Kitzhaber: Oregon is Not Wisconsin


Gov. John Kitzhaber brought a message of change to an enthusiastic standing-room-only crowd at Portland's City Club today. "Putting people back to work – as important at that is – will not, by itself, reduce our prison population or the escalating cost of health care; it will not ensure that all our children are ready to learn when the reach kindergarten; or increase the number of Oregonians ...   More
Friday, March 4, 2011 NIGEL JAQUISS

Serving Two Masters

Kitzhaber’s Columbia River Crossing adviser also works for the project’s biggest contractor.

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The Columbia River Crossing has occupied much of Gov. John Kitzhaber’s attention since his election last fall.    More
Wednesday, March 2, 2011 NIGEL JAQUISS

Cylvia Hayes Has a New Job

Cylvia Hayes

 Cylvia Hayes, the longtime companion of Gov. John Kitzhaber, has accepted a job with the Eugene-based West Coast Regional Clean Economy Collaborative, according to Sustainable Business Oregon."We really see the benefit in building bridges between urban and rural communities around clean energy," Hayes' new boss, Craig Smith told Sustainable Business Oregon. "We don't want anyone to think that ...   More
Tuesday, March 1, 2011 NIGEL JAQUISS

Kitzhaber Hires Metro's Michael Jordan to Be Oregon's Chief Operating Officer

Oregon State Capitol.

 One day after announcing he was bringing Clackamas County Chairwoman Lynn Peterson into his cabinet, Gov. John Kitzhaber revealed today he is reaching into Metro to hire that agency's chief operating officer.The Democratic governor is hiring long-time Metro chief operating officer Michael Jordan to become Oregon's first chief operating officer. Jordan, who's been Metro's COO since 2003, will ...   More
Tuesday, February 22, 2011 HANK STERN

Clackamas County Chairwoman Lynn Peterson Joining Kitzhaber Staff

Lynn Peterson

Clackamas County Chairwoman Lynn Peterson, who had considered running in last year's Democratic primary for governor, is joining the cabinet of Gov. John Kitzhaber.Kitzhaber's office announced this afternoon that Peterson will resign on March 11 as chairwoman of the Clackamas County Board of Commissioners to become the Democratic governor's adviser for sustainable communities and transportation policy.Peterson's ...   More
Monday, February 21, 2011 HANK STERN

Obama at Intel: A Lone Politician Takes the Oregon Stage to Promote Industry, Education


 President Barack Obama was the lone politician to take the stage at Hillsboro's Intel campus today to advance his education and economic initiatives, while Oregon pols were left to watch on from the crowd."Basically, if we want to win the future, America has got to outbuild, out-innovate, out-educate and out-hustle the rest of the world," Obama told the crowd of about 400 people, plus dozens ...   More
Friday, February 18, 2011 JAMES PITKIN

Recipients of Film Tax Credits; Plus, One Lawmaker's Take


 As WW reported today, Gov. John Kitzhaber wants to extend and expand a subsidy for film and video production for companies that shoot in Oregon. The governor is proposing to bump the existing credit, which costs $7.5 million annually up to $12.5 million per year. The way the credit works is that taxpayers buy credits—at a discount of five to 10 percent from face value—and use them to offset ...   More
Wednesday, February 9, 2011 NIGEL JAQUISS

War of Words Continues Around ODOE Investigation

John Kroger

Last week, The Oregonian reported on details of an Oregon Department of Justice investigation into contracting practices at the Oregon Department of Energy. That investigation is politically fraught because it involves an ODOE subcontractor, Cylvia Hayes, who is the longtime companion of Gov. John Kitzhaber. The O based its reporting on a copy of the Justice Department investigative file that DOJ had ...   More
Tuesday, February 1, 2011 NIGEL JAQUISS

Collymore Vs. Smith: Election-Night Plans as Prologue?

If a candidate's election-night plans are any indication of their campaigns' mindsets, we found recent announcements from Karol Collymore and Loretta Smith particularly interesting. The two women are vying to represent North and Northeast Portland on the Multnomah County Board of Commissioners. Collymore's friend, Stephen Marc Beaudoin, sent out Facebook invitations last week to "join us in ...   More
Tuesday, November 2, 2010 JAMES PITKIN

No Matter The Election Result, Mark Wiener Will Be a Big Winner Today

When the Oregon election results come out tonight, one of the biggest winners will be someone who's not even on the ballot. Mark Wiener, the political consultant of choice for Democrats and those who want to raise taxes, has collected big bucks this election cycle to provide strategy to the following people and organizations: 1) Democratic gubernatorial candidate John Kitzhaber; 2) The ...   More
Tuesday, November 2, 2010 MARK ZUSMAN


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