DOJ Attorneys' Union Says Kroger Withholding Records

John Kroger

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


 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
Tuesday, April 19, 2011 by

Brad Avakian Announces Run for David Wu's Congressional Seat

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

John Kroger

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


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

Oregon State Capitol.

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

Brad Avakian

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

After Criticizing Obama on Libya, DeFazio Seeks to Beef Up War Powers Resolution


U.S. Rep. Peter DeFazio (D-Ore.) was an early critic of President Obama's decision to aid the international offensive against Libyan strongman Moammar Gadhafi.Now the progressive congressman from Springfield has offered up an amendment to the War Powers Resolution aimed at restricting the president's ability to unilaterally command military action.House Joint Resolution 55, which DeFazio introduced ...   More
Monday, April 11, 2011 by

New Developments in David Wu Divorce Case


One tangible result of the controversy surrounding U.S. Rep. David Wu emerged today in a statement from the lawyer of Wu's estranged wife.Daniel Lorenz, Michelle Wu's divorce attorney, today issued a press release about his client's new agreement with the Democratic lawmaker to share custody of the estranged couple's two children. Previously there had been no court orders regarding the custody issue, ...   More
Friday, April 8, 2011 BETH SLOVIC


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