Background Check Bill Goes to Rules Committee. Again.

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Senators who feared a vote on gun control this legislative session can relax: A controversial measure expanding background checks has landed in the Rule Committee, where a nearly identify bill died last year. Unless its biggest supporter can find the votes, the bill will go the way of its predecessor. Floyd Prozanski (D-Eugene) largely blames a fellow Democrat for its likely demise.  "You ...   More
 
Friday, February 14, 2014 by Kate Willson

Port of Portland Rallying Support For CRC Hearing

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Port of Portland lobbyist Annette Price convened a meeting of leading business lobbyists yesterday to plan strategy ahead of a Jan. 14 legislative hearing on the proposed Oregon-only Columbia River Crossing project. The Legislature's approval for the project has expired, and Gov. John Kitzhaber is hoping lawmakers will revive the CRC in the upcoming February legislative session.Price's email lays out ...   More
 
Thursday, January 9, 2014 NIGEL JAQUISS

Howard Dean Calls For a Challenge To Sen. Betsy Johnson

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Former Democratic National Committee Chairman Howard Dean does not often get involved in Oregon legislative races.But today the 2004 presidential candidate and former Vermont governor today took a shot at State Sen. Betsy Johnson (D-Scappoose) on TwitterHere's Dean's tweet from earlier today: At issue is Johnson's vote over the weekend on House Bill 3521, which could have increased Oregon voter ...   More
 
Tuesday, July 9, 2013 NIGEL JAQUISS

One Top Legislative Democrat Isn't Happy With John Kitzhaber


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The Daily Astorian's Deeda Schroeder, a former WW intern and occasional freelancer for us, has an interesting piece in which state Sen. Betsy Johnson (D-Scappoose) was very critical of Gov.-elect John Kitzhaber one week before his Jan. 10 inauguration. The piece quotes Johnson telling the Astoria Rotary Club this week that the organization by her fellow Democrat "is coming together very, very ...   More
 
Tuesday, January 4, 2011 HANK STERN

With Friends Like These…

A property brawl pits Betsy Johnson


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A site controlled by one of Portland’s largest property owners is the source of a fight between a powerful state senator and one of her longtime political allies. Over the past two decades, Sen. Betsy Johnson (D-Scappoose) has deployed considerable financial and political     More
 
Friday, December 17, 2010 NIGEL JAQUISS

The Rainy States, "In The Darkness Darling," The Push and the Plan (Self-Released)


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Local four-piece the Rainy States has come a long way since its first release, In the Basement Air, three years ago. Singer Betsy Johnson's smooth, sexy, sultry vocals are still the act's biggest drawcard, but the band as a whole has refined and polished its bluesy, R&B-inspired indie sound with clean, cruisey guitars, crisp beats and some beautiful harmonies from the band's quiet-achiever, ...   More
 
Thursday, July 29, 2010 RUTH BROWN

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