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

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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

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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
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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

Kitzhaber Uses Campaign Funds for Home Security System


Oregon's notoriously lax campaign finance laws mean that although candidates and elected officials cannot accept gifts worth more than $50, they are allowed spend campaign funds on virtually anything. But an expenditure this week by normally frugal Gov. John Kitzhaber was unusual even by Oregon pols' free-spending standards.On July 15, Kitzhaber reported using nearly $7,400 in leftover campaign funds ...   More
Thursday, July 21, 2011 NIGEL JAQUISS

Email Destruction at Oregon Department of Justice Brings Call for Special Prosecutor


Lawyers for Mark Long, the former interim director of the Oregon Department of Energy, have asked Gov. John Kitzhaber to direct Attorney General John Kroger to appoint a special prosecutor who would investigate the deletion of emails by former Department of Justice criminal chief Sean Riddell."We write to urge you to direct Attorney General John Kroger, pursuant to ORS 180.070, to conduct immediately ...   More
Thursday, June 23, 2011 NIGEL JAQUISS

Grant County Mega-Dude Ranch Bill Generates Heat


Here's how wacky the debate has become about House Bill 3465, which would create a mega-dude ranch in Grant County: the free-market, small government group Americans for Prosperity Oregon opposes the bill, while 1000 Friends of Oregon, long one of the state's most zealous protectors of open lands, does not.At issue is a bill that would allow Scott Campbell, the founder of the Banfield Pet Hospital ...   More
Wednesday, June 22, 2011 NIGEL JAQUISS

State Releases Conflicting ODOE Reports; Hayes a "Rock Star"

Cylvia Hayes

Oregonians can now see two very different accounts of what happened in the Oregon Department of Energy investigation, in which four employees were accused of steering state business to Cylvia Hayes, Gov. John Kitzhaber’s companion. The first report was prepared at the request of former Gov. Ted Kulongoski and written by retired Malheur County Judge Francisco Yraguen. Yraguen’s heavily-detailed ...   More
Tuesday, June 7, 2011 NIGEL JAQUISS


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