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

Republicans Hoping Cinderella Slipper Fits Dudley at Rose Garden. UPDATE: Dudley Tell Backers, "There's No Doubt Which Way It's Going."


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Update, 11:25 pm: Republican gubernatorial candidate Chris Dudley, leading a tight race against Democrat John Kitzhaber, walked downstairs at the Rose Garden after 11 pm tonight to tell his supporters that final results would probably not be known until tomorrow. But he said those final results will show him the winner. "Sometimes good things just have to wait," Dudley declared to a throng ...   More
 
Tuesday, November 2, 2010 AARON MESH

Election Night: The Results


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Tonight's election results for Oregon and local races are now in. Here are seven insta-conclusions from the first batch of numbers: 1) Republican Chris Dudley's bid to end the Democrats' 24-year control of the governor's office is too close to call so far against Democrat John Kitzhaber. But Democrats' large voter-registration edge in the state shows how it hard is for any Republican to win ...   More
 
Tuesday, November 2, 2010 HANK STERN

Wood Village Casino Backers Say They'll Be Back in 2012


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A little more than three hours after election results showed Oregon voters soundly rejecting Measure 75, the measure's supporters issued the news release below to say they'll be back in 2012 with another run at getting voters' OK for a private casino in Oregon. “The Portland area will be getting a casino in the next few years and we believe it is better on our side of the river, paying taxes, ...   More
 
Tuesday, November 2, 2010 HANK STERN

Footwear for Oregon Democrats


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Talking about politics and fashion in the same breath can be just as dangerous as putting plaid and paisley together in the same outfit, especially where female candidates are concerned. But in this case, we think it's safe to point out this John Kitzhaber supporter's use of campaign buttons to decorate her ballet flats is ingenious. Should Kitzhaber ever disappoint her, she only has to change ...   More
 
Tuesday, November 2, 2010 BETH SLOVIC

Your Message for Gov.-Elect John Kitzhaber is ...


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A few months back, we asked for your thoughts on the latest round of bad state budget news in Oregon and got some thoughtful responses. Let's try something similar in the aftermath of this election. In this video below, Gov.-elect John Kitzhaber says he's counting on you to help him. Given that the state faces a $3 billion-plus shortfall heading into the next budget cycle and that the Legislature ...   More
 
Thursday, November 4, 2010 HANK STERN

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

Derrick Kitts Back in the News


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Former state Rep. Derrick Kitts (R-Hillsboro) never had any problem generating news of all kinds when he was in the Oregon Legislature. And he's back in the news today in a tangential way because many are questioning how MSNBC can suspend Keith Olbermann for donating to Democratic candidates when MSNBC host Joe Scarborough donated to Kitts when Kitts ran unsuccessfully as the Republican challenger ...   More
 
Friday, November 5, 2010 HANK STERN

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

Your Advice for Chris Dudley is ...


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We had a pretty civil discussion yesterday (thanks everybody) in response to the question of what advice you'd give Gov.-Elect John Kitzhaber heading into his term next year. So in that spirit (and because it's a slow-news Friday), let's try something similar today with Republican gubernatorial candidate Chris Dudley. Dudley didn't mention politics in his concession remarks the evening after ...   More
 
Friday, November 5, 2010 HANK STERN

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