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

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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

Bill Would Provide In-state Tuition for Undocumented Oregon Students

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A Democratic and a Republican state legislator have introduced a tuition equity bill that would give in-state college tuition to undocumented Oregon students.Rep. Michael Dembrow (D-Portland) and Sen. Frank Morse (R-Albany), along with the Oregon Student Association and CAUSA, were all present today at the state Capitol to announce the bill, which would apply to all public Oregon universities.Morse ...   More
 
Monday, February 14, 2011 JESSICA LUTJEMEYER

Legislation Seeks to Restrict Picketing at Funerals

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Citing concerns over the Kansas-based Westboro Baptist Church and its inflammatory funeral protests, two state representatives have introduced legislation in Oregon to limit picketing outside memorial services. Introduced by Reps. Jim Weidner (R-Yamhill) and Patrick Sheehan (R-Clackamas), HB 3241 would prohibit picketing within 300 feet of funeral, burial, or other memorial services and within an ...   More
 
Tuesday, February 15, 2011 REBECCA JACOBSON

Watch the Video: Blumenauer Says "Public Broadcasting in the Crosshairs"

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With the newly Republican-controlled Congress set to cut hundreds of billions of dollars from the federal budget, U.S. Rep. Earl Blumenauer (D-Ore.) has joined with NPR and local PBS stations in warning those cuts could drastically affect public broadcasting.At a time when public broadcasting has come under attack from the right wing for alleged liberal bias, Blumenauer argues that rural Oregonians ...   More
 
Monday, February 14, 2011 JAMES PITKIN

Ex-Goldschmidt Speech-Writer Unloads


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 There may be no person in Oregon who has followed Neil Goldschmidt's career more closely than than the former governor's speechwriter, Fred Leonhardt. If Goldschmidt or a member of his vast network ever said or did anything, there's a good chance Leonhardt can provide a citation or a couple of sources who can confirm what happened. In the wake of Elizabeth Dunham's January death, Leonhardt provided ...   More
 
Monday, February 14, 2011 NIGEL JAQUISS

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