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

Parking Violation

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

Ethics Commission Delays Decision on Patricia McCaig

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As expected, the Oregon Government Ethics Commission this morning extended its investigation into the activities of Patricia McCaig, Gov. John Kitzhaber's advisor on the Columbia River Crossing project, for another month. A WW cover story last year described the ways in which McCaig, who in addition to advising Kitzhaber, draw a paycheck from the engineering firm David Evans and Associates, the top ...   More
 
Friday, January 3, 2014 NIGEL JAQUISS

Kitzhaber Will Announce 2014 Plans Monday

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Gov. John Kitzhaber has been raising money (a quarter of a million dollars so far) like a candidate for re-election in 2014. But the three-term governor has taken a surprisingly long time to announce his plans for next year.Kitzhaber will announce his decision—he's running, people familiar with his plans tell WW—at a Monday morning press conference in East Portland. Here are the details: On Monday, ...   More
 
Sunday, December 8, 2013 NIGEL JAQUISS

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

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