Kitzhaber Will Hire Rudy Crew as Chief Education Officer

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Gov. John Kitzhaber has snagged a big name to carry out his education reforms. WW has learned Kitzhaber plans to announce that Rudy Crew is his choice for the new position of "chief education officer." The reforms Kitzhaber pushed through the 2011 Legislature included creating the position while eliminating the elected office of State Superintendent of Public Instruction.The job, according to Kitzhaber's ...   More
 
Tuesday, May 29, 2012 NIGEL JAQUISS

NYT Examines Facebook's Oregon Tax Break

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With a good share of the country's business reporters freaking out over today's first-ever public stock sale by Facebook, The New York Times' Bits blog hones in on the company's new Oregon tax break. "A few hours after the I.P.O. Friday, Oregon Governor John Kitzhaber was scheduled to sign into law a so-called “Facebook bill” that assesses big data centers in Oregon for taxes on their local value, ...   More
 
Friday, May 18, 2012 COREY PEIN

SEIU Picket Threat Puts Kibosh on Planned Parenthood Gala

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Planned Parenthood of the Columbia Willamette has abruptly cancelled its annual fundraising dinner, which was scheduled for Saturday, May 12.The $250-per-plate event fell victim to a threatened picket line. Last August, Planned Parenthood's 179 clinical workers voted to become part of Service Employees Union Local 49. Since November, the organization and SEIU have been trying to agree upon a contract. ...   More
 
Wednesday, May 9, 2012 NIGEL JAQUISS

Kitzhaber Withdraws Dozono's Lottery Nomination

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Last week, WW reported Gov. John Kitzhaber had selected Portland lawyer Elisa Dozono to replace Steve Ungar on the powerful five-member Lottery Commission. That would be a plum assignment for Dozono, whose public service includes being former Mayor Vera Katz's spokeswoman, working on Kitzhaber's gubernatorial transition team and co-founding Emerge Oregon, a non-profit that recruits and trains Democratic ...   More
 
Tuesday, May 8, 2012 NIGEL JAQUISS

Kitzhaber 2.0, The Fundraiser

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Gov. John Kitzhaber is doing something he didn't do often in his earlier two terms as governor from 1995 to 2003—he's raising money for legislative candidates. State filings show Kitzhaber has raised $51,500 already this year; donors include Greenbrier Cos., with $7,500; NW Natural, $5,000; and shipyard boss Frank Foti, $5,000. Kitzhaber spokesman Tim Raphael says the governor plans to raise more ...   More
 
Tuesday, January 31, 2012 NIGEL JAQUISS

Cylvia Hayes, Kitzhaber's Companion, Endorses Eileen Brady for Mayor

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The companion of Gov. John Kitzhaber, Cylvia Hayes, has endorsed Eileen Brady in the Portland mayor's race. That endorsement carries some weight, because although Kitzhaber and Hayes are not married, the governor's office calls Hayes "First Lady," and polling shows Kitzhaber remains enormously popular in Portland. At least two candidates in the mayor's race have reason to hope for Kitzhaber's endorsement. ...   More
 
Monday, January 30, 2012 by Brent Walth

Oregon Corrections-Related Chart Of The Year

Does higher incarceration lead to lower crime?

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This comes from a report delivered to Gov. John Kitzhaber today by the Oregon Commission on Public Safety, a group charged with finding ways to cut criminal justice costs and chaired by Oregon Supreme Court Chief Justice Paul J. De Muniz.The report makes its point more concisely than the rest of the 19-page report, available for download here, if you don't have New Year's Eve plans yet. In case you ...   More
 
Friday, December 30, 2011 COREY PEIN

Kitzhaber Fires Back at Lariviere

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Hours after recently ousted University of Oregon president Richard Lariviere received cheers at the 116th playing of the Civil War, Governor John Kitzhaber issued an unusually blunt statement, backing the decision by the State Board of Higher Ed to release Lariviere on the grounds of bad behavior.In an affirmation of the board's decision to terminate Lariviere's contract (The actual vote will take ...   More
 
Saturday, November 26, 2011

The Protests Pile Up Against the Lariviere Ouster

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Over this sleepy Thanksgiving weekend, dissenting views continue to surface over the decision by Gov. John Kitzhaber and the State Board of Higher Education to oust Richard Lariviere as president of the University of Oregon. As WW reported earlier in the week, Lariviere was informed that his contract would not be renewed, and while the explanations from the State Board of Higher Education have not ...   More
 
Friday, November 25, 2011 MARK ZUSMAN

Not What the Doctors Ordered

Physicians who treat medicaid patients join forces against Kitzhaber’s health reforms.


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The biggest bet Gov. John Kitzhaber has placed in his third term is that he can save Oregon billions by shaking up the way the state pays for medical care. Right now, Oregon pays the medical bill   More
 
Wednesday, November 23, 2011 NIGEL JAQUISS

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