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

Governor Declares Death Penalty Moratorium; Gary Haugen's Execution Delayed

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Gov. John Kitzhaber today reprieved death row inmate and convicted murderer Gary Haugen, whose scheduled execution yesterday was upheld by the state's highest court. In so doing, Kitzhaber made clear that there would be no further executions in Oregon for the duration of his term.In a written statement released this afternoon, Kitzhaber says he was haunted by two executions he allowed during his first ...   More
 
Tuesday, November 22, 2011 COREY PEIN

Outgreened and Uncounted

Oregon spent hundreds of millions to create “green” jobs, but it can’t say how many it got.


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It was supposed to be the New Deal of our time: billions in federal spending to create “green jobs” that would...   More
 
Wednesday, October 5, 2011 COREY PEIN

Gov. Barbara Roberts' New Book Recounts Kitz Clash

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Former Gov. Barbara Roberts' new memoir, Up the Capitol Steps: A Woman's March to the Governorship, is a highly readable account of Roberts' path to becoming Oregon's first female governor. (A Democrat, she served from 1991 to 1995.) Anyone with an interest in Oregon politics will find much to chew on in the book, but political junkies will be forgiven if they turn first to page 323 for a gripping ...   More
 
Wednesday, September 7, 2011 NIGEL JAQUISS

Kroger's Office Defends Prosecutor in Cylvia Hayes Probe

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The continuing saga of the Oregon Department of Justice's aborted investigation into whether state Department of Energy staffers wrongfully steered a contract to a company run by Gov. John Kitzhaber's companion, Cylvia Hayes, has taken another turn.Sean Riddell, the former top DOJ criminal lawyer who led the investigation, was demoted in June. The official reasons given by Attorney General John Kroger ...   More
 
Thursday, August 4, 2011 by

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

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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

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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

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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

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