It's a stunning story. According to an investigative report authored by Senators Carl Levin (D-MI) and John McCain (R-AZ), a handful of Wall Street banks and hedge fund managers created an "alternative universe" of financial transactions based on "a series of fictions" designed to help them avoid massive taxes. A
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Reading the business pages is depressing these days. Every time you look, there’s another big company doing an “inversion” – merging with an overseas company in order to renounce its American citizenship to avoid taxes. And that’s just the new trend; old-fashioned tax avoidance is still going strong, too. Recen
Vic Atiyeh, who was elected Governor of Oregon in 1978 and served two terms, has passed away at age 91. He is the last Republican to have served as Governor of Oregon. He was also America's first Arab-American governor. The Oregonian's Jeff Mapes
By Amy Hojnowski, of Portland. Amy is the Senior Campaign Representative for the Sierra Club Beyond Coal Campaign. Check your electric bill. Does it say Pacific Power on it? Then let me be the first to tell you: you are addicted to coa
Yesterday, the Senate debated a bill to overturn the ridiculous Hobby Lobby decision that allows employers to declare a religious objection to complying with the federal law mandating birth control coverage in all insurance plans. Many conservatives have been running around saying that the decision doesn'
Well, folks, it's been 10 years of BlueOregon. Hard to believe, actually, but it was on July 17, 2004, that we launched this little experiment. Since that time, we've had 10,317 posts from exactly 99 contributors and just over 1000 guest columnists. This little site has generated just over 14 million pageviews a
Over at Buzzfeed, reporter Kate Nocera caught up with disgraced former Congressman David Wu. A few highlights: He's hanging around on Capitol Hill: But three years later, he’s still
By Zoe Abbott Boyd of Portland, Oregon. Zoe is a senior in economics and political science at Lewis and Clark College, currently engaged in a summer internship with OSPIRG working on a campaign to limit the use of antibiotics on factory farms in Oregon. As the effectiveness of es
Will the internet remain open and free? Or will there be "fast lanes" and "slow lanes" for rich and powerful companies? Today, the FCC closes the current phase of public comments, though another round of "comments on the comments" will soon open. Yesterday, Senator Ron Wyden
Tribal objection to coal pollution like the objections of conservationists and sportsmen alike has seemingly been not enough to
As Oregonians get ready to consider legalizing marijuana, we get a chance to see how the process unfolds for our neighbors to the north. The first retail shops in the state are opening today, wit
By Michele Stranger Hunter of Portland, Oregon. Michele is the executive director of NARAL Pro-Choice Oregon After last week's ruling on the highly anticipated Hobby Lobby case, the country is on high alert. In a shocking 5-4 vote, fo
That didn’t take long. Three days after GMO labeling supporters turned in over 155,000 signatures to put their initiative on November’s ballot, and four months before Election Day, the Oregonian editorial board
In the rousing beginning to the substance of the Declaration of Independence, the first political idea and value introduced is equality. The rights that follow, life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness, rest on a foundation of equality. The purpose of government, to secure those rights, with powe
The decision issued by the Supreme Court Monday in what is now known as the Hobby Lobby case has left many progressives simply horrified. After President Obama, and progressive senators like Jeff Merkley, pushed for a broad mandate to ensure that every woman could have access to birth control under the Affordable Care Ac
Let's see here. Portland has 603,000 residents. Boston has 635,000 residents. Our city budgets are roughly on par with each other. We both have robust technology industry sectors. So, why does it feel like they're the ones living in the future?
Looks like a headline for a Pride Month column? Nope, I'm dialing it back to topics that should be less current: who “deserves” to have children. Apparently we didn't get past it as a nation when the Supreme Court ruled against compulsory sterilization in 1942 (Skinner v. Oklahoma, 316 U.S 535). According to
Remember "Drill, Baby, Drill"? Well, over the last three years, domestic oil production is up nearly 50% since 2011. Nonetheless, the House Republicans are back with legislation that would remove a bunch of the restrictions on even more drilling -- offshore and on-shore. Well, you can count on Congressman
By Samuel Metz, MD. Samuel is a private practice anesthesiologist, HCAO representative from the Portland chapter of Physicians for a National Health Program, and founding member of Mad As Hell Doctors. Oregon’s HB 3260 study of health care financing: The life you save may be yo
Sherry Hall strikes again. On the official Clackamas County ballot for the primary election, it reads, "Official Primary Nominating Ballot for the Democrat Party".
In Oregon, politicians are free to sell themselves to whoever wants to pay. Loren Parks wants to give you a zillion dollars? Hey, no problem. Just one catch: you have to enter that fact into ORESTAR, and anyone, anywhere, can then see who your buyers are. Our politicians can take all the money they want, but they have to
Oregon is blessed to have climate champion Jeff Merkley as its junior Senator. Here’s how Merkley leans into the issue: Our nation is addicted to fossil fuels. This addiction is bad for our economy, our
MSNBC's Rachel Maddow takes a look at John Kitzhaber's life-saving and crime-fighting record. Most excellent.
In the race for Multnomah County Chair, only one candidate has been endorsed by NARAL Pro-Choice Oregon: Deborah Kafoury. After all, her record on women's health and women's rights as a county commissioner and a state legislator is crystal clear. Which is why it is so very, very strange tha
Earlier today, Governor John Kitzhaber -- an emergency room doctor in his pre-politics days -- jumped from his state vehicle and saved a woman's life. From KGW: Kitzhaber was traveling by car
It’s 3:00 pm a little over a week ago, I am rushing to my son’s school to pick him up after a communication snafu at home. School gets out at 2:45. It’s not the worst thing in the world, of course, that he is sitting in the library wondering where I am, but I remember what it felt like to not be picked up and all o
By Jessica Goad and Steve Pedery. Jessica Goad works for the Center for Western Priorities, a non-profit organization that promotes responsible policies and practices and ensures accountability at all levels to protect communities, land, and water
By Kathleen Taylor of Portland, Oregon. Kathleen is a career government performance auditor, a PTA president and public education funding activist. She is a Democratic candidate for HD 41 in Milwaukie, Oak Grove, and Southeast Portland. Find out more at
Brian Wilson, running against Jules Bailey for the Multnomah County Commission, made this claim about Bailey in a recent email: "He was instrumental in creating the Business Energy Tax Credit that let companies like Wal-Mart profit by $11 million while costing the Oregon general fund $33 million."
Last December President Obama stated that income inequality is the “defining challenge of our time.” OCPP’s latest publications illustrate how this challenge manifests itself in Oregon.