Voter’s Guide 2014: Kind of BlueWhat’s a free-thinking voter to do in a one-party state?At the start of every election season, we always get our hopes up for at least one good campaign.
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A group of students is dragging down ratings of a school in a historically black neighborhood. They’re white.
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
In many Portland restaurants, you order at the counter,
then get a number to take to your table. But some folks get a table
before they order—when I go to find a table, they’ve all been snak ... More
A longtime Portland bureaucrat has been put on paid administrative leave as the result of a city audit into a Bureau of Environmental Services building project that went out of control. BES director D ... More
More than just defeating Republicans, Democrats are seeking to neutralize one of their own senators.
On Nov. 4, Oregonians will make important choices in the
races for U.S. Senate, governor and contentious ballot measures that
cover everything from marijuana to labeling of GMO-based foods.
But ... More
Here’s the GMO labeling that corporations are shelling out millions to kill.
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
An ex-Portland cabbie and candidate develops the first marijuana vending machine.
The 1,000-pound green vending machine towers in the lobby
of a Denver dispensary, with bright LED lights illuminating the treats
inside: lollipops, cereal bars and chewy chocolate candy rolls.
Will voters get a say on the Portland street fee? That’s been a lingering question ever since Mayor Charlie Hales and Commissioner Steve Novick
said this spring they opposed a public vote. Now i ... More
Can you explain why, unlike every other bill I pay, my
city of Portland water bill can’t manage to come in once a month? I’m
going along, minding my own business, when, wham!, I’m blindsid ... More
The Portland schools’ discipline rate against black students in special education brings sanctions from the state.
J.’s mother is the first to tell you her fifth-grader isn’t perfect.
pre-kindergarten at Irvington Elementary School with a host of troubles
that made it hard for him to express ... More
Cylvia Hayes has two careers. She pursues both out of the governor’s office.
Cylvia Hayes may be the most influential first lady in Oregon history.
Since Gov. John
Kitzhaber took office in January 2011, Hayes, 47, has played a central
role in his administration. She ke ... More
Mayor Charlie Hales’ promotion of Larry O’Dea to
chief of the Portland Police Bureau on Oct. 7 signals he’s doubling
down on his promise to return to community policing. As first reported
Some Republicans wince as a controversial radio host seeks election to the Oregon House.
Tina Kotek made history Jan. 14, 2013, when she was sworn
in as speaker of the Oregon House to become the first openly lesbian
leader of a state legislature in the U.S.
In the Capitol that day ... More
Thanks for the pronunciation info on “Glisan,” but
surely the real linguistic elephant in the room is the pronunciation of
“Willamette.” It’s always seemed wrong to me. Who dropped the ... More
Cynthia Kendoll runs a group that some say is fueled by racism. She’s also about to score a major political victory in Oregon.
Cynthia Kendoll has issues with her neighbors.
The people next door
to her Salem home trim their bushes with machetes. They have turned
their garage into a dormitory and unlicensed day care wi ... More
Sen. Jeff Merkley’s position on Internet taxes puts him at odds with many liberals.
U.S. Sens. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) and Jeff Merkley
(D-Ore.) have a lot in common: blue-collar roots, Ivy League pedigrees
and adoring supporters among the nation’s left-wing voters.
They ... More
Conservatives want to know why an Oregon National Guard jacket with Gov. John Kitzhaber’s name on it ended up at Goodwill.
It’s a size medium military jacket, with an Oregon
National Guard emblem and a camouflage pattern that’s no longer used.
Over the left front pocket is an embroidered patch that says Governor, ... More
Portland joins a growing list of cities ready to tax legal weed.
If Oregonians vote in November to make recreational marijuana legal, Portland City Hall will be waiting to take its cut.
A marijuana advisory
committee formed by Mayor Charlie Hales in June will ... More
State Labor Commissioner Brad Avakian has filed a civil rights complaint on behalf of minority employees of Daimler Trucks North America, saying the company ignored years of racial intimidation at the ... More
My roommate and I got into a bar fight over the
pronunciation of “Glisan,” as in Glisan Street. My understanding is that
the street’s namesake pronounced it “Glisten.” Why must Portlan ... More
Contrary to state election laws, Gov. John Kitzhaber has failed to disclose the role of a key campaign consultant.
Gov. John Kitzhaber has reported all kinds of ways he’s
spent money this year in pursuit of re-election: printing campaign
literature, running his Kitzhaber 2014 website and employing a full-t ... More
An artist from Portland is photographing gay men everywhere.
You’ve probably never heard of Kevin Truong, but his face is on the move.
Truong, with his
blond mop and orange baseball shirt, can now be seen on TriMet buses
running to Portland State Univer ... More
Ride-sharing startup Uber is pushing back against Oregon Insurance Commissioner Laura Cali’s Sept. 19 warning to consumers about using the company’s services. Cali said “traditional insurance po ... More
Whenever I give money to panhandlers, some scold comes
along to grouse that such folks already collect plenty from Social
Security, plus they make $300 to $400 a day off suckers like me. And
a ... More
An OHSU geneticist’s breakthrough could prevent horrible diseases before a baby is even born. The problem for many: The child will have the DNA of three parents.
Daylight slices in through the wood-slat
shades of Kimberli Freilinger’s bedroom. She knows she must get out of
bed. She’s got to eat. She hears her teenage sons downstairs and needs
to ch ... More
Portland beekeepers say the county is overreaching in its enforcement of city code.
