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Flint water case offers new spin on state use of outside counsel

By   /  November 4, 2016  /  General, Michigan, Mississippi, National, News, Oregon, Power Abuse, Regulations, State Government, Transparency  /  No Comments

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The water crisis in Flint, Mich., has uncovered more than bureaucratic negligence and cover-up. Ensuing legal action has highlighted a case of an oft-used — and frequently abused — practice: outsourcing government legal work to private lawyers. Despite supporters’ claims that offloading work onto outside counsel might be more efficient and less expensive, there’s evidence […]

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San Antonio homes in on $250K Portland consultant

By   /  October 10, 2016  /  Colorado, News, Oregon, Texas  /  No Comments

MOVER AND SHAKER: John Fregonese has consulted on transit-oriented development along light-rail lines, a controversial concept in San Antonio.

Embarking on municipal housing initiatives, San Antonio officials are purchasing advice from an Oregon consultant promoting new waves of dense development with a random racial rant.

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Nanny State of the Week: You can’t be trusted to rent to your family

By   /  August 15, 2016  /  Nanny State of the Week, Oregon, Taxes  /  No Comments

Cannon Beach, Oregon. Credit to Mark Hogan on Flickr

Part 92 of 107 in the series Nanny State of the Week Residents of Cannon Beach, Oregon, who rent out their homes to friends and family members who visit on vacation in the summer might want to prepare to pay more for the privilege. Property owners in the small resort town are learning that no amount of regulation […]

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Nanny State Of The Week: It’s nanny-on-nanny in Portland pot dispute

By   /  August 1, 2016  /  Nanny State of the Week, News, Oregon, Regulations, Taxes  /  No Comments

In this photo taken May 5, 2011, shows a unidentified man smoking medical marijuana during karaoke night at the Cannabis Café, in Portland, Ore.  The Cannabis Café is a combination of the bar from Cheers and a street-side pot palace in Amsterdam. It is perfectly legal in this smoky room for medical marijuana patients to burn, eat, rub, filter and roll marijuana.  (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)

Part 90 of 107 in the series Nanny State of the Week A major push for marijuana legalization across the country has led to a strange conflict between the traditionally left-wing legalization movement and another movement on the left: second-hand smoke crusaders. In a clash that legitimizes the geographic stereotype, Portland, Oregon, clean-air advocates have […]

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Texas lost Motor Voter registrations, lawsuit claims

By   /  March 24, 2016  /  Accountability, News, North Carolina, Oregon, Politics & Elections, Texas  /  No Comments

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Voter registrations of thousands of Texans fell through bureaucratic cracks at the Department of Public Safety, according to a lawsuit filed against the state.

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New report highlights the health of the charter school movement

By   /  March 8, 2016  /  District of Columbia, Education, Education Blog, Indiana, Michigan, News, Oregon  /  No Comments


The National Alliance for Public Charter Schools has released a follow-up state-by-state look at the health of charter schools, approximately a year and a half after the first, aiming to “provide data about the health of the charter public school movement along 13 indicators of growth, innovation, and quality.” For a state to qualify to be ranked […]

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