Emails Reveal Kitzhaber Planned Showdown With Teachers Union

Former governor wanted to align Salem and local districts' budgets


Before John Kitzhaber resigned last month, he had hoped to force a major confrontation with the Oregon Education Association in the 2015 legislative session. Kitzhaber’s plan, outlined in some of the thousands of emails his office sought to delete from state servers on Feb. 5., is part of a larger narrative about the tensions between the former Democratic governor and one of ...   More
Wednesday, March 25, 2015 NIGEL JAQUISS

Bill Sizemore Declares Bankruptcy

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Bill Sizemore, the anti-tax, anti-public employee union ballot measure specialist, has declared Chapter 7 bankruptcy. In his filing on April 9, Sizemore listed assets of $10,796 and liabilities of $21 million. Those liabilities are the result of civil lawsuits the Oregon Education Association and the American Federation of Teachers won against him. Sizemore, 61, was the Republican nominee for governor ...   More
Friday, April 12, 2013 NIGEL JAQUISS

Teachers Union Rep: Rogue of the Week Off-Base

Last week's Rogue of the Week spotlighted the Oregon Education Association and the American Federation of Teachers. The two unions had jointly written a letter discouraging a state agency, the Oregon Educators Benefit Board, from contracting with insurance companies that opposed the unions' position in favor of Measures 66 and 67, the two income tax measures approved last month by state voters. This ...   More
Monday, February 22, 2010 NIGEL JAQUISS


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