The State Houses – What’s At Stake in 2010

Thirty-nine states will be electing a governor during the 2009-2010 election cycle. Of these, eighteen races will not include an incumbent and four incumbents who will be running were not elected to their current position. The recession and huge budget deficits threaten to undercut the power of incumbency for governors running for reelection.

The Current Line-Up

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Ore 2012 Archives

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Oregon Gubernatorial Headlines 2012 Archives

DECEMBER 2012

Prison reform could be burden on counties (The Register-Guard, 12/30/12)
Counties fear probation influx if sentencing is reformed (AP, 12/30/12)
Higher education becomes a priority with creation of state committee (The Daily Emerald,12/28/12)
2012 updates: Columbia bridge hits Oregon Summit docket (Portland Business Journal, 12/27/12)
Gov. Kitzhaber files brief with Ore. Supreme Court over Gary Haugen death penalty reprieve (The Oregonian, 12/21/12)
Oregon’s new Nike tax law suggests maybe you can’t just do it (NW Watchdog, 12/20/12)
Nike tax breaks get other firms’ attention (Portland Tribune, 12/20/12)
COMMENTARY: The politics of the Oregon Legislature’s Nike special session (The Oregonian,12/20/12)
Gov. Kitzaber’s energy plan must balance economy and environment, says Olsen (Albany Herald,12/20/12)
POLITIFACT: Does the new Nike bill qualify as a tax break? (The Oregonian, 12/20/12)
Problems don’t end as revenue increases (Statesman Journal, 12/19/12)
EDITORIAL: Well-timed energy plan (Register-Guard, 12/19/12)
Governor Kitzhaber, Nike sign tax agreement (Statesman Journal, 12/19/12)
Sneaker politics: What it means that Kitzhaber and legislators got rolled by Nike (Willamette Week,12/19/12)
Kitzhaber signs Nike ‘Project Impact’ bill; talks continue (The Oregonian, 12/18/12)
Oregon legislators, governor put gun control on table — but outcome in doubt (The Oregonian,12/18/12)
Oregon and Nike signed non-disclosure agreement in July (The Oregonian, 12/18/12)
COMMENTARY: Oregon lawmakers should build on ‘Nike session’ progress (The Oregonian,12/18/12)
State entered into secret agreement with Nike in July (Willamette Week, 12/18/12)
EDITORIAL: Stable taxes let firms expand (Albany Democrat-Herald, 12/18/12)
Ore. Governor’s new energy plan aims to streamline wind power development (North American Wind Power, 12/18/12)
Governor John Kitzhaber signs bill allowing Nike tax deal (The Oregonian, 12/18/12)
Governor signs Nike tax bill (Statesman Journal, 12/18/12)
Nike tax bill opens the door for other companies to benefit (The Oregonian, 12/17/12)
Gov. John Kitzhaber releases 10-year energy action plan (The Oregonian, 12/17/12)
Nike request sparks debate on best way to boost jobs (Statesman Journal, 12/17/12)
COMMENTARY: Understanding the Nike tax bill, and the politics of guns (The Oregonian,12/17/12)
COMMENTARY: Enthusiasts give no quarter at the local gun show (The Oregonian, 12/17/12)
Unfunded pension liability being added to Oregon transparency website (NW Watchdog, 12/17/12)
Oregon PERS: risky pension obligation bonds tempt with its promise of quick returns (The Oregonian,12/15/12)
Return to reform: Governor John Kitzhaber’s second first term (Washington Spectator, 12/15/12)
Why Gov. Kitzhaber and legislators hop for a company like Nike (The Oregonian, 12/15/12)
AUDIO: Protesters urge Oregon lawmakers to reject Nike bill (Northwest Public Radio, 12/14/12)
AUDIO: Oregon lawmakers mull Nike proposal in special session (Northwest Public Radio, 12/14/12)
Nike tax deal: Legislature passes bill with few no votes (The Oregonian, 12/14/12)
Little public evidence for figures used in support of Nike legislation (The Oregonian, 12/14/12)
Oregon Legislature approves Nike tax deal in one-day special session (The Oregonian, 12/14/12)
Nike to Oregon: Just do it, or else… (NW Watchdog, 12/13/12)
Proposed sales tax draws opposition from all sides (Watchdog, 12/11/12)
John Kitzhaber says special session tax deal for Nike could spark job deals with other companies (The Oregonian, 12/10/12)
As special session nears, Nike poised to lock favorable Oregon tax provision into law (The Oregonian,12/10/12)
John Kitzhaber calls legislators to special session for Nike jobs (The Oregonian, 12/10/12)
In a status-quo sea, Oregon politicians are salmon’s lone champions (Crosscut, 12/7/12)
Kitzhaber, Merkley lead potential foes (Public Policy Polling, 12/7/12)
Poll: Kitzhaber, Merkley improve approval ratings; Oregonians favor gay marriage (The Oregonian,12/7/12)
OPINION: Three goals worth pursuing for Oregon (Portland Tribune, 12/6/12)
Government bailing out timber industry in the name of conservation (Watchdog, 12/6/12)
EDITORIAL: Let legislators vote on PERS (The Daily Astorian, 12/6/12)
VIDEO: Governor Kitzhaber raises concerns about coal exports (Statesman Journal, 12/6/12)
VIDEO: Gov. Kitzhaber explains education goals to third grader (Statesman Journal, 12/6/12)
COMMENTARY: Where is Gov. Kitzhaber taking Oregon? (Statesman Journal, 12/6/12)
Follow-up to this morning’s editorial board meeting with Gov. Kitzhaber (Statesman Journal,12/6/12)
Editorial roundup: Kitzhaber wise to seek bonding authority for new Columbia bridge (Statesman Journal, 12/6/12)
EDITORIAL: Citizen-initiated PERS reform (The Oregonian, 12/5/12)
Survey: Oregon voters may support property tax increases (The Oregonian, 12/5/12)
COMMENTARY: Oregon Gov. John Kitzhaber is at the top of his game (The Oregonian, 12/5/12)
Oregon politics: Legislative session will ponder property and sales taxes (The Oregonian, 12/5/12)
Kitzhaber medical liability proposal gets negative portrayal in small survey: taste of 2013 debate?(The Oregonian, 12/5/12)
Poll: Oregonians support property tax reform (Portland Business Journal, 12/5/12)
Oregon revenue hunt: Property, sales tax proposals a tough sell (The Oregonian, 12/5/12)
Kitzhaber defends prison cuts (East Oregonian, 12/5/12)
Gov. John Kitzhaber wants to add roughly 200,000 to Oregon Health Plan (The Oregonian,12/4/12)
EDITORIAL: A shake-up for higher ed (Register-Guard, 12/4/12)
Budget a topic for business leaders (Statesman Journal, 12/4/12)
Business leaders display united front (Oregon Business, 12/4/12)
PERS reform is a top priority for business leaders (Statesman Journal, 12/3/12)
AUDIO: Oregon governor urges legislature to act quickly to fund I-5 bridge (Northwest Public Radio, 12/3/12)
Kitzhaber: PERS reforms, education funding difficult but can be done (Portland Tribune, 12/3/12)
Kitzhaber makes difficult pitch to Democrats, union on his PERS proposals (The Oregonian, 12/3/12)
EDITORIAL: Legislature needs to follow the lead of governor, business leaders (The Oregonian,12/3/12)
Kitzhaber takes aim at senior medical tax break (The Oregonian, 12/3/12)
The Oregon Business Plan looks a lot like Kitzhaber’s budget (Statesman Journal, 12/3/12)
Governor challenges critics of budget plans (Statesman Journal, 12/3/12)
John Kitzhaber proposes to completely rework funding to Oregon’s higher education (Daily Emerald,12/2/12)
EDITORIAL: A policy-oriented budget – Kitzhaber uses spending plan to shape future (The Register-Guard, 12/1/12)
EDITORIAL: Oregon Business Plan summit ready for new heights (The Oregonian, 12/1/12)
Parties differ on ways to improve state’s job growth (Statesman Journal, 12/1/12)
Gov. Kitzhaber proposes increases in schools and prisons funding (Statesman Journal, 12/1/12)
OPINION: Believe Oregon governor on PERS (Statesman Journal, 12/1/12)
John Kitzhaber on his 2013-15 budget recommendation for Oregon (The Oregonian, 12/1/12)

