David Wu Dodges Print Reporters, Appears on TV, Says Ex-Staffers are "Not Physicians"

David Wu at KATU

U.S. Rep David Wu sat for interviews with KGW and KATU Saturday morning but dodged questions from Willamette Week and Oregonian reporters outside the TV stations.On television, however, the Oregon Democrat admitted that the series of bizarre emails from his federally issued BlackBerry in the early morning hours of Oct. 30 were in fact from him. Until now, that fact had remained unclear, because the ...   More
Saturday, February 26, 2011 BETH SLOVIC

Blumenauer Dodges City Club Question on Whether He'll Run for Mayor

Earl Blumenauer

 U.S. Rep. Earl Blumenauer (D-Ore.), often mentioned as a possible candidate to challenge Portland Mayor Sam Adams in 2012, dodged a question today at the City Club of Portland on whether he plans to run. Instead of answering the question from a City Club member on whether he's considering a mayoral run, Blumenauer launched into a diatribe against the "corrosive" effects of nonstop political campaigns."This ...   More
Friday, February 25, 2011 JAMES PITKIN

The Oregon Idea—Minus One Big Player

Oregon State Capitol.

 OHSU, Portland State University, Oregon State University and Portland Community College are taking an unusually pro-active political stance to push a concept called "The Oregon Idea." The four academic institutions have set up a slick website and are encouraging supporters to employ social media to spread the word.Effectively, their "Idea" is aimed at pressuring lawmakers and Gov. John Kitzhaber ...   More
Friday, February 25, 2011 NIGEL JAQUISS

Battle Over Oregon Lottery Funds Intensifies; OEA Eyes Jackpot

Oregon State Capitol.

 Yesterday, WW reported that serious differences of opinion have arisen over Ballot Measure 76, the measure approved last year by state voters to dedicate 15 percent of Oregon Lottery proceeds (more than $80 million annually) permanently to wildlife habitat and parks. The Nature Conservancy, which provided most of the measure's $1.4 million bankroll, is now waffling on a previous agreement to ...   More
Thursday, February 24, 2011 NIGEL JAQUISS

Solidarity Saturday in Oregon for Wisconsin Public Employees

You might have heard about some protests in Wisconsin. If you've been itching to feel that fervor in Oregon, you've now got your chance to show your solidarity with Wisconsin public employees by participating in a rally in Salem this Saturday, Feb. 26. This weekend’s event is part of a nationwide campaign by MoveOn.org to stage demonstrations in all 50 states to protest Scott Walker, the union-busting ...   More
Thursday, February 24, 2011 REBECCA JACOBSON

Nature Conservancy Now Unhappy With Lottery Measure Referral

Oregon State Capitol.

 Last fall, Oregon voters approved Measure 76, which continued a requirement that 15 percent of state lottery proceeds be set aside for parks and wildlife (about $160 million per biennium). Before that statewide vote on continuing the 15-percent set-aside before its expiration, the measure's proponents agreed with legislative leaders that the ballot measure contained flaws. Among the environmental ...   More
Wednesday, February 23, 2011 NIGEL JAQUISS

Progressive Groups Rally Tomorrow to Oppose Rejoining Terrorism Task Force (UPDATED)

Joint Terrorism Task Force FBI

 The Oregon Progressive Party and other lefty groups are staging a rally tomorrow at City Hall to oppose Portland rejoining the FBI's Joint Terrorism Task Force.(UPDATE at 1:40 PM: The City Council's Feb. 24 hearing has been rescheduled to March 10 at 2 pm)The 12:30 pm rally on Thursday, Feb. 24 precedes a 2pm public hearing inside City Hall on whether the city should rejoin the task force it ...   More
Wednesday, February 23, 2011 JAMES PITKIN

Pulling The Plug

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

News Stories
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

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


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