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Portland's Top Restaurants Donating to Pass Driver's Card Measure 88

Donors include Bollywood Theater, Bunk Bar and Pine State Biscuits.


With ballots arriving in Oregon mailboxes this week, millions of dollars are pouring into ballot measures that would label genetically modified foods,    More
Friday, October 17, 2014 by AARON MESH

Sen. Alan Olsen Attacks Challenger Jamie Damon With Ad Listing People Killed by Undocumented Immigrants


Oregon Sen. Alan Olsen (R-Canby) has attacked his Democratic opponent Jamie Damon for supporting a ballot measure that would give driver's cards to people who can't prove they're in the country legally.

But Olsen's mailer doesn't stop at criticizing D...   More
Friday, October 17, 2014 by AARON MESH

Ben & Jerry's, Whole Foods Contribute Labels to GMO Labeling


The battle over labeling genetically modified foods is less than $500,000 from becoming the most expensive ballot measure fight in Oregon history.

A $2.5 million contribution from Monsanto Company to the "no" campaign on Measure 92, repor...   More
Thursday, October 16, 2014 by AARON MESH

City Estimates Say Portland Could Net $5.8 Million a Year Taxing Legal Weed

UPDATE: Council ditches tax on medical weed, will try to raise $4 million a year.


Portland officials estimate the city could raise $1.7 to $5.8 million a year by collecting a local sales tax on legal marijuana.

Those figures emerge as Portland City Council is expected to vote today on a plan to levy a 10 percent sales tax on legal recreational weed.

Mayor Charlie Hales' plan,    More
Wednesday, October 15, 2014 by AARON MESH

Michael Bloomberg Gives $1.25 Million to Top-Two Primary Measure


Former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg has donated $1.25 million to the campaign to transform Oregon's primary elections system.

The donation by Bloomberg, who is currently listed as the nation's eighth wealthiest man, nearly doubles the total contributions directly to support Measure 90, bringing them to $2.8 million.

Measure 90 would create primary elect...   More
Wednesday, October 15, 2014 by AARON MESH

Canned Heat

Here’s the GMO labeling that corporations are shelling out millions to kill.

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Four little words. That’s what’s at stake in the battle over November’s Measure 92—what appears to be the second-most expensive ballot-measure fight in Oregon history. The words are ��   More
Wednesday, October 15, 2014 AARON MESH

Dr. Bronner's Contributions to GMO Labeling Top $1 Million


Dr. Bronner's Magic Soaps puts a lot of information on its labels, peppering its bottles of body wash with the moral precepts of its founder, Emanuel Bronner.

The company is also proving willing to spend big bucks to require GMO labeling in Oregon.

The campaign backing Measure 92, which would mandate labeling food products containing genetically modified o...   More
Tuesday, October 14, 2014 by AARON MESH

Independent Report: The Oregon Zoo Has a Failure to Communicate


Dr. Doolittle may have talked to the animals—but the people who run the Oregon Zoo need to learn how to talk to each other.
That's the takeaway from an independent report from the the Association of Zoos & Aquariums.
The Oregon Zoo invited AZA officials for an early visit in July in the wake of    More
Monday, October 13, 2014 by AARON MESH

Portland City Council May Open the Door Slightly to Letting Voters Have Their Say on the Street Fee


Portland City Council is nearing consensus on how to structure a street fee to raise $40 million for road repairs and safety projects.
What they don't agree on: whether Portland voters will get a say.As Portland commissioners discuss the shape of the street fee this afternoon, WW has learned Mayor Charlie Hales is considering having two City Council votes<...   More
Monday, October 13, 2014 by AARON MESH

Millions of Dollars Flow into GMO Labeling and Top-Two Primary Ballot Measure Battles

Out-of-state donors include former Enron executive, Kraft and PepsiCo.


Money is no object in the final weeks of Oregon's ballot measure fights over GMO labeling and a top-two primary. Out-of-state donors are picking up the multimillion-dollar tabs.

On Wednesday, an independent political action group backing Measure 90—which creates primary elections where the two candidates receiving the most votes advance to the next ballot—reported ...   More
Thursday, October 9, 2014 by AARON MESH

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