Suspense on Election Night Ends Quickly and Happily For the Yes on 66/67 Campaign


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Election night at the Wonder Ballroom on North Russell Street. At 8 p.m. when the polls close on Measures 66 and 67, the room is filling but by no means full. The normally ebullient Steve Novick, the public face of the Yes campaign, seems subdued. "For 78 years the people of this state have waited for progressive tax reform," Novick told the crowd from the stage. "And still we wait." But ...   More
 
Tuesday, January 26, 2010 NIGEL JAQUISS

Oregon Legislators Move Toward Annual Sessions, But A Poll Shows Public Indifference To The Idea


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Oregon is one of only five states in which lawmakers don't meet for scheduled annual sessions. But moving to those annual sessions has been a particular interest among the longest-serving lawmakers such as Senate President Peter Courtney (photo above), who argue that biennial sessions are an archaic practice insufficient for the complexity of managing the state's general fund budget — ...   More
 
Monday, February 15, 2010 NIGEL JAQUISS

Oregon Lawmakers Finish Session At 2 PM, Start Fundraising Before Dinner


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Oregon legislative leaders gaveled February's special session to a close at 2 pm today. Exactly 22 minutes and 33 seconds later, they started asking lobbyists for money (which legislative rules prohibit them from doing while the Legislature is in session). - ---- Forwarded Message ---- From: Senate Democratic Leadership Fund To: Evyn Mitchell Sent: Thu, February 25, 2010 2:22:33 PM Subject: ...   More
 
Thursday, February 25, 2010 NIGEL JAQUISS

Breaking: State Treasurer Ben Westlund Succumbs to Cancer: Updated


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State Treasurer Ben Westlund died last night after a long battle with lung cancer. (Updated at 3:46 pm: statement from Westlund's spokesman follows at the end of this post.) Westlund, 60, first publicly disclosed in 2003 that he suffered from cancer. At the time, he was a Republican state senator from Tumalo, near Bend. After treatment, Westlund continued in the Senate and became the Legislature's ...   More
 
Sunday, March 7, 2010 NIGEL JAQUISS

Kurt Schrader Opposes Annual Sessions of the Oregon Legislature


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Sometimes we get a nugget of information that surprises us during the 50-some endorsement interviews we conduct as part of the process in forming our election recommendations. Take yesterday for example. Our schedule included a morning interview with U.S. Rep. Kurt Schrader (D-Ore.), who's seeking re-election to a second term in Congress. And our afternoon included an interview with state ...   More
 
Tuesday, September 28, 2010 HANK STERN

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