Environmental Groups Ask Kitzhaber to Toss Oregon-Only Columbia River Crossing Plans

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Eleven environmental groups sent a letter to Gov. John Kitzhaber today, pleading with the governor to abandon his plans for an Oregon-only Columbia River Crossing project.The groups, including 1000 Friends of Oregon and the Coalition for a Livable Future, say the "scaled-down" $2.75 billion project—backed only by Oregon coffers—"remains bad public policy for Oregon and the Portland-Vancouver region." ...   More
 
Friday, September 6, 2013 ANDREA DAMEWOOD

Kitzhaber Calls For Possible Special Session for Sept. 30

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Gov. John Kitzhaber today alerted legislators to be ready for a special session Sept. 30. His goal is to make further cuts—up to $5 billion—to the Public Employee Retirement System and generate a couple of hundred million dollars with new taxes. Two things are unclear: First, whether Kitzhaber now has the votes to get that deal done—votes he didn't have during the regular legislative session ...   More
 
Wednesday, September 4, 2013 NIGEL JAQUISS

Jeff Cogen Skipped Labor Picnic

Here's who showed up to stump for union votes.

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Multnomah County Chairman Jeff Cogen was conspicuously absent from the Northwest Oregon Labor Council’s annual Oaks Amusement Park picnic on Sept. 2, as WW reports in this morning's paper.Why does that absence matter? The Labor Day picnic is a must for politicians seeking union dollars—and an opportunity for the Oregon Democratic Party power structure to present a unified front to its base. More ...   More
 
Wednesday, September 4, 2013 Nigel Jaquiss and Aaron Mesh

Kitzhaber's September Appointment List: Good News for Portland State University

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When lawmakers convene in Salem in mid-September for their quarterly house-keeping session, one of the tasks on the agenda will be to consider Gov. John Kitzhaber's latest round of appointments to various boards and commissions.The Senate will consider a three-page list of names, and for the first time after the passage of Kitzhaber's education reforms, will get a chance to approve independent boards ...   More
 
Thursday, August 29, 2013 NIGEL JAQUISS

Murmurs: Forget it, Fritz—it’s Chinatown.


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The long-running battle whether Portland Mayor Charlie Hales was a legally registered Oregon voter when he filed for office in 2011 took an odd turn this week. On Aug. 26, a Marion County judge dismis   More
 
Wednesday, August 28, 2013 WW Editorial Staff

Oregon Treasurer Ted Wheeler Calls Columbia River Crossing's September Deadline into Question

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Oregon State Treasurer Ted Wheeler is calling into question the ambitious September-or-bust timeline given by backers trying to sustain the ailing Columbia River Crossing.In a terse letter (PDF) sent today to Gov. John Kitzhaber's top adviser on the project, Patricia McCaig, Wheeler says CRC staff are "going to have to make a great leap forward in a short period of time to provide legally adequate ...   More
 
Monday, August 19, 2013 ANDREA DAMEWOOD

Murmurs: Did The Port and Housing Agency Get Scammed?


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Two ex-employees of the Port of Portland and Home Forward, the area’s housing agency, are under criminal investigation for allegedly misappropriating tens of thousands of dollars from their em   More
 
Wednesday, August 14, 2013 WW Editorial Staff

Where Rudy Crew Flew

Records show Oregon’s ex-education chief violated state expense and travel rules.


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Rudy Crew was supposed to be the force that shook up Oregon’s schools. Gov. John Kitzhaber christened Crew—who arrived here in June 2012 a national figure—as the state’s first education    More
 
Wednesday, July 17, 2013 NIGEL JAQUISS and ALEX BLUM

Gov. John Kitzhaber's Ex-Schools Chief Violated State Travel Rules

Rudy Crew's Frequent Trips Came Under Scrutiny

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Rudy Crew was supposed to be the force that shook up Oregon’s schools. Gov. John Kitzhaber christened Crew—who arrived here in June 2012 a national figure—as the state’s first education reform czar, paying him $280,000 a year and a $1,000-a-month car allowance.But Crew, 62, barely lasted a year before he bolted Oregon in June to become president of Medgar Evers College in Brooklyn, N.Y. He ...   More
 
Tuesday, July 16, 2013 NIGEL JAQUISS and ALEX BLUM

Murmurs: News to Give You Hives.


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After nearly two years of debate, lawmakers have approved prison reform after Gov. John Kitzhaber stepped back from his hopes of changing the state’s tough sentencing guidelines (“The Hard Truth A   More
 
Wednesday, July 3, 2013 WW Editorial Staff

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