Comcast's $23 Million Settlement in Oregon


Thanks to a class-action lawsuit, about 500,000 Comcast customers in Oregon will share compensation from a $23 million settlement in overcharged late fees by the cable company.The lawsuit under the state's Unlawful Trade Practices Act stemmed from charges Comcast collected during the past seven years—a $6 late fee it got from customers in Oregon.As a result, about 500,000 Oregon residents who use—or ...   More
Wednesday, February 2, 2011 JESSICA LUTJEMEYER

War of Words Continues Around ODOE Investigation

John Kroger

Last week, The Oregonian reported on details of an Oregon Department of Justice investigation into contracting practices at the Oregon Department of Energy. That investigation is politically fraught because it involves an ODOE subcontractor, Cylvia Hayes, who is the longtime companion of Gov. John Kitzhaber. The O based its reporting on a copy of the Justice Department investigative file that DOJ had ...   More
Tuesday, February 1, 2011 NIGEL JAQUISS

Beaumont-Wilshire Residents Challenge City Over Wireless Tower

wireless tower portland oregon

Some Northeast Portland residents are trying to haul the City of Portland in to court for approving a wireless-internet tower in the Beaumont-Wilshire neighborhood.A petition filed Friday in Multnomah County Circuit Court claims the city violated its own rules last year when it approved a tower for wireless internet carrier Clearwire (a two-time Rogue of the Week).According to the court petition, the ...   More
Tuesday, February 1, 2011 JAMES PITKIN

Barbara Bush (The Younger Version) Endorses Same-Sex Marriage Rights

Barbara Bush

If and when supporters of same-sex marriage rights in Oregon bring a measure to the state ballot, they might consider enlisting Barbara Bush for the campaign.Not the former First Lady Barbara Bush who's married to former President George H.W. Bush. The ex-First Lady's granddaughter, as in the Barbara Bush who's the daughter of ex-President George W. Bush. The younger Barbara Bush is in this video below ...   More
Tuesday, February 1, 2011 HANK STERN

Caitlin Baggott Takes Over Bus Project Leadership

Caitlin Baggott, Bus Project

The Bus Project, the Oregon non-profit that has registered young voters, thrown great parties and acted as a springboard for a number of progressive politicians—has a new leader.  She's Caitlin Baggott, who's worked at the Bus for a number of years, most recently as its strategic director and leader of the group's leadership training program.Given that background, her ascension isn't much of ...   More
Monday, January 31, 2011

Kitzhaber Names General Counsel

liani reeves

 Gov. John Kitzhaber continued filling out his staff roster today, naming Liani Reeves as his general counsel. The position is important for at least two reasons: the general counsel trouble-shoots legal issues for the governor. And of greater interest to ambitious Oregon lawyers, the general counsel helps the governor appoint judges. Two other points worth noting: as a young woman who has been ...   More
Friday, January 28, 2011 by

Activist Wants to Ban Studded Tires in Oregon for 2012

Jeff Bernards

Portland activist Jeff Bernards—who made WW's 2006 "Best of Portland: People" for his Get Lit campaign to make biking safer—is back. This time he's rallying to ban studded tires in Oregon for the 2012 ballot, and he's donated $10,000 of his own money to prove the cause is worthy.Studded tires cause around $40 million in damage to Oregon highways each year, according to the state Department ...   More
Thursday, January 27, 2011 STACY BROWNHILL

Independent Car Repair Shops Look to Salem for Help

Oregon State Capitol.

 Independent auto repair shops are angry at manufacturers and are taking their ire to Salem. Their issue is the increased computerization of automobile controls. Not so long ago, any competent mechanic could raise a car hood, diagnose a problem, and make the necessary adjustments. But today's cars contain a dizzying array of computerized functions—some vehicles may include 20 computers—and ...   More
Thursday, January 27, 2011 NIGEL JAQUISS

The State of Same Sex Marriage Outside Oregon

Same-sex marriage in Oregon

While supporters of same-sex marriage in Oregon tell their stories in hopes of getting a future measure on the state ballot, their counterparts elsewhere are fighting their own battles to achieve the same goal of marriage rights.There's a move by backers of same-sex marriage in Maryland's legislature to make the state the seventh to provide gay and lesbian couples with full marriage rights.And on the ...   More
Wednesday, January 26, 2011 HANK STERN

Oregon Single-Payer Advocates Can Look to Vermont

Vermont and single-payer health care

A piece in today's print edition of WW provides a preview of a big single-payer conference coming to Portland this weekend and the uphill battle ahead for single-payer advocates in Oregon trying to get their bill passed in the state Legislature.If you're interested in reading about a state much further along than Oregon when it comes to advancing single payer at the state level, here's a good piece ...   More
Wednesday, January 26, 2011 HANK STERN


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