Oregon Energy Department Investigation Result Delayed Again

John Kroger

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A Marion County judge ruled last week on an arcane but important point in the ongoing battle over the results of an Oregon Department of Justice investigation into contracting practices at the state Department of Energy.The Justice Department announced Dec. 29 that it would not charge any of the four agency employees involved in a contract with the engineering firm R.W. Beck with official misconduct. ...   More
 
Monday, March 14, 2011 NIGEL JAQUISS

ACLU National President: Portland's JTTF Stance "A Very Good Type of Weirdness"

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While we're waiting for City Hall's next, next move in the debate on whether to rejoin the FBI's Joint Terrorism Task Force, a civil-rights heavyweight weighed in on the issue Friday in Portland. Susan Herman, the national president of the American Civil Liberties Union, told the City Club of Portland the question presents some "very challenging issues of accountability and secrecy."Herman did not ...   More
 
Saturday, March 12, 2011 JAMES PITKIN

Portland Students Rally Against Wisconsin Union Bill

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More than 100 people gathered in Pioneer Courthouse Square this afternoon to show solidarity with thousands of Wisconsin students who participated in a walk-out today to protest Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker's "budget repair" bill.The bill, which the Republican governor signed into law today, limits collective bargaining rights for most unionized public employee workers in Wisconsin. In Portland, students ...   More
 
Friday, March 11, 2011 AILIN DARLING

From The Archives: If A Big Quake Struck off The Oregon Coast

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 As we wait for any possible tsunami fallout on the Oregon Coast from the distant and devastating earthquake that has rocked Japan, we're reminded of a cover story WW's Aaron Mesh did last year called "Quake Up Call."That January 2010 piece was about the prospect of the ocean floor splitting 75 miles off the Oregon Coast and sending shock waves that would rumble in to Portland. The last such destructive ...   More
 
Friday, March 11, 2011 by

Dialing For Dollars

Growth of prepaid cell phones shorts Oregon’s 911 system. Is a sales tax the answer?


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Prepaid mobile phones could threaten your safety. No, not because prepaid phones are often the communications tool   More
 
Wednesday, March 9, 2011 NIGEL JAQUISS

Rogue Of The Week: Rep. Tim Freeman

No yee-haws for this yahoo.


Rogue of the Week
On his website, state Rep. Tim Freeman (R-Roseburg) says “reducing state spending and improving government efficiency and accountability” are top priorities. Noble goals as the 2011 Legislature h   More
 
Wednesday, March 9, 2011 WW Editorial Staff

Up in Smoke: Medical Marijuana Crusader Paul Stanford Arrested for Tax Fraud

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Longtime Portland marijuana activist Paul Stanford has been arrested for tax fraud, according to a news release from the Oregon Department of Justice.Stanford, who heads a nationwide chain of medical-marijuana clinics, has a reputation as a controversial figure in pot activist circles, and his financial woes were first detailed in a 2007 profile of Stanford we titled "King Bong." The IRS last year ...   More
 
Tuesday, March 8, 2011 JAMES PITKIN

Single-Payer Health Care Day in Salem

A Dream for All?

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This Friday, March 11, a group trying to establish universal health care in Oregon is holding a legislative action day to spread the word about a bill that would do just that—the Affordable Health Care for All Act. Despite a tough legislative climate for the proposal, the Oregon Single Payer Coalition and other supporters of the idea are pitching the measure as like Medicare for everyone, providing ...   More
 
Tuesday, March 8, 2011 TIFFANY STUBBERT

Beer Lobbyist Supports Contribution Limits

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Here's a little bit of a man-bites-dog story. Last week, the Oregon House considered a couple of bills (House Bills 2894 and 2239) that would limit political campaign contributions. Oregon is currently one of only five states that allow unlimited contributions. One of those who offered forceful testimony in favor of limits was Paul Romain, a lobbyist for the Oregon Beer & Wine Distributors Association, ...   More
 
Monday, March 7, 2011 NIGEL JAQUISS

Nature Conservancy Clarifies Position on Measure 76 Fix

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The Nature Conservancy finds itself in an unusual position in Salem. Last year, the group funded the campaign that resulted in the landslide victory of Measure 76, which enshrined in the Oregon Constitution the current practice of setting aside 15 percent of Oregon Lottery proceeds for the reclamation and acquisition of wildlife habitat and parks. But rather than enjoying that victory, The Nature Conservancy ...   More
 
Saturday, March 5, 2011 NIGEL JAQUISS

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