SEIU Splits Baby In Demo Gubernatorial Race

The state's largest public employee union, SEIU with its 50,000 workers, issued a non-endorsement in the Democratic gubernatorial primary. That decision over the weekend, coming just after three education-related unions endorsed former Secretary of State Bill Bradbury, may be a blessing in disguise for the Democrats' front-runner, former Gov. John Kitzhaber. Here's why: Kitzhaber, who served ...   More
Monday, March 15, 2010 NIGEL JAQUISS

John Kitzhaber Gets AFL-CIO Endorsement

Score one big political point for former Gov. John Kitzhaber today in his run for his old job. Kitzhaber, who was governor from 1995 through 2002, announced this afternoon that he picked up the endorsement in the May Democratic primary of the AFL-CIO, which represents 225,000-plus Oregonians. Former Oregon Secretary of State Bill Bradbury, who's running in the Democratic primary against Kitzhaber, ...   More
Friday, March 5, 2010 HANK STERN

Bradbury and Kitzhaber Battle For Teacher Endorsements (UPDATED with OEA's decision)

EUGENE — The Oregon Education Association, a heavyweight player in any Democratic primary, decided this afternoon to endorse former Secretary of State Bill Bradbury in the Dems' gubernatorial primary this May. The vote was 49,448 for Bradbury and 31,607 for former Gov. John Kitzhaber. The voting formula is a tad complicated but basically boils down to each of the 83 OEA locals getting ...   More
Saturday, March 6, 2010 HANK STERN

Major Enviro Group Makes Dual Endorsement in Governor's Race

Democratic gubernatorial hopefuls Bill Bradbury and John Kitzhaber have played to a tie in their battle for an endorsement from the Oregon League of Conservation Voters. The environmental group announced this morning it's endorsing both men in the May 18 Oregon primary. The joint endorsement comes after Kitzhaber, Bradbury and Republican gubernatorial contender Allen Alley last week debated ...   More
Tuesday, April 6, 2010 HANK STERN

Kitzhaber Explains His "Ungovernable" Remark; Grades His Past Performance

In the waning days of his second term as governor, John Kitzhaber said in a speech to the Eugene Rotary Club that Oregon was on the verge of being "ungovernable." Kitzhaber and his rival for the 2010 Democratic gubernatorial nomination, former Oregon Secretary of State Bill Bradbury, stopped by WW on Thursday for an endorsement interview heading into the May 18 primary. The attached video ...   More
Friday, April 9, 2010 NIGEL JAQUISS

Audit Dings Oregon Department of Revenue ... And Why It Matters For Bradbury

We asked Democratic gubernatorial hopeful Bill Bradbury in an endorsement interview last week how he'd make state government more efficient. Bradbury, Oregon's former Secretary of State, responded that he'd get the Oregon Department of Revenue to do a better job collecting unpaid taxes from deadbeats. That was an interesting answer because Bradbury's opponent in the May 18 Democratic primary, ...   More
Monday, April 12, 2010 NIGEL JAQUISS

Caught on Tape! All of WW's Endorsement Interviews!

Unsatisfied with reading our endorsements? Dying to be a fly on the wall during our interviews? You're in luck! All of our endorsement interviews are posted online here. Part Charlie Rose, part Gong Show, the videos promise hours and hours of pure, unadulterated political wonkery. Here are a few highlights: U.S. Senate Republican hopeful Jim Huffman, recalling with a smile what it was ...   More
Wednesday, April 28, 2010 BETH SLOVIC

Sierra Club Goes Out On "Limb", Issues Joint Endorsement

The Sierra Club did undecided Democratic voters no favors today by issuing a joint endorsement [PDF] to former Gov. John Kitzhaber and former Secretary of State Bill Bradbury in the Dems' gubernatorial primary. The organization, which claims nearly 20,000 members in Oregon, does some great work and justifiably thinks its backing means something to voters as evidenced by this discussion of the ...   More
Tuesday, April 27, 2010 NIGEL JAQUISS

Did Kitzhaber Mistakenly Submit His High School Yearbook Photo To Voters' Pamphlet?

Former Oregon Gov. John Kitzhaber (above, right) turned 63 earlier this year. And although he appears to be in excellent physical condition, when you see Kitzhaber in person, all the years the avid outdoorsman has spent fishing, rafting, hiking and running are evident in the lines on his face. That's what makes the Voters' Pamphlet arriving in mailboxes this week fascinating. State election ...   More
Friday, April 23, 2010 NIGEL JAQUISS

Bradbury Releases Second Ad, Still Hates LNG

Former Secretary of State Bill Bradbury launched his second TV ad today. Bradbury, who is competing with former Gov. John Kitzhaber for the Democratic gubernatorial nomination, doesn't have a lot of money to spend heading into the May primary. He has $54,000 on hand, while Kitzhaber has more than ten times as much — $575,000. So what does Bradbury want voters to know about him this Earth ...   More
Thursday, April 22, 2010 NIGEL JAQUISS


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