NOVEMBER 2012

Oregon budget proposal gambles on pensions and crime (AP, 11/30/12)
AUDIO: Kitzhaber’s budget relies on cost-cutting measures (Northwest Public Radio, 11/30/12)
Kitzhaber targets PERS costs (The Register-Guard, 11/30/12)
John Kitzhaber unveils budget, wrangling begins (The Oregonian, 11/30/12)
Oregon governor recommends key CRC funding (The Columbian, 11/30/12)
Kitzhaber budget: $60M for Oregon InC, ‘innovation’ (Portland Business Journal, 11/30/12)
Governor: Create new dept. to oversee colleges, add and subtract powers at Oregon Dept of Education(The Oregonian, 11/30/12)
Governor Kitzhaber releases his budget (Statesman Journal, 11/30/12)
AUDIO: Kitzhaber’s budget puts pressure on lawmakers (Northwest Public Radio, 11/30/12)
Time limit for welfare cut by two years in Gov. John Kitzhaber’s budget (The Oregonian, 11/30/12)
EDITORIAL: Gov. John Kitzhaber’s state budget gives Oregonians a lesson in the economics of education (Statesman Journal, 11/30/12)
Kitzhaber, consolidating power over all things education, proposes new Dept of Post-Secondary Education (The Oregonian, 11/30/12)
PERS Board reviews potential pension changes (The Oregonian, 11/30/12)
What’s in the Ore. governor’s budget plan: The Environment edition (OPB, 11/30/12)
Where is Oregon education spending headed? A rundown of Gov. John Kitzhaber’s plan for 2013-15(The Oregonian, 11/29/12)
Kitzhaber names new Dept of Energy director (Statesman Journal, 11/29/12)
Kitzhaber tells state workers, ‘No more furloughs’ (Statesman Journal, 11/29/12)
Gov. John Kitzhaber’s budget offers 500 more teachers, cap on PERS increases (The Oregonian,11/29/12)
EDITORIAL: Gov. John Kitzhaber’s proposed budget tackles PERS, eyes future (The Oregonian,11/29/12)
Kitzhaber’s budget includes more spending for education and public works (Statesman Journal,11/29/12)
State workers to have reduced pension benefits, no furloughs with new budget (Statesman Journal,11/29/12)
Mike McLane chosen as new Oregon House Republican leader (The Oregonian, 11/8/12)
Election results solidify Oregon Transformation Project’s game-changing influence in ClackamasCounty (The Oregonian, 11/8/12)
Clark County Republicans blast Columbia River Crossing, call for complete redesign(The Oregonian,11/8/12)
Sen. Patty Murray’s big day could bring benefits to Oregon (The Oregonian, 11/7/12)
Oregon may vote on same-sex marriage in 2014, activists say (The Oregonian, 11/7/12)
Vancouver won’t pay to visit Dem-happy Oregon (Crosscut, 11/7/12)
Your Northwest election wrap-up, featuring a heroic Patty Murray, John Kitzhaber’s gift, pot, gay marriage and fleeing Californians (The Oregonian, 11/7/12)
Gov. John Kitzhaber: Parents, educators need to vote to raise taxes before schools can shrink class sizes, add back days (The Oregonian, 11/7/12)
Oregon turnout hits 81% — more than 300,000 ballots still to count (The Oregonian, 11/7/12)
Oregon Democrat Rep. Tina Kotek on track to be first openly lesbian Speaker in the country (The Oregonian, 11/7/12)
Oregon a bit of a worry for Obama? Turns out not to be the case at all (The Oregonian, 11/6/12)
Strong start for Democrats in Oregon legislative races (The Oregonian, 11/6/12)

