Ta-Ta, Transparency

Elections “clean-up” bill would create a gaping loophole.


Politics
Oregon is the Wild West when it comes to campaign contributions, and there’s a bill shooting through the Legislature that would make a bad situation worse.    More
 
Wednesday, April 6, 2011 NIGEL JAQUISS

Jack Shack Attack

The Legislature takes on Oregon’s proliferating lingerie shops.


News Stories
You’ve seen them along Northeast 82nd Avenue and lining the suburban strips of Washington County. With names like Hotties, Pussy Cats and Private Rendezvous, they advertise services from    More
 
Wednesday, March 30, 2011 JAMES PITKIN

Your Teacher Is F’d

The Oregon Education Association gave Kitzhaber more than a million bucks, and now he’s giving it pay cuts and pink slips.


Cover Story
Someday soon, Gov. John Kitzhaber will sit across a conference table from Richard Sanders, the little-known man    More
 
Wednesday, March 23, 2011 NIGEL JAQUISS

Dialing For Dollars

Growth of prepaid cell phones shorts Oregon’s 911 system. Is a sales tax the answer?


News Stories
Prepaid mobile phones could threaten your safety. No, not because prepaid phones are often the communications tool   More
 
Wednesday, March 9, 2011 NIGEL JAQUISS

Rogue Of The Week: Rep. Tim Freeman

No yee-haws for this yahoo.


Rogue of the Week
On his website, state Rep. Tim Freeman (R-Roseburg) says “reducing state spending and improving government efficiency and accountability” are top priorities. Noble goals as the 2011 Legislature h   More
 
Wednesday, March 9, 2011 WW Editorial Staff

Single-Payer Health Care Day in Salem

A Dream for All?

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News
This Friday, March 11, a group trying to establish universal health care in Oregon is holding a legislative action day to spread the word about a bill that would do just that—the Affordable Health Care for All Act. Despite a tough legislative climate for the proposal, the Oregon Single Payer Coalition and other supporters of the idea are pitching the measure as like Medicare for everyone, providing ...   More
 
Tuesday, March 8, 2011 TIFFANY STUBBERT

Legislators and Latino Leaders: Bill to Restore Driver's Licenses to Undocumented Immigrants "a Public Safety Issue"

Oregon Legislature

News
CAUSA Oregon and the Oregon Commission on Hispanic Affairs are pressing the Legislature to take up a bill that would allow undocumented immigrants access to an Oregon driver's license. The measure, Senate Bill 845, would remove barriers created by the Legislature in 2008 and let undocumented immigrants legally drive and also buy insurance. However, the bill specifies that the licenses will not will ...   More
 
Thursday, March 3, 2011 AILIN DARLING

Legislative Fixes for Felony "Sexting" Get Hearings

Sext Crimes

News
A pair of bills that would decrease the penalty for teenagers who "sext" got their first joint public hearing today in the Legislature, where lawmakers appear poised to add Oregon to the growing list of states that have lessened the punishment for "sexting." Senate Bills 677 and 678 offer two alternatives for making "sexting" among teenagers a misdemeanor rather than a felony. Today in Oregon, taking ...   More
 
Wednesday, March 2, 2011 BETH SLOVIC

Lights, Camera, Tax Break

Kitzhaber greenlights bigger tax subsidies for moviemakers.


News Stories
Even as Gov. John Kitzhaber is slashing Oregon’s budget, he’s pushing for a big expansion to a tax credit for movie production in the state. On Feb. 7, Kitzhaber’s proposed cuts of nearly $3   More
 
Wednesday, February 9, 2011 NIGEL JAQUISS

Bills Take Aim at Land Use Advocates

Oregon State Capitol.

News
 Early in the legislative session many bills filed that may never get a hearing or may languish in committee. This year, as in sessions past, Oregon property rights advocates are taking aim at the process around land use decisions. With unemployment remaining stubbornly high and "economic development" the buzzwords of even the most left-leaning lawmaker, there may be more interest than in recent ...   More
 
Tuesday, February 8, 2011 by Nigel Jaquiss

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