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Senate Special Committee on Conduct Clears Sen. Chip Shields

Portland lawmaker sought bill that could have benefited family company.


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


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

Spending Time

County Commissioner Loretta Smith uses her office budget to benefit constituents—and her own ambitions.

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No elected official in Portland spends more time with constituents than Multnomah County Commissioner Loretta Smith.  Whether flipping pancakes at the Hollywood Senior Center or personall   More
Wednesday, March 25, 2015 NIGEL JAQUISS

Grant High School Magazine Wins Regional and National Honors


For a second year in a row, Grant High School's Grant Magazine has won a Gold Crown award from the Columbia University Scholastic Press Association.
More than 1,200 schools from the U.S. and Asia submitted entries for the award. Only 81 schools received Gold Crowns.Grant Magazinea glossy monthly printed ...   More
Monday, March 23, 2015 by NIGEL JAQUISS

Emails Show That Unlike Gov. John Kitzhaber, Cylvia Hayes Had No Doubts About Holding On To Power

She called Kitzhaber's tenure as governor "our administration."


Last week, WW published emails showing that former Gov. John Kitzhaber had been ambivalent about seeking re-election, and that he worried that he lacked the energy and desire to continue.

The emails show that, ...   More
Friday, March 20, 2015 by NIGEL JAQUISS

Gov. Kate Brown, While Calling For Greater Government Integrity, Is Still Targeting Whistleblowers

A continuing Oregon State Police investigation into email leaks is "chilling."


Since taking office Feb. 18, Gov. Kate Brown has publicly made honest and open government a top priority. She has introduced three bills aimed at tightening Oregon's lax approach to government ethics, and she has  promised a thorough audit of how state agencies respond to requests for public records. Last night, Brown got a    More
Thursday, March 19, 2015 by NIGEL JAQUISS

Fatal Attraction Fallout

U.S. Attorney Amanda Marshall’s flameout amid the Kitzhaber investigation could sully the image of her patron, U.S. Sen. Ron Wyden.

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Amanda Marshall grabbed the attention of Oregonians last month when she publicly took command of the largest government corruption case this state has seen in decades. Marshall, the chief fe   More
Wednesday, March 18, 2015 NIGEL JAQUISS

Federal Prosecutor Allegedly Stalked By U.S. Attorney Amanda Marshall Was Under Armed Protection

Scott Kerin reportedly had a contract taken out on his life by a Mexican drug cartel.


The prosecutor that U.S. Attorney for Oregon Amanda Marshall is accused of stalking was at the time under 24-hour-a-day armed protective guard because of a contract Mexican drug dealers placed on his life.

That news adds a bizarre turn in a situation that...   More
Monday, March 16, 2015 by NIGEL JAQUISS

U.S. Attorney Amanda Marshall Allegedly Stalked Subordinate


Amanda Marshall, the U.S. Attorney for Oregon, on Thursday told The Oregonian she was temporarily stepping away from her job as the state’s top federal law enforcement official. "I've been having health issues for months," Marshall told The Oregonian. "I can't serve right now." That is far less that the full story, WW has learned from multiple sources familiar ...   More
Friday, March 13, 2015 by NIGEL JAQUISS

Gretchen Kafoury Dies At 72

Longtime housing advocate served in city, county and state governments


Gretchen Kafoury, a longtime public servant who served in the Oregon Legislature, on the Multnomah County Commission and as a Portland city commissioner, has died, according to Multnomah County spokesman David Austin. She was 72.

Kafoury's older daughter, Deborah Kafoury, is chair of the Multnomah County Commission.
Gretchen Miller Kafoury was born in Walla Walla, Wash. Sh...   More
Friday, March 13, 2015 by NIGEL JAQUISS
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