Talking With the Enemy

In an unprecedented Oregon program, domestic-violence victims ask questions of abusers.


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Hope Vanderhoof for eight years put up with being hit in the head and kicked with steel-toed boots by her boyfriend. She finally ended the relationship in 2005, when he tried to kill her by settin   More
 
Wednesday, February 6, 2013 AARON MESH

Driving to Drink

A new liquor sales law in Washington is sending hordes of booze buyers into Oregon.


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For years now, the embattled Oregon Liquor Control Commission has been fighting powerful lobbyists for grocery store chains that want to end the state’s nearly 80-year monopoly on selling booze.   More
 
Wednesday, December 12, 2012 OLGA KOZINSKIY

A Sales Tax, Anybody?

Lawmakers are about to start debating a shakeup of the state’s tax system—and an unpopular idea leads the list.


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In the history of Oregon politics, there are few things voters have hated more than a sales tax. But when voters...   More
 
Wednesday, December 5, 2012 NIGEL JAQUISS

House Co-Chair Peter Buckley Endorses Marijuana Ballot

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Oregon State Rep. Peter Buckley (D-Ashland), co-chair of the House Ways and Means Committee, has today become the highest-level state elected official to endorse Measure 80, the marijuana legalization initiative.In a statement, Buckley wrote:It makes absolutely no sense to me that we continue to waste millions of dollars every year to prohibit adults from making the choice of whether to consume marijuana, ...   More
 
Monday, September 17, 2012 MATTHEW KORFHAGE

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

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