Dudley's Second TV Ad Focuses on Union Credentials

It's not often that a Republican candidate touts his experience as a union leader. But GOP gubernatorial nominee Chris Dudley is an unusual candidate in many ways — he's 6'11" and has never run for office before, to name a few. The former Portland Trail Blazer played 16 years in the NBA and for much of that time he served a leadership position in the players' union, twice winning major ...   More
Tuesday, July 6, 2010 NIGEL JAQUISS

Chris Dudley, Tom Hughes Pick Up Big Checks

GOP gubernatorial candidate Chris Dudley continues to pick up big checks from prominent locals. This week, Dudley reported a $20,000 contribution from investor Peter Brix and $5,000 from real estate maven Barbara Sue Seal. The most notable check collected by Dudley's Democratic opponent, former two-term Gov. John Kitzhaber, was a $10,000 contribution from International Brotherhood of Electrical ...   More
Tuesday, June 29, 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

Kitzhaber Releases First General Election TV Ad

A couple of days after a tough 24-hour stretch for John Kitzhaber, the Democratic gubernatorial candidate has released his first TV ad of the general election a little more than three months before the November ballot in Oregon. Three quick observations about the ad (which comes in a week when not all the horse-race news has been bad for Kitzhaber): 1) Befitting most initial ads in a campaign, ...   More
Thursday, July 29, 2010 HANK STERN

John Kitzhaber Has Had Better Days

Not a great day on the political horse-race front for Oregon Democratic gubernatorial candidate John Kitzhaber. First came this morning's front-page piece on fund-raising in The Oregonian detailing how Republican Chris Dudley, a rookie candidate (albeit one with name recognition from his NBA career), is outdistancing a veteran pol like Kitzhaber, a former two-term governor and ex-president of ...   More
Tuesday, July 27, 2010 HANK STERN

Hospitality Groups Combine, Give to Dudley

At the end of June, two of the state's heavyweight trade groups, the Oregon Restaurant Association and the Oregon Lodging Association merged into a new group called the Oregon Restaurant & Lodging Association. That's a pretty big deal in political circles because the combined association speaks with one voice for more than 9,000 places that serve food and 2,500 lodging establishments. The association's ...   More
Friday, July 23, 2010 NIGEL JAQUISS

Oregon Republicans Fielding More Legislative Candidates, But Lag in Fundraising

The Oregon Republican Party rebounded strongly in candidate recruitment this year after a dismal 2008. Two years ago, the GOP failed to field a candidate in 23 of 75 legislative races. This year, only two of 76 legislative races lack a Republican candidate. But filings with the state show one thing has not changed much—the Democratic legislative caucuses are still attracting the lion's ...   More
Thursday, July 15, 2010 NIGEL JAQUISS

Basic Rights Oregon's PAC Endorses Kitzhaber

It's not exactly surprising that Basic Rights Oregon's political action committee announced this morning that it's endorsing Democratic candidate John Kitzhaber in the Oregon governor's race But what is surprising in the gay rights organization's news release (which extols Kitzhaber's track record when he was governor for two terms) is that BRO says Republican candidate Chris Dudley didn't respond ...   More
Tuesday, August 3, 2010 HANK STERN

Unlike Chris Dudley, Republican Caucuses Struggling to Raise Money

In the race to be Oregon's next governor, Republican Chris Dudley has out-fundraised his Democratic opponent John Kitzhaber by about a two-to-one margin this year. Dudley is capitalizing on his celebrity as a former Portland Trail Blazer and the anger that many business owners and wealthy Oregonians have expressed in recent elections, as shown by their support for issues ranging from non-partisan ...   More
Friday, September 3, 2010 NIGEL JAQUISS

The Difference Between the Ads Kitzhaber Canned and Kitzhaber Ran

Democratic gubernatorial candidate John Kitzhaber today released his first television ad directly addressing his opponent, Republican Chris Dudley. The ad comes less than two weeks after Kitzhaber rejected an earlier ad because of its "tone and tenor," says Jillian Schoene, a campaign spokeswoman. Given that the ad released today is also pretty negative, it's worth comparing it to the ...   More
Wednesday, September 1, 2010 NIGEL JAQUISS


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