A Good Day for Candidate John Kitzhaber: Updated

Top GOP funders write checks to Democratic incumbent

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Gov. John Kitzhaber today recorded two contributions that should allow him to have a more relaxing summer.Kitzhaber, a Democrat seeking to become the first four-term governor in Oregon history, disclosed contributions of $25,000 from Karl "Rick" Miller, a founder of the Avamere Health Services, and $10,000 from Andrew Miller, the CEO of Stimson Lumber. (The two Millers are not related). Kitzhaber ...   More
 
Wednesday, July 16, 2014 NIGEL JAQUISS

GOP Candidate for Governor Dennis Richardson Picks Up Out-of-State Checks

Unusual $15,000 contribution from Ohio political consultancy

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State Rep. Dennis Richardson (R-Central Point), the Republican candidate for Oregon governor, has struggled to raise money in his campaign to unseat incumbent Gov. John Kitzhaber, a Democrat. Despite Kitzhaber's Cover Oregon-related woes—the state's insurance exchange crashed after the expenditure of $248 million—Richardson has less than $100,000 on hand, even though he's been campaigning for a ...   More
 
Tuesday, July 15, 2014 NIGEL JAQUISS

Gov. John Kitzhaber Pushes Past $1 Million Mark, Extends Fundraising Advantage Over Republican Dennis Richardson

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Gov. John Kitzhaber is making an early summer push to bury his Republican opponent, State Rep. Dennis Richardson (R-Central Point).Already this week, Kitzhaber has disclosed more than $175,000 in new donations, pushing him well over the $1-million mark for this calendar year. He's now raised $1.155 million in 2014 and has $822,000 on hand. Richardson has raised $269,000 this year and has just $80,000 ...   More
 
Thursday, June 19, 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

Murmurs: We Hate Coal. We Love Coal. (We Can’t Decide.)


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Gov. John Kitzhaber’s growing opposition to a proposed coal-export terminal in Oregon (“Coal-line Stand,” WW, June 4, 2014) will get a test this week. The Oregon Department of Transportation   More
 
Wednesday, June 11, 2014 WW Editorial Staff

Hotseat: Gov. John Kitzhaber

The three-term governor is seeking re-election. Will Oregon cover for him?


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The state of Oregon and John Kitzhaber could really use a hard-fought governor’s race.  The third-term governor appears headed for re-election to a historic fourth stretch in office. He’s    More
 
Wednesday, May 7, 2014 WW Staff

VIDEO: Gov. John Kitzhaber on Why the Collapse of the Columbia River Crossing Wasn't a Complete Failure

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Gov. John Kitzhaber put the full weight of his clout behind the proposed $2.8 billion Columbia River Crossing, and has now declared it dead—twice. In 2013 he got Oregon lawmakers to commit to spending $450 million toward the Interstate 5 bridge and light rail project, only to see the Washington legislature say no. He then failed to convince members of his own party Oregon had the legal ability and ...   More
 
Thursday, May 8, 2014 WW Staff

VIDEO: Gov. John Kitzhaber Says Cover Oregon Wasn't a Waste of Money

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Gov. John Kitzhaber came by WW's offices last week to talk about his past three-plus years and his prospects for re-election in November. You can see many of the questions we put to him—and read his answers—in the Hotseat we published in today's paper.Here are two video excerpts from that interview where he answered questions about the $248 million cost of developing the Cover Oregon insurance ...   More
 
Wednesday, May 7, 2014 WW Staff

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