Chain Reaction: How a Top SEIU Lobbyist Ends Up Working for the Trial Lawyers


Arthur Towers, who until today was Service Employees International Union Local 503's top lobbyist, will join the Oregon Trial Lawyers Association, the latest in a series of moves touched off when Curtis Robinhold, formerly the chief of staff to Gov. John Kitzhaber took the number two job at the Port of Portland in February. In the close-knit world of Oregon politics, one move often causes a series ...   More
Tuesday, June 17, 2014 NIGEL JAQUISS

Tom Imeson Leaving Port of Portland for NW Natural


Port of Portland public affairs director Tom Imeson is moving to a similar position at NW Natural, Port Executive Director Bill Wyatt announced today. Imeson is one of the best-connected figures in Oregon. A former longtime aide to the late U.S. Sen. Mark Hatfield (R-Ore.), he later served as chief of staff to Gov. Neil Goldschmidt and also as lead the transition teams for Govs. John Kitzhaber (twice) ...   More
Thursday, January 16, 2014 NIGEL JAQUISS

Kitzhaber's September Appointment List: Good News for Portland State University


When lawmakers convene in Salem in mid-September for their quarterly house-keeping session, one of the tasks on the agenda will be to consider Gov. John Kitzhaber's latest round of appointments to various boards and commissions.The Senate will consider a three-page list of names, and for the first time after the passage of Kitzhaber's education reforms, will get a chance to approve independent boards ...   More
Thursday, August 29, 2013 NIGEL JAQUISS

Kitzhaber To Announce Transition Team Wednesday; Familiar Name Expected At Top

Gov.-elect John Kitzhaber has a lot of work to do between now and when he takes office Jan. 10, 2011. Kitzhaber must prepare a budget and hire staff . And he must prepare to follow through with one of his campaign pledges: to ask state agency heads, commission chairpersons and some program directors to submit their resignations. Kitzhaber has said he will radically change the way Oregon's government ...   More
Monday, November 8, 2010 NIGEL JAQUISS

Kitzhaber Says Oregon "Open For Business"; Will Lobby For CRC

Gov.-elect John Kitzhaber went on the offensive today, addressing head-on questions about whether he will devote sufficient attention to the economy and private-sector job growth. After Kitzhaber's post-election press conference last week, media coverage of his remarks focused on his interest in protecting the environment, even though Kitzhaber specifically stated jobs would be his top priority ...   More
Wednesday, November 10, 2010 NIGEL JAQUISS

Kitzhaber Recruits Saxtons, Issues Pink Slip List

Gov.-elect John Kitzhaber today announced more members of his transition team. Two of the most interesting names announced by the Democrat at a press event in Gladstone were Ron Saxton, former Portland School Board president and 2006 Republican gubernatorial nominee; and Lynne Saxton, Saxton's wife. She runs ChristieCare, a provider of children mental health services. The Saxtons will work ...   More
Monday, December 6, 2010 NIGEL JAQUISS


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