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

Treasurer Ted Wheeler Talks About Running for Governor

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When incumbent Gov. John Kitzhaber last year took a very long time deciding to run for an historic fourth term, the odds-on favorite to step to the front of the line as likely Democratic nominee was State Treasurer Ted Wheeler. Of course, Kitzhaber did finally decide to run again, announcing his candidacy on Dec. 9, 2013. That meant Wheeler and other potential successors, such as Secretary of State ...   More
 
Wednesday, May 21, 2014 WWeek Staff

Hot Seat: Ted Wheeler

The State Treasurer—famously averse to risk—wants to gamble millions for college scholarships.


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We didn’t think we’d see State Treasurer Ted Wheeler out on the campaign trail for another two years. He won election in the last cycle to a full four-year term after being appointed in 2010   More
 
Wednesday, May 21, 2014 WW Staff

Treasurer Ted Wheeler Shakes Up Staff

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State Treasurer Ted Wheeler is shaking up his staff. Three staffers, policy aides Michael Selvaggio and Michael Burdick and press spokesman James Sinks, will be leaving Wheeler's office. The three are holdovers from the staff of Wheeler's predecessor, the late Ben Westlund, who died in office in 2010. "Ted wants to go in a different direction," says Wheeler's chief of staff, Tom Rinehart. ...   More
 
Thursday, April 10, 2014 NIGEL JAQUISS

State Treasurer Ted Wheeler Raising Money For Scholarship Ballot Measure

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State Treasurer Ted Wheeler is gearing up a campaign for his Oregon Opportunity Initiative, a college scholarship program he's proposing for 2014.Lawmakers referred the measure to voters earlier this year. Wheeler proposes to use the state's bonding authority to borrow up to $500 million, which would then be invested as the state currently invests public employee pension funds. Wheeler's hope is that ...   More
 
Tuesday, December 3, 2013 NIGEL JAQUISS

CRC: ODOT Trying to Build Tolling System From Scratch

Oregon wants to spend tens of millions to replicate Washington's expertise

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The Oregon Department of Transportation is still hard at work trying to figure out how to pursue an Oregon-only version of the Columbia River Crossing Project. In a Nov. 4 memo (PDF) to State Treasurer Ted Wheeler, ODOT executive director Matthew Garrett introduced another level of complexity to his agency's task: ODOT, which doesn't currently operate any major tolling operations, would have to build ...   More
 
Tuesday, November 5, 2013 by Nigel Jaquiss

Former Multnomah County Chair Diane Linn Returning to Portland

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Former Multnomah County Chairwoman Diane Linn is coming home to Portland after a five-year exile in California. Linn served on the county commission from 1999 to 2007 and as chair from 2001 to 2007. She was seen as a rising political star, but the county's ill-fated decision to begin marrying same-sex couples in 2004 sent her career into a tailspin. She lost a 2006 re-election bid to current state ...   More
 
Monday, November 4, 2013 NIGEL JAQUISS

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