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

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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

Tobias Read Will Run For State Treasurer

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State Rep. Tobias Read (D-Beaverton) announced this morning that he will run for state treasurer next year.Read, a former Nike footwear developer, has served five terms in the House, focusing on transportation and economic development issues. He worked closely this session with current state Treasurer Ted Wheeler to pass a retirement security bill, which is aimed at encouraging people who aren't part ...   More
 
Wednesday, July 8, 2015 NIGEL JAQUISS

Oregon Treasurer Ted Wheeler to Feds: Help Weed Growers Get Bank Accounts

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Oregon State Treasurer Ted Wheeler is asking the U.S. Treasury to help weed growers get bank accounts. Wheeler is sending a letter today to U.S. Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew, asking the feds to assure banks that they will not face legal risk if they offer checking accounts to marijuana growers, processors and retailers."I am concerned by the lack of access to banking services by legal, state-regulated ...   More
 
Monday, June 8, 2015 AARON MESH

Mayor Charlie Hales Keeps Flashing Money Amid Whispers of Ted Wheeler Running Against Him

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Portland Mayor Charlie Hales continues to flex his fundraising muscles, even as whispers increase that his path to reelection in 2016 could include a serious opponent. On Wednesday, Hales disclosed $5,750 in campaign contributions, bringing his total fundraising in the past two months to more than $35,000. It's the third time in less than a month that Hales has disclosed donations long before campaign ...   More
 
Friday, March 6, 2015 Nigel Jaquiss and Aaron Mesh

Tuesday Night Surprise: Crushing Defeat of Treasurer Ted Wheeler's College Scholarship Measure

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Every election is, in part, about future elections. On Tuesday night, the man whom many political observers see as a front-runner in the 2018 race for Oregon governor, State Treasurer Ted Wheeler, suffered a setback.Wheeler, a Democrat, wasn't on the ballot. But he wrote Measure 86, which would have allowed lawmakers to use the state's bonding authority to finance an endowment for college scholarships. ...   More
 
Wednesday, November 5, 2014 NIGEL JAQUISS

What Does State Treasurer Ted Wheeler Have in Common With Alibaba and JFK?

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It's election time, which means that candidates for office and supporters and opponents of ballot measures make their pilgrimage to WW headquarters for their endorsement interviews (our choices will be published on October 22). Last week, we were visited by friends and foes of Ballot Measure 86, a constitutional amendment that, if passed, would allow the legislature to sell bonds to give grants  ...   More
 
Thursday, September 25, 2014 MARK ZUSMAN

City Club Panel Endorses Ted Wheeler's Oregon Opportunity Initiative

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A City Club of Portland research committee today issued a report endorsing a "yes" vote on Measure 86, otherwise known as the Oregon Opportunity Initiative.The measure, proposed by State Treasurer Ted Wheeler, would use the state's borrowing capacity to fund college scholarships for needy Oregon students. The Oregon Legislature referred the plan to the ballot last year.Although there are inherent risks ...   More
 
Wednesday, August 13, 2014 NIGEL JAQUISS

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

Treasurer Ted Wheeler Wants More Focused Economic Development

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Treasurer Ted Wheeler is promoting his Opportunity Initiative as an economic development strategy. His idea, the subject of a November ballot measure, is that Oregon should borrow money to create an endowment for college scholarships and grants. The investment gains from the money the state borrows would fund the scholarships and grants. (For every $100 million the state borrows, he says, about $5 ...   More
 
Friday, May 23, 2014 NIGEL JAQUISS

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