BREAKING: Treasurer's Report Blows Major Hole in CRC Finance Plan

news3_crc_3731

News
State Treasurer Ted Wheeler today presented Gov. John Kitzhaber with a the results (PDF) of a two-month review of key assumptions about the financial plan for the proposed $3.6 billion Columbia River Crossing Project between Portland and Vancouver, Wash.The takeaway from two consultants Wheeler hired to review the CRC's projections—the cost assumptions seem reasonable but traffic and toll revenue ...   More
 
Wednesday, July 20, 2011 by Nigel Jaquiss

Kitzhaber Uses Campaign Funds for Home Security System

lede_kitzhaber_3720

News
Oregon's notoriously lax campaign finance laws mean that although candidates and elected officials cannot accept gifts worth more than $50, they are allowed spend campaign funds on virtually anything. But an expenditure this week by normally frugal Gov. John Kitzhaber was unusual even by Oregon pols' free-spending standards.On July 15, Kitzhaber reported using nearly $7,400 in leftover campaign funds ...   More
 
Thursday, July 21, 2011 NIGEL JAQUISS

Email Destruction at Oregon Department of Justice Brings Call for Special Prosecutor

sean_riddell_fs.nar

News
Lawyers for Mark Long, the former interim director of the Oregon Department of Energy, have asked Gov. John Kitzhaber to direct Attorney General John Kroger to appoint a special prosecutor who would investigate the deletion of emails by former Department of Justice criminal chief Sean Riddell."We write to urge you to direct Attorney General John Kroger, pursuant to ORS 180.070, to conduct immediately ...   More
 
Thursday, June 23, 2011 NIGEL JAQUISS

Grant County Mega-Dude Ranch Bill Generates Heat

Kitzhaber

News
Here's how wacky the debate has become about House Bill 3465, which would create a mega-dude ranch in Grant County: the free-market, small government group Americans for Prosperity Oregon opposes the bill, while 1000 Friends of Oregon, long one of the state's most zealous protectors of open lands, does not.At issue is a bill that would allow Scott Campbell, the founder of the Banfield Pet Hospital ...   More
 
Wednesday, June 22, 2011 NIGEL JAQUISS

State Releases Conflicting ODOE Reports; Hayes a "Rock Star"

Cylvia Hayes

News
Oregonians can now see two very different accounts of what happened in the Oregon Department of Energy investigation, in which four employees were accused of steering state business to Cylvia Hayes, Gov. John Kitzhaber’s companion. The first report was prepared at the request of former Gov. Ted Kulongoski and written by retired Malheur County Judge Francisco Yraguen. Yraguen’s heavily-detailed ...   More
 
Tuesday, June 7, 2011 NIGEL JAQUISS

Democrats Battle Each Other Over Education Reform

Oregon State Capitol.

News
Gov. John Kitzhaber and many lawmakers approached the 2011 legislative session seeking significant changes in the way Oregon schools operate. So far, many of the bills Kitzhaber and allies such as Senate Education Committee Chairman Mark Hass (D-Beaverton) hoped to pass remain mired in committee. Among the reforms: Kitzhaber wants all state education boards for K-12, community colleges and higher ed ...   More
 
Monday, June 6, 2011 NIGEL JAQUISS

Release of Oregon Energy Department Investigation File Delayed Again

John Kroger

News
The long saga of the Oregon Department of Justice's investigation into contracting practices at the Oregon Department of Energy has gotten even longer.First, a recap: DOJ began an investigation last August into whether ODOE employees had improperly steered a $60,000 subcontract to a Bend renewable energy consulting firm run by Cylvia Hayes, the longtime companion of Gov. John Kitzhaber. At the time ...   More
 
Thursday, March 31, 2011 NIGEL JAQUISS

Salem's Education Leaders On Teacher Layoffs

Oregon State Capitol.

News
When Gov. John Kitzhaber unveiled his budget last month, it included about $5.6 billion for K-12 education in Oregon. That's a lot of money but is also about $1 billion less than lawmakers and school districts thought they were going to get as recently as last June. Tax receipts simply have not kept pace with rising personnel costs, however, so the expected total of about $6.6 billion for K-12 education ...   More
 
Saturday, March 19, 2011 NIGEL JAQUISS

Your Teacher Is F’d

The Oregon Education Association gave Kitzhaber more than a million bucks, and now he’s giving it pay cuts and pink slips.


Cover Story
Someday soon, Gov. John Kitzhaber will sit across a conference table from Richard Sanders, the little-known man    More
 
Wednesday, March 23, 2011 NIGEL JAQUISS

Timbers Bank on The Changing Face of Jeld-Wen

PGE Park

News
Look for some unhappy Portland Democrats after today's announcement that PGE Park will be renamed Jeld-Wen Field when the Timbers begin play in Major League Soccer.Not because there's any great sentiment for PGE, the state's largest utility and a subsidiary of Enron when it hung its name on the old Civic Stadium a decade ago.But rather because of the political activities of Jeld-Wen's founder, the ...   More
 
Monday, March 14, 2011 by Nigel Jaquiss

0|8
 

Web Design for magazines

Close
Close
Close