Breaking: State Treasurer Ben Westlund Succumbs to Cancer: Updated

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

Kroger and Kulongoski Say Oregon Going to Court To Defend Federal Health Care Bill

Last week, Oregon Attorney General John Kroger said he would explore the possibility of filing a legal brief on behalf of the state in support of the new federal health care bill. Today, Kroger and Gov. Ted Kulongoski announced that the State of Oregon will in fact take legal action in court to defend the constitutionality of the new federal health bill. That's in direct contrast to more than ...   More
Wednesday, March 31, 2010 HANK STERN

Eye Condition Grounds Governor

Gov. Ted Kulongoski has had to cancel his participation on a two-week trade mission to Asia because of a vitreous hemorrhage in his left eye that prevents him from flying. A press release from the governor's office says the "cause of the hemorrhage is abnormal blood vessels growth in the retina, which are fragile and can bleed." The 69-year-old governor, who's in his final year of office, does ...   More
Wednesday, May 12, 2010 HANK STERN

Do Kulongoski's Gloomy "Reset" Cabinet and Election Results Disagree?

Gov. Ted Kulongoski's "Reset Cabinet," which includes his top aides and most trusted agency directors as well as other allies, produced one depressing report today. The group, put together last October to review how Oregon can continue to provide government services amid a dismal economy and other challenges, forecasts a decade of multi-billion dollar deficits and reached this conclusion: Oregon ...   More
Thursday, May 20, 2010 NIGEL JAQUISS

Ex-Rep. Galizio Named President of Clatsop Community College; Board Member Resigns

The Daily Astorian reported today that former state Rep. Larry Galizio (D-Tigard) has been named the president of Clatsop Community College in Astoria. The Astorian also noted that one board member, Larry Sparks, resigned and in protest "called the president selection process 'politicized' and 'corrupted.''' Sparks, a semi-retired aerospace consultant, lives in Cannon Beach. He was appointed ...   More
Thursday, June 10, 2010 NIGEL JAQUISS

Stand for Children Writes a Big Check in Key Legislative Race

House District 24, which covers parts of Polk and Yamhill Counties, is shaping up as a key battleground in this fall's general election. Republicans, who hope to erode or eliminate Democrats' 36-24 majority in the House, are rallying behind one-term incumbent Jim Weidner (R-McMinnville), who had a rocky first term. A couple of weeks ago, the Oregon Beverage PAC donated $10,000 to Weidner. That ...   More
Tuesday, July 6, 2010 NIGEL JAQUISS

Kulongoski Explains Why Now's the Time for Tough Reset Measures

Gov. Ted Kulongoski's "Resetting Government" address to City Club last Friday is still echoing around Oregon. Public employee unions panned the message, which drew on nine months of study by top state bureaucrats and called for sharply reducing the cost of government. Others, such as former state Sen. Ryan Deckert, a Democrat who's executive director of the Oregon Business Association and ...   More
Wednesday, June 30, 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

Blog Accuses Colorado Governor of Plagiarizing from Oregon Governor

The Colorado political blog Face the State has turned up what appears to be a case of Colorado Gov. Bill Ritter borrowing heavily without attribution from an earlier speech by Oregon Gov. Ted Kulongoski. Neither speech is exactly the Emancipation Proclamation. But based on a side-by-side review, it appears that Ritter—who like Kulongoski is a Democrat—has got some 'splainin' to do. Plagiarism ...   More
Friday, July 16, 2010 NIGEL JAQUISS

Oregon Republican Chair Wants Kulongoski to Suspend Cylvia Hayes From Renewables Group: Updated

Oregon GOP chairman Bob Tiernan asked Gov. Ted Kulongoski today to suspend Cylvia Hayes from the governor's Renewable Energy Working Group. Hayes, who is Democratic gubernatorial candidate John Kitzhaber's girlfriend, co-chairs the renewable energy group. And Tiernan complains in his letter to Kulongoski of a "double standard" because Hayes remains in the working group while the Oregon Department ...   More
Monday, September 13, 2010 NIGEL JAQUISS


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