OCTOBER 2012

Oregon casino backers drop campaign as cards come up empty (The Oregonian, 10/16/12)
Ore. Senate candidate says legislature shouldn’t handle PERS reform (Statesman Journal, 10/11/12)
Kitzhaber plans to film ad opposing casino measures (AP, 10/6/12)
Former governors speak against casino measure (KPTV, 10/6/12)
Kitzhaber to be seen in anti-casino ad (Register-Guard, 10/6/12)
Commentary: Tax cuts for the rich grow income inequality, not the economy (The Oregonian,10/5/12)
State’s refusal to enforce Measure 47 upheld (Statesman Journal, 10/5/12)
Oregon investigating statewide robocalls claiming voters may be inactive (The Oregonian, 10/5/12)
Oregon Supreme Court rejects campaign spending limits, sparking new debate (The Oregonian,10/4/12)
Conservation leader bolts from Kitzhaber’s county payments panel (The Oregonian, 10/4/12)
Oregon Supreme Court refuses to limit campaign spending (Statesman Journal, 10/4/12)
Audio: Oregon Supreme Court affirms unlimited campaign contributions (OPB, 10/4/12)
Kitzhaber expects to sign key agreement on Asia trip (OPB, 10/4/12)
Gov. John Kitzhaber to join the anti-casino campaign, appear in TV ad (The Oregonian, 10/4/12)
Oregon casino proposal draws high-profile opponent, Gov. John Kitzhaber (The Oregonian, 10/4/12)
OR, WA in Top 10 energy efficient states (OPB, 10/3/12)
GOP names finalists to succeed Morse (Corvallis Gazette-Times, 10/3/12)
With reporting deadline at hand, flood of big money for Oregon races is revealed (The Oregonian,10/3/12)
Shadow war continues around Oregon gillnetting ballot measure (The Oregonian, 10/3/12)
Editorial: Oregon has plenty of gambling already (The World, 10/3/12)
Editorial: Endorsement – Toss gill-net ban overboard (Register-Guard, 10/2/12)
Oregon still forecasting move inmates, plans hundreds of new prison beds (The Oregonian, 10/2/12)
Editorial: Marijuana ballot measure goes too far (The World, 10/2/12)
Ore. Politics Roundup: Battle for control of Legislature heats up (The Oregonian, 10/2/12)
National budget watchdog group takes aim at Columbia River Crossing project (The Oregonian,10/2/12)
The battle for the Gavel (Oregon Insider, 10/1/12)
Pot measure explanation missing crucial information about limits, DA says (The Oregonian,10/1/12)
Politics of Place: In mid-Willamette Valley, a middle line amid clash of competing interests (The Oregonian, 10/1/12)
Ore. House Republicans seek to put more races in play (The Oregonian, 10/1/12)

