Mayor Sam Adams' Snow Warning


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Mayor Sam Adams told our friends at KATU in this video below that the city isn't kidding around when it comes to SNOWSTORM 2010 (aka we may get up to two inches of snow this afternoon). And since mayors are often judged by their handling of snow, we assume Adams means it when he says that city officials will tow abandoned cars this time and require drivers to use traction devices on streets ...   More
 
Monday, November 22, 2010 HANK STERN

Could Marijuana Legalization's Champion Be a Republican Presidential Hopeful?


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The option of asking Oregon voters to OK marijuana legalization in 2012 was mentioned in a WW piece this week about what's next for the marijuana movement after this month's defeat of Measure 74, which would have created a statewide system of medical marijuana dispensaries. The argument for seeking an Oregon ballot measure in two years for outright legalization is that a presidential election ...   More
 
Friday, November 19, 2010 HANK STERN

O'Reilly vs. Napolitano on the Case Against Mohamed Osman Mahmoud


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The alleged Portland bomb plot got the spotlight from former Portland news guy Bill O'Reilly on his Fox News program. O'Reilly, whose familiarity with Portland stems from his work at KATU as a reporter and anchor in the mid-1980s, got into it last night with former New Jersey Superior Court Judge and current Fox legal analyst Andrew Napolitano on The O'Reilly Factor. After O'Reilly's intro, ...   More
 
Wednesday, December 1, 2010 HANK STERN

Mr. Merkley Likes Mr. Smith


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When U.S. Sen. Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.) visited WW last August for an interview, the freshman's lawmaker said one of his biggest frustrations so far was with how easy it's become for a filibuster to gum up the Senate. The Oregon Democrat told us then, "I don't think our nation is well served by that or that it produces better legislation. There are a group of us in the freshman class working on ...   More
 
Thursday, December 2, 2010 HANK STERN

A Few Reasons I'm Nervous This Civil War Eve


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There is no logical reason that Oregon State should beat Oregon tomorrow in Corvallis and derail the Ducks' hope of playing in the national championship Jan. 10. Oregon has an 11-0 record. Oregon State has been up and down en route to its 5-6 record, including last Saturday's 38-0 drubbing at Stanford. But as any sports fan will tell you, logic doesn't always necessary show up at the game. ...   More
 
Friday, December 3, 2010 HANK STERN

Mayor Says PDC Director Bruce Warner Will Step Down


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Mayor Sam Adams notified his tweeps this morning the Portland Development Commission Executive Director Bruce Warner will retire, effective April 2011. Here's that tweet: Warner, Ex Dir of @PdxDevelopment Commission, announces retirement; he will stay on until 4/1/11 http://bit.ly/gOF5OW Warner took over leadership of the city's urban renewal agency in June 2005, having previously led the ...   More
 
Monday, December 6, 2010 NIGEL JAQUISS

Fund-raiser Planned for Victim in Beating That's Under Investigation as Hate Crime


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There's a benefit next week in Northeast Portland to raise money for a man police believe was assaulted likely because he is gay. The Dec. 18 fund-raiser beginning at 9 pm at the Tonic Lounge (3100 NE Sandy Blvd.) is being organized by Ian Mandis. His friend works with the man whose attacker left him with serious head and abdominal injuries. Bands playing at the event include The People's ...   More
 
Monday, December 6, 2010 JESSICA LUTJEMEYER

Republicans Request Partial Governor's Race Recount in Multnomah County (Updated With Precinct Locations and GOP Chair Bob Tiernan's Comment)


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The Oregon Republican Party has asked for a partial recount in Multnomah County for the governor's race. The request came in 15 minutes before the final deadline on Tuesday, according to Secretary of State Kate Brown's spokeswoman, Andrea Cantu-Schomus. Multnomah County spokesman David Austin says the GOP requested a recount for three precincts in Nob Hill, the Lloyd Center district and Laurelhurst. A ...   More
 
Wednesday, December 8, 2010 NIGEL JAQUISS

Jeff Merkley, George Bailey and an Online Petition


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We've written a bit about efforts by U.S. Sen. Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.) to reform the filibuster so the Senate doesn't get bogged down so easily. The Oregon Democrat today launched an online petition effort at BlueOregon to drum up support for a reform he and Sen. Tom Udall (D-N.M.) are proposing for the filibuster. Merkley notes that one of their proposals is a requirement that senators who are ...   More
 
Thursday, December 9, 2010 HANK STERN

Merkley's "Animal Crush Videos" Bill Signed into Law


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Here's something to take your mind off the political infighting in Washington DC for a second. Something actually was achieved today in the nation's capital. President Obama signed into law the Animal Crush Video Prohibition Act of 2010 sponsored by Sen. Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.), along with Sens. Jon Kyl (R-AZ) and Richard Burr (R-NC). Merkley joined the president in the Oval Office for the ...   More
 
Thursday, December 9, 2010 STACY BROWNHILL

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