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Former U.S. Sen. Gordon Smith Re-Ups With Broadcasters


Former U.S. Sen. Gordon Smith (R-Ore.) will be working the halls of power for at least another four years. Smith, who ran his family's Pendleton frozen food business before entering politics, represented Oregon in Washington for two terms until losing his seat to Democrat Jeff Merkley in 20...   More
Monday, June 16, 2014 by NIGEL JAQUISS

Clackamas County Releases Investigative Report On Complaint Against Ludlow and Smith

Investigator didn't believe Ludlow and Smith denials


The Clackamas County Board of Commissioners this afternoon released a 15-page investigative report (PDF) conducted in response to a workplace complaint filed by a now-former county lobbyist against County Chair John Ludlow and Commissioner Tootie Smith.

As   More
Wednesday, June 11, 2014 by NIGEL JAQUISS

Even the Oregon State Bar Has to Pay to Play in Salem


Oregon's loosely regulated campaign finance laws—which allow any party to give as much as they want to any candidate, committee or cause—sometimes create eyebrow-raising contributions.

Here's the latest example: a $2,500 contribution this week by the Oregon State Bar to the House Republican caucus, which is called the Promote Oregon Leadership PAC.

That transactio...   More
Tuesday, June 10, 2014 by NIGEL JAQUISS

Clackamas County Chairman John Ludlow Apologizes for Alleged Racist and Sexist Remarks: Updated

Documents report Ludlow made comments about Mexicans, "A-rabs" and a state legislator's "perky titties."


A revealing and potentially embarassing personnel complaint against Clackamas County Chairman John Ludlow and Commissioner Tootie Smith has ended without discipline for either elected official, but documents air racially charged and sexually inappropriate language by Ludlow. 
The complaint also says Smi...   More
Friday, June 6, 2014 by NIGEL JAQUISS

Coal-Line Stand

Gov. Kitzhaber’s growing opposition to coal dovetails with federal policy and divestment activism.

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For Gov. John Kitzhaber right now, coal is king. The debate over coal is heating up just as Kitzhaber needs an issue to energize his so-far lackluster campaign for an unprecedented fourth term a   More
Wednesday, June 4, 2014 NIGEL JAQUISS

Terry Bean’s Problem

A prominent Portlander fights for his reputation after a love affair goes wrong.

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Few people have worked harder for last month’s historic decision to allow same-sex couples to marry in Oregon than Portland real-estate developer Terry Bean. Bean, 65, is one of the founders   More
Wednesday, June 4, 2014 KATE WILLSON, NIGEL JAQUISS

The New Yorker Looks at Portland's Divestment of Walmart Bonds


A couple of weeks ago, City Commissioner Steve Novick issued a press release highlighting the first phase of the city of Portland's divestment of bonds issued by Walmart.
Last year, city council passed a resolution prohibiting any future investments from the city's $1 billion  portf...   More
Thursday, May 29, 2014 by NIGEL JAQUISS

Rolling Into November

The May 2014 primary results provide clues about the fall election—and this state.

If the May 20 primary election reinforced one lesson, it’s that voters are paying attention. They saw through the specious claims put forth by Portlanders for Water Reform, the group seeking t   More
Wednesday, May 28, 2014 NIGEL JAQUISS

Treasurer Ted Wheeler Wants More Focused Economic Development


Treasurer Ted Wheeler is promoting his Opportunity Initiative as an economic development strategy. His idea, the subject of a November ballot measure, is that Oregon should borrow money to create an endowment for college scholarships and grants.

The investment gains fr...   More
Friday, May 23, 2014 by NIGEL JAQUISS

Pennsylvania Judge Nixes Gay Marriage Ban


A day after a federal Oregon judge made a similar ruling, the Washington Post is reporting that a U.S. District Court Judge in Pennsylvania today    More
Tuesday, May 20, 2014 by NIGEL JAQUISS

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