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Trade Union Leader Says Mayor Charlie Hales' Dinner Excuse "Not True At All"

Email, voicemail undercut mayors claim he never planned to attend dinner.

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Last week, WW reported that the Oregon Building Trades Council had excluded Mayor Charlie Hales from its 75th anniversary dinner on Aug. 21.In political and labor circles, the dinner was a big deal, with numerous elected officials and labor union leaders and members attending...   More
 
Thursday, September 3, 2015 by NIGEL JAQUISS

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

Sex Abuse Charges Against Terry Bean Dismissed

Prosecutor calls Bean's claim of innocence "disingenuous," gives details of Bean's payment offer.

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A Lane County Court judge today dismissed felony sex charges against Portland activist Terry Bean and another man, who were indicted for sexually abusing a 15-year-old boy in 2013.
The reason for the dismissal was that the alleged victim declined to testify as a witness against Bean in court.But the judge did grant prosecutors' request that charges be dismissed "without prejudice."
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Tuesday, September 1, 2015 by NIGEL JAQUISS

Prosecutors Ask Judge to Allow Future Refiling of Charges Against Terry Bean

Witness against gay rights activist will not testify.

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A Lane County judge will probably dismiss sexual abuse charges against Terry Bean tomorrow because Bean's alleged victim has told prosecutors he will not appear in court to testify against the gay rights pioneer and Democratic fundraiser.

But in a motion filed on Friday, prosecutors are asking the judge to make that dismissal "without prejudice." That means prosecutors could refile ...   More
 
Monday, August 31, 2015 by NIGEL JAQUISS

Dr. Monica Wehby Exploring A Run for Governor in 2016

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Dr. Monica Wehby is considering a challenge to incumbent Gov. Kate Brown in 2016.Wehby, a Portland pediatric neurosurgeon, ran unsuccessfully for U.S. Senate in 2014, losing to incumbent U.S. Sen. Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.).Since then, Wehby formed a political action committee, MONICA PAC, which has raised and spent $183,000 this summer.
In recent days, Wehby and Robe...   More
 
Friday, August 28, 2015 by NIGEL JAQUISS

Rep. Knute Buehler Won't Run For Governor in 2016

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The Oregon GOP's top potential state-wide candidate is sitting out 2016.

State Rep. Knute Buehler (R-Bend) announced this morning he will not run for governor in 2016.

Buehler, an orthopedic surgeon and Rhodes scholar, challenged then-Secretary of State Kate Brown in 2012 and had considered challenging now-Gov. Brown next year, when she will run for the remaining two y...   More
 
Tuesday, August 25, 2015 by NIGEL JAQUISS

Education Czar Nancy Golden's Retirement Raises Questions About Direction of K-12 Reforms

Departure of Kitzhaber ally leaves uncertainty.

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Gov. Kate Brown this morning announced that the state's chief education officer, Nancy Golden, is retiring.
That announcement, first reported by The Oregonian, is significant because Golden, and the position she holds, represent key threads of the ...   More
 
Monday, August 24, 2015 by NIGEL JAQUISS

Labor Commission Brad Avakian Will Enter Race for Secretary of State

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The race for what will be a vacant secretary of state's office in 2016 is shaping up as next year's most competitive statewide contest.
Labor Commissioner Brad Avakian has told numerous people this week that he will enter the Democratic primary.
That decision will likely pit him against state Rep. Val Hoyle (D-Eugene), who earlier stepped down from her post as House Minority ...   More
 
Thursday, August 20, 2015 by NIGEL JAQUISS

Reduce, Reuse, Redefine

Metro needs more garbage. So it’s aiming to tax some of Portland’s recycling.


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On one of the grittiest patches of industrial Northwest Portland, Terrell Garrett handles the kind of recycling you won’t see at Burgerville or in an episode of Portlandia. More than 100 trucks ru   More
 
Wednesday, August 19, 2015 NIGEL JAQUISS

Want an Energy Tax Credit? Name Your Price

EO Media details inconsistencies in energy tax credit boondoggle

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Although Oregon lawmakers and bureaucrats pride themselves on progressive policies, they continue to offer extraordinarily generous tax credit programs that allow wealthy Oregonians to reap risk-free, double-digit returns at the expense of schools, health care and public safety programs.
WW highlighted one such giveaway    More
 
Tuesday, August 18, 2015 by NIGEL JAQUISS
 

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