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

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

Kitzhaber Campaign Manager's $42,000 Paycheck


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Veteran political consultant Patricia McCaig served as Gov.-elect John Kitzhaber's campaign manager in the months leading up to last Tuesday's election victory for the Democratic candidate. Today's filings with the state show McCaig got a $42,000 "win bonus" for guiding the campaign to victory. Paying campaign staffers for victory is not unheard of around the country—New York City Mayor ...   More
 
Tuesday, November 9, 2010 NIGEL JAQUISS

New Report: Does Motorycle Lane Sharing Cost Lives or Save Emissions?


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Oregon is formally starting a discussion next week about whether or not to legalize lane sharing for motoryclists, also known as lane splitting or filtering. In a small first step, the Governor's Advisory Committee for Motorcycle Safety has planned a public meeting and released a report [PDF] on the practice, which is currently against the law in every state except California. Based on the ...   More
 
Monday, November 8, 2010 Jacob Pierce

Kitzhaber To Announce Transition Team Wednesday; Familiar Name Expected At Top


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Gov.-elect John Kitzhaber has a lot of work to do between now and when he takes office Jan. 10, 2011. Kitzhaber must prepare a budget and hire staff . And he must prepare to follow through with one of his campaign pledges: to ask state agency heads, commission chairpersons and some program directors to submit their resignations. Kitzhaber has said he will radically change the way Oregon's government ...   More
 
Monday, November 8, 2010 NIGEL JAQUISS

Diane Downs' Latest Parole Hearing is Next Month


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For those of you keeping track of convicted child murderer Diane Downs, she's up for another parole hearing Dec. 10. Downs, perhaps Oregon's most notorious female convict, shot her three young children on May 19, 1983 on a dirt road in Springfield in Lane County. She killed one of the children and wounded the two others, then claimed a "bushy-haired stranger" had pulled the trigger. One of Downs' ...   More
 
Tuesday, November 9, 2010 HANK STERN

Greg Walden on How Republicans Will Go After Health Care Reform


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Elections do matter. Now that last week's elections have given Republicans control of the U.S. House next year. Rep. Greg Walden—the only GOP member of the Oregon congressional delegation—has a lot of juice as head of his party's transition committee. And he's getting a lot of face time on national TV. Last night, Walden was on Fox News' On The Record W/Greta Van Susteren to talk ...   More
 
Wednesday, November 10, 2010 HANK STERN

House Democrats: Hunt Holds on to Power, How Much is Unclear


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The Oregon House Democrats had their usual post-election meeting last night in Salem to vote for leadership positions. Speculation in the past week centered on whether House Speaker Dave Hunt (D-Gladstone) would retain his power after Democrats' 36 to 24 super-majority melted away into a 30-30 tie with Republicans. And Democrats took the unusual step of having an outside mediator come in to ...   More
 
Thursday, November 11, 2010 NIGEL JAQUISS

Don't Challenge Kyle Singler to a Game of H-O-R-S-E


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If you have two minutes to kill and can stomach Duke basketball, watch this video of Blue Devil Kyle Singler (h/t to Deadspin) apparently making a bunch of amazing shots. [youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NJWPASQZqLc[/youtube] Our only "earth-shattering" conclusion from this video of Singler (an Oregon native whose Duke team will be in Portland on Nov. 27 to play the University of Oregon ...   More
 
Monday, November 15, 2010 HANK STERN

Proposed OLCC Rule for Problem Liquor Sellers Raises Some Concerns


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The Oregon Liquor Control Commission today began what's expected to be a five-month hearing process toward getting enforceable compliance plans in its rule books to deal better with liquor selling establishments that are creating problems for neighbors. Much of the testimony at the OLCC's initial hearing on the proposal, which would grant state liquor inspectors the power to get business owners ...   More
 
Tuesday, November 16, 2010 Jason Slotkin

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