County Commissioner Diane McKeel Wants $200,000 to Publicize a Drug Her Son Promotes: Updated

Commissioner didn't disclose family tie to product.

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Multnomah County Commissioner Diane McKeel wants to spend $200,000 of taxpayer money next year to publicize the availability of a new drug called Truvada, which can help prevent HIV. The Oregonian reported McKeel's budget request on Monday but did not report that McKeel's son, Ryan McKeel, works as the communications director for HIV medications for Gilead Sciences, which manufactures Truvada. McKeel ...   More
 
Wednesday, May 20, 2015 NIGEL JAQUISS

Fired Up

Commissioner Diane McKeel’s husband pulled strings with county officials.


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The husband of Multnomah County Commissioner Diane McKeel used his relationship with McKeel to get his way in a land-use dispute last year over a local fire station. Records show Dr. Mike Mc   More
 
Wednesday, January 28, 2015 NIGEL JAQUISS

McKeel-Hauled

A former county land-use inspector says Commissioner Diane McKeel retaliated against him on behalf of her allies.


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A former Multnomah County employee says Commissioner Diane McKeel had him fired last fall after he tried to stop her political friends from breaking land-use rules in violation of federal law.    More
 
Wednesday, January 21, 2015 NIGEL JAQUISS

Two More Elected Officials Withdraw Jefferson Smith Endorsements

Komp, McKeel say they can no longer support him

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 Two more political supporters withdrew their endorsements of Rep. Jefferson Smith (D-East Portland) this afternoon, saying they could no longer back his mayoral candidacy after learning of his 1993 misdemeanor assault charge for punching an 18-year-old female student. The two elected officials follow Rep. Carolyn Tomei (D-Milwaukie) and the Portland police and fire unions, which dropped Smith ...   More
 
Friday, October 12, 2012 Nigel Jaquiss and Aaron Mesh

What's a Multnomah County Commission Seat Worth? Updated

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Now that campaign season is upon us, candidates are getting their books cleaned up for next year's elections. Two of the more eye-popping transactions filed recently come from Multnomah County Commissioner Diane McKeel. On Sept. 15, McKeel wrote off $240,000 in personal loans and un-reimbursed personal expenditures made for the benefit of her 2008 campaign. (In that race, she narrowly defeated ...   More
 
Monday, September 19, 2011 NIGEL JAQUISS

Extra Credit

While the county struggled, commissioners spent money on professional fees, travel and their favorite charities.


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In his first “State of the County” speech, Multnomah County Chairman Jeff Cogen recently described his government’s financial woes.    More
 
Wednesday, February 16, 2011 JAMES PITKIN

Collymore Concedes Multnomah County Race; Smith Thanks Supporters


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At 8:05 pm, Multnomah County Chair Jeff Cogen took the microphone in a crowded bar to announce his aide, Karol Collymore, had lost the race to represent North and Northeast Portland on the county commission. His conclusion came right after the first results showed Collymore losing to Loretta Smith 36 percent to 63 percent. "It was an amazing campaign; she did a phenomenal job," Cogen said ...   More
 
Tuesday, November 2, 2010 JAMES PITKIN

Donate! Multnomah County Food and Clothing Drive


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Here's an easy way to help folks get through the winter cold. Multnomah County Chairman Jeff Cogen and Commissioners Loretta Smith, Diane McKeel and Judy Shiprack announced a winter food and warm clothing drive today, benefiting the Oregon Food Bank and Children's Community Clinic. To donate through Feb. 4, bring non-perishable food and warm clothing to the 10 drop-off locations around Portland, ...   More
 
Monday, January 3, 2011 STACY BROWNHILL

Collymore Concedes Multnomah County Race; Smith Thanks Supporters


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At 8:05 pm, Multnomah County Chair Jeff Cogen took the microphone in a crowded bar to announce his aide, Karol Collymore, had lost the race to represent North and Northeast Portland on the county commission. His conclusion came right after the first results showed Collymore losing to Loretta Smith 36 percent to 63 percent. “It was an amazing campaign; she did a phenomenal job,” ...   More
 
Tuesday, November 2, 2010 JAMES PITKIN

MultCo Commissioners Approve Plans for East County Courthouse


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After years of delays and missteps, Multnomah County commissioners this morning unanimously approved the design for a new East County Courthouse in Rockwood. "I know this is a building. But it represents more than the stones, bricks and glass we see on paper," said Commissioner Diane McKeel, who represents East County on the five-member board. "It represents commitment to an area left behind ...   More
 
Thursday, April 22, 2010 JAMES PITKIN

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