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Fritz Forgives $50,000 Loan to Her Own Campaign

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City Commissioner Amanda Fritz—in a difficult fight for re-election—fueled her primary campaign with $50,000 in loans from her own pocket. Fritz, who would accept only contributions up to $50, needed the money to hang on against a strong challenge from state Rep. Mary Nolan (D-Portland.)Fritz has now forgiven that loan—which in effect turns the $50,000 into one big contribution...   More
 
Tuesday, August 7, 2012 by WW Editorial Staff

Inbox: Smith’s Voting Record


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I don’t usually see this type of bias in WW, but it’s certainly evident in this article [“Mr. Smith Runs From Salem, WW, July 25, 2012]. [Jefferson Smith] saying “we need more police officer   More
 
Wednesday, August 1, 2012 WW Editorial Staff

Murmurs: FBI Raids and Accusations of Fake Water Testing

How one company allegedly covers its asphalt.


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An ex-employee at an R.B. Pamplin Co. subsidiary says the company fired him after he threatened to report its practice of sending false test results to the Department of Environmental Quality and Or   More
 
Wednesday, August 1, 2012 WW Editorial Staff

Another Union Backs Smith, Citing his "Progressive" Views

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Rep. Jefferson Smith landed another union endorsement in his race for mayor—the Oregon and Southern Idaho District Council of Laborers, which represents many city workers.

So far, Smith and his opponent, former city commissioner Charlie Hales, have split union endorsements. Smith is backed by the Portland Association of Teachers and the city’s firefighters and police union. Hales has w...   More
 
Monday, July 30, 2012 by WW Editorial Staff

Inbox: Final Thoughts On Adams


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I think the R should stand for Resolutions [“A is for Adams,” WW, July 18, 2012]. Mayor [Sam] Adams sponsored a resolution declaring the city’s support for a U.S. constitutional amendment to   More
 
Wednesday, July 25, 2012 WW Editorial Staff

Murmurs: Boil Orders and Obama Facsimiles

Cheaper and funnier than the real Obama.


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Having failed to secure a sit-down interview with President Barack Obama during his quasi-flyover, in-and-out visit to Portland on July 24, WW is very pleased to have landed an interview instead with    More
 
Wednesday, July 25, 2012 WW Editorial Staff

Inbox: Novick’s Lump of Coal


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My former boss, Steve Novick, just flunked logic [“Murmurs,” WW, July 11, 2012]. Turns out he’s not in charge of all energy use in “the region”; he’s a player in protecting the PDX citizen   More
 
Wednesday, July 18, 2012 WW Editorial Staff

Murmurs: Kroger’s Legacy and Occupy Still Making Waves

City to Occupy: Why don’t you do it in the road?


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Ex-Attorney General John Kroger has left for Reed College, but his legacy at the Oregon Department of Justice continues. On July 2, the Harrang Long Gary Rudnick law firm sent the state a $431,0   More
 
Wednesday, July 18, 2012 WW Editorial Staff

Inbox: Kids and Complaints


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Whatever happened to kids just doing kid stuff? [“Teenage Wasteland,” WW, July 4, 2012]. It’s like you are implying if you are a teenager and not into watching bands or drinking coffee, then   More
 
Wednesday, July 11, 2012 WW Editorial Staff

Murmurs: Financing on the Fritz

The slippery slope of campaign contributions.


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 Did City Commissioner Amanda Fritz violate her campaign-contribution limits? Fritz has based her political career on her independence from undue influence. In her re-election campaign, she   More
 
Wednesday, July 11, 2012 WW Editorial Staff
 

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