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Oregon Will Become Second State to Offer Free Community College

Lawmakers approve new program in last minute pre-holiday vote

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More than 10,000 students are expected to benefit from a last-minute bill passed by legislators this week that makes Oregon only the second state (after Tennessee) to offer free community college.

The idea, according to state Sen. Mark Hass (D-Beaverton), is that a lot of needy students who might like to attend community college are currently failing to apply for federal grants that ...   More
 
Tuesday, July 7, 2015 by NIGEL JAQUISS

House Majority Leader Val Hoyle Announces Secretary of State Bid

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One day after the 78th Legislative Assembly adjourned, House Majority Leader Val Hoyle (D-Eugene) made official what Capitol insiders had long speculated—she will run for secretary of state. 
Hoyle made the announcement in an email this morning.Here's what she said:
"Now that the legislative session is over, the time has come for me to focus on the future and consider how I ca...   More
 
Tuesday, July 7, 2015 by NIGEL JAQUISS

Supporters of $337 Million Capitol Renovation "Appalled" That It's Not Happening: Updated

Veteran politicos angered at lawmakers' decision

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The Oregon State Capitol Foundation, a nonprofit established to safeguard the building that houses the Legislature, governor, secretary of state and treasurer, is reacting angrily to news that lawmakers will not include money to begin a proposed $337 million seismic upgrade of the building.
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Friday, July 3, 2015 by NIGEL JAQUISS

The Controversial Metolian Resort May Get New Life—On the Coast: Updated

Coastal Alliance says end-run around land use laws would set "ugly precedent"

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Updated at 12:15 pm with comments from Rep. Brian Clem and a map of possible resort locations in Clatsop County.

Five years ago, lawmakers and Gov. Ted Kulongoski teamed up to protect the Metolius River basin in Jefferson and Deschutes counties, slapping a novel environmental protection on the pristine river that blocked a developers from building projects, including a...   More
 
Thursday, July 2, 2015 by NIGEL JAQUISS

GOP Candidate For Governor Sid Leiken Lowers Sights, Will Run for Secretary of State

Lane County commissioner ends long-shot bid.

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Lane County Commissioner Sid Leiken was always going to be a very long shot for governor. Leiken, a Republican, registered an exploratory commission on April 26, aiming at next year's GOP primary.
Leiken is in his second term on the Lane commission and served 10 years as mayor of Springfield before that, so he has a base in the Willamette Valley. Just not enough of one.
Leiken annou...   More
 
Monday, June 29, 2015 by NIGEL JAQUISS

It's Illegal to Expose "His or Her Genitalia": Portland Police Issue Helpful Guidance Ahead of Saturday's World Nake Bike Ride

10,000 riders are expected. The cops, willing to exercise discretion, issue "bare minimum" safety advice.

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The Portland Police Bureau issued guidance this morning on this weekend's World Naked Bike Ride this morning.

That guidance includes some factual information on the legality of the event that may surprise participants—and a more clever choice of words than your average government press release.

Here's the PPB guidance with emphasis added:



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Friday, June 26, 2015 by NIGEL JAQUISS

Elisa Dozono Resigns From Oregon Lottery Commission: Updated

Decision comes a week after her law firm a filed lawsuit against the Lottery.

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Gov. Kate Brown announced this morning that Portland lawyer Elisa Dozono will step down from her position as chairwoman of the five-member Oregon Lottery Commission.
The announcement comes one week after Miller Nash, the law firm at which Dozono is a partner, filed a lawsuit against the Oregon Lottery and its director, Jack Roberts, on behalf of Paddy's Ol...   More
 
Friday, June 26, 2015 by NIGEL JAQUISS

Gov. Kate Brown Pulls Plug On Attempt to Replace Low Carbon Fuel Standard with Transportation Package

Transportation deal is dead, at least for now.

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Gov. Kate Brown this morning put an end to  negotiations with leading legislators aimed at repealing the low-carbon fuel standard, a controversial law she signed in March, and replacing it with a $343 million package of transportation improvements funded by a gas-0tax increase, higher vehicle fees and an increased transit tax. In backing away from the low-carbon fuel standa...   More
 
Thursday, June 25, 2015 by NIGEL JAQUISS

Watch the Testimony that Doomed Gov. Kate Brown's Transportation Package

ODOT director admits carbon reduction numbers were wrong.

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Gov. Kate Brown’s first major initiative since taking office in February, a sweeping $344 million transportation package, blew up today after a state agency acknowledged it had miscalculated the numbers on w...   More
 
Thursday, June 25, 2015 by NIGEL JAQUISS

The Good, the Bad and the Awful

Reader beware: What follows is mostly gossip and opinion.


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We have opened with the warning above since 1977, when we first published our Good, Bad & Awful survey—an unvarnished view of the metro-area legislators who help write Oregon’s laws and shape    More
 
Wednesday, June 24, 2015 NIGEL JAQUISS
 

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