SEPTEMBER 2012

Obama blocks Chinese firm’s Oregon wind farms (LA Times, 9/29/12)
Commentary: Progress and the quest for peace on the Columbia River (The Oregonian, 9/29/12)
Commentary: Achieving equity in Oregon’s schools: Beyond PB&J sandwiches (The Oregonian,9/29/12)
Commentary: Oregon should join the collaboration to save salmon (The Oregonian, 9/29/12)
OPB political chat: Assessing Oregon’s system of mail voting (The Oregonian, 9/28/12)
Oregon PERS hikes: Schools, governments, taxpayers will feel the pain of 45% rate increase (The Oregonian, 9/28/12)
Kitzhaber’s new salmon & BPA plan (Natural Resource Report, 9/25/12)
Kitzhaber urges public safety reforms to curb Oregon prison spending (The Oregonian, 9/24/12)
Commentary: We can end Columbia basin salmon wars now by balancing energy, conservation(The Oregonian, 9/22/12)
Is there profit in health care changes? (Crosscut, 9/21/12)
Gov asks panel to find a solution in rural Oregon: Allow more logging while protecting the environment (The Oregonian, 9/21/12)
California tax fight could go either way — and Oregon may be beneficiary no matter the result (The Oregonian, 9/20/12)
Editorial: On health care, Oregon leads the way (The Register-Guard, 9/20/12)
Interview: Gov. John Kitzhaber on Oregon’s $1.9B Medicaid experiment (Washington Post, 9/19/12)
Opinion: Oregon’s tax-structure problems are serious (Statesman Journal, 9/19/12)
Gov. Kitzhaber on state financial stability (Capitol Watch, 9/19/12)
Interview: Gov. John Kitzhaber on Oregon’s $1.9 billion Medicaid experiment (Washington Post,9/19/12)
Clackamas County, King City voters approve anti-rail measures (The Oregonian, 9/18/12)
Editorial: Morse leaves big shows to fill (Albany Democrat Herald, 9/18/12)
Gov. Kitzhaber pitches Oregon’s health care plan to influential DC audience (The Oregonian,9/18/12)
Oregon governor describes Medicaid payment plan (C-SPAN, 9/18/12)
On health care reform, Oregon gov says House GOP budget ‘misses the target by a wide sea mile’(Think Progress, 9/18/12)
‘The perfect Oregonian’ resigns his Senate post (Statesman Journal, 9/17/12)
Editorial: Kitzhaber’s tax reform proposal won’t be perfect (The Oregonian, 9/17/12)
Oregon state senator Frank Morse to resign (KPLU, 9/14/12)
John Kitzhaber starts new mission: Reform of Oregon’s tax system (The Oregonian, 9/12/12)
Gov. Kitzhaber goes back to school (Capitol Watch, 9/8/12)
Doubts as Portland weighs fluoride and its civic values (New York Times, 9/8/12)
Anti-gillnet backers consider Gov. Kitzhaber’s alternative for commercial fishing on the lower Columbia River (The Oregonian, 9/8/12)
Tribes oppose Oregon measure to ban gillnetting (OPB, 9/6/12)
Passions run high in fluoridation debate (OPB, 9/6/12)
Merkley makes case for limits on Senate filibuster (OPB, 9/6/12)
Second pot measure won’t be on ballot (Statesman Journal, 9/6/12)
Three gillnet foes revers tack, urge no vote on anti-gillnet Measure 81 (The Oregonian, 9/5/12)
Video: Kitzhaber meets students, encourages grads (NWCN, 9/5/12)
Ore. Gov. John Kitzhaber addresses Metzger Elementary students, skips Democratic convention (The Oregonian, 9/5/12)
Audio: Kitzhaber highlights key issues for Democrats (OPB, 9/3/12)
Pressure builds for more PERS reforms (Statesman Journal, 9/2/12)
Oregon state parks’ independent funding structure keeps funding level while Washington state budget cuts slash spending (The Oregonian, 9/2/12)
Working Families names nominees (Statesman Journal, 9/1/12)

