Attorney General Says Treasurer Ted Wheeler Is Ineligible to Run For Re-Election In 2016

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State Treasurer Ted Wheeler's tenure will end in 2016, two years short of the eight years the Oregon constitution allows, according to an opinion issued today by the Oregon Department of Justice. That opinion is a surprise—the Oregon constitution permits state wide elected officials such as the governor, secretary of state and treasurer to serve eight consecutive years. But it now appears Wheeler, ...   More
 
Monday, August 11, 2014 NIGEL JAQUISS

To Democrats in Sunriver, Ted Wheeler and Val Hoyle Look Good

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The Democratic Party of Oregon gathered in Sunriver over the weekend for their biennial confab. In addition to boozing and kibitzing about the just-completed special session, the party faithful conducted straw polls for governor and secretary of state at a private party not sanctioned by the DPO. Most people's presumption is that incumbent Gov. John Kitzhaber will soon announce he's seeking a fourth ...   More
 
Monday, October 7, 2013 NIGEL JAQUISS

Howard Dean Calls For a Challenge To Sen. Betsy Johnson

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Former Democratic National Committee Chairman Howard Dean does not often get involved in Oregon legislative races.But today the 2004 presidential candidate and former Vermont governor today took a shot at State Sen. Betsy Johnson (D-Scappoose) on TwitterHere's Dean's tweet from earlier today: At issue is Johnson's vote over the weekend on House Bill 3521, which could have increased Oregon voter ...   More
 
Tuesday, July 9, 2013 NIGEL JAQUISS

No License To Vote

A bill tying voter registration to driver’s licenses is stuck in neutral.


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A bill that could register as many as 600,000 new Oregon voters is in danger of dying without a vote. The state’s top elections official, Secretary of State Kate Brown, wants anyone who gets a   More
 
Wednesday, June 12, 2013 NIGEL JAQUISS

Green Party Activist Sues Kate Brown Over Hales Elections Complaint

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Seth Woolley, a Green Party activist and two-time candidate for Secretary of State, has filed suit (PDF) in Marion County Court against Secretary of State Kate Brown alleging that the elections division, which Brown controls, failed to properly investigate an earlier elections complaint Woolley filed against then-mayoral candidate Charlie Hales.Woolley had maintained that Hales was not a legally registered ...   More
 
Tuesday, March 19, 2013 NIGEL JAQUISS

Secretary of State Brown Releases Final Election Results

Oregon Turnout 83 percent

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Elections geeks can now tear into the official results from the Nov. 6 general election. Secretary of State Kate Brown certified those results today. The results for individual races and ballot measures are here under "official election results." There is also information about voter registration and participation. The big overall number—83 percent turnout—down slightly from 2008, when 85.7 ...   More
 
Wednesday, December 5, 2012 NIGEL JAQUISS

Brown Tops Buehler to Remain Secretary of State

Third-Party Spoilers Fail to Hurt Incumbent

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Despite strong opposition from political newcomer Dr. Knute Buehler, a Republican, incumbent Democratic Secretary of State Kate Brown won a surprisingly easy victory tonight. Brown leads Buehler, 51 percent to 44 percent.Brown, the former Senate majority leader, drew on strong support from public employee unions and other allies she’s built over her 20-year political career. Buehler, an orthopedic ...   More
 
Tuesday, November 6, 2012 NIGEL JAQUISS

Kate Brown Spending Exceeds $1 Million

Secretary of State says "in-kind" contributions that pushed her over voluntary spending limit shouldn't count

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Secretary of State Kate Brown is now reporting spending more than $1 million in her bid for re-election—officially going over the line she promised in September she wouldn't break.Today's filings show that she's spent $1.08 million, to be exact. Spending on her behalf by a political action committee targeting her Republican opponent, Dr. Knute Buehler, counts as an in-kind contribution to her campaign, ...   More
 
Thursday, November 1, 2012 NIGEL JAQUISS

Big Bad Wolfe

An activist launches a campaign to oust Secretary of State Kate Brown.


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A light drizzle fell on Bob Wolfe as he stood outside a citadel of the Portland establishment like the lupine nemesis in the story of the Three Little Pigs.  Wolfe was rattling the doors    More
 
Wednesday, October 31, 2012 NIGEL JAQUISS

Kate Brown Picks Up Big Check, Debates Buehler Today

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Secretary of State Kate Brown reported a hefty check today—$50,000 from winemaker Eric Lemelson.Lemelson was one of the state's largest political donors in 2008 and 2010 but has been largely absent from the 2012 cycle. His contribution, however, is a sign of how seriously Brown is taking the challenge from Republican Dr. Knute Buehler and two others, Seth Woolley of the Pacific Green Party and Bob ...   More
 
Friday, October 26, 2012 NIGEL JAQUISS

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