House Co-Chair Peter Buckley Endorses Marijuana Ballot

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Oregon State Rep. Peter Buckley (D-Ashland), co-chair of the House Ways and Means Committee, has today become the highest-level state elected official to endorse Measure 80, the marijuana legalization initiative.In a statement, Buckley wrote:It makes absolutely no sense to me that we continue to waste millions of dollars every year to prohibit adults from making the choice of whether to consume marijuana, ...   More
 
Monday, September 17, 2012 MATTHEW KORFHAGE

Judge Rules CAN Arts Tax Isn't a Head Tax

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 A Multnomah County Circuit Court judge has ruled that the Creative Advocacy Network arts tax backed by Mayor Sam Adams isn't an unconstitutional poll tax or head tax.That means the arts tax, approved by the City Council last month, can head to the November ballot unhindered by two legal challenges. The tax would take a flat $35 from the income of each Portland resident, so long as that person ...   More
 
Friday, August 17, 2012 AARON MESH

Chief Petitioner Throws in Towel on Anti-Abortion Measure

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Tomorrow is the deadline for turning in signatures for measures aimed at the November 6 general election ballot. Although it promises to be a busy day at the Secretary of State's elections division, neither of the abortion-related measures circulating will make the ballot.One measure Initiative Petition 22, defined life as beginning at fertilization and said "no person shall be denied the right to ...   More
 
Thursday, July 5, 2012 NIGEL JAQUISS

Metro's Burkholder Signs On To Soda Tax Campaign, Proposes Another Use Of Funds

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Supporters of a proposed ballot measure that would place a one-cent-per-ounce tax on sugar-added drinks sold in Multnomah County have added another use for the expected $35 million in revenue: Outdoor School.The proposed measure, spearheaded by Portland physician Gregg Coodley, would funnel tax proceeds through Multnomah County to pay for after-school and P.E. programs administered by school districts, ...   More
 
Tuesday, January 17, 2012 HANNAH HOFFMAN

Clarification On County Soda Tax

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A clarification: The promotional text appearing on WW boxes around town this week, for a story about a proposed ballot measure that would tax sugar-added drinks in Multnomah County, is misleading.The story itself makes clear that county officials are not endorsing the proposed measure or the signature-gathering campaign to get it on the November ballot—even though the proceeds from the tax, if ultimately ...   More
 
Thursday, January 12, 2012 COREY PEIN

Independent Car Repair Shops Look to Salem for Help

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 Independent auto repair shops are angry at manufacturers and are taking their ire to Salem. Their issue is the increased computerization of automobile controls. Not so long ago, any competent mechanic could raise a car hood, diagnose a problem, and make the necessary adjustments. But today's cars contain a dizzying array of computerized functions—some vehicles may include 20 computers—and ...   More
 
Thursday, January 27, 2011 NIGEL JAQUISS

Oregon Malpractice Insurance Rates Decline Again


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Back in 2004, the medical and insurance industries pushed Ballot Measure 35 in Oregon. The measure would have imposed a $500,000 cap on non-economic damages for medical malpractice. The campaign pitted fat-cat against fat-cat as trial lawyers — always a deep-pocketed political force — faced off against the combined economic might of even larger forces. Proponents of the cap predicted ...   More
 
Tuesday, April 28, 2009 NIGEL JAQUISS

Medical Marijuana Group Finally Meets With Oregonian Editor


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Never say we bogarted the medical marijuana stories today. In response to this protest, which was in response to this editorial dismissing the merits of medical marijuana in The Oregonian, Oregon Green Free finally met this morning with Bob Caldwell, the daily's editorial page editor. Jim Klahr, CEO for Oregon Free, says the meeting was “pretty positive” and that the medical marijuana ...   More
 
Tuesday, August 10, 2010 Sarah Jacoby

What One Original Medical Marijuana Supporter Thinks of Measure 74


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Stormy Ray, one of the original petitioners back in 1998 for the Oregon Medical Marijuana Act, is opposing the medical marijuana initiative that's on the Oregon ballot this November. That initiative, Measure 74, would create a system of medical marijuana dispensaries in Oregon for the 36,000-plus people who, like Ray, have medical marijuana cards. Ray's views are already inflaming supporters ...   More
 
Tuesday, August 10, 2010 Sarah Jacoby

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