Category Archives: Willamette Week

Oregon Lawmakers Vote to Curb Teenagers’ Abuse of Cough Syrup

The Oregon State Senate voted today to limit access to DXM, a common drug found in over-the-counter cough suppressants. Source: Oregon Lawmakers Vote to Curb Teenagers’ Abuse of Cough Syrup – Willamette Week

Oregon’s Uninsured Rate Has Seen a Welcome Drop, Thanks to Obamacare

Source: Oregon’s Uninsured Rate Has Seen a Welcome Drop, Thanks to Obamacare – Willamette Week

Portland’s Poker Rooms Are Licensed by the City, Wildly Popular—and Too Illegal to Last

Evgeny “John” Ogai was a lousy poker player. Yet more than anyone, he established the game in Portland. Source: Portland’s Poker Rooms Are Licensed by the City, Wildly Popular—and Too Illegal to Last – Willamette Week

Oregon Gets High Marks in New Report on 2016 Voter Turnout

A new study of voter turnout in the 2016 general election found that Oregon had the eighth-highest turnout rate in the country—but also the greatest improvement from 2012. Source: Oregon Gets High Marks in New Report on 2016 Voter Turnout – Willamette Week

The Oregon Investment Council is Doing a Great Job, Just Not Good Enough

Report shows Oregon’s pension fund outperformed all others but it lags behind key internal benchmark. The Oregon Investment Council, which is responsible for investing state pension funds, outperformed all of its peers over the past decade. The ranking comes from the Wilshire Trust Universe Comparison Service, which compares the performance of large public pension funds. […]
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Lawmakers Consider Allowing ADUs and RVs to be Sited on Rural and Agricultural Lands

Two bills that got first hearings today in the state House Committee on Human Services and Housing are sure to provoke fireworks if they move further. House Bill 2937 would allow the construction of accessory dwelling units on land zoned rural residential or on land zoned for agriculture. House Bill 2938 would allow the siting […]
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Murmurs: Oregon Legislature Weighs Electoral College Reform

Oregon Legislature Weighs Electoral College Reform A bill that would add Oregon to a national movement to reform the nation’s presidential elections had its first hearing March 14 in the state Legislature. Source: Murmurs: Oregon Legislature Weighs Electoral College Reform – Willamette Week

Gov. Kate Brown’s New Budget Guru May Be Barred From Lobbying By Ethics Law Brown Crafted

Former state Rep. Peter Buckley left the Oregon Legislature this year and joined Brown’s office this week. When Oregon Gov. Kate Brown announced the hiring of former state Rep. Peter Buckley (D-Ashland) to advise her on long-term budgeting earlier this week, the move looked like a routine effort to beef up her staff. Source: Gov. […]
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Job Growth in Oregon’s Thriving Software Industry Outpaced by…Booze?

State’s production of alcoholic beverages is a serious job creator. Small software companies seem like they are everywhere in Portland, filling up office space and the seats in the city’s coffee shops. Here’s how the state’s economic development agency, Business Oregon, describes the industry’s progress. Source: Job Growth in Oregon’s Thriving Software Industry Outpaced by…Booze? […]
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President Trump Keeps U.S. Attorney for Oregon Billy Williams, For Now

Separately, his office secures conviction of four Malheur occupiers. Today U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions asked for the resignations of 46 US Attorneys, the top federal prosecutors in their respective states. The move by the Donald Trump administration, while abrupt and unannounced, was not a total surprise, as most incoming presidents seek to appoint their own U.S. Attorneys. […]
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