Nike Eyeing Investment in Portland After Special Session

Sources say sporting goods company may invest here


Multiple sources familiar with the deal Gov. John Kitzhaber and Nike announced earlier this week have indicated there may be a significant, undisclosed subplot to the deal—that Nike is considering a major investment in Portland.  Two sites mentioned as possible locations for expansion are South Waterfront, where big tracts of land exist adjacent to glitzy condos and downtown; and, the ...   More
Wednesday, December 12, 2012 NIGEL JAQUISS

Murmurs: Goldschmidt Claims he Was Bilked

News that never forgets.

Ex-Gov. Neil Goldschmidt says he’s been ripped off to the tune of $601,599—the amount he and his wife, Diana, claim in a lawsuit they invested with Arkansas-based Voyager Financial Group. Th   More
Wednesday, December 12, 2012 WW Editorial Staff

Kitzhaber Wants Retention Contract with Nike

Deal will extend existing tax rules, create "thousands" of jobs


Gov. John Kitzhaber announced this morning he will convene a special session of the Legislature on Friday, Dec. 14 (not Dec. 17 as he first announced) in order to cut a deal with Nike. Kitzhaber said today that Nike is planning a major expansion and sought assurances Oregon would not materially change its tax structure in a way that would disadvantage Nike in the future. "They are looking for ...   More
Monday, December 10, 2012 NIGEL JAQUISS

To Woo Jobs, Kitzhaber Will Convene Special Legislative Session: Updated

Sources say company involved is Nike


Gov. John Kitzhaber has the state speculating this morning about an 11 am press conference he'll hold in the Capitol to convene a Dec. 17 special session. In the past 15 years, Oregon governors, including Kitzhaber, have typically called special sessions in times of great budget distress. But three sources this morning told WW that this time Kitzhaber needs lawmakers to weigh in on an economic development ...   More
Monday, December 10, 2012 NIGEL JAQUISS

Kitzhaber On the CRC: "It's Time to Build This Bridge"


At today's 10th Oregon Leadership Summit, Gov. John Kitzhaber did what he could to put the best face on the controversial $3.5 billion Columbia River Crossing project. "I met with legislative leadership last week and they agreed to prioritize this project in 2013," Kitzhaber told the assembled throng of business leaders and elected officials. In the budget he released Nov. 30, Kitzhaber anticipated ...   More
Monday, December 3, 2012 NIGEL JAQUISS

Dr. Dough

Gov. John Kitzhaber found the will to help his party win the Legislature.

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Gov. John Kitzhaber’s distaste for the rough and tumble of electoral politics is legendary. During his first stint as governor, from 1995 to 2003, Kitzhaber barely got his hands dirty in helpi   More
Wednesday, November 14, 2012 NIGEL JAQUISS

Murmurs: 501(c)3s Weigh in on Ballot Measures, OEA Opposes Parents on Compacts

We are the 47 Percent.

It’s rare for charitable groups to make political contributions—federal law discourages them from converting donations (deductible to the giver) into political cash. But a couple of local 50   More
Wednesday, September 19, 2012 WW Editorial Staff

Crapping Out

A state analysis finds a private casino would cost Oregon millions every year.

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Between now and the Nov. 6 election, promoters of a vast new 3,500-slot-machine casino in Wood Village hope to keep voters’ attention...   More
Wednesday, September 12, 2012 NIGEL JAQUISS

Kitzhaber Gives To Republican House Member:Updated


With all the cash flowing into campaign coffers now that political season is finally upon us, a $500 contribution hardly rates a second look—except when the donor is a Democratic governor and the recipient is a Republican member of the House, State Rep. Mark Johnson (R-Hood River).Johnson, a building contractor and member of the Hood River School Board, has worked closely with Gov. John Kitzhaber ...   More
Tuesday, September 11, 2012 NIGEL JAQUISS

Murmurs: Kitz Doubles-Down on Dozono

The streetcar is slow getting to Tucson, too.

Gov. John Kitzhaber keeps rolling the dice on Elisa Dozono. In May, WW reported that Kitzhaber submitted Portland lawyer Dozono’s name for a vacancy on the Oregon Lottery Commission, then withdrew i   More
Wednesday, August 29, 2012 WW Editorial Staff


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