Governor Signs Tax Hike Bills into Law; Fun Begins


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Gov. Ted Kulongoski signed two controversial tax increases today, setting in motion a process that will probably lead referrals of both measures to the January ballot. The bills — one of which raises the state's corporate income tax, the other increases the state income tax on the wealthiest Oregonians — have been on the governor's desk since the Legislature adjourned June 29. In ...   More
 
Monday, July 20, 2009 NIGEL JAQUISS

VA Head In PDX for Q-&-A On New GI Bill


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Some of you may remember former Army Chief of Staff Eric Shinseki for publicly breaking in 2003 with the Bush administration over estimated troop requirements for the Iraq war, and then being vindicated in 2007 when the U.S. sent in more troops to stabilize the country. Shinseki, now Secretary of Veterans Affairs, visited Portland today to co-host a roundtable at Portland State University with ...   More
 
Wednesday, August 19, 2009 Aaron Mendelson

Kulongoski Fills Public Utility Commission Spot, Names New Chairman


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Gov. Ted Kulongoski has named utility lawyer Susan Ackerman to a vacancy on the Public Utility Commission, his staff confirmed today. Ackerman and former State Rep. Greg Macpherson (D-Lake Oswego) had been finalists for the slot, created when Lee Beyer resigned in November as PUC chair to run again for the Legislature by seeking his old Senate seat. Ackerman, who formerly worked for NW Natural ...   More
 
Tuesday, January 5, 2010 NIGEL JAQUISS

About Last Night: Some Winners, Losers and Notable Absences


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The 53 percent to 47 percent margin by which Oregonians approved Measures 66 and 67 surprised even those responsible for crafting the campaign that convinced voters to raise personal and corporate income taxes during a deep recession. "I was nervous," says Kevin Looper, the campaign manager for the tax hike proponents. Here are a few other observations about last night: 1. Notable Absences: ...   More
 
Wednesday, January 27, 2010 NIGEL JAQUISS

Why The Governor Is Ready To Forgive Mark McGwire


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We've got an interview with Gov. Ted Kulongoski coming in Wednesday's paper about this month's legislative session and the like. But there isn't room for the entire hour-long interview to run in print. And there's one question us baseball-obsessives around the office had been eager to ask Kulongoski, a passionate St. Louis Cardinals fan: What did he think about Mark McGwire recent "confession" ...   More
 
Monday, February 1, 2010 HANK STERN

No Kicker Reform This Year In Oregon (UPDATED with Hunt/Courtney comment)


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Last week, we ran an interview with Oregon Gov. Ted Kulongoski, in which he urged his fellow Democrats who control the state Legislature to take up reform of the state's "kicker" during this month's special session. The governor, who's in the final year of his last term in office, confidently said that Senate President Peter Courtney and House Speaker Dave Hunt were "very much" interested in the ...   More
 
Thursday, February 11, 2010 HANK STERN

Governors Stiff-Arm Local Pols On CRC: "Project Can't Afford Delays"


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Last month, Portland Mayor Sam Adams, Metro Council President David Bragdon, Vancouver Mayor Tim Leavitt and Clark County Chair Steve Stuart wrote to the governors of Washington and Oregon asking for a meeting "as soon as scheduling will allow." Those local pols' goal? To address their concerns have about the proposed $3.6 billion Columbia River Crossing bridge project. The schedules for Oregon ...   More
 
Wednesday, February 17, 2010 NIGEL JAQUISS

Oregon's New State Treasurer is Multnomah County Chair Ted Wheeler


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Here's a political stunner: Gov. Ted Kulongoski named Multnomah County Chairman Ted Wheeler to be Oregon's new state treasurer. Wheeler takes over after the recent death of Treasurer Ben Westlund. “Ted Wheeler brings the perfect balance of expertise from both the public and private sectors to this job with an impressive record managing the county's budget to a working knowledge of the ...   More
 
Tuesday, March 9, 2010 HANK STERN

Breaking: State Treasurer Ben Westlund Succumbs to Cancer: Updated


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State Treasurer Ben Westlund died last night after a long battle with lung cancer. (Updated at 3:46 pm: statement from Westlund's spokesman follows at the end of this post.) Westlund, 60, first publicly disclosed in 2003 that he suffered from cancer. At the time, he was a Republican state senator from Tumalo, near Bend. After treatment, Westlund continued in the Senate and became the Legislature's ...   More
 
Sunday, March 7, 2010 NIGEL JAQUISS

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