The King of Clackistan

Timber baron Andrew Miller wants to turn Oregon to the right. He’s starting the fight in Portland’s backyard.

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The rumble of raw logs bouncing through the sawmill’s machinery sounds like giants rolling strikes in a bowling alley. A metal lever thrusts...   More
Wednesday, October 31, 2012 AARON MESH

Phil Knight Gives GOP Co-Speaker $25,000


Politicians are now in the fallow period between the recently-completed May primary and Labor Day—the end-of-summer holiday that will mark the beginning of the dash toward the Nov. 6 general election.But Nike Chairman Phil Knight's $25,000 contribution over the weekend to co-House Speaker Bruce Hanna gives the Roseburg Republican a helpful boost. Hanna, who owns a safe seat, is focused on trying ...   More
Tuesday, May 29, 2012 NIGEL JAQUISS

Senator of Fortune

A lawsuit lifts the curtain on Sen. Brian Boquist’s military deals—and how Republicans may be benefiting.

State Sen. Brian Boquist (R-Dallas) may be the most adventurous lawmaker in Salem. He’s described his best-known business, International Charter Inc. of Oregon, as a humanitarian organization,   More
Wednesday, February 8, 2012 COREY PEIN

Oregon Lawmaker Accused of Diverting Money from A Defense Contractor to Bankroll GOP Candidates

A federal lawsuit says Sen. Brian Boquist, R-Dallas, misappropriated funds from a military training firm he owns

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State Sen. Brian Boquist (R-Dallas) allegedly misappropriated "thousands of dollars" from a U.S. military contractor and funneled the money to Republican Party candidates and causes in Oregon, according to a federal lawsuit filed by Boquist's former business partners.The partners allege that Boquist forced them out of the company, called ICI Wyoming, in December, and that they subsequently learned ...   More
Friday, February 3, 2012 COREY PEIN

The Enduring Book of Mark

The death of former U.S. Sen. Mark Hatfield reminds Oregon why he still matters.

The timing was fitting: One week after the far right wing of the Republican Party held the economy hostage...   More
Wednesday, August 10, 2011 MARK ZUSMAN

Remembering GOP Chairman Michael Steele's Magical Time in Portland

As senior Republican Party members gather in Washington, D.C., today to elect a party leader, pundits are predicting Michael Steele will soon be out as GOP chairman. Today's vote puts us in mind of Steele's 2009 visit to Portland, where he spoke to a mostly empty room and generally failed to inspire much confidence in his leadership. The Portland stop was another lackluster chapter in a term ...   More
Friday, January 14, 2011 JAMES PITKIN

GOP's Tiernan Goes Ballistic On Two House Republicans

Oregon Republican Party Chairman Bob "B-1" Tiernan has never been shy. But today he gave those who will gather in Seaside tomorrow for the Republicans' annual Dorchester conference something to chew on. Tiernan sent letters [PDF] to two longtime incumbent Oregon House members Greg Smith (R-Heppner, first elected in 2001) and Bob Jenson (R-Pendleton, first elected in 1997) warning them not to ...   More
Thursday, March 4, 2010 NIGEL JAQUISS


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