Ted Kulongoski and Hardy Myers Urge Passage of Class Action Bill

Former governor, attorney general want to hold companies accountable for "fraudulent actions"

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Former Gov. Ted Kulongoski and former Oregon Attorney General Hardy Myers circulated a floor letter today in advance of a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on House Bill 4143, which would allocate unclaimed class action lawsuit monies to legal aid services for low-income Oregonians. The two wrote that the proposed legislation "holds offenders accountable for their fraudulent actions while funding ...   More
 
Thursday, February 20, 2014 by Nigel Jaquiss

VIDEO: Kulongoski on Hatfield

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Thursday, August 11, 2011

Oregon's Quarterly Revenue Forecast: Bleeding Stops, At Least For Now


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Oregon's quarterly revenue forecast has been a day of doom for the past nine quarters. In each case, state economist Tom Potiowsky told lawmakers projections were worse than previously thought. Today's forecast brings that nine-quarter losing streak to an end. The forecast today calls for an increase of $119 million from the September forecast. That's much better news than another decline. ...   More
 
Friday, November 19, 2010 NIGEL JAQUISS

Kulongoski: Too Many People In Prison


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No politician wants to be viewed as soft on crime. But Gov. Ted Kulongoski, in an exit interview with us earlier this month, made the impolitic observation in the video clip below that this state has gone too far in prison building. He also talked about his next career and how he would like to work on corrections issues. (Hint-turn up the volume.) Our Q & A with Kulongoski will be in the ...   More
 
Thursday, December 30, 2010 MARK ZUSMAN

Kulongoski: How the Neil Goldschmidt Scandal Shattered his Higher Ed Goals


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One of Ted Kulongoski's campaign pledges when he ran for governor in 2002 was to reform higher education in Oregon. After Kulongoski took office in 2003, he nominated former Gov. Neil Goldschmidt-a friend,mentor and fellow Democrat-to chair the State Board of Higher Ed and lead the reform effort. Within six months, Goldschmidt resigned from the position in the wake of revelations by Willamette ...   More
 
Sunday, January 2, 2011 MARK ZUSMAN

Kulongoski: I Lost My Mentor When Goldschmidt Toppled


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In this clip from our interview with Ted Kulongoski, the departing governor candidly explains what the loss of Neil Goldschmidt from the corridors of power meant to him personally. Goldschmidt retired from the public sphere when WW published in 2004 revelations about his sex abuse of a young girl. The interview will appear in Wednesday's print edition of WW. Here are links to three earlier ...   More
 
Monday, January 3, 2011 MARK ZUSMAN

Read the Letter: Oregon Energy Department/Cylvia Hayes Investigation Gets Messy


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Last week, Attorney General John Kroger's office issued a statement marking the end of his investigation into contracting practices at the Oregon Department of Energy. "We are currently of the opinion that we could not prove beyond a reasonable doubt that any state employee committed Official Misconduct in the First or Second degree while awarding the Energy Assurance Grant," wrote Kroger's ...   More
 
Monday, January 3, 2011 NIGEL JAQUISS

Kulongoski: The Goldschmidt Scandal Almost Made Me Not Run for Reelection


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In this clip from our interview with departing Governor Ted Kulongoski,(A fuller version of the interview appears in this week's print version of the paper), he discusses his ambivalence about running for reelection in 2006 because of the loss of Neil Goldschmidt as an advisor. Goldschmidt retreated from public service after the former governor and Portland mayor was found to have abused a girl ...   More
 
Wednesday, January 5, 2011 MARK ZUSMAN

Kulongoski Wants Outside Counsel to Investigate ODOE; Cites "Potential Conflict of Interest"


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Gov. Ted Kulongoski ratcheted up the pressure today in his desire to see a thorough investigation of the Oregon Department of Energy's contracting practices. Last week, the Oregon Department of Justice completed its investigation into one ODOE contract that involved Gov.-elect John Kitzhaber's longtime companion Cylvia Hayes, finding it "could not prove beyond a reasonable doubt that any state ...   More
 
Tuesday, January 4, 2011 NIGEL JAQUISS

Kulongoski: Yes, Public Employee Unions Have Too Much Power, But Don't Blame Them!


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In this fascinating clip, a piece of the interview we did with Ted Kulongoski, the soon-to-be-departing governor talks about public employees unions' outsized power and the business community's reaction to that state of affairs. The Democratic governor offers a bit of history on how the unions tried to knock him out of the race when he ran for Attorney General in 1992 and how they attempted to ...   More
 
Tuesday, January 4, 2011 MARK ZUSMAN

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