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Millions of Dollars Flow into GMO Labeling and Top-Two Primary Ballot Measure Battles

Out-of-state donors include former Enron executive, Kraft and PepsiCo.

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Money is no object in the final weeks of Oregon's ballot measure fights over GMO labeling and a top-two primary. Out-of-state donors are picking up the multimillion-dollar tabs.

On Wednesday, an independent political action group backing Measure 90—which creates primary elections where the two candidates receiving the most votes advance to the next ballot—reported ...   More
 
Thursday, October 9, 2014 by AARON MESH

A Fifth Civil-Rights Complaint Alleges Racial Harassment at Daimler Trucks North America

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A fifth African-American employee at Daimler Trucks North America has filed a state civil-rights complaint alleging she was the target of continuing racial harassment at the Portland manufacturer.

But unlike previous complaints filed this year, this one comes not fr...   More
 
Wednesday, October 8, 2014 by AARON MESH

Portland Police Chief Mike Reese Will Retire in January

UPDATE: Mayor Charlie Hales names Larry O'Dea as next police chief, says he'll focus on diversity.

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Portland Police Chief Mike Reese is retiring in January, WW has learned, and Mayor Charlie Hales has selected Assistant Chief Larry O'Dea to as the next chief of the Portland Police Bureau. Hales' office confirmed Reese's retirement to WW this morning. The mayor will...   More
 
Tuesday, October 7, 2014 by AARON MESH

The New York Times Endorses Pot Legalization in Oregon

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The New York Times is notoriously infatuated with Portland. So maybe we should have expected the Grey Lady to have strong feelings about legalizing weed in Oregon.

The Times' editor...   More
 
Monday, October 6, 2014 by AARON MESH

Monica Wehby Accused of Plagiarizing Another Health-Care Platform, This Time from Jason Conger

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BuzzFeed is reporting that U.S. Senate candidate Dr. Monica Wehby has again plagiarized her campaign platform on health care. This time, the website says, she copied her positions word-for-word from her Republican primary opponent, Jason Conger.

Wehby,...   More
 
Friday, October 3, 2014 by AARON MESH

Effort to Recall Hales and Novick Comes Up Short on Signatures

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Portland's not that mad about the street fee.

Organizers of an effort to recall Mayor Charlie Hales and City Commissioner Steve Novick announced this morning they haven't gathered enough signatures to make the November ballot.

"Gathering 50,000 signatures just to get the question before the voters proved to be a higher bar than we expected," chief petition...   More
 
Wednesday, October 1, 2014 by AARON MESH

Portland Development Commission Trying to Sell Six Vacant Acres in Lents

But what about the New Copper Penny?

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The Portland Development Commission has spent more than $96 million in the past 16 years trying to resurrect the East Portland neighborhood of Lents. As WW reported in January, the PDC wound up sitting on 12 acres, most of them vacant because the ci...   More
 
Wednesday, October 1, 2014 by AARON MESH

Pot Of Gold

Portland joins a growing list of cities ready to tax legal weed.


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If Oregonians vote in November to make recreational marijuana legal, Portland City Hall will be waiting to take its cut. A marijuana advisory committee formed by Mayor Charlie Hales in June will   More
 
Wednesday, October 1, 2014 AARON MESH

Driving Her Loco

Cynthia Kendoll runs a group that some say is fueled by racism. She’s also about to score a major political victory in Oregon.


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Cynthia Kendoll has issues with her neighbors. The people next door to her Salem home trim their bushes with machetes. They have turned their garage into a dormitory and unlicensed day care wi   More
 
Wednesday, October 1, 2014 AARON MESH

Oregon Labor Commissioner Brad Avakian Files Civil Rights Complaint Against Daimler Trucks North America

UPDATE: Mayor Charlie Hales says he's "very concerned" by claims.

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State Labor Commissioner Brad Avakian has filed a civil rights complaint on behalf of minority employees of Daimler Trucks North America, alleging the company ignored decades of racial intimidation at the Portland manufacturing plant.

Avakian’s actions elevate complaints,    More
 
Tuesday, September 30, 2014 by AARON MESH
 

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