HAA, HAA: Ron Wyden's Health Care Plan Gets Some Love


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U.S. Sen. Ron Wyden's plan to revamp America's ailing health care system (the Healthy Americans Act a.k.a. HAA) is the subject of an adoring piece today in The New Republic. Writer William Galston notes that the plan advanced by Oregon's senior Democratic senator and Sen. Bob Bennett (R-Utah) has support from Republicans and Democrats. Beyond HAA's bipartisan support, Galston also finds much ...   More
 
Wednesday, April 15, 2009 HANK STERN

Dr. Death Down Under


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Monday, April 20, 2009 HANK STERN

Look Who's Talking About Taxing Health Benefits Now


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As WW reported this week, U.S. Sen. Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) is taking some unaccustomed heat from the left — as in from unions that are typically allied with Wyden — for his health care proposal. And that makes this column today in The American Prospect by former U.S. Labor Secretary Robert Reich a very interesting addition to the debate. Reich's liberal bona fides from his time in ...   More
 
Thursday, May 28, 2009 HANK STERN

Former Mayoral Spokesman Wade Nkrumah Files Notice of Tort Claim Against Mayor Sam Adams and City


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Wade Nkrumah, who resigned as Mayor Sam Adams' spokesman in January, has filed a notice of tort claim (PDF) against the mayor and the City of Portland alleging Adams "damaged his business reputation" when he told KATU that Nkrumah resigned because the job was "not what he signed up for in terms of stress." Nkrumah, a former long-time reporter for The Oregonian, is seeking more than $162,000 ...   More
 
Wednesday, May 20, 2009 HANK STERN

ESTATE OF DENIAL: Caregiver Loses in Court Battle for Inheritance


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A live-in caregiver whose elderly patient gave her around $1 million in assets lost a court battle with the patient's children today to keep the deceased man's estate. Multnomah County Circuit Court Judge Katherine Tennyson this morning ruled that caregiver Patricia McIntosh used "undue influence" to convince Warren Cummins, 91, to leave her everything. "I don't see this as a gift freely ...   More
 
Wednesday, May 20, 2009 JAMES PITKIN

Earl Blumenauer Vs. George Will On The House Floor


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[youtube 0_0RKWfO37s] As reported here yesterday, George Will mocked Portland in a column this week for Newsweek as a place that "liberals hope is a harbinger of America's future. Portland's ambassador for all things sustainable, U.S. Rep. Earl Blumenauer, then responded via Twitter, as noted on Blue Oregon, to the affront by inviting Will to come to Portland for a throwdown debate. And now the ...   More
 
Wednesday, May 20, 2009 HANK STERN

Love and Death: PDX Zombie Prom 2009


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Apparently, there was no more room in hell. Saturday, Hades barfed hundreds upon hundreds of lost souls into the Bossanova Ballroom for the second-annual PDX Zombie Prom. The theme, "Enchantment Under the Dead Sea," meant a considerable helping of drowned souls walking the scene, bloated and with starfish sticking out of their faces. Hell, Spongebob Squarepants even made an appearance ...   More
 
Tuesday, May 19, 2009

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