US Attorney Dwight Holton Cites Death Threat Over Medical Marijuana Letter


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"


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
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Global Panel Declares the War on Drugs a Failure


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)


 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

tax payer PR dollar sign

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

PR Industrial Complex: The List for Portland State University

Portland State University PSU

 Our post yesterday detailing WW's survey of PR staffs at public agencies in Portland lacked a complete list for one entity: Portland State University.PSU today sent the names and salaries for 16 communications staffers at the school (an official there had previously put the number at 14). Based on job descriptions the school provided, we determined six of those staffers fit our definition of ...   More
Friday, May 20, 2011 JAMES PITKIN

GOP Senator on Plastic Bag Ban: 'I'm Pretty Optimistic'

Jason Atkinson

 Today's Murmurs column notes that state Sen. Mark Hass (D-Raleigh Hills) believes his bill to make Oregon the first state to ban plastic grocery bags may not come up for a vote this legislative session.On Tuesday we caught up with the bill's other co-sponsor: Sen. Jason Atkinson (R-Central Point). Atkinson sits on the Senate Rules Committee, where the bag ban is currently parked and where Hass ...   More
Wednesday, May 11, 2011 JAMES PITKIN

Asleep At The Wheel

David Wu totaled a parked car in 2010 and blamed it on his hectic travel schedule.

U.S. Rep. David Wu crashed his car into a Ford Focus parked on a residential street in Portland’s Forest Heights neighborhood last year   More
Wednesday, March 16, 2011 BETH SLOVIC

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


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


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
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