AUGUST 2012

Ore. Gov. John Kitzhaber is skipping next week’s Democratic convention (The Oregonian, 8/31/12)
Oregon Health Plan groups certified (Bend Bulletin, 8/30/12)
Opinion: Don’t contaminate our world-class water (Portland Tribune, 8/29/12)
Longtime local education official to lead Oregon program (The Columbian, 8/29/12)
New coordinated care organization moving forward in Hood River, Wasco and Yamhill counties (The Lund Report, 8/29/12)
Gov.Kitzhaber ranks No. 3 on national list of most ‘influential’ health care players (The Oregonian,8/28/12)
Gov. Kitzhaber endorses Portland’s fluoride proposal (The Oregonian, 8/28/12)
Kitzhaber’s wine cellar at Mahonia Hall represents state’s industry (Statesman Journal, 8/28/12)
Flouridation – a misplaced conflict (The Lund Report, 8/28/12)
Gillnetters say Kitzhaber plan leaves them fighting for survival (The Daily News, 8/27/12)
Karl Rove says Oregon ‘mystifies’ him but could become swing state (The Oregonian, 8/27/12)
Ron Paul supporters distract Republican convention along with hurricane worries (The Oregonian,8/27/12)
Opinion: Ron Wyden, the last bipartisan (New York Times, 8/26/12)
Oregon liquor plot thickens as Gov. Kitzhaber names former Republican lawmaker to OLCC (The Oregonian, 8/23/12)
Oregon, sitting at the border of safe and in play (FiveThirtyEight, 8/16/12)
Commentary: Oregon Republicans at a topless bar: The moral of the sex-starved seven (The Oregonian, 8/11/12)
Commentary: We shouldn’t execute Gary Haugen until we finish the death penalty debate (The Oregonian, 8/10/12)
Regional NAACP conference endorses Oregon marijuana measure (The Oregonian, 8/10/12)
Night in topless bar becomes embarrassment for Oregon GOP legislators (The Oregonian, 8/10/12)
Audio: Fallout from topless bar visit not clear (OPB, 8/10/12)
Strip-club trip led GOP leader to step down (Statesman Journal, 8/10/12)
Independent panel recommends Oregon voters pass corporate kicker measure (The Oregonian,8/10/12)
Citizen review panel supports tax measure (Statesman Journal, 8/10/12)
Fallout of topless bar trip leaves future uncertain for GOP leaders (Statesman Journal, 8/10/12)
ODFW commission likely on board with Kitzhaber proposal to restrict gillnetting (The Oregonian,8/10/12)
Kitzhaber proposes moving commercial gillnet fishing to off channels of the lower Columbia River(The Oregonian, 8/9/12)
Commentary: Death penalty shouldn’t stand as Oregon law (The Oregonian, 8/8/12)
Gov. Kitzhaber appoints members of the Oregon Travel Information Council (Coast River Business Journal, 8/8/12)
Governor right to stop executions, coalition says (Catholic Sentinel, 8/8/12)
Stop the Presses: The Oregonian may not be a daily newspaper much longer (Willamette Week,8/8/12)
Oregon school officials set low goals, angering education chief Rudy Crew (The Oregonian, 8/7/12)
Citizen panel hears Measure 85 arguments (Statesman Journal, 8/7/12)
Appeal will halt Haugen’s death warrant proceedings (Statesman Journal, 8/7/12)
Citizen reviews of initiatives questioned (Statesman Journal, 8/6/12)
Solidify a strong energy plan: An open letter to Gov. Kitzhaber (Sustainable Business Oregon, 8/6/12)
Oregon death row inmate surprised with ruling over governor’s reprieve (KOINLocal6, 8/6/12)
Editorial: Gary Haugen should be allowed to die (The Oregonian, 8/6/12)
Editorial: Unique tax system keeps Oregon weird in the wrong way (The Oregonian, 8/5/12)
Judge rules in favor of Haugen (Statesman Journal, 8/4/12)
Gov. Kitzhaber signs executive order for tobacco-free state properties (The Lund Report, 8/4/12)
Audio: Judge overturns Kitzhaber’s reprieve of Haugen (OPB, 8/3/12)
Ron Paul supporters fighting for control of Oregon Republican delegation to national convention (The Oregonian,8/3/12)
Health care reform cost study predicts some premiums to rise (AP, 8/3/12)
Gary Haugen can reject Gov. Kitzhaber’s reprieve, judge rules (The Oregonian, 8/3/12)
Judge rules inmate Gary Haugen, seeking execution, has right to reject governor’s reprieve (The Oregonian, 8/3/12)
Oregon Legislative races draw millions of campaign dollars (OPB, 8/3/12)
Study: Some Oregon insurance premiums will rise (CBS MoneyWatch, 8/3/12)
Judge allows Haugen’s execution to proceed; Kitzhaber to appeal (Statesman Journal, 8/3/12)
Judge allows Ore. death-row inmate Gary Haugen to reject governor’s reprieve (AP, 8/3/12)
Oregon’s coordinated care organizations begin (OPB, 8/2/12)
Federal health reforms mean young, well-off pay more in individual market; poor and older people benefit – Oregon study (The Oregonian, 8/2/12)
Oregon’s governor orders state building to go tobacco-free by 2014 (The Oregonian, 8/2/12)
Kitzhaber issues smoking ban for most state buildings, grounds (Statesman Journal, 8/2/12)
Economic stability of Oregon families sinks to bottom 10 nationally (The Oregonian, 8/2/12)
New Oregon Legislature administrator selected (Statesman Journal, 8/2/12)
Oregon initiative to abolish estate tax could also provide another tax break (The Oregonian, 8/1/12)

