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Hotseat: Brendan Kennedy

The founder of legal weed’s biggest investor, Privateer Holdings, wants the door to Oregon kept open.


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Brendan Kennedy has $82 million to spend on weed. He wants to make sure he can blow some cash in Oregon. Kennedy is a Silicon Valley veteran who launched a tech firm and ran a company to acquire   More
 
Wednesday, April 22, 2015 AARON MESH, NIGEL JAQUISS

Feds Indict Washington State Auditor on Tax Evasion Charges

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A federal grand jury today indicted Washington state auditor Troy Kelley on tax evasion charges, according to The Seattle Times. The charges relate ...   More
 
Thursday, April 16, 2015 by NIGEL JAQUISS

University of Oregon Will Name Michael H. Schill New President Today: Updated

University of Chicago Law dean will take over in Eugene

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The University of Oregon will name Michael H. Schill, currently the dean of the University of Chicago Law School, as the university's new president today, WW has learned.
Schill replaces interim president Scott Coltrane, who has served since August 2014.
The top spot at the state's flagship university has been in near constant flux in recent years. After a long ...   More
 
Tuesday, April 14, 2015 by NIGEL JAQUISS

Smoke Screen

Why won’t the Portland Fire Bureau give a whistle-blower documents that have already been made public?


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Rob Cruser enforces rules that save lives. Cruser, 51, is a fire inspector for Portland Fire & Rescue. That job takes him into buildings where the public gathers for big events—such as n   More
 
Wednesday, April 8, 2015 NIGEL JAQUISS

Risky Business

Former Gov. John Kitzhaber’s state attorney was alarmed by a business group’s help for first lady Cylvia Hayes.


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The federal investigation into allegations of influence peddling by former Gov. John Kitzhaber and first lady Cylvia Hayes is heating up. Sources tell WW that a grand jury in Portland has be   More
 
Wednesday, April 8, 2015 NIGEL JAQUISS

Emails Show Legacy Health CEO and Top Trial Lawyer Urged Kitzhaber to Settle Oracle Litigation

Advisers told former governor cost of Cover Oregon lawsuits would be "staggering."

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The legal wrangling between the state of Oregon and Oracle Corp. over the $300 million failure of Cover Oregon, the state's ill-fated health care exchange, continues.

Yesterday, The Oregonian reported the latest turn of the screw: A group of fiv...   More
 
Friday, April 3, 2015 by NIGEL JAQUISS

Kitzhaber Wanted to Strip Teachers of Ability to Strike

Former governor drafted legislation before November re-election.

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Oregon House leaders on Tuesday announced that they'd approved a $7.255 billion schools budget for the next two years as the state’s financial commitment to K-12 education. Schools advocates say they want more—and that could set up a battle for the remainder of the 2015 legislative session.But many people believe the amount the state spends on schools is not the biggest money iss...   More
 
Wednesday, April 1, 2015 by NIGEL JAQUISS

Bank Shot

More and more, credit unions look and act like banks. So why don’t they pay taxes?


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Robert Stuart enjoys a paycheck most bankers would envy. Stuart, 47, is CEO of Oregon’s second-largest financial institution, with 26 branches, 501 employees and assets of $3.6 billion. His    More
 
Wednesday, April 1, 2015 NIGEL JAQUISS

Senate Special Committee on Conduct Clears Sen. Chip Shields

Portland lawmaker sought bill that could have benefited family company.

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The Senate Special Committee on Conduct met at 10 am this morning, the first such meeting longtime lawmakers and lobbyists could remember."Colleagues, this is new for all of us," committee chair Laurie Monnes Anderson (D-Gresham) said as she opened the hearing.
At issue was HB 3052, legislation that Sen. Chip Shields (D-Portland) asked a House colleague, Rep. Lew Frederi...   More
 
Thursday, March 26, 2015 by NIGEL JAQUISS

Emails Reveal Kitzhaber Planned Showdown With Teachers Union

Former governor wanted to align Salem and local districts' budgets

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Before John Kitzhaber resigned last month, he had hoped to force a major confrontation with the Oregon Education Association in the 2015 legislative session. Kitzhaber’s plan, outlined in some of the thousands of emails his office sought to delete from state servers on...   More
 
Wednesday, March 25, 2015 by NIGEL JAQUISS
 

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