Lawmakers Want Study on Healthcare Sales Tax

John DiLorenzo

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Oregon lawmakers this week introduced an intriguing bill conceived by lobbyist John DiLorenzo and sponsored by all five members of the Senate Health Care, Human Services and Rural Health Policy Committee.There are a number of noteworthy aspects to the bill. First, DiLorenzo, a longtime Salem powerbroker, has generally been associated with Republican candidates. But he got Democrats, including committee ...   More
 
Tuesday, April 5, 2011 NIGEL JAQUISS

Oregon Sheriffs Fight for Gun Owners' Rights—Unless They Use Medical Marijuana

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The Associated Press has an interesting Oregon story out today about the sheriffs of Washington and Jackson counties fighting in court to deny a concealed-handgun license to a medical-marijuana patient named Cynthia Willis in Medford.Check out the whole story over at NPR. Here's the beef:The sheriffs argue that the 1968 U.S. Gun Control Act prohibits selling firearms to drug addicts, and they say ...   More
 
Monday, April 4, 2011 JAMES PITKIN

Release of Oregon Energy Department Investigation File Delayed Again

John Kroger

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The long saga of the Oregon Department of Justice's investigation into contracting practices at the Oregon Department of Energy has gotten even longer.First, a recap: DOJ began an investigation last August into whether ODOE employees had improperly steered a $60,000 subcontract to a Bend renewable energy consulting firm run by Cylvia Hayes, the longtime companion of Gov. John Kitzhaber. At the time ...   More
 
Thursday, March 31, 2011 NIGEL JAQUISS

City Hall: Water Bureau Pays Retiree to Write History of Water Bureau

CaseyShort

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The Portland Water Bureau, recently the subject of a critical financial audit, has hired a formerly retired Water Bureau employee to update the history of—you guessed it—the Portland Water Bureau.Casey Short, a longtime city employee who first got a job in city government with former Mayor Frank Ivancie in 1982, wrote the original history of the utility bureau in 1983. That book, called Water: ...   More
 
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David Wu Makes Last-Minute Fundraising Pitch

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U.S. Rep. David Wu (D-Ore.) yesterday sent a last-ditch plea to financial supporters in the hopes of reaching his fundraising goal by today's Federal Election Commission reporting deadline. "Your support will tell the press and political pundits that I am a strong, resilient Democrat," the troubled congressman told potential donors in his March 30 email (excerpted below).Dear Friend -With 24 hours ...   More
 
Thursday, March 31, 2011 BETH SLOVIC

Jack Shack Attack

The Legislature takes on Oregon’s proliferating lingerie shops.


News Stories
You’ve seen them along Northeast 82nd Avenue and lining the suburban strips of Washington County. With names like Hotties, Pussy Cats and Private Rendezvous, they advertise services from    More
 
Wednesday, March 30, 2011 JAMES PITKIN

House Of David

David Wu doesn’t live in the 1st Congressional District.


Politics
Last year, when U.S. Rep. David Wu crashed his rental car into a parked vehicle in Northwest Portland, he gave a police officer the home address of a close friend rather than the address on his Oreg   More
 
Wednesday, March 30, 2011 BETH SLOVIC

October 2010 Painkiller Episode Grows Murkier for U.S. Rep David Wu

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The troubling episode in which U.S. Rep. David Wu accepted painkillers from a campaign donor just before the November 2010 election grew more problematic Saturday, when The Oregonian published emails from Wu and staffers that suggest Wu knew the medication he took from the contributor was not over-the-counter despite his recent denials to the contrary. The emails published in this new report also show ...   More
 
Saturday, March 26, 2011 BETH SLOVIC

Merkley Voices "Serious Concerns" with U.S. Involvement in Libya

Jeff Merkley

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Put U.S. Sen. Jeff Merkley on the lengthening list of Democratic lawmakers to express frustration with President Obama's decision to launch U.S. forces in a military intervention against Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi.  In a written statement, the Oregon Democrat's office told WW he "has serious concerns about America's involvement in a third conflict in the Middle East." While Merkley spokesman ...   More
 
Friday, March 25, 2011 AILIN DARLING

Portland Disaster Relief Events for Japan (UPDATED)

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While Japan tries to recover from the devastating earthquake and tsunami, Portlanders are organizing events to raise money for relief efforts and to mourn for the victims. UPDATED on March 23 with upcoming events and fund-raisers:Donations to Real Medicine The Ace Hotel, Rudy's Barbershop, Bimbo's Cantina and the Cha Cha Lounge will match up to $18,000 in donations to Real Medicine's Japan Relief ...   More
 
Wednesday, March 23, 2011 AILIN DARLING

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