Kitzhaber, Still Undeclared, Spent $35K On Poll

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Gov. John Kitzhaber today reported spending $34,750 last month with the polling firm Fairbank, Maslin, Maullin, Metz & Associates.Polling is the kind of activity candidates engage in to see what voters care about. Raising money is another activity candidates engage in–Kitzhaber's raised $240,000 so far this year. But Kitzhaber, who is serving his third term as governor, is not yet a declared ...   More
 
Tuesday, November 26, 2013 NIGEL JAQUISS

High-Level Staff Changes on Kitzhaber's Team

Governor Names Mike Bonetto Chief of Staff

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Although Gov. John Kitzhaber has reported raising $240,000 this year, he still has not yet announced whether he'll run for an unprecedented (in Oregon) fourth term.But WW has learned that key staffers are not waiting for Kitzhaber to announce his decision before they make their own plans.Kitzhaber's chief of staff, Curtis Robinhold, will depart Jan. 1 to become deputy executive director at the Port ...   More
 
Tuesday, November 19, 2013 NIGEL JAQUISS

Murmurs: News Hotter Than Jeff Cogen’s Love of Parades.


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The lesson from the Oregon Department of Justice investigation of former Multnomah County Chairman Jeff Cogen: If Cogen had resigned when the story of his affair broke in July, there probably woul   More
 
Wednesday, November 13, 2013 WW Editorial Staff

OLCC Commissioners Learned Belatedly of Steve Marks' DUII Arrest

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Two Oregon Liquor Control Commissioners say they only learned of Steve Marks' 2010 DUII arrest a short time before yesterday's unanimous vote approving Marks as the new OLCC executive director. Marks, who served a top aide to Gov. John Kitzhaber from 1995 to 2003, was a $6,300-a-month Kitzhaber campaign aide on Sept. 29, 2010 when an Oregon State Police trooper arrested him on a DUII charge ...   More
 
Friday, October 25, 2013 NIGEL JAQUISS

Kitzhaber Picks Up Checks from Nike, Others

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Gov. John Kitzhaber—who still has not announced whether he will run for a fourth term next year—disclosed a new round of fundraising today.Kitzhaber got $10,000 from Nike, the beneficiary of a 2012 special session that guaranteed state's current method of taxing the sportswear giant would remain unchanged. He also got $7,500 from Brett Wilcox, a close associate who made a fortune in the aluminum ...   More
 
Wednesday, October 23, 2013 NIGEL JAQUISS

Kitzhaber Picks Jack Roberts to Head Oregon Lottery

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Gov. John Kitzhaber has made an intriguing selection for the next person to head the Oregon Lottery—he's picked former Labor Commissioner Jack Roberts, who held that statewide office from 1995 to 2003. Tim Raphael, Kitzhaber's spokeman confirms the governor intends to put Roberts' name forward for the job, although all the paperwork necessary for a formal nomination is still being completed. ...   More
 
Friday, October 18, 2013 NIGEL JAQUISS

Wheeler Kicks CRC Can Down the Road

Citing risks, Treasurer's letter to lawmakers says it's "premature" to conclude deal can work

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State Treasurer Ted Wheeler today released a three-page letter (PDF) to legislative leaders assessing the viability of the revised $2.8 billion Columbia River Crossing project. Wheeler's letter is a finalized version of a memo WW first reported a couple of weeks ago. As with the draft memo, the letter Wheeler released today makes it clear project sponsors will have to thread a rope large enough to ...   More
 
Thursday, September 26, 2013 NIGEL JAQUISS

Kitzhaber Rakes In Donations

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Gov. John Kitzhaber has still not announced whether he will run for an unprecedented (in Oregon) fourth term next year but his coyness should not fool anybody. Over the weekend, Kitzhaber's campaign reported $42,000 in new contributions, including $10,000 from Comcast (the cable company will recoup that when he starts buying campaign ads); $7,500 from Timber Products Co. of Springfield; $5,000 from ...   More
 
Monday, September 23, 2013 NIGEL JAQUISS

Kotek Memo: Kitzhaber "Likely" To Drag CRC into Special Session

Governor and House Speaker Continue To Push For Bridge Project

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In March, Gov. John Kitzhaber and House Speaker Tina Kotek (D-Portland) celebrated the passage of House Bill 2800, which provided $450 million for what was then the $3.4 billion Columbia River Crossing project. The pair had convinced skeptical lawmakers to support the bill by including conditions for the expenditure of Oregon's $450 million—most notably, the condition or "trigger"  that Washington ...   More
 
Tuesday, September 17, 2013 NIGEL JAQUISS

New Map Predicts Oregon's 2014 Races

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Gov. John Kitzhaber hasn't yet said if he'll run for an unprecedented fourth term, but a new map from Congressional Quarterly says he's got the job if he wants it.The map offers the first nationwide predictions for house, senate and governor races, offering a prediction of whether the seat is safe.Kitzhaber isn't a sure candidate, and so far only two Republicans, state Rep. Dennis Richardson (R-Central ...   More
 
Monday, September 16, 2013 ANDREA DAMEWOOD

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