Kitzhaber Sweeps To Big Victory Over Bradbury In Democratic Gubernatorial Primary (UPDATED with Bradbury scene)

The only question about ex-Gov. John Kitzhaber on Tuesday night was when he would arrive at the Melody Ballroom to claim Oregon's Democratic gubernatorial primary. The co-hosts of his victory party at the Melody Ballroom on Southeast 6th and Alder, State Sen. Mark Hass (D-Beaverton) and Oregon Bus Project Director Caitlin Baggott stalled for time as large TV screens showed Kitzhaber enjoying ...   More
Tuesday, May 18, 2010 NIGEL JAQUISS

John Kitzhaber: The Video

Here's the fourth installment of the taped interviews with Oregon gubernatorial candidates that ran during Candidates Gone Wild last week. Today, we present Democrat John Kitzhaber: [youtube][/youtube] Check back Sunday morning for the final installment with Republican Bill Sizemore. Meantime, check out the previous videos of Democrat Bill Bradbury ...   More
Saturday, May 8, 2010 HANK STERN

New Poll In Democratic Gubernatorial Primary Shows Kitzhaber Way Ahead

Two major local employers, Nike and The Standard, asked the polling firm Davis, Hibbitts & Midghall to figure out how Democratic voters in Oregon are feeling about their party's two leading gubernatorial candidates. The results heading into the May 18 primary show that former Gov. John Kitzhaber is far ahead of former Secretary of State Bill Bradbury. Here's a summary of the polling firm's ...   More
Friday, April 30, 2010 NIGEL JAQUISS

Bradbury Responds to Kitzhaber Ad Flap

Today's WW includes a small item about a voter's concerns about former Gov. John Kitzhaber's first television ad of this gubernatorial primary season. Here's the ad: [youtube][/youtube] and here's the concern: Portland marketer Christy Maver is fuming about ex-Gov. John Kitzhaber's first TV ad in the May 18 Democratic ...   More
Wednesday, May 5, 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

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

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

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

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


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