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

Kitz To Speak At Obama Event Today

Obama and Kitzhaber

At least one prominent Democratic politician looks to be coming through for the Prez’s efforts to stir up excitement (and money) from the Portland faithful. Gov. John Kitzhaber’s office has confirmed that he will indeed be speaking on Obama's behalf at the President's $500-$1,000 fundraising luncheon at noon today, at the Oregon Convention Center. No word yet on whether the Governor will be doing ...   More
Tuesday, July 24, 2012 MATTHEW KORFHAGE

Troutdale Energy Project Woos Kitzhaber


As The Oregonian reported this morning, a New York investment firm calling itself Troutdale Energy Center LLC is proposing to build a $680 million gas-fired electricity generating plant at the site of a defunct aluminum plant in east Multnomah County.Whether the plant gets built or whether Portland General Electric—which would be the plant's primary customer—builds its own generation will be decided ...   More
Monday, July 16, 2012 NIGEL JAQUISS

Former State Energy Official Sues Kroger, Riddell, Justice Department For $17.5 Million


As long expected, the former interim director of the Oregon Department of Energy, Mark Long, has filed a lawsuit against outgoing Oregon Attorney General John Kroger, his former chief criminal attorney, Sean Riddell, and the Oregon Department of Justice, over their conduct during an investigation.The lawsuit was filed today in Marion County Circuit Court. It was expected because Long filed a tort claim ...   More
Thursday, June 21, 2012 by Corey Pein

Kitzhaber Starts Filling Campaign Fund


Gov. John Kitzhaber is not on the ballot this November, but many lawmakers who helped him pass education and health-care reforms in 2011 are. Kitzhaber—not known for involving himself in legislative races when he previously served as governor from 1995 to 2003—will take a different approach this time. While other candidates are taking a breather after the May primary, the governor has reporting ...   More
Monday, June 4, 2012 NIGEL JAQUISS

Enviro Groups Sue Forestry Officials On Behalf Of Endangered Bird

marbled murrelet chick

Three environmental groups filed a lawsuit yesterday against Gov. John Kitzhaber and numerous state and county forestry officials that demands an end to logging in the coastal forest habitat of the marbled murrelet, a seabird that nests in trees.The plaintiffs in the U.S. District Court lawsuit—Cascadia Wildlands, the Center for Biological Diversity and the Audubon Society of Portland—had given ...   More
Friday, June 1, 2012 COREY PEIN

Kitzhaber Will Hire Rudy Crew as Chief Education Officer


Gov. John Kitzhaber has snagged a big name to carry out his education reforms. WW has learned Kitzhaber plans to announce that Rudy Crew is his choice for the new position of "chief education officer." The reforms Kitzhaber pushed through the 2011 Legislature included creating the position while eliminating the elected office of State Superintendent of Public Instruction.The job, according to Kitzhaber's ...   More
Tuesday, May 29, 2012 NIGEL JAQUISS

NYT Examines Facebook's Oregon Tax Break


With a good share of the country's business reporters freaking out over today's first-ever public stock sale by Facebook, The New York Times' Bits blog hones in on the company's new Oregon tax break. "A few hours after the I.P.O. Friday, Oregon Governor John Kitzhaber was scheduled to sign into law a so-called “Facebook bill” that assesses big data centers in Oregon for taxes on their local value, ...   More
Friday, May 18, 2012 COREY PEIN

SEIU Picket Threat Puts Kibosh on Planned Parenthood Gala


Planned Parenthood of the Columbia Willamette has abruptly cancelled its annual fundraising dinner, which was scheduled for Saturday, May 12.The $250-per-plate event fell victim to a threatened picket line. Last August, Planned Parenthood's 179 clinical workers voted to become part of Service Employees Union Local 49. Since November, the organization and SEIU have been trying to agree upon a contract. ...   More
Wednesday, May 9, 2012 NIGEL JAQUISS

Kitzhaber Withdraws Dozono's Lottery Nomination


Last week, WW reported Gov. John Kitzhaber had selected Portland lawyer Elisa Dozono to replace Steve Ungar on the powerful five-member Lottery Commission. That would be a plum assignment for Dozono, whose public service includes being former Mayor Vera Katz's spokeswoman, working on Kitzhaber's gubernatorial transition team and co-founding Emerge Oregon, a non-profit that recruits and trains Democratic ...   More
Tuesday, May 8, 2012 NIGEL JAQUISS


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