Why Greg Walden Agrees With Peter DeFazio

A couple weeks ago, we mentioned how Rep. Peter DeFazio (D-Ore.) and House Majority Leader-to-be Eric Cantor (R-.Va.) may have found a rare bit of common cause in their mutual annoyance with Congress wasting its time on meaningless resolutions to honor sports champions. The Washington Post reports that Rep. Greg Walden (R-Ore.) is also tired of these meaningless resolutions. The Post quotes ...   More
Thursday, December 2, 2010 HANK STERN

An FBI Terrorism Sting Gone Wrong

As Portland city officials consider whether to rejoin the FBI's Joint Terrorism Task Force, it's worth noting not all federal terrorism stings end like the Nov. 26 arrest here of Mohamed Osman Mohamud. The Washington Post had an interesting piece on Sunday about an anti-terrorism operation in Irvine, Calif., that went considerably less smoothly after the FBI tried to use a convicted forger to ...   More
Monday, December 6, 2010 JAMES PITKIN

Kitzhaber Recruits Saxtons, Issues Pink Slip List

Gov.-elect John Kitzhaber today announced more members of his transition team. Two of the most interesting names announced by the Democrat at a press event in Gladstone were Ron Saxton, former Portland School Board president and 2006 Republican gubernatorial nominee; and Lynne Saxton, Saxton's wife. She runs ChristieCare, a provider of children mental health services. The Saxtons will work ...   More
Monday, December 6, 2010 NIGEL JAQUISS

Oregon's Contribution to Peace on Earth

Oregon ranks No. 4 among states for the highest number of Peace Corps volunteers per capita, according to lists released today detailing the top cities and states that produce Peace Corps volunteers. That's a slight increase from last year—with 246 volunteers calling Oregon home, according to the most recent numbers. Vermont, D.C. and Montana led the pack. Washington ranked seventh. Portland ...   More
Wednesday, December 8, 2010 STACY BROWNHILL

DeFazio Leads Opposition Among House Democrats to Obama Plan

We've been tracking Democratic opposition all week in the U.S. House to President Obama's tax deal with Republicans, and the mounting opposition to it from within his own party in Oregon's congressional delegation and elsewhere. Turns out today that U.S. Rep. Peter DeFazio (D-Ore.) was happy to be the point man leading the opposition among House Democrats in what appears to be their new up-the-ante ...   More
Thursday, December 9, 2010 HANK STERN

Republicans Request Partial Governor's Race Recount in Multnomah County (Updated With Precinct Locations and GOP Chair Bob Tiernan's Comment)

The Oregon Republican Party has asked for a partial recount in Multnomah County for the governor's race. The request came in 15 minutes before the final deadline on Tuesday, according to Secretary of State Kate Brown's spokeswoman, Andrea Cantu-Schomus. Multnomah County spokesman David Austin says the GOP requested a recount for three precincts in Nob Hill, the Lloyd Center district and Laurelhurst. A ...   More
Wednesday, December 8, 2010 NIGEL JAQUISS

Add Earl Blumenauer and Kurt Schrader to the List of Obama Tax Deal Foes From Oregon (UPDATED )

U.S. Rep. Earl Blumenuaer (D-Ore.) has become the third House Democrat from Oregon to oppose President Obama's tax deal. In urging the president to in essence show some backbone in dealings with Republicans, Blumenauer joins with Reps. Peter DeFazio and David Wu as opponents of Obama's deal with the GOP. UPDATE: And U.S. Rep. Kurt Schrader has become the fourth of Oregon's four House Democrats ...   More
Wednesday, December 8, 2010 HANK STERN

AG Kroger Lists 20 "Worst" Charities

Attorney General John Kroger's office sends out a lot of press releases that have varying degrees of interest to the general public. But today's information [PDF] could save Oregon consumers money and keep them from getting fleeced. Kroger's staff compiled a list of the 20 "worst" charities, using as the criterion the percentage of revenue those charities actually devote to their ostensible ...   More
Thursday, December 9, 2010 NIGEL JAQUISS

Video: Peter DeFazio on the House Democratic Revolt

Below is one of the TV interviews Rep. Peter DeFazio (D-Ore.) has given after leading this week's House Democratic revolt against President Obama's tax deal with Republicans. In this interview with The Big Picture, DeFazio tells an empathetic Thom Hartmann (starting at about the 2:40 mark) that the backlash against Obama's deal is "unprecedented" during his 24 years in the House, and that he ...   More
Friday, December 10, 2010 HANK STERN

AG Kroger Accuses Natural Foods Company of Looting Non-Profit

Yesterday, Attorney General John Kroger released his list of the 20 "worst" non-profits operating in Oregon. The absence of any Oregon-based non-profits from the list could generate concerns Kroger is going easy on local outfits. But here's a story from the (Eugene) Register Guard about a fascinating lawsuit Kroger filed against the natural foods company making Yogi Tea that suggests Kroger's ...   More
Friday, December 10, 2010 NIGEL JAQUISS


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