New Poll Shows Dudley, Kitzhaber Even in Oregon Governor Race

The first post-primary poll shows Oregon gubernatorial candidates Chris Dudley and John Kitzhaber pretty even. In a Rasmussen poll released today, Dudley leads Kitzhaber 45 percent to 44 percent, a difference that's smaller than the 4.5 percentage point margin of error. Dudley, a former NBA player and rookie political candidate, won the Republican gubernatorial nomination last week. Kitzhaber, ...   More
Tuesday, May 25, 2010 NIGEL JAQUISS

GOP Chairman Files Elections Complaint Against Kitzhaber Supporter, Independent Party

The once-obscure Independent Party of Oregon cannot stay out of the news. In recent weeks, Oregon's third largest political party (it now boasts more than 54,000 members) has been embroiled in a flap over requests that candidates seeking the Independents' endorsement also contribute to the party. While that controversy may have cooled, Oregon Republican Party Chairman Bob Tiernan has now turned ...   More
Wednesday, June 9, 2010 NIGEL JAQUISS

Gov's Race: DiLorenzo Reports $150,000 Loan, Moves Closer to Candidacy

Portland lawyer and lobbyist John DiLorenzo formed an exploratory committee May 6 in preparation for a possible independent candidacy for governor. In an interview last Friday, DiLorenzo said that he would make a decision as to whether to run within the next couple of weeks. Now there's more evidence DiLorenzo is seriously considering a run. DiLorenzo reports a $150,000 loan from the Villa St. ...   More
Tuesday, June 8, 2010 NIGEL JAQUISS

Gubernatorial Election: Dudley Leads Kitzhaber In Early General Election Fundraising

Since the May 18 election, Oregon Republican gubernatorial candidate Chris Dudley has reported raising more than $185,000, including seven contributions of $10,000 or more. Dudley's largest check ($15,000) came from Karl Miller, the CEO of Avamere Group, which runs living centers for elderly people. That $185,000-plus is nearly three times the amount reported by Dudley's better-known Democratic ...   More
Monday, June 7, 2010 NIGEL JAQUISS

Hefty Checks Continue to Flow Into Governor, Metro Races

As the debate begins about whether to continue Portland's practice of publicly-financed city elections, it's worth looking at what happens in other Oregon races that are entirely financed by private donors and interest groups. The effect of public financing in Portland has been to limit individual donations in most cases to $500 or less (although privately financed candidates do sometimes accept ...   More
Monday, May 24, 2010 NIGEL JAQUISS

Who Sharon Kitzhaber Lists On Her Facebook Page

Sharon Kitzhaber doesn't list her ex-husband as one of the 103 “likes” on her Facebook profile. That's perhaps unsurprising given that she and John Kitzhaber, who won Oregon's Democratic gubernatorial primary last week in his bid to return to office, divorced soon after the end of his second gubernatorial term in 2003. But we note she does list Republican gubernatorial candidate ...   More
Wednesday, May 26, 2010 Peter Griffin

Private Plane Usage: Dudley Soars Above Kitzhaber So Far

Yesterday, a Rasmussen poll showed Oregon gubernatorial candidates John Kitzhaber, a Democrat (below), and Republican Chris Dudley pretty even (above) as the race begins for the November general election. Kitzhaber supporters groused that Rasmussen polls favor Republicans, and Dudley defenders say the poll is legit. But here's something that's not debatable: In the primary that ended ...   More
Wednesday, May 26, 2010 NIGEL JAQUISS

John DiLorenzo Won't Run For Governor

John DiLorenzo, a Portland lawyer and powerful lobbyist in the Oregon Legislature, has decided against an independent run this fall for governor. Here's the email going out from DiLorenzo to his friends explaining why he's not getting into the race against Democrat John Kitzhaber and Republican Chris Dudley: Dear friends, I would like to thank you for the outpouring of advice and encouragement ...   More
Tuesday, June 15, 2010 HANK STERN

Kulongoski Throws Bombs in Final City Club Address

In a somber address to Portland City Club, Gov. Ted Kulongoski today laid out a bleak vision of Oregon's present and grabbed hold of Oregon's political third rail with both hands. The two-term Democratic governor is completing his final year in office and could be forgiven if he took the summer off. Instead, the former labor lawyer drew on the work of his "reset cabinet" to propose a bold set ...   More
Friday, June 25, 2010 NIGEL JAQUISS

Chris Dudley, Tom Hughes Pick Up Big Checks

GOP gubernatorial candidate Chris Dudley continues to pick up big checks from prominent locals. This week, Dudley reported a $20,000 contribution from investor Peter Brix and $5,000 from real estate maven Barbara Sue Seal. The most notable check collected by Dudley's Democratic opponent, former two-term Gov. John Kitzhaber, was a $10,000 contribution from International Brotherhood of Electrical ...   More
Tuesday, June 29, 2010 NIGEL JAQUISS


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