JULY 2012

Oregonians will vote on Ballot Measures 77 through 85 on Nov. 6 (The Oregonian, 7/31/12)
Sponsors of Oregon tax measure won’t participate in citizen review panel (The Oregonian, 7/30/12)
Kitzhaber’s 10-year budget (Oregon Insider, 7/30/12)
Legalizing marijuana, casino gambling, death and taxes: 2012 Oregon ballot measures (The Oregonian, 7/27/12)
Oregon estate tax repeal and corporate kicker make November ballot (The Oregonian, 7/27/12)
Private casino measure is a go on Oregon’s November ballot (The Oregonian, 7/27/12)
BizGrowth Summit: Kitzhaber says improving the economy is ‘not enough’ (Portland Business Journal, 7/26/12)
Workgroup on medical malpractice appointed by governor (The Lund Report, 7/26/12)
Commentary: Oregon health care reform is a bipartisan achievement (The Oregonian, 7/26/12)
Phil Knight, Chris Dudley among big Oregon donors to Mitt Romney (The Oregonian, 7/26/12)
Oregon Treasurer Ted Wheeler calls for more reforms to state’s Public Employees Retirement System(The Oregonian, 7/26/12)
Kitzhaber backs multi-state collaboration (OPB, 7/26/12)
Oregon death penalty reprieve argued (UPI, 7/25/12)
Internal audit finds problems at the Oregon Dept of Revenue (The Oregonian, 7/25/12)
John Kitzhaber recommends reform for Oregon medical malpractice laws (The Oregonian, 7/25/12)
In Oregon, a death row inmate fights for his right to die (Wall Street Journal, 7/25/12)
Inmate Gary Haugen wages legal challenge to Gov. Kitzhaber’s execution reprieve (The Oregonian,7/24/12)
Audio: Death row inmate asks judge to permit his execution (OPB,7/24/12)
Obama in Portland: President attacks Mitt Romney on economy during stop for lunch and money(The Oregonian, 7/24/12)
Gary Haugen reprieve challenge: Judge appears receptive to death row inmate’s argument (The Oregonian, 7/24/12)
Haugen renews bid to reinstate death warrant (Statesman Journal, 7/24/12)
Kitzhaber’s ‘Cool Schools’ program gets off to a lukewarm start (The Oregonian, 7/23/12)
Doctors urge the state to re-evaluate the health risks of coal (EarthFix, 7/20/12)
New Oregon Republican House leader is among big PERS recipients in Legislature (The Oregonian,7/20/12)
Oregon granted No Child Left Behind waiver (Portland Business Journal, 7/19/12)
Coal export critics pressure Gov. John Kitzhaber to delay permit approvals (The Oregonian, 7/19/12)
Oregon physicians: Gov. John Kitzhaber should order health assessment of proposed coal exports (The Oregonian, 7/19/12)
Commentary: Salem should worry about risks from coal trains (Statesman Journal, 7/18/12)
Health Insurance Exchange Board hammers out choice, communication issues (The Lund Report, 7/18/12)
Knute Buehler wins Independent Party nod, as do several Oregon House Democratic candidates (The Oregonian, 7/18/12)
Gov. John Kitzhaber declares emergency after southeastern Oregon fires (AP, 7/17/12)
Oregon anti-coal train contingent rolls ahead (Portland Mercury, 7/17/12)
Health care changes aren’t all bad for state employees (Statesman Journal, 7/16/12)
Marijuana measure qualifies for ballot, what’s next? (The Oregonian, 7/16/12)
Oregon Rep. Julie Parrish, in leadership bid, says women need bigger role in House GOP caucus (The Oregonian, 7/16/12)
Kitzhaber names chief for youth programs (Statesman Journal, 7/15/12)
Marijuana legalization measure qualifies for Oregon ballot (The Oregonian, 7/13/12)
Donors finance Oregon’s initiatives (Statesman Journal, 7/7/12)
Timber firms help Oregon fight suit (Register-Guard, 7/7/12)
Video: Gov. John Kitzhaber, M.D.  on why his state is a top state for business (YouTube, 7/6/12)
Oregon marijuana legalization supporters confident they will make November ballot (The Oregonian, 7/6/12)
Signatures up for tests (Statesman Journal, 7/6/12)
Seven initiatives appear headed to Oregon ballot as signature deadline passes (The Oregonian,7/6/12)
Failed Oregon ballot topics might return as election issues in November (Statesman Journal, 7/5/12)
Oregon anti-abortion measure falls short of signatures needed to make state ballot (The Oregonian,7/5/12)
State expands enterprise zones (AP, 7/2/12)
Governors unite to remove derelict vessels from Columbia (AP, 7/1/12)
Commentary: Ruling allows state to go forward (Statesman Journal, 7/1/12)

