Bombshell: Labor Commissioner Race Pushed to November

Bruce Starr

State Sen. Bruce Starr (R-Hillsboro) received what he calls "stunning" news late Friday. Starr is challenging incumbent Labor Commissioner Brad Avakian in a nonpartisan, statewide contest that both men expected to appear on the May 15 primary ballot. But when a Starr aide called the state Elections Division late Friday to confirm receipt of Starr's check and  statement for the Voters' Pamphlet, ...   More
Monday, March 19, 2012 NIGEL JAQUISS

Murmurs: Avakian is the Word

Zombie lawsuits, burnin’ up the quarter mile.

Two years ago, the Tonkon Torp law firm scored a coup when it snagged Josh Kardon, the longtime chief of staff to U.S. Sen. Ron Wyden, to bolster its federal government-relations practice. Kardon,   More
Wednesday, March 14, 2012 WW Editorial Staff

Starr Picks Up Steam In Labor Commissioner Race


State Sen. Bruce Starr (R-Hillsboro) reported checks last Friday from a couple of bold-faced names in his effort to unseat incumbent Labor Commissioner Brad Avakian. Although the race is non-partisan, the GOP has its eye on picking up its first-statewide elected position since former U.S. Sen. Gordon Smith (R-Pendleton) lost to challenger Jeff Merkley (D-Portland) in 2008. Starr is in the middle of ...   More
Monday, February 6, 2012 NIGEL JAQUISS

Congressional Democratic Candidates on Cutting the Budget

"What's the federal government doing that it shouldn't be?"


A question WW always asks Republican candidates for Congress is whether there are any tax loopholes they would like to close, or any taxes they would consider raising. It's a way of getting them to show how they think (or if they think) or if they are simply reflexive anti-government candidates.Similarly, we always ask Democratic candidates for Congress what cuts they would consider making in the federal ...   More
Tuesday, November 1, 2011 MARK ZUSMAN

Our Primary Picks to Replace David Wu

Our endorsements in Oregon's 1st Congressional District special election.

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When U.S. Rep David Wu resigned his seat in August, he did something pretty unusual in Oregon these days...   More
Wednesday, October 19, 2011 WW Editorial Staff

CD1: Who Would the Candidates Support if They Couldn't Vote for Themselves?

Brad Avakian

On Tuesday night, the three main Democratic candidates in the Nov. 8 1st Congressional District special election will face each other in their first televised debate—unless there's a last minute cancellation, as there was last week for a scheduled debate on KPTV Fox 12. The three Democrats—Labor Commissioner Brad Avakian, state Sen. Suzanne Bonamici (D-Beaverton) and State Rep. Brad Witt (D-Clatskanie)—will ...   More
Monday, October 17, 2011 NIGEL JAQUISS

Sins of Omission

BlueOregon says it treats all Democratic candidates fairly. But having its editor on the campaign payroll doesn’t hurt.

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BlueOregon is a political blog where many Democrats get their daily fix.   More
Wednesday, October 12, 2011 NIGEL JAQUISS

Rep. Mike Schaufler Allegedly Groped Avakian Staffer


WW has learned that state Rep. Mike Schaufler (D-Happy Valley) is in hot water because of his actions at the state AFL-CIO convention in Eugene Sept. 26-28. Schaufler, a five-term legislative veteran, is a former union contractor who co-chairs the powerful House Business and Labor Committee. He has earned a reputation in Salem as an outspoken, hard-drinking advocate for the working man, who aggressively ...   More
Thursday, October 6, 2011 NIGEL JAQUISS

Poll Shows Bonamici Far Ahead In CD1 Race

Suzanne Bonamici

The National Journal is reporting that a Sept. 26-28 poll on the First Congressional District Democratic primary finds State. Sen. Suzanne Bonamici (D-Beaverton) far ahead of her two principal competitors, State Rep. Brad Witt (D-Clatskanie) and Bureau of Labor and Industries Commissioner Brad Avakian. The poll reportedly shows Bonamici leading with 34 percent of those polled supporting her; 10 percent ...   More
Wednesday, October 5, 2011 NIGEL JAQUISS

Not Paying His Dues

Labor Commish Brad Avakian, now running for congress, has a record of paying taxes late—and hitting up lobbyists for a job.

Oregon Labor Commissioner Brad Avakian may be the toughest candidate to beat...   More
Wednesday, September 14, 2011 NIGEL JAQUISS


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