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

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

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

Transportation, Foodie Donors Give to Kitzhaber

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

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

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

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

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


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