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

Lane County commissioner ends long-shot bid.

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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.

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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.

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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


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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.

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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

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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.

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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

Defending the Whistle-Blower

Gov. Kate Brown says the Kitzhaber email leaker shouldn’t face criminal charges.


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Since going public with his story last week, Michael Rodgers has heard a lot of opinions about his decision to leak 6,000 of former Gov. John Kitzhaber’s emails to WW. Last week’s cover    More
 
Wednesday, June 3, 2015 NIGEL JAQUISS

Gov. Kate Brown Says the Man Who Leaked Kitzhaber’s Emails Should Not Be Prosecuted: Updated

Brown says Oregon instead should be "building trust and accountability in state government."

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Gov. Kate Brown says the man who leaked former Gov. John Kitzhaber's emails to WW should not face criminal charges.Brown says she believes state IT manager Michael Rodgers acted to protect public records after Kitzhaber’s office requested in February that about 6,000 of Kitzhaber’s emails be deleted from state computers and based on what she's read, his actions were not criminal. “I think it’s ...   More
 
Tuesday, June 2, 2015 NIGEL JAQUISS

Gov. Kate Brown Will Give State-of-the State Address Today

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Gov. Kate Brown, nearing her two-month mark in office, will present a state-of-the-state address shortly after noon today at Portland City Club at the Sentinel Hotel at 614 SW 11th Ave.Brown, the former secretary of state, replaced former Gov. John Kitzhaber after Kitzhaber abruptly resigned Feb. 18. Today's speech, which will be re-broadcast this evening at 7 pm on OPB radio, is one of Brown's first ...   More
 
Friday, April 17, 2015 by Nigel Jaquiss

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