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


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

Oregon Legislature Democratic Leaders Call for Gov. John Kitzhaber to Resign

UPDATE: State Treasurer Ted Wheeler also calls for Kitzhaber's resignation


The leaders of the Oregon Legislature's Democratic caucuses are preparing to call for Gov. John Kitzhaber's resignation, three sources tell WW.Senate President Peter Courtney (D-Salem) and House Speaker Tina Kotek (D-Portland) are drafting a statement saying Kitzhaber's immediate resignation is necessary amid a growing influence-peddling scandal surrounding him and First Lady Cylvia Hayes.Courtney ...   More
Thursday, February 12, 2015 Nigel Jaquiss and Aaron Mesh

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Some Republicans wince as a controversial radio host seeks election to the Oregon House.

Tina Kotek made history Jan. 14, 2013, when she was sworn in as speaker of the Oregon House to become the first openly lesbian leader of a state legislature in the U.S. In the Capitol that day   More
Wednesday, October 8, 2014 MILLER RESOR

House Speaker Tina Kotek, Republican Senators Join Call to Abolish Cover Oregon


Cover Oregon is beginning to resemble a soccer ball. After Senate President Peter Courtney (D-Salem) on Friday vowed to introduced legislation abolishing the scandal-plagued public corporation formed to establish a health insurance exchange, two Republican state senators facing tight re-election battles issued statements over echoing and amplifying Courtney's sentiment. The senators who face tough ...   More
Monday, September 8, 2014 NIGEL JAQUISS

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


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


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


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


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


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


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