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

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

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