Cops vs. Your Cell Phone: An Oregon Case Featured in The Atlantic

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The Atlantic has an interesting story online today about what latitude cops should have to search your cell phone if you're arrested.The story centers on a case currently being considered by the Oregon Supreme Court. In State vs. Nix, Albany cops in 2007 mined James Nix's cell phone for data without a warrant after arresting him on suspicion of dealing meth.Public defender Bronson James is arguing ...   More
 
Tuesday, April 26, 2011 JAMES PITKIN

Cell Phone Labeling Bill Dies in Oregon Legislature

Oregon bill requiring warning labels on cell phones is no more

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Two months ago we wrote about a bill in the Oregon Legislature that would require warning labels on all new cell phones sold in the state. For those worried their smart phone’s shining newness might one day be sullied by an ugly warning label, fear not. That measure, Senate Bill 679, is dead. The bill, which would have required labels on cell phones and their packaging warning consumers of the ...   More
 
Tuesday, April 19, 2011 by

DOJ Attorneys' Union Says Kroger Withholding Records

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Under Attorney General John Kroger, there are few dull moments at Oregon's Department of Justice. Recently, a lawyer for the embattled former Oregon Department of Energy director Mark Long sued Kroger for withholding public records—a somewhat ironic claim given that Kroger has made greater transparency of government records a pillar of his administration. Given all the back-and-forth between Long's ...   More
 
Tuesday, April 19, 2011 NIGEL JAQUISS

Google Plunks $100 Million Into Oregon Wind Project

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 Oregon's beleaguered economy is set to receive a massive infusion from Google, which is poised to invest $100 million in the world's largest wind farm, according to a news report by CNET.The 845-megawatt Shepherds Flat project in Arlington, Ore., is set to go online next year. Construction is expected to employ around 400 people near the banks of the Columbia River in Eastern Oregon.In other ...   More
 
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Brad Avakian Announces Run for David Wu's Congressional Seat


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In a carefully worded email to supporters late Sunday night, state Labor Commissioner Brad Avakian obliquely announced he will challenge U.S. Rep. David Wu in the 2012 Democratic primary for Oregon's 1st Congressional District."Over the past several months, I've heard from many leaders and citizens asking me to consider running for Congress - to give Northwest Oregon the tough, effective leadership ...   More
 
Sunday, April 17, 2011 BETH SLOVIC

Former Energy Department Director's Lawyer Sues Attorney General John Kroger

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The battle between former Oregon Department of Energy interim Director Mark Long and Attorney General John Kroger's Oregon Department of Justice continues to escalate.Bill Gary, Long's attorney, filed a lawsuit last week in Marion County Court accusing Kroger of withholding records related to the racketeering theory that Justice Department criminal investigators pursued in last year's probe into the ...   More
 
Thursday, April 14, 2011 NIGEL JAQUISS

From Master Computer Hacker to Child Pornography Suspect

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This week, the Washington County Sheriff's Office announced the arrest of Oak Hills resident Timothy Dale Bach on 20 counts of encouraging sex abuse. According to a press release (PDF), cops raided Bach's apartment April 12 on Northwest Cornell Road and seized 20 computers and another 20 hard drives that contained thousands of images of child pornography.Bach, 38, has an interesting history. As chronicled ...   More
 
Thursday, April 14, 2011 JAMES PITKIN

Former Secretaries of State Slam Attempt to Kill Independent Party

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The House Rules Committee today held a hearing on House Bill 2442, which would force the Independent Party of Oregon to drop the word "Independent" from its name. The Independent Party's name irks some Democrats, who say the rapidly growing IPO has taken unfair advantage of some voters' desire not to be affiliated with either major party. (Although the IPO has been Oregon's fastest growing political ...   More
 
Wednesday, April 13, 2011 NIGEL JAQUISS

Tax Day Protest Still On For Tea Party

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Supporters of the tea party in Oregon will be back in Pioneer Courthouse Square this Friday, April 15 for what's become their annual tax day protest. (U.S. taxpayers this year actually have until Monday, April 18 this year to file because of an unusual circumstance.)Organizers of this year’s tea party’s protest starting at 5:30 pm in Portland don’t know what to expect when it comes to turnout. ...   More
 
Tuesday, April 12, 2011 EVAN SERNOFFSKY

Brad Avakian Assembles Political Team to Challenge Wu

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Brad Avakian, the elected commissioner for Oregon's Bureau of Labor and Industries, has hired a political adviser from Grant Park Strategies.Avakian's choice of campaign strategist is significant because it strongly suggests an announcement may be imminent about his plans to challenge U.S. Rep. David Wu in next year's Democratic primary.Grant Park Strategies is the relatively new political operation ...   More
 
Monday, April 11, 2011 BETH SLOVIC

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