Rep. Knute Buehler Won't Run For Governor in 2016

Knute Buehler

The Oregon GOP's top potential state-wide candidate is sitting out 2016.State Rep. Knute Buehler (R-Bend) announced this morning he will not run for governor in 2016. Buehler, an orthopedic surgeon and Rhodes scholar, challenged then-Secretary of State Kate Brown in 2012 and had considered challenging now-Gov. Brown next year, when she will run for the remaining two years of what would have been former ...   More
Tuesday, August 25, 2015 NIGEL JAQUISS

It's Official: Public Weed Sales Start Oct. 1

Kate Brown signed a bill today allowing medical dispensaries to sell cannabis to everybody over 21


Well, it's official. Recreational weed sales in Oregon begin on Oct. 1.That news from Salem today as Gov. Kate Brown finally signed a bill that opens existing medical dispensaries to anyone at least 21 years of age.As we reported back in June, the Oregon Legislature made the call after Southern Oregon Republican Ted Ferrioli pushed to amended a bill so that existing medical dispensaries could ...   More
Tuesday, July 28, 2015 by MATTHEW KORFHAGE

Oregon State Treasurer Ted Wheeler is Likely Running for Portland Mayor, Sources Tell WW


Ted Wheeler is preparing his run for Portland mayor. Last week, the state treasurer told The Oregonian he was still making up his mind whether to challenge Mayor Charlie Hales or take a run at Gov. Kate Brown. But two sources tell WW that Wheeler told them after the interview that he has ruled out a gubernatorial bid and will likely run against Hales in 2016. Other sources tell WW that two phone surveys ...   More
Tuesday, July 28, 2015 Beth Slovic and Aaron Mesh

GOP Candidate For Governor Sid Leiken Lowers Sights, Will Run for Secretary of State

Lane County commissioner ends long-shot bid.


Lane County Commissioner Sid Leiken was always going to be a very long shot for governor. Leiken, a Republican, registered an exploratory commission on April 26, aiming at next year's GOP primary. Leiken is in his second term on the Lane commission and served 10 years as mayor of Springfield before that, so he has a base in the Willamette Valley. Just not enough of one. Leiken announced today that ...   More
Monday, June 29, 2015 NIGEL JAQUISS

Watch the Testimony that Doomed Gov. Kate Brown's Transportation Package

ODOT director admits carbon reduction numbers were wrong.


Gov. Kate Brown’s first major initiative since taking office in February, a sweeping $344 million transportation package, blew up today after a state agency acknowledged it had miscalculated the numbers on which that initiative was built. The package’s prospects for success relied on two things: repealing the low-carbon fuel standard Brown signed into law in March, and replacing it with a package ...   More
Thursday, June 25, 2015 NIGEL JAQUISS

Gov. Kate Brown Pulls Plug On Attempt to Replace Low Carbon Fuel Standard with Transportation Package

Transportation deal is dead, at least for now.


Gov. Kate Brown this morning put an end to  negotiations with leading legislators aimed at repealing the low-carbon fuel standard, a controversial law she signed in March, and replacing it with a $343 million package of transportation improvements funded by a gas-0tax increase, higher vehicle fees and an increased transit tax. In backing away from the low-carbon fuel standard, Brown had proposed ...   More
Thursday, June 25, 2015 NIGEL JAQUISS

Murmurs: A Hipster Dividend

No, Portland’s proposed “density bonus” is not a cash handout to you for tolerating an increasingly crowded city. It’s a series of new incentives City Commissioner Dan Saltzman wants to give d   More
Wednesday, June 24, 2015 WW Editorial Stall

The Honeymoon's Over: Environmental Groups Slam Gov. Kate Brown For Bargaining Away Their Legislative Victory

Backers of low-carbon fuel law fighting "backroom deal" for a higher gas tax.


Gov. Kate Brown is facing the first major political challenge in her brief tenure in office, and it's a problem of her own making.After replacing former Gov. John Kitzhaber on Feb. 18, Brown signed a bill that extends the low-carbon fuel standard. That measure will require companies bringing fuels into Oregon either to blend in lower carbon components such as ethanol or purchase credits to offset ...   More
Friday, June 19, 2015 NIGEL JAQUISS

Rep. Knute Buehler Asks Gov. Kate Brown to Bolster Whistle-blower Protections


Now that prosecutors have announced they won't press charges against whistle-blower Michael Rodgers, Rep. Knute Buehler (R-Bend) is seeking Gov. Kate Brown's support to beef up protections for future whistle-blowers. Earlier this year, Rodgers refused a request to delete 6,000 of former Gov. John Kitzhaber's emails from state servers. He then leaked those emails to WW. Two weeks ago, Rodgers told the ...   More
Friday, June 5, 2015 NIGEL JAQUISS

District Attorneys Say They Will Not Charge Kitzhaber Whistleblower Michael Rodgers

Decision follows signal yesterday from Gov. Kate Brown.


The District Attorneys of Marion and Yamhill County this afternoon released a statement saying they would not charge Michael Rodgers, the senior state IT official who refused to delete 6,000 of former Gov. John Kitzhaber's emails and then leaked the emails to WW. The decision comes just a day after Gov. Kate Brown told WW she didn't think Rodgers should be charged criminally and that she'd prefer ...   More
Wednesday, June 3, 2015 NIGEL JAQUISS


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