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Richardson, Kitzhaber Make Last-Minute Fundraising Push

Challenger gains ground after news about Kitzhaber's ethical issues


There's a flood of new money flowing into the the governor's race.
The Republican challenger, state Rep. Dennis Richardson (R-Central Point), reported a slew of in-kind contributions from timber interests, including Rob Freres ($150,000); Lyons, Ore.-based Freres Timber ($100,000); Seneca Jones Timber ($135,000); and Seneca co-owner Kathy Jones-McCann ($...   More
Monday, October 27, 2014 by NIGEL JAQUISS

Dupont Pioneer Shatters Record for Largest Oregon Political Contribution

Single check outpaces Kitzhaber's entire campaign


Sometimes you could get the impression that Portland's job market is built around breweries, coffee shops and yoga studios. But in the election cycle it's become clear there's another pillar underlying the local economy: out-of-state special interests trying to influence Oregon elections.
Today's example: the mammoth $4.46 million check that Dupont Pioneer, an Iowa-based agri-business c...   More
Friday, October 24, 2014 by NIGEL JAQUISS

Republican-Funded Pro-Union PAC Gets High Marks for Chutzpah


In the current print edition of WW, we reported on a new political action committee, Promise is a Promise, Contract is a Contract.

The committee has recently put up a website bashing Democrats for voting for two 2013 bills that, if enacted, wil...   More
Thursday, October 23, 2014 by NIGEL JAQUISS

New KATU Poll Shows Potential Shift in Governor's Race: Updated

Voters say they are moving from Kitzhaber to Richardson


New polling information released today by WW's news partner, KATU (Channel 2) television shows large numbers of voters saying they may shift from incumbent Gov. John Kitzhaber, a Democrat, to his Republican challenger, State R...   More
Wednesday, October 22, 2014 by NIGEL JAQUISS

Former Oregon Ducks Spokesman Calls for Abolition of High School and College Football


In his job as spokesman for the athletic departments at Northwestern University and then the University of Oregon (from 1976 to 1982) George Beres made a lot of statements about college athletics. But Beres, who says he's had more than 300 letters to the editor published in various publications, has rarely ...   More
Monday, October 20, 2014 by NIGEL JAQUISS

Dennis Richardson Dodges Social Issues But His Votes, Fundraising Reveal His Views

Republican candidate for governor panned sex ed


The Republican candidate for governor, state Rep. Dennis Richardson (R-Central Point) has not had to answer many questions about social issues during this campaign.
When abortion, gay rights or issues of equity come up in interviews or debates, Richardson hits the fast-forward button, giving some version of an answer such as "those issues are settled."
At the KGW/Oregonian debate on...   More
Saturday, October 18, 2014 by NIGEL JAQUISS

Federal Public Defender Files Motion to Free Frank Gable in Michael Francke Murder

One final chance for Oregon's most famous convicted killer?


The Oregon federal public defender's office today sought to re-open what is perhaps the state's most highly-publicized murder of the past three decades.On Jan. 17, 1989, the then-Director of the Oregon Department of Corrections, Michael Francke, was stabbed to death outside his office in Salem.
The case was an immediate and long-lasting media sensation. No murder weapon was ever ...   More
Friday, October 17, 2014 by NIGEL JAQUISS

State Rep. Vicki Berger Files Ethics Complaint Against First Lady Cylvia Hayes


State Rep. Vicki Berger (R-Salem) today filed a complaint with the Oregon Government Ethics Commission, seeking answers to a series of questions about the role of First Lady Cylvia Hayes has played in the administration of her fiancee, Gov. John Kitzhaber.As WW reported last week, Hayes has ...   More
Thursday, October 16, 2014 by NIGEL JAQUISS

Nepotism in Oregon Governor's Race: Dennis Richardson Paid His Wife to be Legislative Aide


In his campaign for governor, state Rep. Dennis Richardson (R-Central Point) has pounded Democratic incumbent Gov. John Kitzhaber over the past 10 days for a series of ethical issues in Kitzhaber's office, most of them first reported in this paper.But Richardson's tax return shows he's got a...   More
Thursday, October 16, 2014 by NIGEL JAQUISS

Kitzhaber's Staff Aided Financially Troubled Former Client of First Lady Cylvia Hayes

The governor's office intervened with state Energy Department to delay foreclosure


The owner of the Pronghorn Golf Course in Bend was in deep financial trouble. It was November 2011, and the golf course had been slammed by the recession that had battered Bend. The course’s developer, California-based Hix Rubenstein, faced foreclosure on a $58 million bank loan and a $1.8 million loan from the state of Oregon. The company’s owner, Tom Hi...   More
Wednesday, October 15, 2014 by NIGEL JAQUISS

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