Avakian Sticks Up for Unions, Slams Kroger

Brad Avakia.

 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

Undocumented Student

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


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"


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

 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

Oregon Congressman Who Met Mubarak Praises Dictator's Ouster


Several members of Oregon's congressional delegation today were quick to issue statements praising protesters in Egypt for finally ousting President Hosni Mubarak."February 11th will live long in the hearts of all Egyptians," U.S. Sen. Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.) said in a statement. "Eighteen days of peaceful protest have accomplished a remarkable feat—the resignation of longtime dictator Hosni Mubarak.""Today’s ...   More
Friday, February 11, 2011 JAMES PITKIN

Portland Adventist Death: "Liability Overrules Human Decency"


WW this afternoon caught up with Portland Police Sgt. Deb Steigleder. She was one of the cops on scene last night when staff at Portland Adventist Medical Center refused to leave the hospital to help a man who died in the parking lot.Steigleder, who works out of East Precinct, described how officers responded to the scene after the 61-year-old man crashed his car in the parking lot. Cops arrived shortly ...   More
Thursday, February 10, 2011 JAMES PITKIN

State Senator Wants County Beer Tax

Oregon State Capitol.

In the 2009 legislative session, lawmakers who sought to raise Oregon's relatively low beer taxes saw their attempts at increasing that tax crushed like the empty bottles that end up in recycling plants.Now comes veteran State Sen. Rod Monroe (D-East Portland) in the 2011 Legislature with a different version of a beer tax. Rather than trying to implement a statewide measure, Monroe wants to give individual ...   More
Thursday, February 10, 2011 NIGEL JAQUISS

Tough Time for Scientologists: A Story in The New Yorker and a Lawsuit in Portland


 It's shaping up to be a tough month both in Portland and nationwide for the Church of Scientology.On a national level, a takedown published this week in The New Yorker can't be good for the religion founded by sci-fi writer L. Ron Hubbard.And locally, Scientologists face a lawsuit filed Feb. 4 by a woman claiming exposure to toxic fumes in a downtown Portland building owned by the Church.The ...   More
Wednesday, February 9, 2011 JAMES PITKIN

Recipients of Film Tax Credits; Plus, One Lawmaker's Take


 As WW reported today, Gov. John Kitzhaber wants to extend and expand a subsidy for film and video production for companies that shoot in Oregon. The governor is proposing to bump the existing credit, which costs $7.5 million annually up to $12.5 million per year. The way the credit works is that taxpayers buy credits—at a discount of five to 10 percent from face value—and use them to offset ...   More
Wednesday, February 9, 2011 NIGEL JAQUISS


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