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OHSU Poised to Get Permanent Exemption to Records Law for Animal Researchers


Oregon Health and Science University lawyers just can’t keep their paws off the state’s public records law.

In 2003, the hospital got the Legislature to pass a special, temporary exemption to the law, to keep secret the identities of OHSU researchers who conduct medical experiments on animals (other than rodents), as well as the identities of companies supplying the equip...   More
Wednesday, March 11, 2015 by AARON MESH

Dope Without Borders

Big Weed is coming—unless Salem erects a fence at the state line.

Meghan and Matt Walstatter often argue about who should cash in on legal weed in Oregon. The Walstatters run Pure Green Gardens, a Portland medical-marijuana grow with a dispensary in the Holl   More
Wednesday, March 11, 2015 AARON MESH

Cathedral Park Neighbors Crowdfunding to Save 150-Year-Old Oak Tree


We thought that we would never see / a web campaign to save a tree.Now we have—thanks to a group of residents in the Cathedral Park neighborhood who have taken to the website GoFundMe to raise $3,000 and save a 150-year-old Oregon oak from being chopped down.

The oak sits on city property. But...   More
Monday, March 9, 2015 by AARON MESH

Portland Mayor Charlie Hales Will Seek Re-election in 2016


Portland Mayor Charlie Hales has made it official: He's running for re-election in 2016.

Hales announced his decision to The Portland Tribune editorial board this afternoon. Hales' announcement comes after two months of fending off potenti...   More
Friday, March 6, 2015 by AARON MESH

OLCC Tells Oregon Legislature: Track Medical Weed, or Keep it Away from Recreational Pot


In a strongly worded letter to the Oregon Legislature, the Oregon Liquor Control Commission says medical marijuana threatens to destabilize the recreational weed market which state voters approved last November.

The OLCC's memo, deli...   More
Thursday, March 5, 2015 by AARON MESH

Oregon Legislature Considering Bills to Mandate Insurance for Uber and Lyft

Cab companies backing the legislation; Uber wants lawmakers to wait


The Portland cab industry’s fight with ride app Uber is driving to Salem.

An alliance of taxi companies is backing a bill in the Oregon Legislature that would require transportation companies like Ube...   More
Wednesday, March 4, 2015 by AARON MESH

East Portland Residents File Ballot Petition to Secede from Portland


Residents of East Portland have complained about living in a different city—poorer, less healthy and with fewer services—since their neighborhoods east of Interstate 205 were annexed starting in 1983.

Now some of them are seeking a public vot...   More
Wednesday, March 4, 2015 by AARON MESH

Mead It And Weep

Small craft brewers say the city is making them pay big-time regulatory costs.

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Brooks Cooper dreamed for more than a decade of ditching his law practice to make sparkling mead, an alcoholic beverage created by fermenting honey. Last year, he and a friend took the plung   More
Wednesday, March 4, 2015 AARON MESH

New York Times Sticks Oregon with the "Red States" Facing Uncertain Health Insurance Future

UPDATE: Oregon may have a loophole in U.S. Supreme Court case.


UPDATE, 3:40 pm: The Times appears to have missed a loophole Oregon lawmakers are using to remain outside the reach of King v. Burwell.

The Oregonian's Nick Budnick reported in December that Oregon can claim an independent exchange e...   More
Friday, February 27, 2015 by AARON MESH

Portland Mayor Charlie Hales Plans to Spend $440,000 on a Weed Permitting Program


The city of Portland's weed bureaucracy is starting to take shape—and the dope bills are piling up.

When Oregon voters legalized recreational marijuana last November, Portland officials spent $65,800 to hire the city'...   More
Thursday, February 26, 2015 by AARON MESH
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