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

Fingers Crossed: Oregon Health Insurance Reform Package Headed for Key Vote Today

chip shields

Keep your fingers crossed today, as a set of three bills designed to bring greater oversight to health-insurance rate increases are expected to face a crucial vote in an Oregon Senate committee.Sen. Chip Shields (D-North/Northeast Portland) says he's optimistic the bills he's pushing will win approval from the Committee on General Government, Consumer and Small Business Protection.Shields became alarmed ...   More
Wednesday, April 6, 2011 by

Multnomah County Judge Seals Portions of David Wu's Divorce Record

David Wu

A Multnomah County judge this afternoon sealed new affidavits in U.S. Rep. David Wu's pending divorce from Michelle Wu.Today's record-sealing order by Multnomah County Circuit Court Judge Tom Ryan cites the best interest of Wu's 13-year-old son and 11-year-old daughter as the reason.The order shields from public view affidavits filed April 4 that potentially could have embarrassed Wu, whose questionable ...   More
Tuesday, April 5, 2011 BETH SLOVIC

JUICY SUITS: My Ex-Girlfriend Narced on Me for Growing Marijuana

tyler goecks

A Tigard man is suing his ex-girlfriend for allegedly narcing him out on a marijuana grow.In a lawsuit filed March 8 in Multnomah County Circuit Court, Tyler Goecks claims after he broke up with Melanie Talbert of Southwest Portland, she "plotted a scheme to extract revenge."The suit says sometime around January 2009, Talbert entered Goecks' house, and "without his permission she took photographs of ...   More
Tuesday, April 5, 2011 JAMES PITKIN

Lawmakers Want Study on Healthcare Sales Tax

John DiLorenzo

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

Marijuana Pot Cannabis Leaf

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


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