JUNE 2012

Oregon swears in first female Attorney General (KPLU, 6/29/12)
Rosenblum becomes state’s first female AG (Statesman Journal, 6/29/12)
Oregon health reforms under way, Gov. Kitzhaber’s hands-on role shows risks, rewards (The Oregonian, 6/29/12)
Audit recommends more oversight of Oregon boards (AP, 6/28/12)
Audio: Kitzhaber – Era of steep medical inflation ending (OPB, 6/28/12)
Audio: Gov: Ruling ‘good news’ for Oregon (OPB, 6/28/12)
SCOTUS health care decision: Gov. Kitzhaber says, ‘We’re way ahead of other states’ (The Oregonian,6/28/12)
Kitzhaber ready to move forward with Oregon’s health care transformation (Statesman Journal,6/28/12)
Editorial: Supreme Court on health care mandate: Ruling frees Oregon to forge ahead (The Oregonian, 6/28/12)
Oregon officials praise ruling, say health reform has just begun (Statesman Journal, 6/28/12)
Oregon tops 250 advisory boards (Statesman Journal, 6/28/12)
Editorial: 250 Oregon boards and commissions … and counting (The Oregonian, 6/28/12)
Kate Brown to John Kitzhaber: How to better manage Oregon’s boards, commissions (The Oregonian,6/27/12)
Oregon health reform and the Supreme Court (The Oregonian, 6/27/12)
$7.5 million lawsuit filed against Oregon AG Kroger (Statesman Journal, 6/23/12)
Oregon study shows benefits, and price, for newly insured (New York Times, 6/22/12)
Kitzhaber steps in to calm JPR storm (Mail Tribune, 6/22/12)
Opinion: Kitzhaber’s proposed immigration policy puts drivers at risk (Statesman Journal,6/22/12)
Oregon Black Affaris commission emails, letters point to meltdown (The Oregonian, 6/22/12)
Battle erupts over Oregon public radio network (RBR, 6/22/12)
Kitzhaber steps into S. Ore. public radio dispute (AP, 6/22/12)
Governor sends SOU, JPR Foundation dispute back to mediation (Mail Tribune, 6/21/12)
$7.5M suit filed against Oregon Attorney General in continuing fallout from Energy Dept case (The Oregonian, 6/21/12)
Chris Dudley cleans out his campaign fund, gives $64,500 to several candidates and causes (The Oregonian, 6/20/12)
Kitzhaber hails Food Project (Mail Tribune, 6/20/12)
Business gets clarity on Gov. Kitzhaber’s energy plan (Sustainable Business Oregon, 6/20/12)
PERS: Unfunded liability of pension funds tightens its grip around Oregon (The Oregonian, 6/18/12)
Video: Kitzhaber looks long-term to rebuild state’s economic foundation (KVAL, 6/17/12)
Oregon Black Affairs commissioners fired amid conflict and ‘ongoing investigation’ (The Oregonian,6/15/12)
The Legislative List: Oregon House Republicans on defense in fall elections (The Oregonian, 6/15/12)
Death row inmate demands execution (Courthouse News Service, 6/15/12)
Gov. appoints Ackerman chair of utilities commission (Portland Business Journal, 6/15/12)
Governor fires Oregon Black Affairs Commission members (The Oregonian, 6/14/12)
Commentary: When will the tide turn out at Oregon’s Dept of Human Services (The Oregonian,6/13/12)
What Oregon small business owners want from the state health insurance exchange (The Oregonian,6/12/12)
Oregon’s health reform: Eliminating the insurance middleman (Forbes, 6/11/12)
Instead of gas taxes, ODOT explores fees based on miles driven (The Oregonian, 6/9/12)
New health care groups say Oregon’a reforms could sputter without more cash (The Oregonian,6/8/12)
Editorial: An energy plan for Oregon (The Register-Guard, 6/8/12)
Editorial: Oregon needs to turn economic growth into jobs (The Oregonian, 6/7/12)
Kitzhaber seeks patient safety group members (Portland Business Journal, 6/7/12)
Kitzhaber names Ellen Rosenblum attorney general (East Oregonian, 6/7/12)
Editorial: Securing the common future (The Oregonian, 6/6/12)
Rosenblum named attorney general (Statesman Journal, 6/6/12)
Game On: GOP’s write-in efforts appear to have worked (Capitol Currents, 6/6/12)
Audio: How important are state energy plans? (Northwest Public Radio, 6/6/12)
AG: Governor to appoint Ellen Rosenblum (Blue Oregon, 6/6/12)
Gov. Kitzhaber’s reprieve of inmate Gary Haugen’s execution was legally valid, DOJ argues (The Oregonian, 6/6/12)
Oregon economy growing at nation’s second-fastest rate (The Oregonian, 6/5/12)
Gov. John Kitzhaber releases draft of Oregon’s 10-year energy plan (The Oregonian, 6/5/12)
Some Oregon Health plan providers to see rate cuts to close state budget hole (The Oregonian,6/5/12)

