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GOP Moneyman Loren Parks Writes Another Big Check

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Medical device manufacturer Loren Parks is digging deeper in his considerable wallet this election cycle than he has for a while. Over the weekend, the Oregon Family Farm Association Political Action Committee reported a  $100,000 contribution from Parks. Earlier in the week, the Taxpayers Association of Oregon reported getting $40,000 from Parks. And as WW reported, he g...   More
 
Monday, September 29, 2014 by NIGEL JAQUISS

The Kitzhaber Military Jacket: What We Know and Don't Know

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A group opposing the re-election of Gov. John Kitzhaber today released a web-only video accusing the three-term governor of showing disrespect to the military and soldiers from Oregon. In its video, the group, No Fourth Term, criticized Kitzhaber for failing to attend any of the 16 military funerals of Oregon so...   More
 
Monday, September 29, 2014 by NIGEL JAQUISS

Monica Wehby Requests a Saturday Endorsement Interview for the U.S. Senate Race, and Then Fails to Show

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Every election cycle, WW invites candidates for local and statewide offices in for a videotaped endorsement interview. We bring all the candidates for each office together, in order to compare them and to allow the voters who watch the interviews on our website to do the same.We scheduled our endorsement interview for the race for the U.S. Senate today, even though it's a Saturday, to accom...   More
 
Saturday, September 27, 2014 by NIGEL JAQUISS

Elections Division Dismisses Lars Larson's Complaint Against Fire Bureau

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Secretary of State Kate Brown's elections division today dismissed an August complaint that talk-show host Lars Larson filed against Portland Fire & Rescue.
Larson alleged that a public service announce...   More
 
Thursday, September 25, 2014 by NIGEL JAQUISS

Working Off the Books

Contrary to state election laws, Gov. John Kitzhaber has failed to disclose the role of a key campaign consultant.


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Gov. John Kitzhaber has reported all kinds of ways he’s spent money this year in pursuit of re-election: printing campaign literature, running his Kitzhaber 2014 website and employing a full-t   More
 
Wednesday, September 24, 2014 NIGEL JAQUISS

Public Employee Unions Begin Funding Opposition to Open Primary

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The November ballot is pretty light on initiatives that could alter Oregon's political landscape—with the exception of Measure 90, which would scrap the current primary system for one in which all candidates run in the same primary and the top two candidates, regardless of political affiliation, run in the November general election.
Both of the major political parties oppose th...   More
 
Tuesday, September 23, 2014 by NIGEL JAQUISS

Loren Parks, Oregon Sheriffs' Association Write Big Checks

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The reclusive medical tycoon Loren Parks wrote his first big checks of the November cycle, giving $100,000 to the Oregon Small Business Association Political Action Committee and $60,000 to the Oregon Sportsmen's Association. Parks has long been right at the top of contributors to conservative causes in Oregon, focusing mostly on ballot measures.
The Oregon Sheriffs' As...   More
 
Monday, September 22, 2014 by NIGEL JAQUISS

Task Force Will Examine Criticism of Juvenile Justice System

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Earlier this year, Clackamas County District Attorney John Foote and Chuck French, a retired Multnomah County prosecutor working on contract for Foote, produced a withering review of the approach to juvenile justice in Oregon. The report found the system is expensive ...   More
 
Wednesday, September 17, 2014 by NIGEL JAQUISS

New York Times Magazine Highlights Portland's "Amenity Paradox"

Will we always be a "retirement community for the young?"

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Portland's reputation as a haven for under-employed kombucha-swillers gets another bounce from the New York Times Magazine.
The Sept. 14 issue has    More
 
Tuesday, September 16, 2014 by NIGEL JAQUISS

GMO Labeling Campaign Reports Huge Contributions

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The campaign supporting Measure 92, which would require labeling of genetically modified foods, reported two $550,000 contributions yesterday.

The checks came from Dr. Bronner's Magic Soaps and Mercola.com Health Resources LLC, both of which have been strong supporters of the labeling measure. Presence Marketing LLC of Barrington, Ill., also gave the campaign $2...   More
 
Tuesday, September 16, 2014 by NIGEL JAQUISS
 

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