On summer evenings, Austin Bennington used to pour himself
a snifter of single-malt Aberlour, light a cigar and watch his 120,000
honeybees swarm around his backyard hives and garden of blueberr ... More
has special taxing districts to fund libraries, transit and ports. In
fact, state law gives local voters the power to create 26 different
kinds of taxing districts to raise revenue and pr ... More
A few years ago, the city put up a chain-link fence on
the Vista Bridge to deter suicides. Over time, a lot of people attached
padlocks to the fence for whatever reason. Now those locks have bee ... More
Why the Portlandia statue failed to become an icon.
The Statue of Liberty is a defining symbol of the United
States. Her likeness appears on everything from quarters to tacky
bobbleheads. She’s had a cameo role in countless films.
This story ... More
Gov. John Kitzhaber’s “Cool Schools” plan flopped. So why is he trying to microwave it for his re-election campaign?
Four years ago, John Kitzhaber needed
something—anything—to convince voters he had a plan to create jobs in
Oregon, then emerging from a recession that had left as many as one in
10 people ... More
A Eugene firm affiliated with Seneca Jones Timber Co. is behind the mysterious billboards sprouting up across Portland (see above). The signs are an opaque attack on Gov. John Kitzhaber that
requi ... More
Park rangers seek higher wages and better training as the city questions their worth.
It’s not the first time Dustin Meyer and Angela Wilson have caught the man drinking with his pals in the South Park Blocks.
The two Army green-
and khaki-clad Portland park rangers stand betwe ... More
Legal marijuana crops are redefining rural Washington towns—and making one-time illegal growers and their new investors rich.
Riverside, Wash.—Apple orchards, pastures and alfalfa
fields fan out from the Okanogan River along an area locals call the
Flats. The land here in north central Washington is baked amber, frin ... More
Community policing has come to Hawthorne Boulevard—and it seems to be working.
After 32 years, Robert Proctor and his wife, Jocelyn, had
gotten used to the “travelers”—the influx of homeless people who
gathered each summer near their home next to the CD Gamexchange o ... More
How Legacy Health’s acquisition of cadavers—now under FBI investigation—escaped state scrutiny.
In the spring of 2013, Portland hospital system Legacy
Health launched a body donation program to obtain cadavers for surgical
June, the Oregon Legislature passed a law ... More
Daimler faces allegations of unchecked racial discrimination at its Portland plant.
Four African-American employees of Portland-based Daimler
Trucks North America have filed state civil-rights complaints claiming
they have been the targets of continuing racial intimidation by
It’s becoming clearer why Ron Jeremy’s Club Sesso was so happy when Assistant Fire Marshal Doug Jones
told the sex club he’d look the other way if a party at the club
violated fire regulat ... More
I spent a week renting from Airbnb, Uber and other sharing-economy startups. Here's what your neighbors are up to.
The summer wind presses Marquam Hill like the dank breath
of a stranger talking too close. I’m lying on the hardwood floor of a
barely furnished apartment along with two dentists, a Bronx high ... More
The FBI is investigating how Legacy Health obtained cadavers for scientific research.
The FBI is conducting a criminal investigation of a
division of Legacy Health, looking into allegations that the Portland
hospital system improperly obtained dead bodies for scientific research, ... More
A former regular at Club Sesso says the sex club’s manager spoke of a special relationship with the fire bureau.
The city of Portland’s investigation of a high-ranking officer at Portland Fire & Rescue who allegedly protected a downtown sex club from being cited for code violations may now expand into a ... More
West Hills neighbors push back against plans to expand the Japanese Garden.
A well-trodden path nestled near the edge of Portland’s
Japanese Garden winds into Forest Park, the city’s 5,167-acre urban
green space. A sign reads, “Path to Wildwood Trail,” marking o ... More
A top city fire official is under investigation for turning a blind eye to safety violations at a sex club.
A senior Portland fire official is under investigation for
telling a downtown sex club the city would look the other way if it
violated fire safety laws.
In late June,
Portland Fire & Re ... More
Portland has 25,000 places where the city doesn't comply with the Americans With Disabilities Act
In 2011, the city of Portland and the Portland Timbers
completed a $31 million renovation of the stadium now called Providence
Park. The city-owned stadium added a concourse, concession stands, ... More
Taxpayers will pay for an anti-drug campaign—timed to hit just before the November vote on legalizing pot.
Legal weed is coming to Oregon—that’s the conventional wisdom anyway.
A recent poll shows
eight of 10 Oregonians believe it’s a matter of when, not if, voters
erase laws against recreati ... More
The cost of dealing with undocumented children at the U.S.-Mexico border threatens money for refugee programs here.
Nefisa Alinur was 8½ months pregnant when she came to
Portland from an Ethiopian refugee camp in 2011. Then 19, she left
behind her entire family—her husband, parents and eight brothers and
s ... More
Lynne’s father refused to believe his son was really a girl. What changed?
People move to Portland for all sorts of reasons—a new
job, the pace of life, the outdoors. Albert and Leigh came for an
entirely different purpose.
Three months ago,
they left the Evergla ... More
The last African-American family on a Portland block faces losing its home.
To Helen Murray, a tour of her home is a tour of her life.
Over the fireplace,
Helen, 77, and her husband, Nelson, 82, display photographs of their six
children. Pictures of their 12 grandchil ... More