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Mailing It In

When political campaigns try to win your vote, the truth often gets lost in the mail.


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If you haven’t voted yet, you’ve brought this on yourself. The sophisticated campaigns of today know you haven’t sent in your ballot. That’s why they’re flooding your mailbox with polit   More
 
Wednesday, October 29, 2014 NIGEL JAQUISS

Billionaire Enviro Could Revive the Columbia River Crossing Project

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A billionaire California environmentalist who is on track to spend more than $50 million of his fortune to help make climate change a major issue in the Nov. 4 elections could inadvertently trigger the re-start of the Columbia River Crossing project, a deal Oregon enviros have widely pa...   More
 
Tuesday, October 28, 2014 by NIGEL JAQUISS

Richardson, Kitzhaber Make Last-Minute Fundraising Push

Challenger gains ground after news about Kitzhaber's ethical issues

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There's a flood of new money flowing into the the governor's race.
The Republican challenger, state Rep. Dennis Richardson (R-Central Point), reported a slew of in-kind contributions from timber interests, including Rob Freres ($150,000); Lyons, Ore.-based Freres Timber ($100,000); Seneca Jones Timber ($135,000); and Seneca co-owner Kathy Jones-McCann ($...   More
 
Monday, October 27, 2014 by NIGEL JAQUISS

Dupont Pioneer Shatters Record for Largest Oregon Political Contribution

Single check outpaces Kitzhaber's entire campaign

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Sometimes you could get the impression that Portland's job market is built around breweries, coffee shops and yoga studios. But in the election cycle it's become clear there's another pillar underlying the local economy: out-of-state special interests trying to influence Oregon elections.
Today's example: the mammoth $4.46 million check that Dupont Pioneer, an Iowa-based agri-business c...   More
 
Friday, October 24, 2014 by NIGEL JAQUISS

Republican-Funded Pro-Union PAC Gets High Marks for Chutzpah

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In the current print edition of WW, we reported on a new political action committee, Promise is a Promise, Contract is a Contract.

The committee has recently put up a website bashing Democrats for voting for two 2013 bills that, if enacted, wil...   More
 
Thursday, October 23, 2014 by NIGEL JAQUISS

New KATU Poll Shows Potential Shift in Governor's Race: Updated

Voters say they are moving from Kitzhaber to Richardson

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New polling information released today by WW's news partner, KATU (Channel 2) television shows large numbers of voters saying they may shift from incumbent Gov. John Kitzhaber, a Democrat, to his Republican challenger, State R...   More
 
Wednesday, October 22, 2014 by NIGEL JAQUISS

Former Oregon Ducks Spokesman Calls for Abolition of High School and College Football

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In his job as spokesman for the athletic departments at Northwestern University and then the University of Oregon (from 1976 to 1982) George Beres made a lot of statements about college athletics. But Beres, who says he's had more than 300 letters to the editor published in various publications, has rarely ...   More
 
Monday, October 20, 2014 by NIGEL JAQUISS

Dennis Richardson Dodges Social Issues But His Votes, Fundraising Reveal His Views

Republican candidate for governor panned sex ed

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The Republican candidate for governor, state Rep. Dennis Richardson (R-Central Point) has not had to answer many questions about social issues during this campaign.
When abortion, gay rights or issues of equity come up in interviews or debates, Richardson hits the fast-forward button, giving some version of an answer such as "those issues are settled."
At the KGW/Oregonian debate on...   More
 
Saturday, October 18, 2014 by NIGEL JAQUISS

Federal Public Defender Files Motion to Free Frank Gable in Michael Francke Murder

One final chance for Oregon's most famous convicted killer?

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The Oregon federal public defender's office today sought to re-open what is perhaps the state's most highly-publicized murder of the past three decades.On Jan. 17, 1989, the then-Director of the Oregon Department of Corrections, Michael Francke, was stabbed to death outside his office in Salem.
The case was an immediate and long-lasting media sensation. No murder weapon was ever ...   More
 
Friday, October 17, 2014 by NIGEL JAQUISS

State Rep. Vicki Berger Files Ethics Complaint Against First Lady Cylvia Hayes

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State Rep. Vicki Berger (R-Salem) today filed a complaint with the Oregon Government Ethics Commission, seeking answers to a series of questions about the role of First Lady Cylvia Hayes has played in the administration of her fiancee, Gov. John Kitzhaber.As WW reported last week, Hayes has ...   More
 
Thursday, October 16, 2014 by NIGEL JAQUISS
 

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