My Name is Barbara

A memoir reveals the personal side—and political failings—of Oregon’s first woman governor.


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Former Gov. Barbara Roberts’ new memoir, Up the Capitol Steps, is the most frustrating of books. For 200 pages, it’s the revealing, tender and intimate life story of Oregon’s first female gov   More
 
Wednesday, November 2, 2011 MARK KIRCHMEIER

Gov. Barbara Roberts' New Book Recounts Kitz Clash

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Former Gov. Barbara Roberts' new memoir, Up the Capitol Steps: A Woman's March to the Governorship, is a highly readable account of Roberts' path to becoming Oregon's first female governor. (A Democrat, she served from 1991 to 1995.) Anyone with an interest in Oregon politics will find much to chew on in the book, but political junkies will be forgiven if they turn first to page 323 for a gripping ...   More
 
Wednesday, September 7, 2011 NIGEL JAQUISS

Metro Picks Ex-Gov. Barbara Roberts: Updated

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 The Metro Council today selected former Gov. Barbara Roberts, 74,  to replace resigned councilor Robert Liberty, ending a whirlwind process. She does not plan to seek election next year to a full term (Bob Stacey, who withdrew from consideration for appointment to this seat, already has said he will run in next year's election.)Updated at 4:06 pm: In the first round of voting, Metro Council ...   More
 
Thursday, February 17, 2011 NIGEL JAQUISS

Stacey Withdraws From Metro Contest

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 Bob Stacey, the former 1000 Friends of Oregon executive director, this morning notified supporters and reporters that he's dropping out of the field of candidates vying to replace resigned Metro councilor Robert Liberty. Stacey's announcement comes six days after his one-time boss, former Gov. Barbara Roberts announced she also would seek to replace Liberty. Here's the brief email sent out by ...   More
 
Monday, February 14, 2011 NIGEL JAQUISS

Metro Councilors Recruited Ex-Gov. Barbara Roberts

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 Former Gov. Barbara Roberts was enjoying a quiet day at home this past Wednesday morning, when the phone rang.It was a Metro councilor (Roberts prefers not to say which one) calling. Would Roberts, 74, who served as secretary of state from 1985 to 1991 and governor from 1991 to 1995 (she remains the only woman ever to hold that job in Oregon) be willing to help Metro out of a jam?Councilors trying ...   More
 
Friday, February 11, 2011 NIGEL JAQUISS

Former Gov. Barbara Roberts Applies For Metro Council Vacancy

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Here's a late-breaker: Former Gov. Barbara Roberts is among the eight applicants looking to fill the vacancy on the Metro Council.That's an intriguing wild card in the mix to replace Councilor Robert Liberty, who stepped down last month to take a job at the University of Oregon. Roberts is a Democrat who was governor from 1991 until 1995, and remains a go-to ex-pol when it comes to candidates for other ...   More
 
Wednesday, February 9, 2011 by

Barbara Roberts for Gov (Again)?


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With ex-Gov. John Kitzhaber weighing a campaign to reclaim his former office, it's only fair that ex-Gov. Barbara Roberts — the woman he unceremoniously replaced in the governor's mansion by big-footing her out of the 1994 Democratic gubernatorial primary — should also be considering a comeback. Roberts, 72, has never forgiven Kitzhaber for breaking an unwritten political rule—that ...   More
 
Friday, June 26, 2009 NIGEL JAQUISS

Election 2010: Former Gov. Barbara Roberts To Introduce Bradbury


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As reported last week, former Secretary of State Bill Bradbury has hired a campaign manager. So it seems pretty certain that when former Gov. Barbara Roberts (below) introduces Bradbury next week, Bradbury will be announcing officially that he is a candidate in the 2010 Democratic primary for governor. Unofficially, Bradbury has been running for months, as evidenced by his raising and ...   More
 
Thursday, September 10, 2009 NIGEL JAQUISS

Bill Bradbury Officially Announces Candidacy for Governor's Race


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Former Secretary of State Bill Bradbury formally kicked off his 2010 campaign for governor this morning, announcing his candidacy in a 22-minute press conference held at the Portland Community College-Sylvania campus. He was introduced by former Oregon Gov. Barbara Roberts, who served in the position from 1990 to 1994 before fellow Democrat John Kitzhaber replaced her. “It's time to ...   More
 
Thursday, September 17, 2009 JONATHAN CROWL

Ex-Gov. Barbara Roberts and Other Leaders Ask GOP to Fire Extremist Pollster:Update with Response


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A group of four community leaders led by former Gov. Barbara Roberts today sent a letter [PDF] to Republican state Senate candidates in Oregon asking them to publicly repudiate pollster Dennis Oliver Woods, who espoused extreme views toward women, African-Americans and gays in a 1998 book "Discipling the Nations" and more recently on a couple of websites. As WW reported last week, Woods has ...   More
 
Wednesday, September 29, 2010 NIGEL JAQUISS

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