Where Rudy Crew Flew

Records show Oregon’s ex-education chief violated state expense and travel rules.


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Rudy Crew was supposed to be the force that shook up Oregon’s schools. Gov. John Kitzhaber christened Crew—who arrived here in June 2012 a national figure—as the state’s first education    More
 
Wednesday, July 17, 2013 NIGEL JAQUISS and ALEX BLUM

Gov. John Kitzhaber's Ex-Schools Chief Violated State Travel Rules

Rudy Crew's Frequent Trips Came Under Scrutiny

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Rudy Crew was supposed to be the force that shook up Oregon’s schools. Gov. John Kitzhaber christened Crew—who arrived here in June 2012 a national figure—as the state’s first education reform czar, paying him $280,000 a year and a $1,000-a-month car allowance.But Crew, 62, barely lasted a year before he bolted Oregon in June to become president of Medgar Evers College in Brooklyn, N.Y. He ...   More
 
Tuesday, July 16, 2013 NIGEL JAQUISS and ALEX BLUM

Murmurs: News to Give You Hives.


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After nearly two years of debate, lawmakers have approved prison reform after Gov. John Kitzhaber stepped back from his hopes of changing the state’s tough sentencing guidelines (“The Hard Truth A   More
 
Wednesday, July 3, 2013 WW Editorial Staff

Kitzhaber's Salary Near the Bottom of Gubernatorial Scale

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Gov. John Kitzhaber makes a lot less than most of his peers. This week, the Council of State Governments released salary data for all 50 governors and Stateline, part of the Pew Center loaded the numbers into an interactive map. The average governor makes $133,348. That's 42 percent more than Kitzhaber's salary of $93,600. Only Gov. Paul LePage of Maine, whose salary is $70,000 and Arkansas Gov. ...   More
 
Friday, June 28, 2013 NIGEL JAQUISS

Kendall Clawson Withdraws Her Name From Consideration for OLCC Post

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Gov. John Kitzhaber's difficulties with the Oregon Liquor Control Commission continue. Kitzhaber struggled last year to remove OLCC director Steve Pharo, whom the five-member commission continued to support after Kitzhaber wanted him gone. More recently, the commission voted down a 25-cent-per bottle tax increase Kitzhaber and legislative leaders wanted. Now, Kitzhaber's hand-picked successor to Pharo, ...   More
 
Monday, June 24, 2013 NIGEL JAQUISS

Kitzhaber Recommends Kendall Clawson To Be New OLCC Chief

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Gov. John  Kitzhaber has named Kendall Clawson, a key aide in his office, as his pick be the new director of the Oregon Liquor Control Commission. "The governor has recommended Kendall to the chair of OLCC," says Tim Raphael, Kitzhaber's spokesman.  "He thinks her leadership skills and vision are exactly what the agency needs." Clawson, 48, is currently Kitzhaber's executive appointments ...   More
 
Tuesday, June 18, 2013 NIGEL JAQUISS

Rudy Crew Is a Finalist to Lead Medgar Evers College: Updated

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Rudy Crew—the high-profile education czar Gov. John Kitzhaber hired last year to implement Oregon's ambitious education reforms—already has his eye on the exit.  Kitzhaber hired Crew in 2012 to be the state's first ever chief education officer. Crew's three-year contract pays him $280,000 annually. But last week, the City University of New York, which serves 269,000 students, reported ...   More
 
Monday, June 10, 2013 NIGEL JAQUISS

Legislative Budget Boosts K-12, Angers Unions

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There are a couple of key takeaways from a quick skim of the budget that the co-chairs of the Legislature's Joint Ways and Means Committee released today. 1. There's slightly more money for K-12 education, the biggest single line item in the budget, than there was in Gov. John Kitzhaber's budget, released last November. Kitzhaber proposed $6.15 billion, plus $253 million in pension savings. The ...   More
 
Monday, March 4, 2013 NIGEL JAQUISS

Former Longtime Supreme Court Justice Sides with Kitzhaber on PERS Dispute

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Former Oregon Supreme Court Justice Michael "Mick" Gillette has injected some momentum into Gov. John Kitzhaber's quest to reduce public employee pension benefits by hundreds of millions of dollars during this legislative session.The back story: the big driver of Kitzhaber's proposed cuts is a plan to reduce cost-of-living increases on pension benefit that exceed $24,000 annually. Public employees ...   More
 
Friday, March 1, 2013 NIGEL JAQUISS

Pay Up or Shut Up

Lawmakers’ first order of business: Find $450 million for a rebranded CRC project.


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After more than a decade and $160 million spent on planners, consultants and lobbyists, the proposed $3.5 billion Columbia River Crossing’s moment has finally arrived.  When lawmakers c   More
 
Wednesday, January 23, 2013 NIGEL JAQUISS

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