Pink Martini Bandleader Thomas Lauderdale Trashes Arts Tax, Mulls Running for Mayor


Every so often, Pink Martini bandleader Thomas Lauderdale talks about running for Portland mayor. It's less common for him to describe the Portland Arts Tax as "a fucking disaster."Lauderdale does both in a new interview in the magazine Artslandia, where he bashes the city's $35-a-person tax to fund arts teachers in schools and—with a little prompting from interviewer Stephen Marc Beaudoin—says ...   More
Monday, January 12, 2015 AARON MESH

May 6, 2004: Goldschmidt exposed…

40th Anniversary
In January 1990, then-Gov. Neil Goldschmidt stunned Oregon with the announcement he would not seek a second term. Goldschmidt, a Democrat, was the golden boy of Oregon politics. He’d won electio   More
Wednesday, November 5, 2014 NIGEL JAQUISS

Neil Goldschmidt Alleges Securities Fraud in Lawsuit

Former governor invested in military pensions


Former Gov. Neil Goldschmidt and his wife, Diana Snowden, filed a lawsuit (PDF) this week against an Arkansas investment company alleging they'd been duped into investing $601,599 in products the lawsuit describes as "payments arising out of U.S. military disability and retirement contracts." The lawsuit, filed in Multnomah County Court on Dec. 10 by Goldschmidt's attorney, Ted Runstein, says Goldschmidt ...   More
Tuesday, December 11, 2012 NIGEL JAQUISS

Murmurs: Goldschmidt Claims he Was Bilked

News that never forgets.

Ex-Gov. Neil Goldschmidt says he’s been ripped off to the tune of $601,599—the amount he and his wife, Diana, claim in a lawsuit they invested with Arkansas-based Voyager Financial Group. Th   More
Wednesday, December 12, 2012 WW Editorial Staff

City Hall: Mayor Vows to "Review" Display of Neil Goldschmidt Photo


After listening to a rousing one-hour presentation at City Hall devoted to the arts in Portland, Mayor Sam Adams this morning turned his attention to one troubling piece of public art in the city: the photo of former Gov. Neil Goldschmidt that still hangs in the entryway to the mayor's office. While Portland's mayor from 1973 to 1979, Goldschmidt sexually abused a minor named Elizabeth Dunham. Dunham ...   More
Wednesday, March 9, 2011 BETH SLOVIC

One-Time Potential Wu Challenger Muses on Hosni Mubarak


As U.S. Rep. David Wu (D-Ore.) fights for his political life, a favorite topic of conversation in political circles is trying to identify whom the Democratic Party might support to challenge him in a primary next year. Some of the most often mentioned names are Oregon Bureau of Labor and Industries Commissioner Brad Avakian; state  Sen. Suzanne Bomamici (D-Beaverton) and former state Rep. Greg ...   More
Wednesday, March 9, 2011 NIGEL JAQUISS

Neil Goldschmidt's Portrait Will Be Removed From Capitol


 Oregon legislative leaders have decided to remove the portrait of former. Gov. Neil Goldschmidt from the Capitol. The decision comes in response to a request last month from two ex-lawmakers, former state Sen. Vicki Walker (D-Eugene) and ex-Rep. Tim Knopp (R-Bend). The ex-lawmakers made their request after the January death of Elizabeth Dunham, the woman whom Goldschmidt sexually abused starting ...   More
Monday, March 7, 2011 NIGEL JAQUISS

Ex-Goldschmidt Speech-Writer Unloads

 There may be no person in Oregon who has followed Neil Goldschmidt's career more closely than than the former governor's speechwriter, Fred Leonhardt. If Goldschmidt or a member of his vast network ever said or did anything, there's a good chance Leonhardt can provide a citation or a couple of sources who can confirm what happened. In the wake of Elizabeth Dunham's January death, Leonhardt provided ...   More
Monday, February 14, 2011 NIGEL JAQUISS

Elizabeth Lynn Dunham: May 12, 1961-Jan. 16, 2011 (UPDATED)

Elizabeth Dunham

WW has been working on a story since the Jan. 16 death of Elizabeth Dunham, whom former Gov. Neil Goldschmidt sexually abused starting when she was a young teenager. The full article will run in our upcoming Feb. 2 edition, but here is the beginning of that story. The article chronicles Dunham's undeniably tragic tale and details how she spent the rest of her life struggling to deal with something ...   More
Monday, January 31, 2011 NIGEL JAQUISS


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