The Cogen Race: No Contest in MultCo? (Plus 'Shocking' Photos!)


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Since Multnomah County Commissioner Jeff Cogen launched his re-election bid last month, we'd like to point out that no one has filed to run against him. We'd also like to show you some hilarious photos (more on that in a sec). The lack of opponents is perhaps surprising, given all the political hopefuls who bubbled up out of the first-term county commissioner's North/Northeast Portland district ...   More
 
Thursday, February 4, 2010 JAMES PITKIN

Multnomah County Pushes Oregon Lawmakers For Local Cigarette Tax


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When the Legislature convenes for a special session next week, one of the bills with greatest potential local impact is Senate Bill 1042 [PDF]. The measure, sponsored by Sen. Laurie Monnes Anderson (D-Gresham), would allow individual counties to impose cigarette taxes. Multnomah County Commissioner Deborah Kafoury, the county's point person on the proposed tax, says the bill is a top legislative ...   More
 
Friday, January 29, 2010 NIGEL JAQUISS

Ted Wheeler Files For Re-Election


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For the record, Multnomah County Chairman Ted Wheeler filed today [PDF] for re-election to another four-year term. In terms of least surprising news, this ranks somewhere between the sun rising and the sun setting each day. But we note this to record the other following pieces of news: 1) Wheeler currently has one opponent, retired physicist James Lee [PDF], who ran in 2008 for mayor of Portland. 2) ...   More
 
Friday, January 22, 2010 HANK STERN

Rally Places Blame for Fatal Police Shooting on City Leaders


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African-American leaders from Portland this morning blasted City Hall and Portland police, calling for reforms at a rally in the wake of a Multnomah County grand jury's decision not to indict an officer involved in a fatal shooting. Nearly 100 people including religious leaders, former state lawmakers, political candidates and activists gathered on the steps on the downtown Justice Center. They ...   More
 
Thursday, February 11, 2010 JAMES PITKIN

Grand Jury on the Police: 'Portland Deserves Better'


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Multnomah County District Attorney Mike Schrunk just released a three-page letter that a six-person grand jury wrote him regarding the police shooting of 25-year-old Aaron Campbell. The grand jury's assessment of the Portland Police Bureau can only be described as devastating. The grand jury agreed unanimously on Tuesday that Officer Ronald Frashour did not break the law when he shot Campbell, ...   More
 
Thursday, February 11, 2010 JAMES PITKIN

Wheeler's State of the County Speech: Gov. Ted?


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Multnomah County Chair Ted Wheeler's annual "State of the County" speech today to the City Club of Portland turned into a test-run for how this ambitious pol would handle some of the state's most pressing issues. But first came his meat-and-potatoes rundown of the issues facing the county. Entering the final year of his first term and facing little opposition in his re-election bid so far, ...   More
 
Friday, February 12, 2010 JAMES PITKIN

County Commissioners Rescue Free Dental Clinic For Kids


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From the good news department, here's a follow-up to a Murmur from Jan. 20: Multnomah County commissioners today approved spending $20,000 in county contingency money to keep open the Creston Children's Dental Clinic at Creston K-8 School in Southeast Portland until the end of the school year. The clinic has offered free dental care to kids for almost 50 years, but the volunteer organization ...   More
 
Thursday, February 18, 2010 BETH SLOVIC

Why Judy Shiprack Isn't Endorsing her County Colleagues


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Multnomah County Commissioner Judy Shiprack has made two endorsements for the May primary that observers may find surprising. In the Democratic primary race for state treasurer between former county Chair Ted Wheeler and state Sen. Rick Metsger (D-Welches), Shiprack tells WW she's endorsing Metsger. Shiprack is backing Metsger despite the fact she worked with Wheeler for more than a year ...   More
 
Monday, March 15, 2010 JAMES PITKIN

Paul Van Orden To Run For County Commissioner


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Add Paul Van Orden's name to the list of candidates seeking the Multnomah County commissioner seat that Jeff Cogen said today he would vacate to run for the County Chair position. Van Orden, a 40-year-old former professional skateboarder, has worked about 14 years for the City of Portland as its noise control officer. In 2006, Van Orden ran a write-in campaign for Multnomah County Sheriff to ...   More
 
Tuesday, March 9, 2010 NIGEL JAQUISS

Tracking Census Returns


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If you've got a few minutes to kill, the U.S. Census Bureau — in its never-ending battle to count all of us — has this new map that lets you slice and dice census participation rates so far. A quick tour tells us the following three pieces of information as of today: Oregon's 29 percent rate matches the national rate, but is far below less procrastinating states like North Dakota ...   More
 
Friday, March 26, 2010 HANK STERN

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