Speculation Mounts About Kitzhaber Chief of Staff Pick

Perhaps the most important personnel decision Gov.-elect John Kitzhaber will make between now and inauguration day in January is whom to pick as chief of staff. The man who served that key role for most of Kitzhaber's previous two terms as governor, from 1995 to 2003, was Bill Wyatt—now the director of the Port of Portland, a job too good to leave. Kitzhaber has said he'll bring in new ...   More
Tuesday, November 9, 2010 NIGEL JAQUISS

Kitzhaber Says Oregon "Open For Business"; Will Lobby For CRC

Gov.-elect John Kitzhaber went on the offensive today, addressing head-on questions about whether he will devote sufficient attention to the economy and private-sector job growth. After Kitzhaber's post-election press conference last week, media coverage of his remarks focused on his interest in protecting the environment, even though Kitzhaber specifically stated jobs would be his top priority ...   More
Wednesday, November 10, 2010 NIGEL JAQUISS

Tom Hughes Establishes A Road Map for Future Candidates

There are at least a couple of interesting lessons in Tom Hughes' narrow victory over Bob Stacey in the Metro Council president's race. That victory, finally decided on Nov. 11, ended up with a difference of less than one percentage point—about 1,000 votes out of nearly 400,000 counted. As noted earlier, the unusually high number of write-in votes far exceeded Hughes' margin of victory. Here ...   More
Monday, November 15, 2010 NIGEL JAQUISS

A Major Profile of a Minor Player in the Oregon Governor Race

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie had a bit role in the recently concluded governor's race in Oregon. GOP candidate Chris Dudley brought in the New Jersey Republican's spokeswoman to work for him. Democratic candidate John Kitzhaber surprised us in his WW endorsement interview when he praised Christie for identifying some of the embedded costs in state government. And Christie flew to Oregon in ...   More
Wednesday, November 24, 2010 HANK STERN

Turkey Eaten, Kitzhaber Will Set About Axing Agency Heads

While many of us worried on Thanksgiving only about eating and drinking too much, a cadre of highly-paid Oregon state employees probably had a lot more on their minds yesterday. That's because when Gov.-elect John Kitzhaber returns next week to the work of preparing for his third term as governor, he'll be delivering some unpleasant news. Back in September, Kitzhaber convened reporters for the ...   More
Friday, November 26, 2010 NIGEL JAQUISS

Kitzhaber Recruits Saxtons, Issues Pink Slip List

Gov.-elect John Kitzhaber today announced more members of his transition team. Two of the most interesting names announced by the Democrat at a press event in Gladstone were Ron Saxton, former Portland School Board president and 2006 Republican gubernatorial nominee; and Lynne Saxton, Saxton's wife. She runs ChristieCare, a provider of children mental health services. The Saxtons will work ...   More
Monday, December 6, 2010 NIGEL JAQUISS

Republicans Request Partial Governor's Race Recount in Multnomah County (Updated With Precinct Locations and GOP Chair Bob Tiernan's Comment)

The Oregon Republican Party has asked for a partial recount in Multnomah County for the governor's race. The request came in 15 minutes before the final deadline on Tuesday, according to Secretary of State Kate Brown's spokeswoman, Andrea Cantu-Schomus. Multnomah County spokesman David Austin says the GOP requested a recount for three precincts in Nob Hill, the Lloyd Center district and Laurelhurst. A ...   More
Wednesday, December 8, 2010 NIGEL JAQUISS

Kitzhaber is Raising Money to Pay For Transition

Among the many casualties of Oregon's ongoing budget crisis is the line item that normally would have paid for Gov.-elect John Kitzhaber's transition expenses. To help defray those costs, interested parties have been contributing steadily—if unspectacularly—to Kitzhaber since Nov. 2 when he beat Republican Chris Dudley by 22,000 votes. State filings show a couple of dozen donors ...   More
Thursday, December 16, 2010 NIGEL JAQUISS

John Kitzhaber's Newest Donors

Gov.-elect John Kitzhaber hasn't let the holidays slow his political action committee's collection of contributions. Since WW reported last week that the Democratic governor-elect was raising money to cover expenses for his transition to office next month, there have been several large and noteworthy donations to Kitzhaber 2010 over the past week. Among those on the list of donors since Dec. ...   More
Wednesday, December 22, 2010 HANK STERN

Read the Letter: Oregon Energy Department/Cylvia Hayes Investigation Gets Messy

Last week, Attorney General John Kroger's office issued a statement marking the end of his investigation into contracting practices at the Oregon Department of Energy. "We are currently of the opinion that we could not prove beyond a reasonable doubt that any state employee committed Official Misconduct in the First or Second degree while awarding the Energy Assurance Grant," wrote Kroger's ...   More
Monday, January 3, 2011 NIGEL JAQUISS


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