Labor Commissioner Brad Avakian gets late X-mas gift

The state Attorney General's office has decided that Bureau of Labor and Industries Commissioner Brad Avakian doesn't have to run for re-election in 2010, when his post would normally be scheduled on the state ballot. Gov. Ted Kulongoski appointed Avakian, formerly a Democratic state senator representing parts of Northwest Portland and Washington County, to the non-partisan labor commissioner's ...   More
Thursday, January 8, 2009 NIGEL JAQUISS

Oregon Elections Officials Don't Give Their Stamp of Approval to May Rate Hike

Remember earlier this year when Secretary of State Kate Brown raised concerns about the possibility the Postal Service might cut delivery on Tuesday — a potentially serious problem in a vote-by-mail state like Oregon where so many ballots come in on Election Day Tuesday. That cost-cutting move seems dormant for the moment. But there's another development at the Postal Service worrying ...   More
Thursday, April 2, 2009 HANK STERN

Get Ready to Vote in January on Taxes

No big surprise here, but it is now official: Oregon voters will be deciding in January whether to overturn permanent increases in the income tax on wealthy state residents, and in the minimum tax paid by corporations. Oregon Secretary of State Kate Brown announced today that anti-tax groups gathered enough signatures to refer the increases passed by the 2009 Oregon Legislature to the Jan. 26 ...   More
Thursday, October 8, 2009 HANK STERN

Oregon's Version of Britney and Madonna?

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Monday, October 12, 2009 HANK STERN

Oregon Sec'y of State To Fine DeFazio Opponent

In the recent annals of Oregon political foul-ups, there have been few stories as amusing (although ultimately inconsequential) as the saga of Springfield Mayor Sid Leiken. Leiken, a Republican, has set out to challenge U.S. Rep. Peter DeFazio, (photographed above) a Lane County Democrat who is expected to seek re-election though he continues to muse about running for governor. Meantime, Leiken ...   More
Monday, November 16, 2009 NIGEL JAQUISS

ROGUE OF THE WEEK: More from Kate Brown (and Ginny Burdick) on the Washington County DA's Office

Our current Rogue of the Week, the Washington County District Attorney's Office, drew ire from two prominent Oregon politicos over the decision to charge a teenage driver with felony domestic violence. One of the beauties of the web is it's not bound by space. So we're expanding here with additional quotes and context. In interviews with WW, Secretary of State Kate Brown and state Sen. Ginny ...   More
Wednesday, November 11, 2009 JAMES PITKIN

Secretary of State Sets Record Straight on Phantom Billions

A claim often repeated by opponents of Measures 66 and 67 is that the state has billions of dollars sitting in reserve accounts that could be used rather than raising $727 million in new taxes. The Legislative Fiscal Office, a nonpartisan agency that tracks state spending, has told WW these claims are untrue. And today Secretary of State Kate Brown, who oversees state auditors, issued the ...   More
Thursday, January 14, 2010 NIGEL JAQUISS

Oregon Secretary of State Wags Finger at Mark Nelson, Closes Measures 66/67 Case

Oregon Secretary of State Kate Brown's elections office has completed its review of a complaint filed earlier this week against Mark Nelson, campaign manager for the opposition to Measures 66 and 67. State elections compliance officer Carla Corbin wrote [PDF] to the complainant, Marge Easley, President of the League of Women Voters of Oregon, telling Easley that the mock ballots Nelson is sending ...   More
Friday, January 8, 2010 NIGEL JAQUISS


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