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Gretchen Kafoury Dies At 72

Longtime housing advocate served in city, county and state governments


Gretchen Kafoury, a longtime public servant who served in the Oregon Legislature, on the Multnomah County Commission and as a Portland city commissioner, has died, according to Multnomah County spokesman David Austin. She was 72.

Kafoury's older daughter, Deborah Kafoury, is chair of the Multnomah County Commission.
Gretchen Miller Kafoury was born in Walla Walla, Wash. Sh...   More
Friday, March 13, 2015 by NIGEL JAQUISS

Emails Show Kitzhaber Was Ambivalent About Seeking Re-Election For a Fourth Term as Governor

"Pretty much burned out right now," Kitzhaber wrote in late 2013, not long before announcing he would run again.


Former Gov. John Kitzhaber's four-decade political career ended abruptly last month, just 37 days after he was sworn in for a record-setting fourth term.

But before seeking re-election, Kitzhaber came close to deciding against running for re-election, according to his emails that his office later sought to have deleted from state servers.

On July 12, 2013, Kitzhaber wrote to ...   More
Thursday, March 12, 2015 by NIGEL JAQUISS

Sen. Chip Shields Pushes a Bill That Could Benefit His Family's Business: Updated

He asked Rep. Lew Frederick to introduce the legislation.


Sen. Chip Shields (D-Portland) is pushing legislation that could directly benefit his family's business—and he’s getting another legislator to do the political work for him.

The bill, HB 3052, would mandate that contractors in any publicly funded project—...   More
Thursday, March 12, 2015 by NIGEL JAQUISS

You Call This a Farm?

Urban farmers and foresters are benefiting from a gaping property tax loophole.

Cover Story
Joe Angel is a real-estate developer and investor best known for once owning 28 Portland-area Burger Kings. Angel also helped develop three downtown hotels—the Westin, the deLuxe and the Luc   More
Wednesday, March 11, 2015 NIGEL JAQUISS

Emails Show Kitzhaber Sought To Hand-Pick Special Prosecutor

Former governor's attorney suggested friendly ex-judges.


The first week of February marked an acceleration in the spiraling troubles that led former Gov. John Kitzhaber to resign.A disastrous press conference led to the state's biggest daily calling for his resignation, and unanswered ethical and legal questions about first lady Cylvia Hayes only grew bigger. If Kitzhaber were to survive, he needed to change the political narrative—and f...   More
Tuesday, March 10, 2015 by NIGEL JAQUISS

Dave Frohnmayer, an Oregon Legal and Political Leader, Dies at 74


Dave Frohnmayer, one of the leading figures in recent Oregon political, legal and academic history, died Monday night, his longtime spokeswoman, Marla Rae, tells WW. Frohnmayer was 74.

The Eugene Register-Guard reported Frohnmayer died of prostate cancer.

Frohnmayer carved out a career in public service that spanned politics, the law and academia. He was a Rhode...   More
Tuesday, March 10, 2015 by NIGEL JAQUISS

Emails Show How Kitzhaber and Hayes Sought to Block Release of Her Emails

Lawyer on Hayes' emails: "Not 'smoking guns' but they are clearly not helpful."


Former Gov. John Kitzhaber is seeking to block federal criminal investigators from getting access to personal emails he stored on state computers. The Oregonian broke that news last week, noting Kitzhaber has succeeded in delaying by nearly a week the state’s response to a feder...   More
Monday, March 9, 2015 by NIGEL JAQUISS

Emails Show Ex-Gov. John Kitzhaber Made Only One Paid Speech While In Office

Kitzhaber had asked ethics commission's permission to earn extra money.


In December 2012, then-Gov. John Kitzhaber took the extraordinary step of asking the Oregon Government Ethics Commission if could have permission to make paid speeches.
It was a surprising request for a public servant who'd prided himself on high ethical standards. Taking money for speeches could give at least the appearance that Kitzhaber was trading on his position as govern...   More
Friday, March 6, 2015 by NIGEL JAQUISS

Gov. Kate Brown Names Jeanne Atkins Secretary of State

Atkins will be placeholder until the 2016 election.


Gov. Kate Brown today named Jeanne Atkins, who recently retired from U.S. Sen. Jeff Merkley's staff, to be secretary of state.

That job became vacant when Brown, who was elected secretary of state in 2008 and 2012, succeeded former Gov. John Kitzhaber upon his Feb. 18 resignation.

Brown had the choice of naming one of many politicians who'd like to be the...   More
Friday, March 6, 2015 by NIGEL JAQUISS

Oregon Department of Administrative Services Director Michael Jordan Resigns: Updated

State's chief operating officer ordered criminal investigation into publication of Kitzhaber emails.


Michael Jordan, the director of the Oregon Department of Administrative Services, abruptly announced his resignation to agency staff this morning.
Jordan, who is in effect the state's chief operating officer, made what observers believe was a career-ending choice the morning of Feb. 18 when he ordered a criminal investigation by the Oregon State Police into how WW obtained...   More
Thursday, March 5, 2015 by NIGEL JAQUISS

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