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Dues Date

Oregon labor unions may be running out of time for big tax measures.

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When Allan Bruner set up a booth for the Oregon Education Association at the annual gathering of the Republican Party of Oregon earlier this year, he was operating behind what many teachers consider e   More
Wednesday, September 23, 2015 NIGEL JAQUISS

When in Rome

A trip to the Vatican raises questions about Nancy and Charlie Hales’ shared ties to developers.

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This week, Pope Francis lands in the United States, a visit with deep significance for many Catholics. Two months ago, Portland Mayor Charlie Hales took his own meaningful trip to meet the pope. Now   More
Tuesday, September 22, 2015 BETH SLOVIC

Just Say Novick

City Commissioner Steve Novick is vulnerable—but few dare challenge him.

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Portland City Commissioner Steve Novick has a lot of explaining to do to voters. He enters the post-Labor Day election season with unusually low favorability ratings—more than 40 percent of voters   More
Wednesday, September 16, 2015 BETH SLOVIC


Marijuana-infused alcohol could be the next frontier of weed—if the OLCC doesn’t ban it.

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Some people think marijuana and alcohol go together like chocolate and peanut butter. Camille Messina may be the first person in Oregon to turn that combination into a business. Last year, the 35-   More
Wednesday, September 16, 2015 AARON MESH

Hotseat: Kim-Mai Cutler

A San Francisco reporter talks about the rental dystopia Portland hopes to avoid.

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The cost of renting an apartment looks like an Uber price surge. Longtime residents are being pushed out. And the shortage of affordable housing is political kryptonite. But enough about San Francisc   More
Wednesday, September 16, 2015 AARON MESH


The timber industry is mighty in Oregon—thanks to tax dollars it spends on ads.

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Although environmental groups have helped Democrats win big legislative majorities, the timber lobby trounced enviros in Salem once again this year.  A bill to regulate aerial spraying of timbe   More
Wednesday, September 9, 2015 BEN DEJARNETTE

Portland’s Presidential Candidates

Long shots Renee Stephens and Martin Hahn III have big plans for the White House.

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Ready or not, Oregon’s campaign season is underway. The election cycle kicked off this week at Oaks Park, with most of the state’s elected officials dropping by the annual Oregon AFL-CIO Labor Day   More
Wednesday, September 9, 2015 CLAIRE HOLLEY

The Unger Games

The proposed merger of the state’s largest business groups shows how much they fear Our Oregon.

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Ben Unger terrifies Oregon CEOs who earn dozens of times his salary. A gaunt former union organizer, the 39-year-old Unger gave up a Washington County seat in the Oregon House last year after just o   More
Wednesday, September 2, 2015 NIGEL JAQUISS

Hotseat: Karin Power

One of the region’s youngest elected officials welcomes MAX to Milwaukie.

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When TriMet’s new light-rail line officially rolls through Milwaukie for the first time on Saturday, Sept. 12, Karin Power will be among those cheering. The 32-year-old Milwaukie city councilor is   More
Wednesday, September 2, 2015 BETH SLOVIC

Proud Mary

St. Mary’s Academy backs away from firing a gay employee. Will other Catholic schools offer workplace protections?

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The botched firing of a gay staffer by St. Mary’s Academy could have the unintended consequence of creating greater workplace protections for LGBT employees at Catholic schools across Portland. Last   More
Wednesday, September 2, 2015 AARON MESH, COBY HUTZLER
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