Pulling The Plug

State regulators seek to drain a flood of new drugs posing as household chemicals.


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The Oregon Board of Pharmacy will meet next month to consider a statewide ban of several related substances known collectively as “bath salts.” Bath salts are a relatively new designer drug th   More
 
Wednesday, February 23, 2011 TIFFANY STUBBERT

Congressman David Wu Acknowledges Use of Prescription Painkillers

David Wu

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U.S. Rep. David Wu (D-Ore.) acknowledged today in a statement to WW that he used prescription painkillers  last fall in the run-up to his election campaign, a period that is now the subject of intense national scrutiny.As first reported by WW on the afternoon of Feb. 18, the Democratic congressman behaved bizarrely in a string of unusual pre-election incidents that included the Oregon lawmaker ...   More
 
Tuesday, February 22, 2011 BETH SLOVIC

Kitzhaber Hires Metro's Michael Jordan to Be Oregon's Chief Operating Officer

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 One day after announcing he was bringing Clackamas County Chairwoman Lynn Peterson into his cabinet, Gov. John Kitzhaber revealed today he is reaching into Metro to hire that agency's chief operating officer.The Democratic governor is hiring long-time Metro chief operating officer Michael Jordan to become Oregon's first chief operating officer. Jordan, who's been Metro's COO since 2003, will ...   More
 
Tuesday, February 22, 2011 HANK STERN

David Wu Tells Good Morning America "I'm in a Good Place Now"

David Wu

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 U.S. Rep. David Wu went on ABC's Good Morning America for an interview this morning to take specific questions for the first time about his erratic behavior in the final days of the 2010 campaign.After explaining last fall "was a very difficult time" for him, the Oregon Democrat said he sought both counseling and medication then and continues to do so."I did some things, said some things I sincerely ...   More
 
Tuesday, February 22, 2011 HANK STERN

Clackamas County Chairwoman Lynn Peterson Joining Kitzhaber Staff

Lynn Peterson

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Clackamas County Chairwoman Lynn Peterson, who had considered running in last year's Democratic primary for governor, is joining the cabinet of Gov. John Kitzhaber.Kitzhaber's office announced this afternoon that Peterson will resign on March 11 as chairwoman of the Clackamas County Board of Commissioners to become the Democratic governor's adviser for sustainable communities and transportation policy.Peterson's ...   More
 
Monday, February 21, 2011 HANK STERN

Meta Alert: What Other Media Outlets Say About The David Wu Piece

David Wu

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In case you're wondering (I was) what our friends in the media are saying about the David Wu piece that WW broke on Friday afternoon, here's a handy summary of commentary on the Oregon Democrat.Wonkette suspects Wu may be a "furry."The Gawker piece written by WW alum Adrian Chen includes a multiple-choice quiz about what's going on in the photo and opines that Wu looks "cute."And Seattle Weekly jokes ...   More
 
Monday, February 21, 2011 HANK STERN

Documents Show Congressman David Wu's Staff “Threatened to Shut Down His Campaign”

David Wu

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U.S. Rep. David Wu’s behavior grew so erratic in the final weeks before his re-election last November that the Oregon Democrat’s closest political advisers staged two of what some of them termed “interventions” to urge him to seek psychiatric help, WW has learned.Wu played down their concerns. Several staffers and consultants left his employ after the confrontations. Wu responded to written ...   More
 
Friday, February 18, 2011 BETH SLOVIC

Obama at Intel: A Lone Politician Takes the Oregon Stage to Promote Industry, Education

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 President Barack Obama was the lone politician to take the stage at Hillsboro's Intel campus today to advance his education and economic initiatives, while Oregon pols were left to watch on from the crowd."Basically, if we want to win the future, America has got to outbuild, out-innovate, out-educate and out-hustle the rest of the world," Obama told the crowd of about 400 people, plus dozens ...   More
 
Friday, February 18, 2011 JAMES PITKIN

Three Very Different Candidates up for Police Union Leadership

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 Members of the Portland Police Association last week nominated three cops to run for two open positions in the powerful 900-member union's leadership. Sgt. Tom Perkins and Officer John Grable are running for secretary-treasurer, the union's No. 2 job. The position has been open since Officer Dave Dobler stepped down last month. Perkins, a longtime school-resource cop, has been filling in for ...   More
 
Thursday, February 17, 2011 JAMES PITKIN

Avakian Sticks Up for Unions, Slams Kroger

Brad Avakia.

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 On Feb. 15, Oregon Bureau of Labor and Industries Commissioner Brad Avakian filed an unusual and contentious legal brief [PDF]. Although Avakian is an experienced  lawyer, it's unusual that a bureau head would write the document himself rather than employing a lawyer from the Oregon Department of Justice, as state agencies normally do. The brief is contentious because Avakian minces no words ...   More
 
Wednesday, February 16, 2011 NIGEL JAQUISS

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