Kitzhaber Campaign Manager's $42,000 Paycheck

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

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

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

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

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

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

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][/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

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

Another Black Eye for Oregon Wireless Interoperability Network

The Oregon Wireless Interoperability Network is a project aimed at upgrading and linking together public safety radio systems that don't communicate well—or at all—with each other. The idea makes sense, at least in the abstract. But the implementation has gone anything but smoothly, as the The Oregonian has reported. Earlier this year, the Oregon Department of Transportation took ...   More
Tuesday, November 16, 2010 NIGEL JAQUISS

Oregon's Quarterly Revenue Forecast: Bleeding Stops, At Least For Now

Oregon's quarterly revenue forecast has been a day of doom for the past nine quarters. In each case, state economist Tom Potiowsky told lawmakers projections were worse than previously thought. Today's forecast brings that nine-quarter losing streak to an end. The forecast today calls for an increase of $119 million from the September forecast. That's much better news than another decline. ...   More
Friday, November 19, 2010 NIGEL JAQUISS

One Thing Chris Dudley Can be Thankful For

Unsuccessful Republican gubernatorial candidate Chris Dudley has gotten criticism for the decisions made by his campaign against Democrat John Kitzhaber. But one decision Dudley is unlikely to be kicking himself for was his choice not to put any of the money that he accumulated during his 16-year NBA career into his first political run. According to a report this week by the National Institute ...   More
Thursday, November 18, 2010 HANK STERN


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