December 31, 2014 - Senator Wyden on Cuba

Oregon Senator Ron Wyden U.S. Senator Ron Wyden issued the following statement  praising President Obama’s announcement of new steps to open up relations with the Cuban people: “I applaud the President for today’s announcement and for taking these historic steps to normalize relations with Cuba. I have long believed that […]

December 30, 2014 - Oregon’s all-time high employment

Patrick Emerson PhD , OSU Economist Oregon Economics Blog Oregon’s employment is at an all-time high, according to the Oregon Employment Department.  More impressive, perhaps, is that November recorded an all time record increase in new jobs at 11,200.  The unemployment rate remains at 7.0% which is itself, ironically, a […]

December 29, 2014 - Portland should embrace Uber, consumer choice

By Steve Buckstien, Cascade Policy Institute In November, Beaverton, Gresham, Hillsboro, and Tigard, Oregon joined Vancouver, Washington in welcoming ridesharing juggernaut Uber to operate legally in their cities. Conspicuously absent from this list was the region’s largest city, Portland, which became virtually surrounded by the smartphone app transit economy. Then, […]

December 24, 2014 - Metro jobs rebound, incomes still lag

By Portland Business Alliance A coalition of business and civic leaders released the latest in a series of economic studies examining how the Portland-metro region is performing compared to the U.S. metro average and other comparable metro areas. The study shows that the Portland-metro region has gained back the jobs […]

December 23, 2014 - What Cuba news means for cigars

By Jabob Grier, Portland Writer Cocktail consultant, magician, blogger. Liquidity Preference Blog The announcement of more normal diplomatic relations between the United States and Cuba is welcome news for many reasons, but the one that seems to spring to mind for many is that Cuba’s most famous export, cigars, may […]

December 22, 2014 - Cybersecurity? Mr. President sign this!

By Technology Association of Oregon. Cybersecurity Enhancement Act of 2014 was passed to the President for his signature. This is a comprehensive Act that has gotten broad industry and consumer advocacy support. The Bill and now the Act has been around for a while and it has been modified in […]

December 19, 2014 - Opposition to labor’s “ambush election” rule

U.S. Chamber of Commerce The U.S. Chamber of Commerce expressed strong opposition to the National Labor Relations Board’s (NLRB) re-issuing of its “ambush election” rule, which would impose sweeping changes to the process used to conduct union elections in the workplace. “It is a shame that the NLRB would expend […]

December 18, 2014 - Oregon shouldn’t meddle in private business retirements

By State Senator Doug Whitsett, It is often said that bad ideas are never truly defeated in the legislative process; they simply remain dormant until being resurrected in a different form for a future Legislature to debate. House Bill 3436 is one of those very bad ideas. It was introduced […]

December 17, 2014 - Nike sues ex-designers for intellectual property theft

Nike sues three former designers for theft of intellectual property By Oregon Small Business Association Nike has sued three of its former top designers for $10 million for violating their non-compete agreements and stealing intellectual property. The three senior designers Denis Dekovic, Marc Dolce, and Mark Miner are accused of […]

December 16, 2014 - State AG’s eye crackdown on telemarketers

Davis Dwight & Tremaine LLP Oregon business law firm A majority of the nation’s state and territorial Attorneys General have collectively urged the Federal Communications Commission and Federal Trade Commission to revisit rules and policies in ways that would help law enforcement crack down on telemarketing practices. Recently, the FCC […]