Peter DeFazio Isn't the Only Oregon Democrat Unhappy with Nancy Pelosi

Before we put the recent unsuccessful rebellion by some House Democrats against Speaker (and soon-to-be Minority Leader) Nancy Pelosi to rest, it's worth noting that U.S. Rep. Peter DeFazio wasn't the only Oregon Democratic rep unhappy with Pelosi. Rep. David Wu (D-Ore.), who isn't usually as outspoken as DeFazio, also told Pelosi, "Under these circumstances, I would have resigned," according ...   More
Thursday, November 18, 2010 HANK STERN

Could Marijuana Legalization's Champion Be a Republican Presidential Hopeful?

The option of asking Oregon voters to OK marijuana legalization in 2012 was mentioned in a WW piece this week about what's next for the marijuana movement after this month's defeat of Measure 74, which would have created a statewide system of medical marijuana dispensaries. The argument for seeking an Oregon ballot measure in two years for outright legalization is that a presidential election ...   More
Friday, November 19, 2010 HANK STERN

UPDATE - The Longest Odds: Senate Approves $3.4 Billion Settlement for Native Americans

There's an update to our cover story this week about Native American casinos and poverty in Oregon. And it's a bit of news for which American Indians can be thankful. The U.S. Senate on Friday unanimously approved a $3.4 billion settlement in a lawsuit claiming the federal government mismanaged individual trust accounts involving oil, gas and other royalties from tribal lands. In the same ...   More
Monday, November 22, 2010 JAMES PITKIN

By The Numbers: The Prescription Drug Problem

WW wrote a couple weeks back about state and federal officials calling a summit in response to what they called a nationwide prescription drug problem. We went to the summit today and learned the following three things from the gathering called by Attorney General John Kroger, Gov. Ted Kulongoski and Acting U.S. Attorney Dwight Holton: 1) Drug-induced deaths are on the rise, especially among ...   More
Monday, November 22, 2010 STACY BROWNHILL

A Grim Reminder This Thanksgiving

The New York Times had a thought-provoking piece this week about a Georgia man who's made it his business to track the casualties among coalition forces in Iraq and Afghanistan. We point out the web site run by Michael White because one of the site's many functions is to enable readers to track fatalities by state. And it's worth remembering this Thanksgiving eve that among the ...   More
Wednesday, November 24, 2010 HANK STERN

Turkey Eaten, Kitzhaber Will Set About Axing Agency Heads

While many of us worried on Thanksgiving only about eating and drinking too much, a cadre of highly-paid Oregon state employees probably had a lot more on their minds yesterday. That's because when Gov.-elect John Kitzhaber returns next week to the work of preparing for his third term as governor, he'll be delivering some unpleasant news. Back in September, Kitzhaber convened reporters for the ...   More
Friday, November 26, 2010 NIGEL JAQUISS

New Study Forecasts Harsh Climate Changes in Oregon Over Next Century

Here's something to take your mind off today's incessant rain. A new report predicts Oregon's climate will get hotter, drier and harsher within the next century. The Oregon Climate Assessment Report says the continual effect of global greenhouse gases will likely hit Oregon's freshwater supply hard. Various climate models estimate the state's average summer rainfall will decline by 14 percent ...   More
Tuesday, November 30, 2010 JESSICA LUTJEMEYER

Senate Republicans Will Pay for Recount in Ashland-area Race: Updated

Oregon's Senate Republicans announced today they will pay for a recount in the closely contested Senate District 3 (Ashland) race. The most recent results posted by Secretary of State Kate Brown's elections division show incumbent Sen. Alan Bates (D-Ashland) defeating challenger Dave Dotterrer by 275 votes out of 48,884 cast. Brown's .56 percent margin over Dotterer is more than the .2 percent ...   More
Tuesday, November 30, 2010 NIGEL JAQUISS

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


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