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Tuesday Night Surprise: Crushing Defeat of Treasurer Ted Wheeler's College Scholarship Measure

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Every election is, in part, about future elections.
On Tuesday night, the man whom many political observers see as a front-runner in the 2018 race for Oregon governor, State Treasurer Ted Wheeler, suffered a setback.Wheeler, a Democrat, wasn't on the ballot. But he wrote Measure 86, which would have allowed lawmakers to use the state's bonding authority to finance an endowment for colle...   More
 
Wednesday, November 5, 2014 by NIGEL JAQUISS

Sept. 21, 2000: The feds shut down Jeff Grayson’s Capital Consultants…


40th Anniversary
The star wall in Jeff Grayson’s downtown office featured autographed photographs of Grayson’s powerful friends and acquaintances, including former Gov. Neil Goldschmidt, President George H.W.    More
 
Wednesday, November 5, 2014 NIGEL JAQUISS

May 6, 2004: Goldschmidt exposed…


40th Anniversary
In January 1990, then-Gov. Neil Goldschmidt stunned Oregon with the announcement he would not seek a second term. Goldschmidt, a Democrat, was the golden boy of Oregon politics. He’d won electio   More
 
Wednesday, November 5, 2014 NIGEL JAQUISS

Jan. 19, 2009: Mayor Sam Adams admits his relationship with Beau Breedlove…


40th Anniversary
For a long time, the political ascent of Sam Adams seemed to have no ceiling.  Adams started as an intern for then-Lane County Commissioner (now Congressman) Peter DeFazio in 1984. He dropp   More
 
Wednesday, November 5, 2014 NIGEL JAQUISS

Gov. John Kitzhaber Defeats Dennis Richardson, Looks Toward Historic Fourth Term

A Narrow Win for Kitzhaber's 4th Term

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Incumbent Gov. John Kitzhaber is on track for what could be a narrow victory over his Republican challenger, state Rep. Dennis Richardson (R-Central Point) tonight.
Kitzhaber, a Democrat, leads Richardson 49 percent to 46 percent with more than half the votes counted.At 67, Kitzhaber becomes the first governor in Oregon elected to four terms. (He previously served from 1995 to 20...   More
 
Tuesday, November 4, 2014 by NIGEL JAQUISS

Mailing It In

When political campaigns try to win your vote, the truth often gets lost in the mail.


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If you haven’t voted yet, you’ve brought this on yourself. The sophisticated campaigns of today know you haven’t sent in your ballot. That’s why they’re flooding your mailbox with polit   More
 
Wednesday, October 29, 2014 NIGEL JAQUISS

Billionaire Enviro Could Revive the Columbia River Crossing Project

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A billionaire California environmentalist who is on track to spend more than $50 million of his fortune to help make climate change a major issue in the Nov. 4 elections could inadvertently trigger the re-start of the Columbia River Crossing project, a deal Oregon enviros have widely pa...   More
 
Tuesday, October 28, 2014 by NIGEL JAQUISS

Richardson, Kitzhaber Make Last-Minute Fundraising Push

Challenger gains ground after news about Kitzhaber's ethical issues

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There's a flood of new money flowing into the the governor's race.
The Republican challenger, state Rep. Dennis Richardson (R-Central Point), reported a slew of in-kind contributions from timber interests, including Rob Freres ($150,000); Lyons, Ore.-based Freres Timber ($100,000); Seneca Jones Timber ($135,000); and Seneca co-owner Kathy Jones-McCann ($...   More
 
Monday, October 27, 2014 by NIGEL JAQUISS

Dupont Pioneer Shatters Record for Largest Oregon Political Contribution

Single check outpaces Kitzhaber's entire campaign

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Sometimes you could get the impression that Portland's job market is built around breweries, coffee shops and yoga studios. But in the election cycle it's become clear there's another pillar underlying the local economy: out-of-state special interests trying to influence Oregon elections.
Today's example: the mammoth $4.46 million check that Dupont Pioneer, an Iowa-based agri-business c...   More
 
Friday, October 24, 2014 by NIGEL JAQUISS

Republican-Funded Pro-Union PAC Gets High Marks for Chutzpah

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In the current print edition of WW, we reported on a new political action committee, Promise is a Promise, Contract is a Contract.

The committee has recently put up a website bashing Democrats for voting for two 2013 bills that, if enacted, wil...   More
 
Thursday, October 23, 2014 by NIGEL JAQUISS
 

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