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Underserved

Portland officials say a besieged OLCC won’t crack down.


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As Mayor Charlie Hales continues to target neighborhood livability, city officials say he’s not getting cooperation from a crucial partner: the Oregon Liquor Control Commission, the state agency   More
 
Wednesday, September 4, 2013 AARON MESH

Grand Bargain Basement

Gov. Kitzhaber says he wants pension reform. But he’s running out of time and votes.


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Last month, Gov. John Kitzhaber tried to force two ancient enemies—public-employee unions and the Oregon Republican Party—to strike a “grand bargain” on pension reform and taxes. He fail   More
 
Wednesday, August 28, 2013 NIGEL JAQUISS

Brides Denied

A same-sex couple says CC Slaughters nightclub barred them for their wedding dresses.


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Like any brides, Michelle and Eidan Bray figured their Aug. 10 wedding wouldn’t go off without a hitch or two. But as 100 friends and relatives gathered to celebrate their marriage in Northeast    More
 
Wednesday, August 28, 2013 ANDREA DAMEWOOD

Hydro Clogs

An inventory of items found in the Mount Tabor reservoirs in the past five years.


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It’s not merely activists who occupy the city’s reservoirs.  The scenic pools on Mount Tabor and in Washington Park are home to other items as well. Ducks, mostly, floating on the city�   More
 
Wednesday, August 28, 2013 AARON MESH

The Mayor’s Bar Tab

Hales is looking for ways to pay for his Old Town Entertainment District.


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If you’re looking for proof Mayor Charlie Hales wants to keep Old Town’s Entertainment District running, look no further than the public urinals. The city will introduce two open-air loos�   More
 
Wednesday, August 21, 2013 ANDREA DAMEWOOD

Think Globally, Tax Locally

The mayor’s plan for “carbon taxes” aims to take money from a familiar pocket—yours.


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In June, Portland Mayor Charlie Hales told a visiting environmental delegation from the United Nations his city would be a leader in fighting global warming. “We must redouble our efforts to   More
 
Wednesday, August 21, 2013 AARON MESH

Salem Spamalot

A political group races against a deadline to get your email address before it’s too late.


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You may not have heard of the Oregon Capitol Watch Foundation, a self-described state budget watchdog group. But if you’ve sent or received email to or from a state agency, you may soon be on the    More
 
Wednesday, August 21, 2013 SARA SNEATH

To Lead or Not to Lead

Commissioner Deborah Kafoury wants Jeff Cogen off the Multnomah county board. Is she willing to go for his job as well?


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Deborah Kafoury won election as fifth-grade class president of Irvington Elementary School in 1977 by deploying a secret weapon: a political button-making machine. “Her mom was an elected of   More
 
Wednesday, August 14, 2013 AARON MESH

“I’m Not Free From This Guy”

A pastor protesting abortions at Lovejoy Surgicenter has had trouble with his own flock.


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Last Sunday, pastor Chuck O’Neal read the parable of the sower from the Gospel of Mark to his congregation at Beaverton Grace Bible Church. It’s the story of a man who scatters seeds in all ki   More
 
Wednesday, August 14, 2013 SARA SNEATH

The Big Bike Bailout

Records show the city may spend millions to finance Portland’s Bike Share—and leave out many neighborhoods.


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When the Portland City Council accepted a $2 million federal grant to start a bike-share program in 2011, it did so on one condition: No city money would help pay for it. Instead, the council    More
 
Wednesday, August 14, 2013 AARON MESH
 

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