Kulongoski on Oregon: Not So Special?


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In this clip from our interview with Gov. Ted Kulongoski, (a fuller version appears in this week's print version of WW) the ex-Marine and soon-to-be ex-governor discusses the Oregon economy and why our lack of a defense industry has come at a cost. Here are links to earlier video excerpts—one where the governor talks about prisons, another where he discusses Iraq, a third where he ...   More
 
Wednesday, January 5, 2011 MARK ZUSMAN

ODOE-Gate: Mark Long's Lawyers Say Kroger's Search Illegal, Threaten to Sue


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The former interim director of the Oregon Department of Energy, Mark Long, has filed a tort claim notice [PDF] with the State of Oregon, threatening to sue for what his attorneys term the "warrantless search and seizure, without probable cause" of his work computer. The tort claim notice, which WW obtained yesterday under a public records request, increases the likelihood that controversy will ...   More
 
Thursday, January 6, 2011 NIGEL JAQUISS

ODOE-Gate: Kulongoski Will Get His Independent Investigation After All; Updated


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For a guy leaving office in less than a week, Gov. Ted Kulongoski is pretty busy. After Attorney General John Kroger on Jan. 5 rebuffed Kulongoski's request that the governor be allowed to hire an independent counsel to investigate contracting practices at the Oregon Department of Energy, it looked as though Kroger had effectively blocked the governor. And that meant Gov.-elect John Kitzhaber, ...   More
 
Thursday, January 6, 2011 NIGEL JAQUISS

Kulongoski on John Kitzhaber


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Gov. Ted Kulongoski has had a strained relationship over the past few years with John Kitzhaber, the fellow Democrat who preceded him as governor and will succeed him on Jan. 10, although the two, who were close during Kitzhaber's two previous gubernatorial terms from 1995 to 2003 have now resolved their differences. Many years ago, Kulongoski commented on how the difference between him and ...   More
 
Thursday, January 6, 2011 MARK ZUSMAN

Here's What's Holding Up Release of Documents in Energy Department Investigation


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Although much of today's focus in Salem is on the start of Gov. John Kitzhaber's historic third term, some unfinished business relating to Attorney General John Kroger's investigation of contracting practices at the Oregon Department of Energy is also inching toward resolution. As WW reported last week, Gov. Ted Kulongoski, who leaves office today, has hired retired Malheur County judge Frank ...   More
 
Monday, January 10, 2011 NIGEL JAQUISS

Kulongoski "Fed Up" With Politics; Wonders Whether Senate D's Have "No Shame"


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Gov. Ted Kulongoski has received plenty of sharp elbows during his 40 years in public life, and he's thrown a few himself. But in this video clip below from his recent interview with WW, Kulongoski explains why he's had enough with all that—and why he was largely invisible during the 2010 election cycle. The victim of the negative campaigning he cites is State Sen. Frank Morse (R-Corvallis), ...   More
 
Saturday, January 8, 2011 NIGEL JAQUISS

Labor Commissioner Brad Avakian gets late X-mas gift


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The state Attorney General's office has decided that Bureau of Labor and Industries Commissioner Brad Avakian doesn't have to run for re-election in 2010, when his post would normally be scheduled on the state ballot. Gov. Ted Kulongoski appointed Avakian, formerly a Democratic state senator representing parts of Northwest Portland and Washington County, to the non-partisan labor commissioner's ...   More
 
Thursday, January 8, 2009 NIGEL JAQUISS

Oregon's Economic Forecast


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[youtube KfB62IGls2U&] Here's the state's long-awaited economic forecast (PDF). And in anticipation of Gov. Ted Kulongoski's speech this afternoon at City Club of Portland on "Weathering the Crisis," here are some of the state report's lowlights for us to weather in Oregon: —The first quarter of 2009 marks the fifth consecutive quarter of job losses. The annualized drop of 8.2 percent ...   More
 
Friday, May 15, 2009 HANK STERN

How Gov. Ted Kulongoski Responded To Crappy Economic News


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Hours after Gov. Ted Kulongoski got this predictably gloomy economic forecast for Oregon, the governor spoke at City Club of Portland. Here are the highlights of his speech — which had been scheduled long before the release of today's forecast — and the audience's response to it. With the state facing a 12.1 percent unemployment rate (a number that's expected to climb even ...   More
 
Friday, May 15, 2009 HANK STERN

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