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

Sen. President Courtney: No CRC Special Session

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Senate President Peter Courtney (D-Salem) issued a statement today expressing his desire for hearings on the Oregon-only version of the Columbia River Crossing project championed by Gov. John Kitzhaber and House Speaker Tina Kotek (D-Portland). Courtney has been far less enthusiastic than the other two about the project since Washington lawmakers refused to match Oregon's $450 million contribution ...   More
 
Wednesday, October 16, 2013 NIGEL JAQUISS

Legislative Leaders Explain CRC Vote

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Last night marked a giant leap forward for proponents of the $3.5 billion Columbia River Crossing project, which will include a new Interstate 5 bridge between Portland and Vancouver, an extension of light rail to Vancouver, a fix for five major freeway interchanges. Lawmakers on a special CRC committee voted 14-2 to move House Bill 2800 to the floor of both chambers for votes. The bill commits $450 ...   More
 
Tuesday, February 19, 2013 NIGEL JAQUISS

What Happens If Both Legislative Chambers Are Equally Divided?


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Although last night's results are not final, it appears that Democratic super-majorities in both houses (36 to 24 in the House and 18 to 12 in the Senate) will morph into deadlocks in both chambers. The Oregon House has never before been deadlocked. The Oregon Senate has been tied 15-15 just two times since Oregon became a state (1957, 2003). In the 2003 legislative session, Republicans and ...   More
 
Wednesday, November 3, 2010 NIGEL JAQUISS

Legislature Heats Up ... With Bob Tiernan's Help


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Judy Hall has worked in the Oregon Senate Secretary's office for 28 years but she says until Jan. 30, she'd never seen a conflict-of-interest complaint filed against a senator. "I like to think the Senate is a pretty civil place to work," says Hall, who became the Senate's secretary, or top administrator, in 1994. "This is the first complaint I remember seeing." But last Friday, Bob Tiernan, ...   More
 
Tuesday, February 3, 2009 NIGEL JAQUISS

Oregon Legislative Leaders at City Club Discuss Tax Increases and Saving Private Ryan


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With an election battle likely over tax increases passed by the Oregon Legislature on corporations and the wealthiest state residents, four of the Legislature's most powerful lawmakers came to City Club of Portland today to discuss the session that wrapped up last month. Unsurprisingly, the Democrats defended the tax increases and Republicans attacked them in a precursor of the debate to come, ...   More
 
Friday, July 31, 2009 Aaron Mendelson

Suspense on Election Night Ends Quickly and Happily For the Yes on 66/67 Campaign


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Election night at the Wonder Ballroom on North Russell Street. At 8 p.m. when the polls close on Measures 66 and 67, the room is filling but by no means full. The normally ebullient Steve Novick, the public face of the Yes campaign, seems subdued. "For 78 years the people of this state have waited for progressive tax reform," Novick told the crowd from the stage. "And still we wait." But ...   More
 
Tuesday, January 26, 2010 NIGEL JAQUISS

Oregon Legislators Move Toward Annual Sessions, But A Poll Shows Public Indifference To The Idea


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Oregon is one of only five states in which lawmakers don't meet for scheduled annual sessions. But moving to those annual sessions has been a particular interest among the longest-serving lawmakers such as Senate President Peter Courtney (photo above), who argue that biennial sessions are an archaic practice insufficient for the complexity of managing the state's general fund budget — ...   More
 
Monday, February 15, 2010 NIGEL JAQUISS

Oregon Lawmakers Finish Session At 2 PM, Start Fundraising Before Dinner


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Oregon legislative leaders gaveled February's special session to a close at 2 pm today. Exactly 22 minutes and 33 seconds later, they started asking lobbyists for money (which legislative rules prohibit them from doing while the Legislature is in session). - ---- Forwarded Message ---- From: Senate Democratic Leadership Fund To: Evyn Mitchell Sent: Thu, February 25, 2010 2:22:33 PM Subject: ...   More
 
Thursday, February 25, 2010 NIGEL JAQUISS

Breaking: State Treasurer Ben Westlund Succumbs to Cancer: Updated


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State Treasurer Ben Westlund died last night after a long battle with lung cancer. (Updated at 3:46 pm: statement from Westlund's spokesman follows at the end of this post.) Westlund, 60, first publicly disclosed in 2003 that he suffered from cancer. At the time, he was a Republican state senator from Tumalo, near Bend. After treatment, Westlund continued in the Senate and became the Legislature's ...   More
 
Sunday, March 7, 2010 NIGEL JAQUISS

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