State Court Throws Out Jack Bogdanski's Art Tax Lawsuit, Again

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The Oregon Tax Court has for a second time dismissed a lawsuit by Lewis & Clark Law School professor Jack Bogdanski against the Portland Arts Tax, upholding an earlier ruling that the court lacks jurisdiction. Tax Court Judge Henry C. Breithaupt yesterday dismissed Bogdanski's appeal, confirming the court's ruling last June that the local tax is not a state matter. Bogdanski has sued the city, ...   More
 
Wednesday, January 29, 2014 AARON MESH

Boo! Both Arts Tax Lawsuits Are Undead

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Here's a Halloween chill for City Hall, local schools and arts nonprofits: Both legal challenges to the Portland Arts Tax are still alive in the courts.WW reported last week that Oregon Tax Court is weighing Jack Bogdanski's appeal of his lawsuit against the tax. But that's not the only suit currently being appealed: Northwest Portland resident George Wittemyer has also appealed his dismissed lawsuit ...   More
 
Thursday, October 24, 2013 AARON MESH

Oral Arguments on Jack Bogdanski's Art Tax Suit Start Next Week

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Happy arts tax day! For those of you keeping score at home, the $35-a-person Portland arts tax is due today—the deadline moved back a month after the city had trouble getting money from people without computers, couldn't get debit-card payments to work, changed the exemptions twice, offered refunds, and was sued in two courts.The civil trial in the first of those lawsuits, filed by Lewis & Clark ...   More
 
Wednesday, May 15, 2013 AARON MESH

Is This the End of Bojack?

Blogger Jack Bogdanski says he's quitting, for now.

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Cyclists, city planners and composters, rejoice: Jack Bogdanski is hanging up his blogging spurs.The Lewis & Clark Law School professor and blogger, whose antipathy to local government reached new heights this week when he sued the City of Portland over the arts tax, announced this afternoon he's quitting his "Bojack" blog to write a book on tax law."We've been offered a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity ...   More
 
Friday, March 22, 2013 by Aaron Mesh

Here's an Analysis of Bojack's Challenge to the Arts Tax

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As WW reported earlier this week, Lewis & Clark tax law Prof. Jack Bogdanski has filed a legal challenge in Oregon Tax Court to the $35 per person arts tax voters approved last November. Bogdanski, better known as the blogger Bojack, has declined to comment on the case but another local blogger, who uses name Issac Laquedem, has provided an analysis of Bogdanski's case. Citing a 2000, Oregon Court ...   More
 
Thursday, March 21, 2013 NIGEL JAQUISS

Murmurs: Bogdanski Files Suit Against Art Tax and a Farewell to Kathie Durbin

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It’s not like Jack Bogdanski to be coy. The Lewis & Clark Law School professor, best known by the nom de blog Bojack, is ever willing to skewer local officials and the media. But this week   More
 
Wednesday, March 20, 2013 WW Editorial Staff

Jack Bogdanski Sues City of Portland Over Arts Tax

Blogger known as Bojack calls $35 tax unconstitutional

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Lewis & Clark Law School professor and blogger Jack Bogdanski has filed a lawsuit against the City of Portland in Oregon Tax Court, alleging the city's $35 arts tax violates the state constitution. Bogdanski's lawsuit, obtained today by WW, was filed on March 7.It's the only lawsuit pending against the arts tax, according to a tax court clerk in Salem. Bogdanski's suit asks the tax court to find ...   More
 
Monday, March 18, 2013 AARON MESH

Water Bureau Chief Explains Rate Discrepancy

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Portland blogger Jack Bogdanski unearthed a tantalizing piece of information last week—an obscure firm named Carollo Engineers is the Portland Water Bureau's second largest customer by volume but pays a only a small fraction per gallon of the rate other large users pay.  Here's the meat of Bogdanski's inquiry: Carollo is getting a darn good price. It's no. 2 in usage, but it's no. 17 in what ...   More
 
Thursday, September 15, 2011 by Nigel Jaquiss

City Hall: Are the Mayor's Tweets a Public Record?


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Blogger Jack Bogdanski wrote Monday that it appeared Mayor Sam Adams had blocked him from following the mayor's tweets on Twitter. A spokesman for the mayor later told The Portland Mercury the dis was unintentional and the result, apparently, of a technical glitch. All of which raises an interesting question: Are the mayor's musings on Twitter a matter of public record? Linda Meng, Portland's ...   More
 
Wednesday, January 5, 2011 BETH SLOVIC

An Easy Way to Donate Today to Some Great Causes


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 Sometimes Jack Bog’s Blog blasts us. Sometimes it praises us. Either way,Jack Bogdanski’s takes are daily reading for us—and we suspect for many Portlanders.We note all this because today is Bogdanski’s annual Buck-a-Hit Day in which each unique visitor to his site equals a $1 donation for some very worthy charities in this holiday season. And Bogdanski ...   More
 
Thursday, December 16, 2010 HANK STERN

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