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President Barack Obama Comes to Nike (And Not For New Shoes)

President pitches free-trade agreement to friendly audience.

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The big question about President Barack Obama's visit to Portland is, "Why Nike?"Obama is making a cross-country swing to promote the Trans-Pacific Partnership, a 12-nation free trade agreement he's pushed for six years as president.
The Oregon stop is a nod to one of his strongest congressional allies, Oregon's senior U.S. Sen. Ron Wyden. Wyden is carrying Obama's water on trade...   More
 
Friday, May 8, 2015 by NIGEL JAQUISS

Mayor Charlie Hales Withdraws Support for Pembina Propane Terminal: Updated

Facing re-election, Hales reverses position.

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In an abrupt about-face, Mayor Charlie Hales yesterday told the Port of Portland that he is dropping his support for a proposed $500 million propane terminal to be built by the Canadian company Pembina Pipeline Corporation.That's a death sentence for the massive project, which Hales earlier championed. The Port's director, Bill Wyatt, says that Hales told him Wednesday that Ha...   More
 
Thursday, May 7, 2015 by NIGEL JAQUISS

Feed the Beast

Schools get billions from the state every year. That number is growing fast. Here’s why it’s never enough.


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$7.2 billion is a lot of money. It’s enough to buy every Oregonian a new MacBook Pro, iPad and iPhone 6. Or enough to buy every school district in Oregon a $36 million, gently used Gulfstr   More
 
Wednesday, May 6, 2015 NIGEL JAQUISS

City Club of Portland Names Mike Marshall Its New Executive Director

Veteran politico replaces Sam Adams.

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The City Club of Portland today named Mike Marshall its new executive director.

Marshall takes over City Club after three decades in Democratic politics. He came to Oregon in 2013 to run the campaign for same-sex marriage. When court victories eliminated the need for that campaign, Marshall shifted over to running former Gov. John Kitzhaber's 2014 general-election campaign. <...   More
 
Monday, May 4, 2015 by NIGEL JAQUISS

Despite Facing Felony Sex Abuse Charges, Terry Bean Surfaces in Connection With Obama’s Portland Visit

Aide to Democratic Party money man emails potential supporters.

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When WW first reported that President Barack Obama will visit Portland on May 7, one of the first questions in political circles was what role, if any, would Portland real estate investor Terry Bean play in the visit.

In the past, Bean, a gay-r...   More
 
Friday, May 1, 2015 by NIGEL JAQUISS

Oregon Supreme Court Invalidates 2013 PERS Cuts for Retired Workers: Updated

A split decision will add costs for schools, state agenices and local governments.

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The Oregon Supreme Court ruled today that big cuts to the state's public retirement system the Legislature made in 2013 are unconstitutional, slashing the savings taxpayers would have seen under the reforms.The court delivered a split decision: It ruled that cutting the cost of living increases for worke...   More
 
Thursday, April 30, 2015 by NIGEL JAQUISS

Cover Oregon Fallout Continues: High Level State IT Official Alleges State Committed 'Illegal Actions'

Tort claim notice accuses Oregon's former chief operating officer Michael Jordan of illegality, retaliation

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The slow-motion disaster formerly known as Cover Oregon continues to reverberate through state government.

Lawmakers voted to abolish the state's ill-fated online health insurance exchange recently, folding it into another state agency after Oregon spent $300 million of federal money on a website that never functioned.

Now a top state information technology official named   More
 
Wednesday, April 29, 2015 by NIGEL JAQUISS

State Sen. Chuck Riley Compares Gun Bill, Slavery: Updated with GOP Call for Censure

Video catches lawmaker in awkward exchange


When state Sen. Chuck Riley (D-Hillsboro) sat down with constituents over coffee on April 25, he probably didn't intend to get into a history discussion.One unidentified man expressed unhappiness with Riley's April 14 vote for SB 941, a controversial measure that expands background checks for ...   More
 
Tuesday, April 28, 2015 by NIGEL JAQUISS

President Barack Obama Will Come to Portland May 7

Trans-Pacific Partnership may be on agenda

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President Barack Obama will make a rare appearance in Portland next week.

The president is scheduled to arrive on Thursday, May 7, for a 5 pm fundraiser for the 2016 White House Victory Fund.

The event will be held at the Sentinel Hotel, according to a copy of the invitation. The fundraiser is sponsored by t...   More
 
Tuesday, April 28, 2015 by NIGEL JAQUISS

Portland Economist Says Region's Last Nuke Losing $250 Million on Fuel Deal

Utility disagrees with calculation.

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Portland economist Robert McCullough has been unsparing in his analysis of the financial underpinnings of the region's only operating nuclear generating plant, the Columbia Generating Station in Richland, Wash.

A new report McCullough released earlier this month says the plant's operator, Energy N...   More
 
Monday, April 27, 2015 by NIGEL JAQUISS
 

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