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

Peter DeFazio Still Unhappy About Tax Deal

Peter DeFazio

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Tuesday, January 25, 2011 HENRY STERN

Lake Oswego Electroshock Maker Could Be Big Winner


There are only two manufacturers of electroshock devices in the United States. One of them is Mecta, a small Oregon company located in an undistinguished Lake Oswego building on McEwan Road.  That company's fortunes may be greatly improved this week, when the Food and Drug Administration considers reclassifying electroshock devices in such a fashion that it would increase the acceptance of shock ...   More
Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Four Loko: National Alarm Over Alcoholic Energy Drinks Slow to Reach Oregon

It's accused of hospitalizing nine freshmen from Central Washington University. Gangsters from New York City allegedly forced a gay man to chug it while he was being tortured. And it tastes almost as nasty as its reputation. It's the alcoholic energy drink Four Loko. And its pervasive presence in the news lately has resulted in warnings and proposed bans from across the nation—including ...   More
Monday, November 1, 2010 JAMES PITKIN

One Final Reminder: Ballots Due Tuesday

As you're recovering from Halloween-related hangovers and corn syrup-induced stomachaches, think about this potentially distressing thought: you have only until 8 pm on Tuesday, Nov. 2 to vote in the Oregon election. To the many of you who haven't voted yet, here are our candidate and initiative endorsements. And here's where you can drop off your ballot. One last thing—if the vitriol ...   More
Monday, November 1, 2010 Jason Slotkin

Legislative Races: Devlin Poised To Spend $1 Million to Keep Senate Seat: Updated

Based on his Oregon legislative salary of $1,801 per month, Senate Majority Leader Richard Devlin would need more than 46 years to earn the $1 million or so of contributor cash he will spend on his race against Republican challenger Mary Kremer. With one day to go before ballots are counted, state filings show the Democratic incumbent in Senate District 19 (Lake Oswego, Tualatin, West Linn and ...   More
Monday, November 1, 2010 NIGEL JAQUISS


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