MAY 2012

Editorial: The new meaning of minority in Oregon (The Oregonian, 5/26/12)
Hundreds march in Oregon to protest education cuts (Statesman Journal, 5/12/12)
Portland students, teachers march into downtown to protest school cuts (The Oregonian, 5/11/12)
Mexican ID cards okay by Oregon gov. (OneNewsNow, 5/11/12)
Commentary: Rail opponents threaten important transportation alternative (The Oregonian,5/11/12)
Voting expiriment using iPads goes statewide (AP, 5/11/12)
Audio: Political chat: What are Oregon voters thinking? (OPB, 5/11/12)
Students, parents and teachers march for Portland schools (OPB, 5/11/12)
Oregon’s presidential primary could produce lowest turnout in modern state history (The Oregonian,5/11/12)
Kitzhaber sees savings in smarter power grid (OPB, 5/10/12)
Oregon Gov wants power users to help meet clean energy goals (Northwest Public Radio, 5/10/12)
Audio: Logging protesters run their message up state Capitol flagpole (OPB, 5/10/12)
Legislator criticized for email list again (Statesman Journal, 5/9/12)
Unions give $200K for petition drive to repeal corporate kicker (The Oregonian, 5/9/12)
Obama’s support may energize same-sex marriage drive in Oregon (The Oregonian, 5/9/12)
Funding for conservation programs draw big and diverse grassroots lobbying campaign (The Oregonian, 5/8/12)
Kitzhaber withdraws Dozono’s lottery nomination (Willamette Weekly, 5/8/12)
Governor withdraws controversial nominee for lottery commission (Portland Tribune, 5/8/12)
Tough to judge impact of Oregon open enrollment law (AP, 5/8/12)
Commentary: Ore. communities jump into health care reform by figuring out coordinated care organizations (The Oregonian, 5/8/12)
Pressure mounts for coal export projects (The Chronicle, 5/8/12)
Three candidates vie for open Oregon Supreme Court position (The Oregonian, 5/7/12)
Video: Big health care changes due in Central Oregon (KTVZ, 5/7/12)
Kitzhaber declines to take sides in Nestle bottle plant protests (Sustainable Business Oregon, 5/7/12)
RFK Jr calls coal ‘corrupting’ at Portland rally (AP, 5/7/12)
Oregon Transformation Project’s PAC splits Clackamas County conservatives (The Oregonian,5/6/12)
Politics of place: A distinctive liberalism guides low-profile Portland legislative races (The Oregonian,5/6/12)
Death penalty fores set film, speaker (Statesman Journal, 5/5/12)
Columbia River Crossing needs $900M from WA and OR, but how to raise it remains elusive (The Oregonian, 5/5/12)
Politics of place: In northeastern Oregon, politics revolve around natural resources (The Oregonian,5/5/12)
Kitzhaber: Three-time governor turning Oregon’s tide (Governing, 5/5/12)
Gov. John Kitzhaber celebrates federal health pact, says real test lies ahead (The Oregonian, 5/4/12)
Gov. Kitzhaber saves Oregon budget and his reputation in health deal with feds (Governing, 5/4/12)
Health system ready to implement overhaul (AP, 5/4/12)
White House makes $1.9M bet: Oregon can fix health care (Washington Post, 5/4/12)
Video: Oregon governor announces new Medicaid model (KGW, 5/4/12)
Audio: Kitzhaber celebrates two health care victories (OPB, 5/4/12)
Dem lawmaker cheers ‘huge step’ to help Oregon’s efforts toward reform (Mail Tribune, 5/4/12)
Commentary: How buying health care is like buying wine (Register-Guard, 5/4/12)
Editorial: A partner in health reform (The Register-Guard, 5/4/12)
Federal aid for prison health? (Statesman Journal, 5/4/12)
Oregon health care looking well-coordinated (Portland Business Journal, 5/4/12)
Oregon announces plans to lead on implementing key ACA reforms (Think Progress, 5/4/12)
Feds to put up $1.9B for Oregon health overhaul (AP, 5/3/12)
Oregon gets extra funds to test new Medicaid method (Wall Street Journal, 5/3/12)
Kaboom. Kitzhaber comes home from DC with $1.9B for health care in Oregon (Blue Oregon, 5/3/12)
Editorial: Oregon will pioneer again on health care (The Daily Astorian, 5/3/12)
Kitzhaber’s deal with the Obama administration: A 21st century version of bringing home the bacon(The Oregonian, 5/3/12)
Oregon to get $1.9B from feds to pay for new health plan (Statesman Journal, 5/3/12)
Audio: Oregon leaders celebrate federal money for Medicaid overhaul (Northwest Public Radio, 5/3/12)
State to get $1.9 billion in aid to revamp health care (Statesman Journal, 5/3/12)
Health care reform in Oregon gets $1.9 B from US for poor residents (Huffington Post, 5/3/12)
Editorial: Here come the CCOs (The Register-Guard, 5/2/12)
Kitzhaber: Oregon police will soon accept Mexican consular cards (AP, 5/1/12)
Gov. Kitzhaber names new director for the Dept of Revenue (The Oregonian, 5/1/12)
Governor appoints leader of Dept of Revenue (Statesman Journal, 5/1/12)

APRIL 2012

Kitzhaber cancels events this week for DC trip (KPIC, 4/30/12)

Kitzhaber defends death reprieve (Governors Journal, 4/19/12)
Haugen renews execution effort (Bend Bulletin, 4/19/12)
Debate continues over coal at Northwest ports (Sustainable Business Oregon, 4/18/12)
Kitzhaber finishes action on 112 bills (Statesman Journal, 4/15/12)
Kitzhaber signs Oregon Growth bill (Portland Business Journal, 4/6/12)
Operators surprised by OLCC upheaval(Statesman Journal, 4/3/12)
MARCH 2012
Numbers show PERS reform’s promise (Statesman Journal, 3/26/12)
Inmate Haugen still seeks execution (Statesman Journal,3/13/12)
Kitzhaber: Economy is still Job One (Capitol Watch, 3/10/12)
Oregon on road to education reform (Statesman Journal, 3/10/12)
State ends 3-month hiring freeze (Statesman Journal,3/9/12)
Kitzhaber signs ed bills he requested (East Oregonian, 3/7/12)
Editorial: Debut of annual sessions (Register-Guard, 3/7/12)
Legislative session ends, credit/blame begins (Portland Business Journal, 3/6/12)
Lawmakers’ focus to shift to economy (Statesman Journal, 3/6/12)
FEBRUARY 2012
Editorial: Yes, take care of business (The Oregonian, 2/24/12)
State health reform bill passes (Register-Guard, 2/24/12)
House passes Kitzhaber health bill (Portland Business Journal, 2/23/12)
Governor releases budget counterproposal (Statesman Journal, 2/16/12)
Editorial: Take education off the menu (Statesman Journal, 2/16/12)
Senate backs health care change (Register Guard, 2/15/12)
Editorial: Health reform advances (Register Guard, 2/15/12)
Health care bill clears Senate (Statesman Journal, 2/14/12)
Revenue forecast slips another $25 million (Oregon Capitol News, 2/8/12)
JANUARY 2012
High court names new chief (Statesman Journal, 1/20/12)
Kitzhaber’s own words: State of the State address (Oregon Business Report, 1/15/12)
Lawmakers prepare for February session (Oregon Capitol News, 1/15/12)
Gov. Kitzhaber and tax reform (Statesman Journal, 1/14/12)
Education, health care top agenda (Statesman Journal, 1/13/12)
Gov. John Kitzhaber and Rolling Stone (Statesman Journal,1/10/12)
Budget tweaks expected in session (Statesman Journal, 1/6/12)
Oregon hopes for schools waiver from feds (Statesman Journal, 1/5/12)
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