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.


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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

Kitzhaber: Oregon is Not Wisconsin

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Gov. John Kitzhaber brought a message of change to an enthusiastic standing-room-only crowd at Portland's City Club today. "Putting people back to work – as important at that is – will not, by itself, reduce our prison population or the escalating cost of health care; it will not ensure that all our children are ready to learn when the reach kindergarten; or increase the number of Oregonians ...   More
 
Friday, March 4, 2011 NIGEL JAQUISS

Nature Conservancy Benefits from Lottery Dollars

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In the ongoing flap over whether the Oregon Legislature will refer certain "fixes" to Measure 76, it's worth noting that the group most concerned about referring those questions to voters—the Nature Conservancy—has a strong interest in preserving the status quo.As WW previously reported, there was strong disagreement last summer about Measure 76 before voters approved that state constitutional ...   More
 
Wednesday, March 2, 2011 NIGEL JAQUISS

Blumenauer's Big Battle

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 In Oregon congressional news this week not dealing with Democratic Rep. David Wu, Rep. Earl Blumenauer (D-Ore.) was in the middle of a squabble on the House floor with Rep. Dan Lungren (R-Calif.).This video below from the verbal battle Thursday deals with Republicans' claim about a "government takeover of health care."Lungren took issue with Blumenauer lumping him in with what's been judged by ...   More
 
Friday, March 4, 2011 HANK STERN

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