Paul Ryan Visiting Portland on Sept. 10

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 Heads up, Little Beirut: Paul Ryan is coming.The Bend Bulletin reports from the Republican National Convention in Tampa that Ryan, the GOP Vice Presidential candidate, will be stopping in Portland for lunch on Monday, Sept. 10. Bulletin reporter Andrew Clevenger cites U.S. Rep. Greg Walden (R-The Dalles) as saying he'll get lunch with Ryan in Portland. The stop is presumably a fundraising luncheon, ...   More
 
Thursday, August 30, 2012 by Aaron Mesh

Oregon In Bad Company, According To Feds' Financial Enforcers

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On Saturday, The New York Times published a fascinating look at the nationwide problems created by the tiny corporate kingdom that is Delaware. Buried in the piece is a passing mention that Oregon shares many of the factors that make Delaware so attractive to tax avoiders, evaders and all manner of fraudsters. The state [of Delaware] is seen as an onshore alternative with regulations more lax ...   More
 
Monday, July 2, 2012 by Corey Pein

Matt Groening Says Simpsons' Springfield Is In Oregon (Take That, Ohio)

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A long debate has finally and decisively been settled.Matt Groening, "The Simpsons" creator and Portland native, tells Smithsonian magazine that he named the famous fictional city after the Oregon city.The relevant section of the interview: [Groening:] Springfield was named after Springfield, Oregon. The only reason is that when I was a kid, the TV show “Father Knows Best” took place in the town ...   More
 
Tuesday, April 10, 2012 COREY PEIN

Kroger's Office Defends Prosecutor in Cylvia Hayes Probe

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The continuing saga of the Oregon Department of Justice's aborted investigation into whether state Department of Energy staffers wrongfully steered a contract to a company run by Gov. John Kitzhaber's companion, Cylvia Hayes, has taken another turn.Sean Riddell, the former top DOJ criminal lawyer who led the investigation, was demoted in June. The official reasons given by Attorney General John Kroger ...   More
 
Thursday, August 4, 2011 by

City Selects Two Sites for New Portland Loos

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Visitors to the North Park Blocks and South Park Blocks in downtown Portland will soon have a new place to relieve themselves. City officials have selected those sites for two new Portland loos.Commissioner Randy Leonard, who heads the  Water Bureau, says the sites were chosen after consulting with the Downtown Neighborhood Association. But he acknowledges controversy could still erupt after other ...   More
 
Thursday, June 30, 2011 JAMES PITKIN

US Attorney Dwight Holton Cites Death Threat Over Medical Marijuana Letter

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U.S. Attorney Dwight Holton tells WW his office received a string of critical calls and one death threat last week after he put out a strongly worded warning to Oregon medical-marijuana dispensaries.Immediately following Holton's June 3 warning that businesses selling marijuana "will not be tolerated," he says his office in Portland received calls in support of his stand. The letters sent out to dozens ...   More
 
Tuesday, June 14, 2011 JAMES PITKIN

US Attorney: Oregon Marijuana Dispensaries "Will Not Be Tolerated"

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Two days after WW published a story exposing rifts between law enforcement and some medical-marijuana operations, U.S. Attorney Dwight Holton and many Oregon district attorneys have issued a stern warning to this booming local industry."The sale of marijuana for any purpose—including as medicine—violates both federal and Oregon law and will not be tolerated," says the warning from the U.S. Attorney's ...   More
 
Friday, June 3, 2011 by

Global Panel Declares the War on Drugs a Failure

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Following up on this week's story about law enforcement concerns over Oregon medical marijuana clubs, we note this breaking news: A high-level panel today issued a report calling the US-led war on drugs a total failure.The Global Commission on Drug Policy says the war on drugs has fueled organized crime, cost billions of dollars and had "devastating consequences for individuals and societies around ...   More
 
Thursday, June 2, 2011 JAMES PITKIN

Senator: Providence and Other Health Insurers Are Killing Bills to Help Consumers (Updated With Comment From Providence)

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 State Sen. Chip Shields (D-North/Northeast Portland) is raising the alarm that his bills to bring greater oversight to health-insurance rate increases are in danger of dying in the Joint Ways and Means Committee."They're on life support," Shields says.Sheilds points his finger at lobbyists for the insurance industry, especially Providence Health. Shields says insurers are vehemently opposing ...   More
 
Friday, May 27, 2011 JAMES PITKIN

Portland's Taxpayer-Funded PR Industrial Complex

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We know times are tough for government agencies. They’re cutting services—and sometimes trying to raise taxes—because of the recession. But a study by WW reveals there’s one sector of government that seems to be not only surviving, but thriving: public relations. Public agencies of all kinds have communication offices that employ squadrons of spokespeople who sometimes outnumber the reporters ...   More
 
Thursday, May 19, 2011 JAMES PITKIN

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