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New HBO Host John Oliver Feasts on Cover Oregon Debacle

Breathtaking mountains, shitty website: "you live in a cartoon"

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John Oliver, the host of the new HBO show "Last Week Tonight," had some fun with Cover Oregon last night.

"We get it, Oregon, you people live in a cartoon," Oliver said. "Everywhere you go, you hear the sound of fucking ukeleles."

After trashing the beleaguered website, Oliver, a longtime correspondent on Jon Stewart's "The Daily Show," brought singer   More
 
Monday, April 28, 2014 by NIGEL JAQUISS

GMO Labeling Campaign Picks Up Another $100K Check

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Oregon GMO Right to Know, which is trying to qualify a measure for the November ballot that would require the labeling of genetically modified foods, reported a second contribution of $100,000 today.
The campaign earlier reported getting $100,000 from Dr. Bronner's Magic Soaps....   More
 
Friday, April 25, 2014 by NIGEL JAQUISS

Kafoury Produces Her First TV Ad in County Chair's Race

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With less than a month until ballots are counted in the May 20 primary election, both of the leading candidates in the Multnomah County chair's race are now up with their first television ads.

Former City Commissioner Jim Francesconi went first, releasing    More
 
Thursday, April 24, 2014 by NIGEL JAQUISS

Washington Post: Feds Will Take Over Cover Oregon

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The Washington Post is reporting that federal officials have decided to take control of Oregon's failed health insurance exchange, Cover Oregon.<...   More
 
Thursday, April 24, 2014 by NIGEL JAQUISS

It’s the Real Thing

Big soft-drink money is pouring into the Multnomah County Chair’s race.


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If you make or sell soda pop, you’ve got a lot to worry about from Multnomah County. The county’s health department has targeted sugary soft drinks as a top worry, especially in the fight ag   More
 
Wednesday, April 23, 2014 NIGEL JAQUISS

One Question: What Change Would You Make to the County Health Department?


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No local government agency delivers more health care than Multnomah County. Aside from running the jails, it’s the biggest thing the county does. According to its latest budget, Multnomah County   More
 
Wednesday, April 23, 2014 NIGEL JAQUISS

Metro Files Legal Action in Attempt to Move Hotel Project Forward

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Metro President Tom Hughes today took an aggressive step to move forward with development of a $200 million Hyatt Hotel adjacent to the Oregon Convention Center.

The three government agencies involved in the project—the City of Portland, Multnomah County and Metro—   More
 
Tuesday, April 22, 2014 by NIGEL JAQUISS

Secretary of State Kate Brown Hits Back Against Oregonian Editorial

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It's unusual to see a statewide elected official take to social media to fight with the state's largest newspaper. But that's what Secretary of State Kate Brown, Oregon's top elections officer, did this week.
On Tuesday, The Oregonian's editorial page (which won a Pulitzer Prize...   More
 
Friday, April 18, 2014 by NIGEL JAQUISS

Former Portlander Pens Extraordinary Tale Of Cuban Baseball Phenom

Jesse Katz chronicles Dodger Yasiel Puig's Perilous Journey

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By now, most sports fans are familiar with Yasiel Puig, the prodigiously talented Cuban defector whose electrifying skills pumped life into the moribund Los Angeles Dodgers last year.

But the story that Jesse Katz tells in the curren...   More
 
Thursday, April 17, 2014 by NIGEL JAQUISS

Assisted Living Tycoon May Jump Into State Senate Race: Updated

Rick Miller files as candidate in Richard Devlin's district

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What has been a pretty humdrum legislative election season just got a whole lot more interesting.

Karl "Rick" Miller, who made a fortune in the assisted living field—he founded Avamere Health Services, a large chain of facilities for seniors—filed a candidate committee yesterday that has the effect of making him a candidate in the District 19 (Lake Oswego and Tualatin) st...   More
 
Wednesday, April 16, 2014 by NIGEL JAQUISS
 

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