Novick Hires Political Team, But is Mum on When Randy Leonard Decided to Retire

Steve Novick

Today, on the same day Commissioner Randy Leonard announced he would not seek re-election in 2012, candidate Steve Novick went live with his own campaign website in a bid to take over Leonard's seat on Portland City Council.Novick and Leonard are longtime friends (Leonard endorsed Novick in the 2008 U.S. Senate race), and as previously reported in WW, some political observers had suspected that Leonard ...   More
Wednesday, June 29, 2011 JAMES PITKIN

Oregon Restaurant Association Swings Back At Lottery Critics

Last week, the state Senate Finance Committee took testimony on the appropriate level of commissions for the Oregon Lottery to pay the retailers who carry video poker and video slot machines. The current six-year retailer contract expires next June and the Lottery Commission is expected to decide on the level of commissions by the end of this month. Commissions have fallen from 33.5 percent ...   More
Friday, October 9, 2009 NIGEL JAQUISS

Upcoming Forums on Ballot Measures 66 and 67

In addition to WW publishing its endorsement recommendation in tomorrow's paper on Measures 66 and 67, there are a bunch of forums in the days ahead around town that can help you decide about the proposed increases in taxes on businesses and high-income Oregonians. Here's a list: League of Women Voters Forum with Steve Novick and Bernie Bottomly Who: Steve Novick, a chief proponent ...   More
Tuesday, January 5, 2010 Leah Dimatteo

Suspense on Election Night Ends Quickly and Happily For the Yes on 66/67 Campaign

Election night at the Wonder Ballroom on North Russell Street. At 8 p.m. when the polls close on Measures 66 and 67, the room is filling but by no means full. The normally ebullient Steve Novick, the public face of the Yes campaign, seems subdued. "For 78 years the people of this state have waited for progressive tax reform," Novick told the crowd from the stage. "And still we wait." But ...   More
Tuesday, January 26, 2010 NIGEL JAQUISS

About Last Night: Some Winners, Losers and Notable Absences

The 53 percent to 47 percent margin by which Oregonians approved Measures 66 and 67 surprised even those responsible for crafting the campaign that convinced voters to raise personal and corporate income taxes during a deep recession. "I was nervous," says Kevin Looper, the campaign manager for the tax hike proponents. Here are a few other observations about last night: 1. Notable Absences: ...   More
Wednesday, January 27, 2010 NIGEL JAQUISS

Novick Now NOT to Run for County Chair (UPDATED with Novick changing his mind)

UPDATED at 2:30 pm: In what may be a new record for the shortest local campaign ever, Steve Novick, longtime Oregon political maverick and unsuccessful 2008 Democratic candidate for U.S. Senate, now says he's not running for Multnomah County chairman. Novick said this afternoon — six hours after announcing he would be in the race — that he's now decided after talking with Jeff ...   More
Tuesday, March 9, 2010 JAMES PITKIN

Bragdon's Departure, Steve Novick and the 2012 Mayor's Race

This week's news that Metro President David Bragdon is skedaddling for New York eliminates one potential challenger to Mayor Sam Adams in the 2012 Portland mayor's race. But the departure of one likely Adams challenger got us wondering about another name often bandied about for political office—Steve Novick, who ran a close race in the 2008 Democratic primary for U.S. Senate. Word has ...   More
Friday, August 13, 2010 HANK STERN


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