VIDEO: Gov. John Kitzhaber on Why the Collapse of the Columbia River Crossing Wasn't a Complete Failure

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Gov. John Kitzhaber put the full weight of his clout behind the proposed $2.8 billion Columbia River Crossing, and has now declared it dead—twice. In 2013 he got Oregon lawmakers to commit to spending $450 million toward the Interstate 5 bridge and light rail project, only to see the Washington legislature say no. He then failed to convince members of his own party Oregon had the legal ability and ...   More
 
Thursday, May 8, 2014 WW Staff

VIDEO: Gov. John Kitzhaber Says Cover Oregon Wasn't a Waste of Money

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Gov. John Kitzhaber came by WW's offices last week to talk about his past three-plus years and his prospects for re-election in November. You can see many of the questions we put to him—and read his answers—in the Hotseat we published in today's paper.Here are two video excerpts from that interview where he answered questions about the $248 million cost of developing the Cover Oregon insurance ...   More
 
Wednesday, May 7, 2014 WW Staff

Washington Post: Feds Will Take Over Cover Oregon

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The Washington Post is reporting that federal officials have decided to take control of Oregon's failed health insurance exchange, Cover Oregon.The report comes as state officials are considering options laid out in a report from the consulting and accounting firm, Deloitte. In broad terms, the choices are to continue to try to build an Oregon system, which Deloitte has said will cost more than $25 ...   More
 
Thursday, April 24, 2014 NIGEL JAQUISS

Richardson Picks Up $25,000 Check From Medford Grocer

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Rep. Dennis Richardson (R-Central Point) reported a $25,000 check today in his race to win the Republican gubernatorial nomination. That check, from Sherman Olsrud, a Medford grocer, is a relatively rare bright spot for a candidate who has struggled to raise money, despite the Cover Oregon debacle and other challenges afflicting his likely general election opponent, incumbent Gov. John Kitzhaber, a ...   More
 
Friday, April 4, 2014 NIGEL JAQUISS

Politico on Oregon: "Obamacare's Biggest Technological Disaster"

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Politico, a Washington, D.C. publication, known for incisive, speedy journalism, recently sent a reporter to Oregon to dissect the carcass of Cover Oregon. Her findings, not surprisingly, are grisly. "Oregon had all the right ingredients for a sparkling Obamacare success story: a Democratic doctor as governor, an eager Legislature and a history of health care innovation," writes reporter Jennifer ...   More
 
Monday, March 31, 2014 NIGEL JAQUISS

Stand-Down: Unions Withdraw Tax Increase Ballot Initiatives and Business Pulls Anti-Union Measures

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The looming conflict between organized labor and its business-backed opponents on the November ballot appears to have been averted.Labor-backed Our Oregon had filed several proposed tax increases for the fall, while opposing groups had filed measures that would have made it harder for unions to build membership and to collect dues. Had the measures gone forward, they would likely have resulted in the ...   More
 
Monday, March 3, 2014 NIGEL JAQUISS

Murmurs: Maybe Kitzhaber Can Start Tolling City Sidewalks.


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Anybody want to buy a sidewalk? City Commissioner Steve Novick has been sniffing out new taxes to fund the Portland Bureau of Transportation (Murmurs, WW, Dec. 4, 2013). He now knows what Portlanders    More
 
Wednesday, February 5, 2014 WW Editorial Staff

Kitzhaber Opening Dominant Fundraising Lead

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Gov. John Kitzhaber, never known as an enthusiastic fundraiser, is racing out of the gate as he begins the campaign for what would be an unprecedented (in Oregon) fourth term. Kitzhaber has already raised more than $414,000 in 2014, according to filings with the elections division, compared to $61,000 for the leading GOP candidate, State Rep. Dennis Richardson (R-Central Point). That gap will widen ...   More
 
Tuesday, February 4, 2014 NIGEL JAQUISS

Port of Portland Rallying Support For CRC Hearing

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Port of Portland lobbyist Annette Price convened a meeting of leading business lobbyists yesterday to plan strategy ahead of a Jan. 14 legislative hearing on the proposed Oregon-only Columbia River Crossing project. The Legislature's approval for the project has expired, and Gov. John Kitzhaber is hoping lawmakers will revive the CRC in the upcoming February legislative session.Price's email lays out ...   More
 
Thursday, January 9, 2014 NIGEL JAQUISS

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Oregon’s First Lady is cited for using a state police pass to park her personal car.


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On Dec. 16, Mary Kisel, a city parking officer for the Portland Bureau of Transportation, was patrolling her beat, keeping an eye on the pre-holiday crush that jams downtown streets and fills up curbside parking spaces.     More
 
Wednesday, January 8, 2014 NIGEL JAQUISS

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