Murmurs: Maybe Mayors, Man Booker and the City Dole

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Murmurs
Two prominent lawmakers are close to major career moves: Two-term state Rep. Jefferson Smith (D-East Portland) spent the weekend at the coast with his wife to arrive at a decision whether to enter t   More
 
Wednesday, September 7, 2011 WW Editorial Staff

Dave Hunt 'Doing a Lot of Listening'

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Former House Speaker Dave Hunt (D-Gladstone) has a big decision to make. Hunt's seat—which he has held since 2002—is safe if he wants to keep it next year. But the 2009 speaker of the Oregon House lost his gavel last year to Rep. Arnie Roblan (D-Coos Bay), and last month got pushed out of his Democratic majority leader's position by Rep. Tina Kotek (D-North Portland). So Hunt, 43, who works for ...   More
 
Wednesday, July 13, 2011 NIGEL JAQUISS

Kotek Unseats Hunt as House Demo Caucus Leader

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Oregon lawmakers brought the 76th Legislative Assembly to a close today at 2:50 p.m., 153 days after starting work. Shortly afterward, House Democrats convened their caucus to select leadership for next February's session. The fallout for Rep. Dave Hunt (D-Gladstone), who served as House majority leader in 2007 and House speaker in 2009, continued. Last year, after contentious caucus elections, Dems ...   More
 
Thursday, June 30, 2011 NIGEL JAQUISS

Nature Conservancy Now Unhappy With Lottery Measure Referral

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 Last fall, Oregon voters approved Measure 76, which continued a requirement that 15 percent of state lottery proceeds be set aside for parks and wildlife (about $160 million per biennium). Before that statewide vote on continuing the 15-percent set-aside before its expiration, the measure's proponents agreed with legislative leaders that the ballot measure contained flaws. Among the environmental ...   More
 
Wednesday, February 23, 2011 NIGEL JAQUISS

House Democrats: Hunt Holds on to Power, How Much is Unclear


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The Oregon House Democrats had their usual post-election meeting last night in Salem to vote for leadership positions. Speculation in the past week centered on whether House Speaker Dave Hunt (D-Gladstone) would retain his power after Democrats' 36 to 24 super-majority melted away into a 30-30 tie with Republicans. And Democrats took the unusual step of having an outside mediator come in to ...   More
 
Thursday, November 11, 2010 NIGEL JAQUISS

Oregon GOP Files Ethics Complaints Against Dems on Tax Vote (Updated with Hunt Comment)


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Oregon Republican Party chairman Bob Tiernan today filed ethics complaints against House Speaker Dave Hunt (D-Gladstone) and Ways and Means co-chairman Peter Buckley (D-Ashland), alleging that the two engaged in "vote buying" to ensure passage of a state income tax increase Tuesday for wealthier Oregonians. The Oregonian reported today that Democratic leaders offered Rep. Greg Smith (R-Heppner) ...   More
 
Thursday, June 11, 2009 NIGEL JAQUISS

Ethics Chief Dismisses Complaints Against House Dems


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State Ethics Commission director Ron Bersin quickly rejected complaints the Oregon Republican Party filed on Thursday against House Speaker Dave Hunt (PDF) (D-Gladstone) and Peter Buckley (PDF) (D-Ashland). In dismissing the complaints, Bersin wrote that neither complaint provided evidence that either Democrat had violated ORS. 244.010 — the law outlining the "public trust" that Oregon ...   More
 
Monday, June 15, 2009 NIGEL JAQUISS

Oregon Legislative Leaders at City Club Discuss Tax Increases and Saving Private Ryan


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With an election battle likely over tax increases passed by the Oregon Legislature on corporations and the wealthiest state residents, four of the Legislature's most powerful lawmakers came to City Club of Portland today to discuss the session that wrapped up last month. Unsurprisingly, the Democrats defended the tax increases and Republicans attacked them in a precursor of the debate to come, ...   More
 
Friday, July 31, 2009 Aaron Mendelson

Suspense on Election Night Ends Quickly and Happily For the Yes on 66/67 Campaign


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Election night at the Wonder Ballroom on North Russell Street. At 8 p.m. when the polls close on Measures 66 and 67, the room is filling but by no means full. The normally ebullient Steve Novick, the public face of the Yes campaign, seems subdued. "For 78 years the people of this state have waited for progressive tax reform," Novick told the crowd from the stage. "And still we wait." But ...   More
 
Tuesday, January 26, 2010 NIGEL JAQUISS

Bend Bulletin Reports On Legislative Leaders Settling Scores After Tax Measure Win


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The Bend Bulletin has an intriguing account of score-settling, Oregon-style in today's paper. Bulletin reporter Nick Budnick (formerly of WW) details the efforts of House Speaker Dave Hunt (D-Gladstone) and House Majority Leader Mary Nolan (D-Portland) to turn the heat up on lobbyists who worked unsucessfully to defeat Measures 66 and 67. Among those lobbyists are "No" campaign manager Mark ...   More
 
Tuesday, February 9, 2010 NIGEL JAQUISS

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