At This Point in the Evening, It Looks Good for Kitzhaber


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It's way too early to call the Oregon governor's race. But since we are sitting around, bored of Wolf Blitzer, we'll offer this bit of analysis: Despite the Republican wave rolling over America, supporters of Democratic candidate John Kitzhaber have reason to be cautiously optimistic. Why? As of 30 minutes ago, almost 100,000 more Democrats than Republicans had voted in Oregon. Assuming most ...   More
 
Tuesday, November 2, 2010 MARK ZUSMAN

Kitzhaber Waits For Multnomah County (UPDATED with Kitzhaber remarks)


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Seven weeks ago, Steve Marks, a longtime aide to Democratic gubernatorial candidate John Kitzhaber, was worried about the strength and financial advantage Republican nominee Chris Dudley was displaying. "I was nervous," Marks said in a sweltering Hilton Hotel ballroom Tuesday evening at Kitzhaber's election night party. Shouting above Bruce Springsteen, Marks added that such concerns were new ...   More
 
Tuesday, November 2, 2010 NIGEL JAQUISS

Chris Dudley To Concede at 7:15 PM; Updated With Statement


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Republican gubernatorial candidate Chris Dudley will meet reporters at 7:15 in downtown Lake Oswego, where he will issue a statement. Dudley has led his opponent, Democrat John Kitzhaber nearly since results began being released at 8 pm last night but the large number of Democratic ballots remaining to be counted in Multnomah County make a Kitzhaber victory virtually certain. The Oregonian and ...   More
 
Wednesday, November 3, 2010 NIGEL JAQUISS

Kitzhaber Owes Greg Kord and Wes Wagner Beers


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A lot of factors contributed to Democrat John Kitzhaber's winning an historic third term as Oregon's governor yesterday: a huge last-minute get-out-the-vote effort in Multnomah County; Republican Chris Dudley's relative inexperience; and Oregonians' reluctance to surf the national Republican wave, among others. But it's worth pointing out that the Constitution Party's Greg Kord got nearly 20,000 ...   More
 
Thursday, November 4, 2010 NIGEL JAQUISS

More Reasons Kitzhaber Won: Strong Fundraising Finish; Volunteer Army


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For much of the gubernatorial campaign, Republican Chris Dudley enjoyed a massive fundraising lead over Democrat John Kitzhaber. Dudley tapped connections from his 16-year NBA career, large out-of-state donors as well as wealthy Oregonians and their companies in impressive fashion for a first-time candidate. One local forest products company, Stimson Lumber, gave the rookie candidate $510,000. ...   More
 
Friday, November 5, 2010 NIGEL JAQUISS

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


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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 Campaign Manager's $42,000 Paycheck


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Veteran political consultant Patricia McCaig served as Gov.-elect John Kitzhaber's campaign manager in the months leading up to last Tuesday's election victory for the Democratic candidate. Today's filings with the state show McCaig got a $42,000 "win bonus" for guiding the campaign to victory. Paying campaign staffers for victory is not unheard of around the country—New York City Mayor ...   More
 
Tuesday, November 9, 2010 NIGEL JAQUISS

Speculation Mounts About Kitzhaber Chief of Staff Pick


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Perhaps the most important personnel decision Gov.-elect John Kitzhaber will make between now and inauguration day in January is whom to pick as chief of staff. The man who served that key role for most of Kitzhaber's previous two terms as governor, from 1995 to 2003, was Bill Wyatt—now the director of the Port of Portland, a job too good to leave. Kitzhaber has said he'll bring in new ...   More
 
Tuesday, November 9, 2010 NIGEL JAQUISS

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


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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

Tom Hughes Establishes A Road Map for Future Candidates


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There are at least a couple of interesting lessons in Tom Hughes' narrow victory over Bob Stacey in the Metro Council president's race. That victory, finally decided on Nov. 11, ended up with a difference of less than one percentage point—about 1,000 votes out of nearly 400,000 counted. As noted earlier, the unusually high number of write-in votes far exceeded Hughes' margin of victory. Here ...   More
 
Monday, November 15, 2010 NIGEL JAQUISS

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