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UPDATED: GMO Labeling Opponents Declare Victory as Measure 92 Trails After Record-Setting Money Barrage To Kill It


Opponents of Measure 92 have declared victory in their effort to defeat a requirement for labeling of genetically modified foods sold in Oregon.The measure failed, but not by much. The current tally shows about 9,700 more "no" votes for Measure 92 than "yes" vo...   More
Wednesday, November 5, 2014 by BETH SLOVIC

Cougar Burleigh's Death: New Witnesses Report "Confrontation" Before Fall


Newly identified witnesses tell Portland Police that Cougar Burleigh, the Olympia man who died of a severe head wound on Oct. 14 after an incident on the Burnside Bridge, "was involved in...   More
Wednesday, November 5, 2014 by BETH SLOVIC

Democrat U.S. Sen. Jeff Merkley Trounces Monica Wehby as Republicans Take Control

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Republicans just took control of the U.S. Senate tonight, but you wouldn’t know it standing in the Billiard Room of the Sentinel Hotel in downtown Portland, where dozens of supporters of GOP Senate candidate Dr. Monica Wehby listened to Wehby give her concession around 8:45 p.m."I guess God wants me to be a pediatric neurosurgeon for a little longer," she told a mostly subdued...   More
Tuesday, November 4, 2014 by BETH SLOVIC

Are You Smarter Than a Third Grader? Smarter Balanced Practice Test Flummoxes Teachers and Parents


This year, Oregon school districts will be administering the so-called Smarter Balanced Assessments in English and math to Oregon schoolchildren as part of a nationwide movement. It's all supposedly to raise achievement levels for kids and teachers.The tests—part of the Common Core State Stand...   More
Monday, November 3, 2014 by BETH SLOVIC

Nonprofit Launches Website on Oregon Campaign Finance

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Curious about spending on upcoming elections? Tired of wading through ORESTAR, the online campaign finance database from the O...   More
Friday, October 31, 2014 by BETH SLOVIC

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

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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

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