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

Enviro Group Accuses Hales Campaign of Breaking Law by Secretly Recording a Meeting


The Oregon League of Conservation Voters today blasted the campaign of mayoral candidate Charlie Hales for what the environmental group says is "unethical and possibly illegal use of endorsement interviews."At issue is a story WW posted last week quoting Hales' opponent State Rep. Jefferson Smith. In his OLCV interview, Smith suggested that as mayor, he could round up 2,000 volunteers and pave the ...   More
Wednesday, September 5, 2012 NIGEL JAQUISS

Jefferson Smith Gets OLCV Nod But Crosses City Union


Yesterday the Oregon League of Conservation Voters endorsed State Rep. Jefferson Smith (D-East Portland) in the mayor's race. That's a coup for Smith, who already earned endorsements from other enviro groups including the Sierra Club and Bike Walk Vote. “Jefferson Smith is the environmental candidate for Mayor," OLCV executive director Doug Moore said in a statement. "Jefferson is always out front ...   More
Thursday, August 30, 2012 NIGEL JAQUISS

Battle Over Oregon Lottery Funds Intensifies; OEA Eyes Jackpot

Oregon State Capitol.

 Yesterday, WW reported that serious differences of opinion have arisen over Ballot Measure 76, the measure approved last year by state voters to dedicate 15 percent of Oregon Lottery proceeds (more than $80 million annually) permanently to wildlife habitat and parks. The Nature Conservancy, which provided most of the measure's $1.4 million bankroll, is now waffling on a previous agreement to ...   More
Thursday, February 24, 2011 NIGEL JAQUISS

Oregon League of Conservation Voters Endorses in the Metro Prez Race

No, we are not going to report every endorsement handed out this election season. But the Oregon League of Conservation Voters carries weight in the Metro race, since many of those who follow the regional government are environmentally conscious. And, OLCV is clearly looking to raise its profile after the hiring last October of Jon Isaacs, who formerly ran FuturePac —the Oregon House Democrats ...   More
Thursday, January 14, 2010 NIGEL JAQUISS


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