Kitzhaber's Salary Near the Bottom of Gubernatorial Scale


Gov. John Kitzhaber makes a lot less than most of his peers. This week, the Council of State Governments released salary data for all 50 governors and Stateline, part of the Pew Center loaded the numbers into an interactive map. The average governor makes $133,348. That's 42 percent more than Kitzhaber's salary of $93,600. Only Gov. Paul LePage of Maine, whose salary is $70,000 and Arkansas Gov. ...   More
Friday, June 28, 2013 NIGEL JAQUISS

Kendall Clawson Withdraws Her Name From Consideration for OLCC Post

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Gov. John Kitzhaber's difficulties with the Oregon Liquor Control Commission continue. Kitzhaber struggled last year to remove OLCC director Steve Pharo, whom the five-member commission continued to support after Kitzhaber wanted him gone. More recently, the commission voted down a 25-cent-per bottle tax increase Kitzhaber and legislative leaders wanted. Now, Kitzhaber's hand-picked successor to Pharo, ...   More
Monday, June 24, 2013 NIGEL JAQUISS

Kitzhaber Recommends Kendall Clawson To Be New OLCC Chief

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Gov. John  Kitzhaber has named Kendall Clawson, a key aide in his office, as his pick be the new director of the Oregon Liquor Control Commission. "The governor has recommended Kendall to the chair of OLCC," says Tim Raphael, Kitzhaber's spokesman.  "He thinks her leadership skills and vision are exactly what the agency needs." Clawson, 48, is currently Kitzhaber's executive appointments ...   More
Tuesday, June 18, 2013 NIGEL JAQUISS

Rudy Crew Is a Finalist to Lead Medgar Evers College: Updated


Rudy Crew—the high-profile education czar Gov. John Kitzhaber hired last year to implement Oregon's ambitious education reforms—already has his eye on the exit.  Kitzhaber hired Crew in 2012 to be the state's first ever chief education officer. Crew's three-year contract pays him $280,000 annually. But last week, the City University of New York, which serves 269,000 students, reported ...   More
Monday, June 10, 2013 NIGEL JAQUISS

Legislative Budget Boosts K-12, Angers Unions


There are a couple of key takeaways from a quick skim of the budget that the co-chairs of the Legislature's Joint Ways and Means Committee released today. 1. There's slightly more money for K-12 education, the biggest single line item in the budget, than there was in Gov. John Kitzhaber's budget, released last November. Kitzhaber proposed $6.15 billion, plus $253 million in pension savings. The ...   More
Monday, March 4, 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

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

Wrecking Crew

Gov. John Kitzhaber hired Rudy Crew to smash the status quo in Oregon schools. What comes after that?

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Anybody who thinks there are no second acts in American life should consider Rudolph Franklin Crew. Crew is a leading figure in the national education reform movement. Over the past 30 years, he   More
Wednesday, January 16, 2013 NIGEL JAQUISS

Kitzhaber's State of State Speech Pushes Jobs, Big Savings


Gov. John Kitzhaber delivered his state-of-the-state speech in the Capitol this morning. Kitzhaber told lawamkers, who are in organizational meetings prior to convening the regular session in February, that he needs their help in cutting public employee pension benefits and prison spending.Kitahaber also included a high level of specificity on a couple of the biggest challenges facing Oregon: job creation ...   More
Monday, January 14, 2013 NIGEL JAQUISS

Protesters Pledge to Delay Kitzhaber's Nike Vote


 A coalition of anti-Nike protesters who rallied last night in downtown Portland are in Salem today—pledging to delay and disrupt a vote on Gov. John Kitzhaber's deal with with the sneaker giant to keep its tax status. "I suppose it's possible that we could extend this [session] into the weekend," rally organizer Nicholas Ivan Caleb declared outside the Portland Niketown store. He suggested ...   More
Friday, December 14, 2012 AARON MESH


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