The Good, the Bad and the Awful

Reader beware: What follows is mostly gossip and opinion.

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We have opened with the warning above since 1977, when we first published our Good, Bad & Awful survey—an unvarnished view of the metro-area legislators who help write Oregon’s laws and shape    More
Wednesday, June 24, 2015 NIGEL JAQUISS

Another Potential Primary Opponent For Schaufler Surfaces: Updated


After a series of run-ins with his own party, it looks like Rep. Mike Schaufler (D-Happy Valley), will generate a primary opponent for himself.In today's print edition, former Labor Commissioner Mary Wendy Roberts says she's considering a challenge and so, WW has learned, is Jeff Reardon, a teacher at David Douglas High School. Schaufler has been a controversial figure since entering the Legislature ...   More
Wednesday, February 22, 2012 HANNAH HOFFMAN

Political Courtship

Candidates to replace state Rep. Ben Cannon woo precinct committee persons, who will pick finalists.

In the past few weeks, Peter Geiger has played host in his backyard to two people who want to win a seat in the Oregon Legislature.   More
Wednesday, September 21, 2011 BRANDON HAMILTON

Bill Aimed At Problem Bars and Clubs Killed

Oregon State Capitol.

The House Judiciary Committee yesterday killed a bill that would grant local police the authority to shut down troubled bars and nightclubs immediately after an incident and keep them closed for 72 hours. Rep. Tina Kotek (D-Portland) has been pushing this concept for a couple sessions. After a high-profile January killing at Club 915 gave fresh impetus to the concept, Kotek and co-sponsors re-introduced ...   More
Friday, April 22, 2011 NIGEL JAQUISS

Bi-Partisan Group of 20 House Members Dings CRC


After years of debate about the proposed Columbia River Crossing project, backers of the bridge, lightrail and highway project have failed to convince some pretty key stakeholders that the project will reduce congestion, can be completed anywhere close to its $3.2 billion-$3.6 billion tentative budget—or is even necessary.That, at least, is the takeaway from a straightforward letter [PDF] submitted ...   More
Tuesday, March 29, 2011 NIGEL JAQUISS

Neil Goldschmidt's Portrait Will Be Removed From Capitol


 Oregon legislative leaders have decided to remove the portrait of former. Gov. Neil Goldschmidt from the Capitol. The decision comes in response to a request last month from two ex-lawmakers, former state Sen. Vicki Walker (D-Eugene) and ex-Rep. Tim Knopp (R-Bend). The ex-lawmakers made their request after the January death of Elizabeth Dunham, the woman whom Goldschmidt sexually abused starting ...   More
Monday, March 7, 2011 NIGEL JAQUISS

An Oregon Republican's Surprising Take on "Tuition Equity"

Larry George

The most interesting aspect of this week's legislative hearing on Senate Bill 742, the so-called "tuition equity" bill, was not that hundreds of people showed up or that passions ran high on both sides. The underlying issue—whether Oregon's public universities and community colleges should charge undocumented immigrants out-of-state tuition, as they do now, or the much lower in-state figure—gets ...   More
Friday, March 4, 2011 NIGEL JAQUISS

State Lawmakers Introduce Two Bills to Reduce Punishment for Sexting Teens

Sext Crimes

 The Oregon Senate Judiciary Committee has introduced two bills that would, under certain circumstances, lessen the punishment of teenagers younger than 18 who "sext." This December cover story describes how Oregon law says teens who exchange sexually explicit images through cellphones or other electronic means can be prosecuted for "use of a child in the display of sexually explicit conduct." ...   More
Wednesday, February 16, 2011 BETH SLOVIC

They're Back: Legislators Try Again to Keep Handgun Licenses Secret


Back during the 2009 legislative session, we made state Rep. Kim Thatcher (R-Keizer) a Rogue of the Week for attempting to undermine Oregon's public-records law—specifically, by pushing a bill that would have kept secret the identities of people licensed to carry a concealed handgun.Thatcher's bill never made it out of committee in 2009. Now, with the House evenly divided in 2011 between Democrats ...   More
Monday, February 7, 2011 JAMES PITKIN

Learn More About A Publicly Owned State Bank Proposed for Oregon

Oregon State Bank

The Oregonians for a State Bank group is holding a forum Tuesday, Feb. 1 on a proposal circulating in the state Legislature to establish a publicly owned bank in Oregon.The state bank proposal—which opponents have said is barred by the state Constitution and deals with a subject the state lacks expertise in—aims to benefit Oregon's small businesses, family farmers and local communities by funding ...   More
Monday, January 31, 2011 JESSICA LUTJEMEYER


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