Hefty Checks Continue to Flow Into Governor, Metro Races


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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

New Poll Shows Dudley, Kitzhaber Even in Oregon Governor Race


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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

John DiLorenzo Won't Run For Governor


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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

Transportation, Foodie Donors Give to Kitzhaber


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In these dog days of summer, candidates have little to do except polish their stump speeches and make the fundraising phone calls that most of them dread. Republican gubernatorial nominee Chris Dudley has continued to attract strong financial support. And after a quiet period following the May primary, Democratic nominee John Kitzhaber is reporting more checks. New fundraising filings show that ...   More
 
Tuesday, July 13, 2010 NIGEL JAQUISS

Kitzhaber and Teachers Union Playing Nicely Together


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Former Gov. John Kitzhaber and the powerful Oregon Education Association are making nice again in Kitzhaber's run for his old job. The teachers union announced today it's endorsing Kitzhaber in the general election, hardly a surprise given the OEA's support for Democratic candidates. But it's worthy of some note only because the OEA didn't endorse Kitzhaber last spring in the Democratic primary. ...   More
 
Monday, July 12, 2010 HANK STERN

Chris Dudley, Tom Hughes Pick Up Big Checks


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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

Governor's Race: More Big Checks for GOP's Chris Dudley


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GOP gubernatorial nominee Chris Dudley reported two new large checks and a slew more in the $2,500-and-up category today. Dudley, the former Portland Trail Blazer making his inaugural political run, raked in $100,000 from Newberg-based Austin Industries and $15,000 from Columbia Sportswear CEO Tim Boyle. The Austin family, who made a fortune in the dental equipment industry are reliable Republican ...   More
 
Tuesday, July 6, 2010 NIGEL JAQUISS

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

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

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

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