Shields: Health-Insurance Reform Vote Delayed Until Monday

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A key committee vote on a slate of proposed reforms to the Oregon Insurance Division's rate-setting procedures has been delayed until Monday, says state Sen. Chip Shields (D-North/Northeast Portland).The vote had been expected to take place Wednesday but was put off because of a delay in getting information from the Legislative Fiscal Office, Shields says.The three bills would bring greater oversight ...   More
 
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Former Portland Wrestler to Run For Vice President?

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Former Portland Wrestling icon Jesse Ventura resurfaced a couple years back with a TV show focused on conspiracies as his next move after a post-grappling career as Minnesota's governor.Now there's more news for ex-aficionados of Portland Wrestling to digest about Jesse "The Body" Ventura.  Ventura says he is considering a return to politics with a run for vice president in 2012 if Ron Paul (who ...   More
 
Wednesday, April 6, 2011 HANK STERN

Ta-Ta, Transparency

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


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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

Fingers Crossed: Oregon Health Insurance Reform Package Headed for Key Vote Today

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Keep your fingers crossed today, as a set of three bills designed to bring greater oversight to health-insurance rate increases are expected to face a crucial vote in an Oregon Senate committee.Sen. Chip Shields (D-North/Northeast Portland) says he's optimistic the bills he's pushing will win approval from the Committee on General Government, Consumer and Small Business Protection.Shields became alarmed ...   More
 
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Multnomah County Judge Seals Portions of David Wu's Divorce Record

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A Multnomah County judge this afternoon sealed new affidavits in U.S. Rep. David Wu's pending divorce from Michelle Wu.Today's record-sealing order by Multnomah County Circuit Court Judge Tom Ryan cites the best interest of Wu's 13-year-old son and 11-year-old daughter as the reason.The order shields from public view affidavits filed April 4 that potentially could have embarrassed Wu, whose questionable ...   More
 
Tuesday, April 5, 2011 BETH SLOVIC

JUICY SUITS: My Ex-Girlfriend Narced on Me for Growing Marijuana

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A Tigard man is suing his ex-girlfriend for allegedly narcing him out on a marijuana grow.In a lawsuit filed March 8 in Multnomah County Circuit Court, Tyler Goecks claims after he broke up with Melanie Talbert of Southwest Portland, she "plotted a scheme to extract revenge."The suit says sometime around January 2009, Talbert entered Goecks' house, and "without his permission she took photographs of ...   More
 
Tuesday, April 5, 2011 JAMES PITKIN

Lawmakers Want Study on Healthcare Sales Tax

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Oregon lawmakers this week introduced an intriguing bill conceived by lobbyist John DiLorenzo and sponsored by all five members of the Senate Health Care, Human Services and Rural Health Policy Committee.There are a number of noteworthy aspects to the bill. First, DiLorenzo, a longtime Salem powerbroker, has generally been associated with Republican candidates. But he got Democrats, including committee ...   More
 
Tuesday, April 5, 2011 NIGEL JAQUISS

Oregon Sheriffs Fight for Gun Owners' Rights—Unless They Use Medical Marijuana

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The Associated Press has an interesting Oregon story out today about the sheriffs of Washington and Jackson counties fighting in court to deny a concealed-handgun license to a medical-marijuana patient named Cynthia Willis in Medford.Check out the whole story over at NPR. Here's the beef:The sheriffs argue that the 1968 U.S. Gun Control Act prohibits selling firearms to drug addicts, and they say ...   More
 
Monday, April 4, 2011 JAMES PITKIN

Release of Oregon Energy Department Investigation File Delayed Again

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The long saga of the Oregon Department of Justice's investigation into contracting practices at the Oregon Department of Energy has gotten even longer.First, a recap: DOJ began an investigation last August into whether ODOE employees had improperly steered a $60,000 subcontract to a Bend renewable energy consulting firm run by Cylvia Hayes, the longtime companion of Gov. John Kitzhaber. At the time ...   More
 
Thursday, March 31, 2011 NIGEL JAQUISS

City Hall: Water Bureau Pays Retiree to Write History of Water Bureau

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The Portland Water Bureau, recently the subject of a critical financial audit, has hired a formerly retired Water Bureau employee to update the history of—you guessed it—the Portland Water Bureau.Casey Short, a longtime city employee who first got a job in city government with former Mayor Frank Ivancie in 1982, wrote the original history of the utility bureau in 1983. That book, called Water: ...   More
 
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