Cylvia Hayes, Kitzhaber's Companion, Endorses Eileen Brady for Mayor

Cylvia Hayes

The companion of Gov. John Kitzhaber, Cylvia Hayes, has endorsed Eileen Brady in the Portland mayor's race. That endorsement carries some weight, because although Kitzhaber and Hayes are not married, the governor's office calls Hayes "First Lady," and polling shows Kitzhaber remains enormously popular in Portland. At least two candidates in the mayor's race have reason to hope for Kitzhaber's endorsement. ...   More
Monday, January 30, 2012 by Brent Walth

Oregon Corrections-Related Chart Of The Year

Does higher incarceration lead to lower crime?


This comes from a report delivered to Gov. John Kitzhaber today by the Oregon Commission on Public Safety, a group charged with finding ways to cut criminal justice costs and chaired by Oregon Supreme Court Chief Justice Paul J. De Muniz.The report makes its point more concisely than the rest of the 19-page report, available for download here, if you don't have New Year's Eve plans yet. In case you ...   More
Friday, December 30, 2011 COREY PEIN

Kitzhaber Fires Back at Lariviere


Hours after recently ousted University of Oregon president Richard Lariviere received cheers at the 116th playing of the Civil War, Governor John Kitzhaber issued an unusually blunt statement, backing the decision by the State Board of Higher Ed to release Lariviere on the grounds of bad behavior.In an affirmation of the board's decision to terminate Lariviere's contract (The actual vote will take ...   More
Saturday, November 26, 2011

The Protests Pile Up Against the Lariviere Ouster


Over this sleepy Thanksgiving weekend, dissenting views continue to surface over the decision by Gov. John Kitzhaber and the State Board of Higher Education to oust Richard Lariviere as president of the University of Oregon. As WW reported earlier in the week, Lariviere was informed that his contract would not be renewed, and while the explanations from the State Board of Higher Education have not ...   More
Friday, November 25, 2011 MARK ZUSMAN

Not What the Doctors Ordered

Physicians who treat medicaid patients join forces against Kitzhaber’s health reforms.

The biggest bet Gov. John Kitzhaber has placed in his third term is that he can save Oregon billions by shaking up the way the state pays for medical care. Right now, Oregon pays the medical bill   More
Wednesday, November 23, 2011 NIGEL JAQUISS

Governor Declares Death Penalty Moratorium; Gary Haugen's Execution Delayed

gary haugen

Gov. John Kitzhaber today reprieved death row inmate and convicted murderer Gary Haugen, whose scheduled execution yesterday was upheld by the state's highest court. In so doing, Kitzhaber made clear that there would be no further executions in Oregon for the duration of his term.In a written statement released this afternoon, Kitzhaber says he was haunted by two executions he allowed during his first ...   More
Tuesday, November 22, 2011 COREY PEIN

Outgreened and Uncounted

Oregon spent hundreds of millions to create “green” jobs, but it can’t say how many it got.

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It was supposed to be the New Deal of our time: billions in federal spending to create “green jobs” that would...   More
Wednesday, October 5, 2011 COREY PEIN

Gov. Barbara Roberts' New Book Recounts Kitz Clash

Barbara Roberts

Former Gov. Barbara Roberts' new memoir, Up the Capitol Steps: A Woman's March to the Governorship, is a highly readable account of Roberts' path to becoming Oregon's first female governor. (A Democrat, she served from 1991 to 1995.) Anyone with an interest in Oregon politics will find much to chew on in the book, but political junkies will be forgiven if they turn first to page 323 for a gripping ...   More
Wednesday, September 7, 2011 NIGEL JAQUISS

Kroger's Office Defends Prosecutor in Cylvia Hayes Probe


The continuing saga of the Oregon Department of Justice's aborted investigation into whether state Department of Energy staffers wrongfully steered a contract to a company run by Gov. John Kitzhaber's companion, Cylvia Hayes, has taken another turn.Sean Riddell, the former top DOJ criminal lawyer who led the investigation, was demoted in June. The official reasons given by Attorney General John Kroger ...   More
Thursday, August 4, 2011 by

BREAKING: Treasurer's Report Blows Major Hole in CRC Finance Plan


State Treasurer Ted Wheeler today presented Gov. John Kitzhaber with a the results (PDF) of a two-month review of key assumptions about the financial plan for the proposed $3.6 billion Columbia River Crossing Project between Portland and Vancouver, Wash.The takeaway from two consultants Wheeler hired to review the CRC's projections—the cost assumptions seem reasonable but traffic and toll revenue ...   More
Wednesday, July 20, 2011 by Nigel Jaquiss


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