The Campaign Whisperers

Hints of Oregon’s political future in 2014 can be seen in the contributions of 2013.


News Stories
It’s 2014, an election year that will bring before voters an astonishingly broad list of ballot measures, a race for the U.S. Senate and an Oregon governor seeking an unprecedented fourth term. But clues to the key turning points in    More
 
Wednesday, January 8, 2014 NIGEL JAQUISS

Price Check On Fireball

Oregon voters will soon be told getting rid of the OLCC will lower liquor prices. A shopping trip to Vancouver kills that buzz.


News Stories
Forget free-market dogma and protecting the little guy: We just want to know whether getting government out of the liquor business will save us money. It’s a key question facing Oregon voter   More
 
Tuesday, December 24, 2013 RAMONA DENIES

OLCC Shelves Liquor Application for Diamonds Gentlemen's Club

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News
The Oregon Liquor Control Commission has inactivated the liquor-license application for Diamonds Gentlemen's Club because the Laurelhurst strip club's operators won't provide information about who owns it.WW revealed last month that one of those owners was arrested last July on suspicion of promoting prostitution and money laundering at two spas he owns in Spokane.The Oregonian reported Thursday that ...   More
 
Friday, May 10, 2013 by Aaron Mesh

Identity Crisis

Taxpayers may end up subsidizing Portland bars to stem the flood of fake IDs from China.


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The Barrel Room was the first bar ever to let in Maddy Eivers. It was a Saturday night, it was summer, and she wasn’t yet 21. The memory is sharp for Eivers, not only because of the bouncer’s    More
 
Wednesday, May 8, 2013 ASHLEY JOCZ

OLCC Rejects a Curfew on Bar Patios

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News
Good news for late-night al fresco tipplers, bad news for sleepless neighbors: The Oregon Liquor Control Commission won't be restricting bar-patio hours this summer.For weeks, Portland officials all the way up to Mayor Charlie Hales have complained that the OLCC's proposed rule change—which would have closed patios at 11 pm on weeknights and 1 am Fridays and Saturdays—didn't go far enough. The ...   More
 
Thursday, April 25, 2013 AARON MESH

Important News for Boozehounds

Some liquor stores will be open on Thursday

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News
In a state where the sales of hard liquor is strictly controlled (including the times and days state-franchised stores are open) running out of booze on a holiday is a real risk.Here's some helpful news from the Oregon Liquor Control Commission for those who may underestimate their Thanksgiving needs:  The Oregon Liquor Control Commission reminds customers that liquor stores in Oregon have ...   More
 
Monday, November 19, 2012 NIGEL JAQUISS

Drunk in Oregon: The 10 Best Selling Liquors of 2011

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Food & Drink
It's that time of the year again: When newspapers take a break from reporting actual news and pad column inches with "the year that was" facts and retrospectives. In compiling ours (look out for it on Wednesday!) we queried the OLCC with the top selling liquor in Oregon this year. Being able to track this kind of data is one of the few advantages to this nanny control state of ours. So what was Oregon ...   More
 
Thursday, December 22, 2011 RUTH BROWN

Future Drinking: Tiki Month Edition

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Food & Drink
According to a press release from the new Portland Trader Vic's, Mayor Sam Adams will declare August "Portland Tiki Month" at the bar's grand opening Aug. 1. So break out the leis, y'all.  It's retro-future drinking this week!The news from this week's OLCC applications:Fire on the Mountain Buffalo Wings has applied for a brewing license for its new location on Northeast Fremont Street. Harvester ...   More
 
Saturday, July 30, 2011 BEN WATERHOUSE

Future Drinking: Aug. 21-25

This week's liquor license applications, glossed.

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Food & Drink
Lots of applications in this week's OLCC blast: First and most exciting, Prost! owner Dan Hart is teaming up with Tasty n Sons/Toro Bravo chef John Gorham and prolific restaurant investment firm Chefstable (whose portfolio includes Ping, St. Jack, Grüner and others) to open a new bar, Interurban, in the former Lovely Hula Hands building at 4047 N Mississippi Ave. The name likely draws on Portland's ...   More
 
Friday, August 26, 2011 BEN WATERHOUSE

Future Drinking: Aug. 25-31

This week in OLCC applications.

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Food & Drink
After last week's torrent, a smaller but still interesting batch of new license applications:A pair of women from Sherwood are opening Vine Gogh, an "artists bar and studio" in (of course) Sellwood, in the space recently vacated by Spielwerk Toys. (The all-wooden toy store is still open in its North Williams Avenue location.) Vine Gogh will offer painting lessons and studio space along with beer and ...   More
 
Friday, September 2, 2011 BEN WATERHOUSE

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