Murmurs: Maybe a Custodian Will Take The Job.

Democrat Kate Brown, set to become governor Feb. 18, must choose her replacement secretary of state—a jumping-off job a lot of ambitious politicians would like to hold. Leading contenders have   More
Wednesday, February 18, 2015 WW Editorial Staff

Soon-to-Be-Governor Kate Brown Makes First Public Appearance Since John Kitzhaber Announces Resignation

Former Governors Barbara Roberts, Ted Kulongoski share stage with Brown at Oregon's Birthday Celebration


Soon-to-be-Governor Kate Brown made her first public appearance Saturday to celebrate Oregon's 156th birthday at the Oregon Historical Society.The Valentine's Day event was one big guv fest.A swarm of television cameras, newspaper reporters and well-wishers surrounded Secretary of State Brown as she made her way to the historical society's annual cake-cutting event, a new security detail in tow. ...   More
Saturday, February 14, 2015 by Beth Slovic

Brian Shipley Will Be Incoming Gov. Kate Brown's Chief of Staff


Secretary of State Kate Brown will name Brian Shipley as her chief of staff when she takes over as governor on Wednesday from current Gov. John Kitzhaber, according to sources close to Brown.Kitzhaber announced his resignation on Friday as questions about his role in an influence-peddling scandal centered on first lady Cylvia Hayes intensified. Brown takes office as governor on Wednesday.Shipley, 39, ...   More
Monday, February 16, 2015 NIGEL JAQUISS

Gov. John Kitzhaber Summoned Secretary of State Kate Brown Back to Oregon to Discuss His Resignation


Gov. John Kitzhaber personally telephoned Secretary of State Kate Brown on Tuesday afternoon and summoned her back to Oregon from Washington, D.C. so they could discuss his plan to resign. Two sources tell WW that Kitzhaber called Brown to ask for an immediate face-to-face meeting. Two additional sources confirm Kitzhaber’s intention. By law, Brown would become governor in the event that Kitzhaber, ...   More
Wednesday, February 11, 2015 Nigel Jaquiss and Aaron Mesh

Governor in Waiting

If a growing scandal forces Gov. John Kitzhaber from office, Secretary of State Kate Brown will take over.

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Kate Brown wants to be governor. She might get her wish tomorrow. Or the next day. Or at least very soon. Brown, a Portland Democrat, is Oregon’s secretary of state, an elected post that overs   More
Wednesday, February 11, 2015 NIGEL JAQUISS

Secretary of State Kate Brown, Next In Line as Governor, Is Rushing Back to Oregon From D.C., MSNBC Reports

She returns as Gov. John Kitzhaber faces increasing pressure and a criminal investigation over a scandal involving First Lady Cylvia Hayes.


Oregon Secretary of State Kate Brown flew back to Oregon this morning from Washington, D.C., according to MSNBC reporter Zachary Roth.Her unexpected return from an east-coast conference of secretaries of state comes as Gov. John Kitzhaber is under intense pressure over an influence-peddling scandal involving himself and First Lady Cylvia Hayes. Kitzhaber and Hayes are the subject of a criminal ...   More
Wednesday, February 11, 2015 AARON MESH

Kate Brown Draws Heat after Shilling for Comcast


Few companies in Portland—or elsewhere for that matter—generate as much consumer hate as Comcast, the monopolistic cable, Internet and landline provider that charges more for less service than customers get in many other countries.But Oregon Secretary of State Kate Brown is not among the haters.Monday, the online news outlet The Verge reported that Brown wrote a glowing letter to the ...   More
Tuesday, January 27, 2015 BETH SLOVIC

Murmurs: Meet The New Year. A Lot Like The Old Year.

Oregon Secretary of State Kate Brown is finally fulfilling her long-delayed promise to tackle campaign finance reform. Oregon is one of only four states that places no limits on political contri   More
Wednesday, December 31, 2014 WW Editorial Staff

Attorney General Says Treasurer Ted Wheeler Is Ineligible to Run For Re-Election In 2016


State Treasurer Ted Wheeler's tenure will end in 2016, two years short of the eight years the Oregon constitution allows, according to an opinion issued today by the Oregon Department of Justice. That opinion is a surprise—the Oregon constitution permits state wide elected officials such as the governor, secretary of state and treasurer to serve eight consecutive years. But it now appears Wheeler, ...   More
Monday, August 11, 2014 NIGEL JAQUISS


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