October 2010 Painkiller Episode Grows Murkier for U.S. Rep David Wu

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The troubling episode in which U.S. Rep. David Wu accepted painkillers from a campaign donor just before the November 2010 election grew more problematic Saturday, when The Oregonian published emails from Wu and staffers that suggest Wu knew the medication he took from the contributor was not over-the-counter despite his recent denials to the contrary. The emails published in this new report also show ...   More
 
Saturday, March 26, 2011 BETH SLOVIC

Merkley Voices "Serious Concerns" with U.S. Involvement in Libya

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Put U.S. Sen. Jeff Merkley on the lengthening list of Democratic lawmakers to express frustration with President Obama's decision to launch U.S. forces in a military intervention against Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi.  In a written statement, the Oregon Democrat's office told WW he "has serious concerns about America's involvement in a third conflict in the Middle East." While Merkley spokesman ...   More
 
Friday, March 25, 2011 AILIN DARLING

Portland Disaster Relief Events for Japan (UPDATED)

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While Japan tries to recover from the devastating earthquake and tsunami, Portlanders are organizing events to raise money for relief efforts and to mourn for the victims. UPDATED on March 23 with upcoming events and fund-raisers:Donations to Real Medicine The Ace Hotel, Rudy's Barbershop, Bimbo's Cantina and the Cha Cha Lounge will match up to $18,000 in donations to Real Medicine's Japan Relief ...   More
 
Wednesday, March 23, 2011 AILIN DARLING

Salem's Education Leaders On Teacher Layoffs

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When Gov. John Kitzhaber unveiled his budget last month, it included about $5.6 billion for K-12 education in Oregon. That's a lot of money but is also about $1 billion less than lawmakers and school districts thought they were going to get as recently as last June. Tax receipts simply have not kept pace with rising personnel costs, however, so the expected total of about $6.6 billion for K-12 education ...   More
 
Saturday, March 19, 2011 NIGEL JAQUISS

One More Thing to Check Obsessively on the Web

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Another Staffer Departs David Wu's Office

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An eighth staffer has left U.S. Rep. David Wu's office.Erin Devaney, the Democratic congressman's executive assistant and scheduler, left Wu's Washington, D.C., office on Friday.Wu spokesman Erik Dorey said today the job of a scheduler is "the most difficult and high stress in any congressional office," but that Devaney "will always be a friend of the office." Wu has already found a replacement for ...   More
 
Monday, March 21, 2011 BETH SLOVIC

A Different Take on David Wu

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In Fundraising Push, David Wu Celebrates Birthday Early

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U.S. Rep. David Wu (D-Ore.) marks his 56th birthday on April 8, but he's hosting a birthday party in Portland on March 23, about a week before a key Federal Election Commission fundraising report is due.The $100-a-head event is being held Wednesday, March 23, at Seres Restaurant in the Pearl while Congress is in recess next week.For Democrats to view Wu as competitive in 2012, the seven-term congressman ...   More
 
Friday, March 18, 2011 BETH SLOVIC

Adams' River Patrol Proposal: Sheriff Mum, State Marine Board Deeply Skeptical

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In his State of the City speech last month, Portland Mayor Sam Adams took Multnomah County Sheriff Dan Staton by surprise when Adams proposed that the city take over the sheriff's duty of providing law enforcement on local waterways.Adams said that by absorbing river-patrol costs (currently $1.8 million, according to city estimates), the city would let the county invest that money in cash-starved mental-health ...   More
 
Friday, March 18, 2011 JAMES PITKIN

More Favorable National Poll Trends for Same-Sex Marriage

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 Next weekend there will be a "Politics of Love"  celebration in Portland to mark the seventh anniversary of when same-sex marriages enjoyed a brief window of legal approval in Multnomah County.And people attending the March 25-27 events presented by the First Unitarian Church will have some fresh news to celebrate. A new Washington Post-ABC News national poll shows a narrow majority supporting ...   More
 
Friday, March 18, 2011 HANK STERN

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