Sneaker Politics

What it means that Kitzhaber and legislators got rolled by Nike.

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The state’s most powerful business leaders—if they were listening closely—might have heard the clues from Gov. John Kitzhaber only two weeks ago about his secret talks to give Nike a sweethe   More
Wednesday, December 19, 2012 NIGEL JAQUISS

House Dems' Concerns About Nike Bill


As lawmakers meet today in special session to consider the so-called "Nike bill," the outcome is pretty predictable—the bill will pass in some form. But many lawmakers in both parties have concerns, ranging from tax fairness, to the speed and secrecy with which Gov. John Kitzhaber and Nike developed the concept to how other companies, including Intel, that also might want similar assurance about ...   More
Friday, December 14, 2012 NIGEL JAQUISS

Protesters Pledge to Delay Kitzhaber's Nike Vote


 A coalition of anti-Nike protesters who rallied last night in downtown Portland are in Salem today—pledging to delay and disrupt a vote on Gov. John Kitzhaber's deal with with the sneaker giant to keep its tax status. "I suppose it's possible that we could extend this [session] into the weekend," rally organizer Nicholas Ivan Caleb declared outside the Portland Niketown store. He suggested ...   More
Friday, December 14, 2012 AARON MESH

Nike Legislation Would Exclude Intel

Kitzhaber asks lawmakers to amend bill


When the Legislature meets in special session tomorrow, it will probably pass a bill that benefits Nike, Oregon's marquee home-grown company. But the draft version of that legislation will make it difficult for Intel, the California-based tech giant that is Oregon's largest private employer, to get the same assurance.Nike and Intel both already benefit from Oregon's current approach to corporate income ...   More
Thursday, December 13, 2012 NIGEL JAQUISS

Nike Eyeing Investment in Portland After Special Session

Sources say sporting goods company may invest here


Multiple sources familiar with the deal Gov. John Kitzhaber and Nike announced earlier this week have indicated there may be a significant, undisclosed subplot to the deal—that Nike is considering a major investment in Portland.  Two sites mentioned as possible locations for expansion are South Waterfront, where big tracts of land exist adjacent to glitzy condos and downtown; and, the ...   More
Wednesday, December 12, 2012 NIGEL JAQUISS

Murmurs: Goldschmidt Claims he Was Bilked

News that never forgets.

Ex-Gov. Neil Goldschmidt says he’s been ripped off to the tune of $601,599—the amount he and his wife, Diana, claim in a lawsuit they invested with Arkansas-based Voyager Financial Group. Th   More
Wednesday, December 12, 2012 WW Editorial Staff

Kitzhaber Wants Retention Contract with Nike

Deal will extend existing tax rules, create "thousands" of jobs


Gov. John Kitzhaber announced this morning he will convene a special session of the Legislature on Friday, Dec. 14 (not Dec. 17 as he first announced) in order to cut a deal with Nike. Kitzhaber said today that Nike is planning a major expansion and sought assurances Oregon would not materially change its tax structure in a way that would disadvantage Nike in the future. "They are looking for ...   More
Monday, December 10, 2012 NIGEL JAQUISS

What Did Nike Know About Lance Armstrong, and When Did It Know It?


Nike terminated its contracted with Lance Armstrong today due to overwhelming evidence provided by the USADA that shows Armstrong has indeed participated in doping, reported The Wall Street Journal.But the Beaverton-based sports apparel company remains dogged by a question, raised most recently  by the New York Daily News: Did Nike help cover up the doping?A day before dropping Armstrong, Nike ...   More
Wednesday, October 17, 2012 OLGA KOZINSKIY

London Olympics: The Biggest Winner Who Didn't Medal


He took home neither gold, silver or bronze this past weekend, but coach Alberto Salazar is arguably the biggest winner of the track and field portion of the London Summer Olympics.  The Cuban-born Portlander, who ran at the University of Oregon and won four marathons (New York three times, Boston once) was all smiles in London when two of his runners, Great Britian's Mo Farah and Portlander Galen ...   More
Monday, August 6, 2012 by Mark Zusman

Occupy Portland's Next Big Protest: "Shut Down the Corporations," Coming Feb. 29

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Occupy Portland is planning its next big event for Wednesday, Feb. 29, a protest called “Shut Down the Corporations.”Occupiers call it “F-29,” and while the idea originated here in Portland, it has spread to an estimated 60 cities nationwideThe protest will target corporate members of the American Legislative Exchange Council, a lobby group that Occupiers say helped draft the anti-union legislation ...   More
Tuesday, February 21, 2012 HANNAH HOFFMAN


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