Oregon House Republicans Launch Campaign Web Site With a Cover Oregon Fiasco Mash-up

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Oregon House Republicans launched a new website today with a mash-up video poking fun at the Cover Oregon failure and its handling by Democratic leadership, including Gov. John Kitzhaber and House Speaker Tina Kotek (D-Portland).The House GOP are looking to overcome the 34-26 edge now held by Democrats. The Republicans' press release calls Cover Oregon "the poster child for government incompetence ...   More
 
Wednesday, June 18, 2014 CAMBRIA ROTH

CRC Hearing Scheduled for Wednesday in Salem

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House Speaker Tina Kotek (D-Portland) announced today there will in fact be a hearing on the Columbia River Crossing project during the current legislative session.Members of both chambers have expressed reluctance to revisit the current $2.8 billion Oregon-only version of the CRC. Senate President Peter Courtney (D-Salem) has expressed strong reservations about moving forward without Washington state, ...   More
 
Monday, February 10, 2014 NIGEL JAQUISS

Kotek Memo: Kitzhaber "Likely" To Drag CRC into Special Session

Governor and House Speaker Continue To Push For Bridge Project

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In March, Gov. John Kitzhaber and House Speaker Tina Kotek (D-Portland) celebrated the passage of House Bill 2800, which provided $450 million for what was then the $3.4 billion Columbia River Crossing project. The pair had convinced skeptical lawmakers to support the bill by including conditions for the expenditure of Oregon's $450 million—most notably, the condition or "trigger"  that Washington ...   More
 
Tuesday, September 17, 2013 NIGEL JAQUISS

As Legislature Shuts Down, Speaker Kotek Highlights CRC Funding

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The Legislature coasted to a close today, after months of futile shadow-boxing over whether to add to early session cuts to the Public Employee Retirement System and to partially offset such cuts with a tax increase. That ultimately did not happen, to Gov. John Kitzhaber's dismay.The governor made his displeasure clear in a statement following the announcement of sine die, the Latin term for adjournment ...   More
 
Monday, July 8, 2013 NIGEL JAQUISS

Former Longtime Supreme Court Justice Sides with Kitzhaber on PERS Dispute

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Former Oregon Supreme Court Justice Michael "Mick" Gillette has injected some momentum into Gov. John Kitzhaber's quest to reduce public employee pension benefits by hundreds of millions of dollars during this legislative session.The back story: the big driver of Kitzhaber's proposed cuts is a plan to reduce cost-of-living increases on pension benefit that exceed $24,000 annually. Public employees ...   More
 
Friday, March 1, 2013 NIGEL JAQUISS

Legislative Leaders Explain CRC Vote

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Last night marked a giant leap forward for proponents of the $3.5 billion Columbia River Crossing project, which will include a new Interstate 5 bridge between Portland and Vancouver, an extension of light rail to Vancouver, a fix for five major freeway interchanges. Lawmakers on a special CRC committee voted 14-2 to move House Bill 2800 to the floor of both chambers for votes. The bill commits $450 ...   More
 
Tuesday, February 19, 2013 NIGEL JAQUISS

Pay Up or Shut Up

Lawmakers’ first order of business: Find $450 million for a rebranded CRC project.


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After more than a decade and $160 million spent on planners, consultants and lobbyists, the proposed $3.5 billion Columbia River Crossing’s moment has finally arrived.  When lawmakers c   More
 
Wednesday, January 23, 2013 NIGEL JAQUISS

Bridge Builder

The next speaker of the Oregon House—Portland Democrat Tina Kotek—will face immediate tests of her leadership.


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Hundreds of raucous Democrats, crowded into the cavernous downtown Hilton Hotel ballroom for their election-night victory bash, roared...   More
 
Wednesday, November 28, 2012 NIGEL JAQUISS

Oregon Election Results Good for CRC Backers

Critics of $3.5 Billion Highway Projects Lose; Champion Likely House Speaker

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Backers of the proposed $3.5 billion Columbia River Crossing project suffered a defeat in Washington last night when Clark County voters rejected a ballot measure that would help pay for operations of the light-rail component of the project. The latest numbers show the measure, which would provide $2.5 million annually for operations of the proposed Portland-to-Vancouver MAX expansion, failing 56 percent ...   More
 
Wednesday, November 7, 2012 NIGEL JAQUISS

House Dems Strip Schaufler of Key Committee Post: Updated

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Oregon House Democratic leadership responded today to allegations that Rep. Mike Schaufler (D-Happy Valley) groped a female employee of the Oregon Bureau of Labor and Industries last week at the AFL-CIO statewide convention.  Co-House Speakers Arnie Roblan (D-Coos Bay) and Bruce Hanna (R-Roseberg) this afternoon stripped Schaufler, 51, of his co-chairmanship of the powerful House Business and ...   More
 
Friday, October 7, 2011 NIGEL JAQUISS

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