Attorney General Says Treasurer Ted Wheeler Is Ineligible to Run For Re-Election In 2016


State Treasurer Ted Wheeler's tenure will end in 2016, two years short of the eight years the Oregon constitution allows, according to an opinion issued today by the Oregon Department of Justice. That opinion is a surprise—the Oregon constitution permits state wide elected officials such as the governor, secretary of state and treasurer to serve eight consecutive years. But it now appears Wheeler, ...   More
Monday, August 11, 2014 NIGEL JAQUISS

Utah, Indiana Same-Sex Marriage Bans Ruled Unconsitutional


A federal appeals court today ruled that Utah's ban on same-sex marriage violate couples' constitutional rights, the Los Angeles Times reports. It's the first time a U.S. Court of Appeals has weighed in on the issue. Last month U.S. District Judge Michael McShane ruled Oregon's ban violates citizens’ constitutional rights. Today's ruling is the first time a higher court has upheld a lower ...   More
Wednesday, June 25, 2014 KATE WILLSON

Michigan Judge Strikes Down Same-Sex Marriage Ban


A federal judge today ruled Michigan's ban on same-sex marriage is unconstitutional. That makes it the ninth state in three months where courts have ruled in favor of same-sex couples seeking to marry, according to Freedom to Marry, a national advocacy organization that tracks the lawsuits pending in 28 states.Oregon could soon join 17 states that allow same-sex marriage, when a belated legal ...   More
Friday, March 21, 2014 by Kate Willson

U.S. AG says State Counterparts Don't Have to Defend Gay-Marriage Bans


 Less than a week after Oregon Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum announced that the Oregon Department of Justice would not defend Oregon's constitutional ban on same-sex marriage, U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder assured his state-level counterparts that that was just fine.“If I were attorney general in Kansas in 1953, I would not have defended a Kansas statute that put in place separate-but-equal ...   More
Monday, February 24, 2014 by Kate Willson

Department of Justice Won't Charge Jeff Cogen with Any Crimes

Report discusses pot and cocaine allegations, and identifies tipster who revealed Cogen's affair with Sonia Manhas


The Oregon Department of Justice today declined to charge former Multnomah County Chair Jeff Cogen with any official misconduct or drug crimes stemming from his two-year affair with county employee Sonia Manhas. The attorney general's office released a 106-page report this afternoon in the wake of leaks, first reported by WW, that the investigation had expanded to include drugs.The report finds insufficient ...   More
Friday, November 8, 2013 Nigel Jaquiss and Aaron Mesh

Jeff Manning Leaves AG's Office, Returns to The Oregonian


Oregon Department of Justice spokesman Jeff Manning made one final announcement for DOJ yesterday—he's quitting the agency to head back to The Oregonian. In August 2012, Manning, long one of the state's top investigative reporters, left the daily after 18 years, most of it spent covering business and the law. He went to work for newly elected Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum, whose campaign he covered ...   More
Thursday, October 17, 2013 NIGEL JAQUISS

Department of Justice Blocks All Cogen Records Requests

Rosenblum's actions halt further public disclosures


The state of Oregon has closed off access to public records about Multnomah County Chairman Jeff Cogen and evidence of his improper use of his office regarding his nearly two-year affair with a county employee.The Oregon Department of Justice on Wednesday asked Multnomah County to stop responding to public-records requests regarding Cogen and county employee Sonia Manhas, claiming to ...   More
Thursday, August 1, 2013 AARON MESH

Sonia Manhas Resigns from Multnomah County

"The personal relationship with Jeff was never about a job or salary."


Sonia Manhas, the Multnomah County health department employee who had an extended affair with County Chairman Jeff Cogen, has resigned, saying she was forced out by county officials. In a letter to media, Manhas says she was forced to sign a letter of severance before being allowed to meet with her boss, health department director Lillian Shirley. Shirley reports to Cogen.Manhas signed the letter ...   More
Wednesday, July 24, 2013 by Aaron Mesh

Debt Company Illegally Charged $2.49 Million to Oregon Residents, Suit Says


A “debt resolution” company that’s taken $2.49 million in fees from 540 Oregon residents is being sued by the state for what it says are acts of financial abuse of vulnerable people.The company, Legal Helpers Debt Resolution, provides what many daytime television ads promise: It gives a “financial workout” to consumers—negotiating debt with creditors on a client’s behalf, and then sets ...   More
Wednesday, November 28, 2012 by Andrea Damewood

Murmurs: Media Throwdown in Washington County

When realtors fib and foodies slice the truth.

It’s election season, so you can expect campaigns to be making stuff up. But the Measure 79 campaign is the worst in a long time. The measure would amend the state constitution to ban real-estate    More
Wednesday, September 26, 2012 WW Editorial Staff


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