Governor John Kitzhaber

Politics & Government
5:08 pm
Fri February 13, 2015

Reactions To Governor's Resignation: Word On The Street

Barbers and patrons at Anderson's Barber Shop in Eugene give reactions to the governor's resignation.
Credit Tiffany Eckert

Following the resignation of Governor John Kitzhaber today (Friday) KLCC’s Tiffany Eckert went in search of citizen opinion. She visited several businesses in downtown Eugene.

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4:41 pm
Fri February 13, 2015

Lane County Republicans Happy With Kitzhaber's Resignation


Lane County Republicans are pleased Oregon Democratic Governor John Kitzhaber is resigning. Challenger Dennis Richardson lost handily to Kitzhaber in the 2014 election. Now a special election in 2016 could mean a boost in support for a Republican candidate. Cindy Land is the Lane County Republican Chair. She says young voters are tired of corruption in government.

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2:07 pm
Fri February 13, 2015

Kitzhaber Resigns, Secretary Of State Kate Brown To Be Sworn In.

Oregon Democratic Governor John Kitzhaber

Oregon Governor John Kitzhaber will step down. He said [today] Friday that his resignation will take effect February 18.

The Governor and First Lady Cylvia Hayes are facing a criminal investigation over allegations that they sold access to the governor's office to groups that wanted to influence state policy. The Governor said in a recorded statement that he is confident that he has not broken any laws. But he says the ongoing distraction of the situation has reached the tipping point.

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Politics & Government
5:28 pm
Thu February 12, 2015

Top Oregon Democrats Call On Gov. Kitzhaber To Resign

House Speaker Tina Kotek speaks with reporters Thursday at the Oregon capitol shortly after calling on Governor John Kitzhaber to resign.
Credit Alan Sylvestre

Top Oregon Democrats are calling on Governor John Kitzhaber to resign. The request comes as the governor faces intense pressure and an ethics investigation.

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Politics & Government
11:49 am
Wed February 11, 2015

Oregon Secretary Of State Returns Suddenly From DC Conference

Oregon Secretary of State Kate Brown is next in line to succeed the governor.

Oregon Secretary of State Kate Brown launched a wave of speculation in the state capitol Wednesday by abruptly leaving a conference she was attending in Washington, DC. Brown is first in line of succession to the governor’s office. The Governor and his fiancée, Cylvia Hayes are facing criminal investigations over allegations they used his office for personal gain.
Salem Correspondent Chris Lehman says a spokesman for Brown offered no explanation for her leaving the conference two days early.

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5:18 pm
Thu January 22, 2015

Governor Kitzhaber Announces Help For Swanson Group To Rebuild Mill

Governor Kitzhaber (left) at the Swanson Mill site with Steve Swanson and Mayor Christine Lundberg
Credit Karen Richards

Governor John Kitzhaber visited Springfield today to tour the fire-devastated Swanson Mill and announced state help to rebuild it.

The plywood and veneer mill was destroyed last July in a massive fire, the cause of which is still unknown. The 33-acre site is now largely reduced to level concrete. Mayor Christine Lundberg says the blaze devastated the community:

Lundberg: “We lost not only an employer but we lost employees to the community so we’re enormously excited that Swanson has been able to see that this is the best site for them to rebuild.”

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Oregon Budget
12:07 pm
Mon December 1, 2014

Kitzhaber Unveils $18.6 Billion Spending Plan

Oregon Governor John Kitzhaber unveiled his 2015-2017 spending plan during a press conference at the state capitol in Salem.
Credit Chris Lehman

Oregon Governor John Kitzhaber has unveiled an $18.6 billion spending plan for the next two years. The Democrat outlined his proposal at the state capitol Monday. Roughly half of the money is marked for education. Kitzhaber says his budget also includes tax relief for low-income workers.

John Kitzhaber: "To ensure that hard work is actually rewarded with a better life…to ensure that when you get more wages, when your income goes up, you actually have more money, not less money in your pocket."

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November 2014 Election
7:16 am
Wed October 15, 2014

Kitzhaber, Richardson Again Clash Over Role Of First Lady

Credit Stephanie Yao Long / The Oregonian

The behavior of Oregon's First Lady provoked the sharpest exchanges during a gubernatorial debate in Portland Tuesday night on KGW television. Incumbent Democrat John Kitzhaber declared that he would freeze out his fiancé from any policy-making roles in the near-term.

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6:00 am
Tue October 14, 2014

Conservation Groups Urge Governor To Reject Black Bear Hunting Expansion


Conservation groups are urging Governor John Kitzhaber and the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife to reject part of a proposal to expand black bear hunting tags in Southwest Oregon.

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2:00 pm
Fri September 12, 2014

New Purchasing Guidelines Designed To Make Oregon Agencies Greener


New guidelines in Oregon are designed to direct state agencies to purchase fewer toxic products. Chief Operating Officer Michael Jordan approved the new guidelines Wednesday. Some examples are; using owls to control rats instead of poison, or buying less toxic cleaning products. The changes were prompted by Governor John Kitzhaber in 2012 as part of an effort to increase the number of people and plant friendly products state agencies use. Department of Administrative Services Spokesman Mathew Shelby says what makes Oregon unique is its size.

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