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

tea cup

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

Prepare to Celebrate Record Store Day! In Portland! Again!


Nerds like me have trouble choosing a favorite holiday: Halloween is the weirdest, New Year's is the drunkest (though also the douchiest) and Record Store Day...well, Record Store day is the holiday made for music geeks like me. Portland's Record Store Day calendar is coming together slowly—isn't that just like Portland?—but here are some awesome things you can check out on Saturday, April 16. ...   More
Thursday, April 7, 2011 CASEY JARMAN

Exposed: The "Agenda" by Gays and Lesbians for Marriage Rights


If you're a believer in the existence of a conspiracy that is using marriage rights for same-sex couples to advance an "insidious" agenda, you'd better spend the next 90 seconds watching this new video from Freedom to Marry. The video from an organization devoted to marriage rights nationwide provides clear evidence of the "roadmap to victory" that includes Oregon and other states where gays and lesbians ...   More
Thursday, April 7, 2011 HANK STERN

Shields: Health-Insurance Reform Vote Delayed Until Monday


A key committee vote on a slate of proposed reforms to the Oregon Insurance Division's rate-setting procedures has been delayed until Monday, says state Sen. Chip Shields (D-North/Northeast Portland).The vote had been expected to take place Wednesday but was put off because of a delay in getting information from the Legislative Fiscal Office, Shields says.The three bills would bring greater oversight ...   More
Thursday, April 7, 2011 by

Former Portland Wrestler to Run For Vice President?

Jesse Ventura

Former Portland Wrestling icon Jesse Ventura resurfaced a couple years back with a TV show focused on conspiracies as his next move after a post-grappling career as Minnesota's governor.Now there's more news for ex-aficionados of Portland Wrestling to digest about Jesse "The Body" Ventura.  Ventura says he is considering a return to politics with a run for vice president in 2012 if Ron Paul (who ...   More
Wednesday, April 6, 2011 HANK STERN

Ta-Ta, Transparency

Elections “clean-up” bill would create a gaping loophole.

Oregon is the Wild West when it comes to campaign contributions, and there’s a bill shooting through the Legislature that would make a bad situation worse.    More
Wednesday, April 6, 2011 NIGEL JAQUISS


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