Fans Protest Comcast at Rally Before Trail Blazers Game

Portland Trail Blazers fans at last night's game against Denver not only had the chance to root against the Nuggets, but also to protest Comcast's monopoly on TV broadcasts of Blazers games. Ten years ago, Comcast signed a deal promising Oregon sports fans they would be able to watch Blazers games regardless of which company provided their cable TV. Now in its fourth season, the deal appears ...   More
Friday, November 19, 2010 STACY BROWNHILL

Mitch Greenlick Back in the News, This Time for a Proposed Soda Tax

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For a five-term state representative who we expect most Oregonians couldn't have picked out of a lineup before this month, Democrat Mitch Greenlick has certainly vaulted into prominence with the 2011 Legislature barely one week old. Last week, Greenlick got blasted by bicyclists for his bill that proposed to outlaw carrying children in bicycle trailers if the child is younger than 6 years old This ...   More
Wednesday, January 19, 2011 HANK STERN

Where to Tea Party In Oregon

The right hasn't had much to party about recently in Oregon or nationally as of late. But to the dismay of many on the left, this Wednesday, April 15, FreedomWorks will host 500 Tea Party events nationwide, including at 19 locations in Oregon, to protest how the feds have handled corporate and mortgage bailouts, the debt caused by the stimulus package, and the potential deficit caused by President ...   More
Tuesday, April 14, 2009 Ryan Fleming

As Oregon Lawmakers End Their Session, A Reminder That Their Ratings Come Tomorrow

The Oregon Legislature adjourned its session last night with lawmakers making their usual rounds of self-congratulatory remarks about everything they accomplished. But if you want to read a scorecard of how Portland-area lawmakers are really perceived in Salem by staffers, other lawmakers, reporters and lobbyists representing unions and business as well as the left and the right, pick up tomorrow's ...   More
Tuesday, June 30, 2009 HANK STERN

Add Another Candidate in Scramble over Carter's Senate Seat

Another candidate has jumped into the political scrum after state Sen. Margaret Carter (D-North/Northeast Portland) announced she was taking a job at the state Department of Human Services. Seth Prickett, a staffer at the Oregon Solar Energy Industries Association, has announced he wants to take the House seat of state Rep. Chip Shields (D-North/Northeast Portland) if Shields is appointed to ...   More
Monday, August 31, 2009 JAMES PITKIN

One More Candidate Surfaces in Senate District 22

One more ex-pol has surfaced as a candidate to replace state Sen. Margaret Carter (D-Portland) in Senate District 22. The newest contender is former state Rep. Gary Hansen, whose political history includes stints on the Metro Council and the Multnomah County Board of Commisssioners. "If appointed, I could step in without a learning curve," said Hansen, a 65-year-old Democrat who ran unsuccessfully ...   More
Wednesday, August 26, 2009 HANK STERN

Margaret Carter's Senate Seat: Tina Kotek Is Not Interested

State Rep. Tina Kotek (D-North/Northeast Portland) said this afternoon she's not interested in making a bid to replace Sen. Margaret Carter, who's leaving the Legislature after 25 years for a job at the state Department of Human Services. "I feel like I can do more good for my constituents if I stay where I am in the House instead of starting over in the Senate," Kotek says, noting her role ...   More
Tuesday, August 18, 2009 JAMES PITKIN

Big-Name Black Leaders Endorse Roberta Phillip for Senate District 22

A small group of prominent African-American leaders has endorsed a relative political unknown as their choice among the Democrats seeking to replace state Sen. Margaret Carter (D-North/Northeast Portland). The endorsement from this group is especially intriguing since a large part of the conversation about Carter's replacement has turned on the question of race. Carter was the only African-American ...   More
Wednesday, September 16, 2009 JAMES PITKIN

Stand for Children Writes a Big Check in Key Legislative Race

House District 24, which covers parts of Polk and Yamhill Counties, is shaping up as a key battleground in this fall's general election. Republicans, who hope to erode or eliminate Democrats' 36-24 majority in the House, are rallying behind one-term incumbent Jim Weidner (R-McMinnville), who had a rocky first term. A couple of weeks ago, the Oregon Beverage PAC donated $10,000 to Weidner. That ...   More
Tuesday, July 6, 2010 NIGEL JAQUISS

Loren Parks Jumps into Legislative Races

Longtime Republican money-man Loren Parks has kept a lower-than-normal profile in 2010. Parks, a reclusive medical-products tycoon, is reportedly at odds with Kevin Mannix, the former lawmaker whose public safety ballot measures Parks has supported in the past. For weeks, political insiders have speculated that Parks was considering investing in Oregon Senate races and finally today that speculation ...   More
Thursday, September 30, 2010 NIGEL JAQUISS


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