Kate Brown

Chris Lehman

Oregon's new governor promised continuity for the most part as she faced the press for the first time since taking the oath of office on Wednesday. Correspondent Chris Lehman reports from Salem.

Governor Kate Brown didn't have solid answers for many of the questions lobbed at her by the room full of reporters, saying she's still getting oriented. The Democrat ascended from Secretary of State to Governor when John Kitzhaber resigned this week amid a pair of criminal ethics investigations.


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.


Oregon Secretary of State Kate Brown says Governor John Kitzhaber's troubles have created a quote, "bizarre and unprecedented situation." Brown issued a statement Thursday morning to explain why she abruptly left a conference in Washington DC Wednesday and flew home to Oregon. She says she returned at the request of the governor, who is under immense political pressure as he deals with an ethics scandal. But Brown says when she arrived, the governor questioned why she had come.


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.

Karen Richards

What do Voodoo Doughnuts, the U of O duck, and  Oregon’s Secretary of State have in common? They were all on campus today (Monday) encouraging students to vote.

Dozens of students dropped their ballots in the box at U of O’s Erb Memorial Union at the event. Many stopped to talk to Scott Coltrane, the university’s interim president, and Kate Brown, Oregon’s Secretary of State. Brown says turnout is slightly behind where it was four years ago, but she’s confident the final numbers will at least equal that election:

Jay Bozievich and Faye Stewart were not defeated by opponents in the May Primary. They were elected to another 4-year term on the Lane County Board of Commissioners, according to final election results released Friday.

Bozievich beat Dawn Lesley by 75 votes in the West Lane race, so there won't be a run-off in November.

Stewart won the East Lane race over four opponents, avoiding a runoff against top challenger Kevin Matthews by just seven votes.

Date of meeting: January 15, 2014

Air Date: February 10, 2014 


Guest Speaker: Kate Brown, Oregon Secretary of State

The City Club of Eugene welcomes Secretary of State Kate Brown to a special Wednesday meeting in Gerlinger Lounge at the University of Oregon.

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