. Billionaires Charles and David Koch are at the top of the list of conservative,    More
Wednesday, October 29, 2014 BETH SLOVIC

Cougar Burleigh's Death: Portland Police Decline to Release Records

"Detectives are continuing to look for evidence," but still don't consider his death a crime.


Portland Police have so far declined to release records, including recordings of any 9-1-1 calls, concerning the incident on the Burnside Bridge that caused 38-year-old Cougar Burleigh...   More
Thursday, October 23, 2014 by BETH SLOVIC

Portland Public Schools Seeks Broad Confidentiality Agreements from Employees

"This is the kind of thing maybe the CIA could get away with," says one open-government expert.


Portland Public Schools may want to rethink its name. This month the state’s largest school district is requiring certain employees sign a non-disclosure agreement that bars them from discussing confidential information from PPS under penalty of being fired. “Confidential” usually me...   More
Wednesday, October 22, 2014 by BETH SLOVIC

Testing Their Patience

A group of students is dragging down ratings of a school in a historically black neighborhood. They’re white.

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Kim Wilson considers herself a conscientious objector. It’s not war she is opposing, although she does feel children today are under attack. She objects to standardized tests. Last year, Wilson,   More
Wednesday, October 22, 2014 BETH SLOVIC

Greg Belisle Gets New Job, Complicating Role on Portland School Board


Portland Public Schools board member Greg Belisle this month accepted a job with Multnomah County helping to run SUN Community Schools. The new $64,000-per-year position as a senior program specialist comes with challenges for Belisle, who first won election to the board in 2011.PPS doesn't allow employees of the dis...   More
Tuesday, October 21, 2014 by BETH SLOVIC

Olympia Man Dies After Injury that Left Him Naked Near Burnside Bridge

Family says a crime occurred. Police say there's no evidence of that.


Family and friends of a 38-year-old Olympia, Wash., man who died Oct. 14 as a result of a severe head wound say Portland Police are declining to investigate the man's death as a homicide, even though he was found injured and at least partially unclothed near the Burnside Bridge in the early hours of Oct. 12.Cougar Burleigh, the Olympia, Wash., victim, was in Portland vi...   More
Thursday, October 16, 2014 by BETH SLOVIC

Campaign for PPS Levy Sets No Limits on Contributions


The campaign to renew Portland Public Schools’ five-year local option levy is soliciting donations to the same war chest that paid for the district’s success...   More
Tuesday, October 14, 2014 by BETH SLOVIC

Glencoe Elementary School Parents Fume Over Principal Switcheroo

Southeast Portland School Will Have 5 Principals in 15 Months

Glencoe Elementary School

Glencoe Elementary School parents are furious about the unexpected departure of a newly hired principal, whose sudden exit will leave the Southeast Portland school with five different principals in a 15-month period. Their anger points to a larger problem in    More
Monday, October 13, 2014 by BETH SLOVIC

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