Starr Files Lawsuit To Get On May Ballot: Updated

Bruce Starr

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State Sen. Bruce Starr (R-Hillsboro) this morning filed a lawsuit (PDF) in Marion County Court, asking a judge there to order Secretary of State Kate Brown to place Starr's challenge to incumbent Labor Commissioner Brad Avakian on the May ballot.As WW first reported yesterday, both Starr and Avakian have been working under the assumption that they would face each other in the May primary. Theirs is ...   More
 
Tuesday, March 20, 2012 NIGEL JAQUISS

Buehler Accuses Brown of "Machine-Style Politics": Updated

Knute Buehler

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Dr. Knute Buehler, the Bend surgeon who is challenging incumbent Secretary of State Kate Brown, blasted her this morning in an interview with WW. Buehler is upset about Brown's last minute decision to push the Labor Commissioner's race from the May election to the November ballot. Both incumbent commissioner Brad Avakian (who is a Democrat) and State Sen. Bruce Starr (R-Hillsboro) expected to face ...   More
 
Tuesday, March 20, 2012 NIGEL JAQUISS

Bombshell: Labor Commissioner Race Pushed to November

Bruce Starr

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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

Bend Surgeon Off to Strong Fundraising Start

Knute Buehler

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Dr. Knute Buehler, the Bend orthopedic surgeon seeking the 2012 GOP nomination for Secretary of State, is showing an ability to pull in big campaign checks.Last month, Buehler, a former Oregon State baseball player and Rhodes Scholar, seeded his campaign with a $30,000 loan. But recent filings show he's pulled in another $45,000 since then, including $10,000 from Kathryn Baker of Bend and three $5,000 ...   More
 
Monday, September 12, 2011 NIGEL JAQUISS

Bend Surgeon Explores Secretary of State Race

Knute Buehler

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Dr. Knute Buehler, a Bend orthopedic surgeon with a glittering resume, has formed a political action committee pursuant to seeking the Republican nomination in the 2012 secretary of state's race. State filings show that Buehler loaned his campaign $30,000 to get things started.If Buehler, a political newcomer, does enter the contest to challenge incumbent Kate Brown (who is expected to seek re-election), ...   More
 
Thursday, August 25, 2011 by Nigel Jaquiss

Ta-Ta, Transparency

Elections “clean-up” bill would create a gaping loophole.


Politics
Oregon is the Wild West when it comes to campaign contributions, and there’s a bill shooting through the Legislature that would make a bad situation worse.    More
 
Wednesday, April 6, 2011 NIGEL JAQUISS

Labor Commissioner Brad Avakian gets late X-mas gift


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The state Attorney General's office has decided that Bureau of Labor and Industries Commissioner Brad Avakian doesn't have to run for re-election in 2010, when his post would normally be scheduled on the state ballot. Gov. Ted Kulongoski appointed Avakian, formerly a Democratic state senator representing parts of Northwest Portland and Washington County, to the non-partisan labor commissioner's ...   More
 
Thursday, January 8, 2009 NIGEL JAQUISS

Oregon Elections Officials Don't Give Their Stamp of Approval to May Rate Hike


News
Remember earlier this year when Secretary of State Kate Brown raised concerns about the possibility the Postal Service might cut delivery on Tuesday — a potentially serious problem in a vote-by-mail state like Oregon where so many ballots come in on Election Day Tuesday. That cost-cutting move seems dormant for the moment. But there's another development at the Postal Service worrying ...   More
 
Thursday, April 2, 2009 HANK STERN

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