Kulongoski Throws Bombs in Final City Club Address


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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

John Kitzhaber Has Had Better Days


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Not a great day on the political horse-race front for Oregon Democratic gubernatorial candidate John Kitzhaber. First came this morning's front-page piece on fund-raising in The Oregonian detailing how Republican Chris Dudley, a rookie candidate (albeit one with name recognition from his NBA career), is outdistancing a veteran pol like Kitzhaber, a former two-term governor and ex-president of ...   More
 
Tuesday, July 27, 2010 HANK STERN

Kitzhaber Releases First General Election TV Ad


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A couple of days after a tough 24-hour stretch for John Kitzhaber, the Democratic gubernatorial candidate has released his first TV ad of the general election a little more than three months before the November ballot in Oregon. Three quick observations about the ad (which comes in a week when not all the horse-race news has been bad for Kitzhaber): 1) Befitting most initial ads in a campaign, ...   More
 
Thursday, July 29, 2010 HANK STERN

Basic Rights Oregon's PAC Endorses Kitzhaber


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It's not exactly surprising that Basic Rights Oregon's political action committee announced this morning that it's endorsing Democratic candidate John Kitzhaber in the Oregon governor's race But what is surprising in the gay rights organization's news release (which extols Kitzhaber's track record when he was governor for two terms) is that BRO says Republican candidate Chris Dudley didn't respond ...   More
 
Tuesday, August 3, 2010 HANK STERN

State and Feds Probe Oregon Contract with Kitzhaber's Girlfriend


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WW has learned from three sources that the Oregon Department of Justice is investigating one or more contracts involving the embattled Oregon Department of Energy and 3EStrategies, a Bend-based renewable energy consulting firm. The investigation by Attorney General John Kroger's office is potentially fraught with political implications because the CEO of 3EStrategies is Cylvia Hayes, the long-time ...   More
 
Monday, August 23, 2010 NIGEL JAQUISS

Money Watch: The Latest Notable Donations In Oregon Governor Race


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Republican candidate Chris Dudley, a former pro basketball player whose NBA career included a stint in Portland, has picked up a $5,000 donation from the Trail Blazers, according to fund-raising reports he filed today. He also reported $40,000 from the Restaurant Association-connected Mahonia Hall Hospitality PAC, and $10,000 each from long-time Republican donor Richard Geary of Portland and ...   More
 
Friday, August 20, 2010 HANK STERN

Seating Arrangements at Oaks Park and Political Contributions, Celebrity Edition


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Monday's Labor Day picnic at Oaks Park provided leading Democratic pols a chance to rub shoulders with the rank-and-file union members who are Democrats' leading source of cash. U.S. Sen. Ron Wyden; U.S. Reps. Earl Blumenauer, David Wu and Kurt Schrader occupied places of prominence on the dais and warmed up the crowd for a brief but fiery speech from gubernatorial candidate John Kitzhaber. ...   More
 
Tuesday, September 7, 2010 NIGEL JAQUISS

Unlike Chris Dudley, Republican Caucuses Struggling to Raise Money


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In the race to be Oregon's next governor, Republican Chris Dudley has out-fundraised his Democratic opponent John Kitzhaber by about a two-to-one margin this year. Dudley is capitalizing on his celebrity as a former Portland Trail Blazer and the anger that many business owners and wealthy Oregonians have expressed in recent elections, as shown by their support for issues ranging from non-partisan ...   More
 
Friday, September 3, 2010 NIGEL JAQUISS

The Difference Between the Ads Kitzhaber Canned and Kitzhaber Ran


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Democratic gubernatorial candidate John Kitzhaber today released his first television ad directly addressing his opponent, Republican Chris Dudley. The ad comes less than two weeks after Kitzhaber rejected an earlier ad because of its "tone and tenor," says Jillian Schoene, a campaign spokeswoman. Given that the ad released today is also pretty negative, it's worth comparing it to the ...   More
 
Wednesday, September 1, 2010 NIGEL JAQUISS

Gubernatorial Candidates Continue to Debate Debating


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The campaigns of both gubernatorial candidates continue to trade accusations of bad faith amid efforts to get both Republican nominee Chris Dudley and Democratic nominee John Kitzhaber in the same room at the same time. Yesterday, the Dudley campaign released a letter [PDF] from its debate coordinator, Fred Granum, to Kitzhaber's campaign manager, Patricia McCaig, detailing its efforts to communicate ...   More
 
Wednesday, September 1, 2010 NIGEL JAQUISS

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