Gubernatorial Candidates Continue to Debate Debating

The campaigns of both gubernatorial candidates continue to trade accusations of bad faith amid efforts to get both Republican nominee Chris Dudley and Democratic nominee John Kitzhaber in the same room at the same time. Yesterday, the Dudley campaign released a letter [PDF] from its debate coordinator, Fred Granum, to Kitzhaber's campaign manager, Patricia McCaig, detailing its efforts to communicate ...   More
Wednesday, September 1, 2010 NIGEL JAQUISS

Playing Possum: Kitzhaber Reports Another $50,000 Contribution

Yesterday, Democratic gubernatorial nominee John Kitzhaber reported a $50,000 contribution a month after he received the check. The Kithzaber campaign reported that contribution (from Tin House Publisher Win McCormack,) on the last day allowed by Oregon election law, which requires candidates to disclose contributions within 30 days of receiving them. Today, Kitzhaber did the same thing, ...   More
Tuesday, August 31, 2010 NIGEL JAQUISS

Win McCormack Gives Kitzhaber $50,000; Dudley Still Far Ahead in Fundraising

Democratic gubernatorial nominee John Kitzhaber reported a $50,000 contribution from Tin House publisher Win McCormack late last week. That contribution, Kitzhaber's largest from an individual and only the second $50,000 contribution his campaign has reported was actually made a month ago but only reported late Friday night, according to a filing with the state. That delay is perfectly legal ...   More
Monday, August 30, 2010 NIGEL JAQUISS

Dudley Campaign Produces Useful Graphic to Decode Ad Flap: Updated (Twice)

Lost amid the investigation into "potential contracting irregularities" involving the Oregon Department of Energy and Cylvia Hayes, the girlfriend of Democratic gubernatorial nominee John Kitzhaber is some compelling Kabuki theater around attack ads. As The Oregonian reported, the Democratic Governors' Association produced a negative ad about GOP gubernatorial nominee Chris Dudley. But, ...   More
Thursday, August 26, 2010 NIGEL JAQUISS

Money Watch: The Latest Notable Donations In Oregon Governor Race

Republican candidate Chris Dudley, a former pro basketball player whose NBA career included a stint in Portland, has picked up a $5,000 donation from the Trail Blazers, according to fund-raising reports he filed today. He also reported $40,000 from the Restaurant Association-connected Mahonia Hall Hospitality PAC, and $10,000 each from long-time Republican donor Richard Geary of Portland and ...   More
Friday, August 20, 2010 HANK STERN

New Rasmussen Poll Shows Dudley Leading Kitzhaber

In the absence of other information, the Rasmussen poll released this morning is about all Oregonians have to go on in the governor's race. Like the earlier Rasmussen poll released two weeks ago, today's numbers show Republican Chris Dudley with a lead over Democrat John Kitzhaber, although the difference this time is 49 percent to 44 percent. That's slight enough that Rasmussen calls the race ...   More
Friday, September 10, 2010 NIGEL JAQUISS

Gov's Race Tax Update: Dudley Stonewalling, Kitzhaber Uncooperative

Republican gubernatorial nominee Chris Dudley and his Democratic rival John Kitzhaber come to the November general election in Oregon with very different professional backgrounds: Dudley, a political novice whose 16-year NBA career included two stints for the Portland Trail Blazers, dipped his toe in the financial services industry for four years before declaring his candidacy. Kitzhaber worked ...   More
Tuesday, September 28, 2010 NIGEL JAQUISS

Money Watch: Dudley Fundraising Juggernaut Rolls Onward

Republican gubernatorial candidate Chris Dudley is still struggling to articulate a message beyond lower taxes but that seems an attractive pitch for many of his supporters, as measured by recent campaign donations. As of today, all Oregon races enter a new reporting period for campaign contributions: candidates must report contributions within seven days of receipt from now until election day ...   More
Monday, September 27, 2010 NIGEL JAQUISS

Chris Dudley Not the Only One-time Camas Tax Refugee in the News

On Sept 23, the Democratic Party of Oregon held a news conference to publicize a letter that party chairwoman Meredith Wood Smith and others sent to the Oregon Department of Revenue asking for an investigation into whether Republican gubernatorial candidate Chris Dudley committed tax fraud when he claimed to be a Washington resident from 1994 to 1998. As WW and The Oregonian reported earlier, ...   More
Friday, September 24, 2010 NIGEL JAQUISS

Oregon Gubernatorial Candidates Report Big Cash From National Groups

Before we start talking about the latest big money in Oregon's governor's race, let's look southward for just a moment. The California gubernatorial race between Republican Meg Whitman and Democrat Jerry Brown is setting all kinds of records. Whitman, eBay's former CEO, has now contributed $119 million of her own money to her campaign, which makes the combined $6 million that Oregon's two major ...   More
Friday, September 17, 2010 NIGEL JAQUISS


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