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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

Mayor Charlie Hales Will Nominate Two New Portland Development Commissioners

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Mayor Charlie Hales today announced the names of two new nominees for the five-member Portland Development Commission.
Hales is nominating Gustavo Cruz, a business lawyer with the Ater Wynne firm and Willi Meyers, executive secretary of the Columbia Pacific Building and Construction Trades Council. The PDC, the city's economic development and urban renewal agency, is Hal...   More
 
Tuesday, June 23, 2015 by NIGEL JAQUISS

Retailer Sues Oregon Lottery, Using Law Firm Whose Partner is Lottery Commission Chair

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The thorny situation between the Oregon Lottery and Dan Fischer, one of the largest lottery retailers, grew even more complex on June 19, when one of Fischer's companies sued the lottery to stop the agency from cutting off its access to the state's gambling machines.

The lawsuit is part of a long-running battle over the concentration of lottery retailers on Hayden Island   More
 
Tuesday, June 23, 2015 by NIGEL JAQUISS

The Honeymoon's Over: Environmental Groups Slam Gov. Kate Brown For Bargaining Away Their Legislative Victory

Backers of low-carbon fuel law fighting "backroom deal" for a higher gas tax.

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Gov. Kate Brown is facing the first major political challenge in her brief tenure in office, and it's a problem of her own making.After replacing former Gov. John Kitzhaber on Feb. 18, Brown signed a bill that extends the low-carbon fuel standard. That measure will require companies bringing fuels into Oregon either to blend in lower carbon components such as ethanol or purchase c...   More
 
Friday, June 19, 2015 by NIGEL JAQUISS

The Gecko Chamber

A lengthy legal battle against GEICO underscores Oregon’s weak laws to protect consumers.


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Cornel Tuter knows the charming green GEICO gecko all too well. The creature is ubiquitous, one of the most easily recognizable characters on the planet. It should be: GEICO Insurance spends a   More
 
Wednesday, June 17, 2015 NIGEL JAQUISS

Multnomah County Court Judge Tosses Oracle Suit Against Political Consultants

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Multnomah County Court Judge Henry Kantor today threw out a lawsuit today that Oracle America Corp., filed in February against five political consultants—Kevin Looper, Patricia McCaig, Scott Nelson, Tim Raphael an...   More
 
Friday, June 12, 2015 by NIGEL JAQUISS

The Coalition for A Livable Future Shuts Down

Non-profit played a key role in opposing the Columbia River Crossing Project.

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The Coalition for a Livable Future, a Portland nonprofit, is closing its doors, the group announced today. "After 21 years working across disciplines to create a more equitable and sustainable region, the Coalition for a Livable Future will be closing our doors at the end of June," the group said in a statement. "While it wasn’t an easy call to make, the real story is the CLF success...   More
 
Tuesday, June 9, 2015 by NIGEL JAQUISS

Rep. Knute Buehler Asks Gov. Kate Brown to Bolster Whistle-blower Protections

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Now that prosecutors have announced they won't press charges against whistle-blower Michael Rodgers, Rep. Knute Buehler (R-Bend) is seeking Gov. Kate Brown's support to beef up protections for future whistle-blowers.
Earlier this year, Rodgers refused a request to delete 6,000 of former Gov. John Kitzhaber's emails from state servers. He then leaked those emails to WW</...   More
 
Friday, June 5, 2015 by NIGEL JAQUISS

MSNBC Hosts on Investigation of Whistleblower Michael Rodgers: "What the Hell's Wrong with Oregon"

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Oregon politics is in the national news again—for the wrong reasons.

MSNBC's "Morning Joe" hosts Mika Brzezinski and Joe Scarborough today chewed on the case of Michael Rodgers, the whistleblower who refused a request to delete 6,000 of former Gov. John Kitzhaber's emails...   More
 
Wednesday, June 3, 2015 by NIGEL JAQUISS
 

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