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35 min ago | Seattle Post-Intelligencer

Are state investments in coal and oil undermining "green" governors?

State investment boards in Washington and Oregon are indirectly financing coal and oil infrastructure projects that are intensely controversial and at odds with goals of the states' "green" governors, according to a Sightline Institute report to be posted early Wednesday. A coal train passes an oil train near the Magnolia Bridge last July, after tanker cars derailed.


Related Topix: Eastlake (Seattle, WA), Personal Finance, Retirement, Kinder Morgan, Oil & Gas, Kinder Morgan Management, Financial Services, Energy, US Governors, Canada,

4 hrs ago | The Oregonian

Firefighters ramp up efforts, resources to contain Estacada fire

More than 500 firefighters, including men and women from municipal and rural fire departments in Marion, Clackamas, Washington and Multnomah counties, poured into Estacada on Tuesday as fire bosses ramped up efforts to contain the 36 Pit fire . The fire, which broke out Saturday and is believed to have been sparked by target shooters, made a run late Monday, growing to 3,588 acres.


Related Topix: Estacada, OR, Clackamas, OR, Clackamas County, OR, US Governors

6 hrs ago | Portland Tribune

36 Pit Fire burns on, Estacada covered in smoke

With the 36 Pit Fire continuing to burn in forest land about 10 miles east of Estacada, Gov. John Kitzhaber has declared the disaster a conflagration, allowing state resources to assist in battling the fire. As of 11:15 a.m. Tuesday, Sept.


Related Topix: Fire, Estacada, OR, US Governors, Damascus, OR, Washington County, OR, Redmond, OR

17 hrs ago | Medical News

Study: Subsidy quirk means young people pay more for bronze plans

How the government calculates insurance subsidies makes the cheapest bronze plans more costly for young people relative to those aged 54 to 64, reports The Philadelphia Inquirer. Meanwhile, Oregon budgets $2 million for a lawsuit fight with Oracle over its health insurance marketplace.


Related Topix: Health Insurance, Health, University of Tennessee Health Science Center, US Governors, Michigan, Medicaid

Mon Sep 15, 2014

Estacada fire: Kitzhaber invokes conflagration act as 36 Pit fire threatens 168 homes

An Estacada wildfire threatening 168 homes has prompted Gov. John Kitzhaber to invoke the state's conflagration act, allowing additional resources to be mobilized to fight the 2,358-acre fire. About 40 homes have been evacuated, and 126 others have been placed on a level two evacuation notice, said Estacada Fire Chief Bob Morrisey.


Related Topix: Estacada, OR, Natural Disasters, Wildfire, Fire, US Governors

Local TV Station KTVZ

Resources rushed to 2 new Oregon wildfires

Two new wildfires are threatening several dozen scattered rural homes in western Oregon, where forests are critically dry and the weather has been hot. In the Mount Hood National Forest about 10 miles east of Estacada, fire spokeswoman Carol Connolly says a human-caused wildfire has burned across nearly 4 square miles.


Related Topix: Oregon, Fire, Estacada, OR, Natural Disasters, Wildfire, US Governors

Local TV Station KTVZ

Portland City Club gubernatorial debate scheduled

Democratic Gov. John Kitzhaber and Republican state Rep. Dennis Richardson will square off Oct. 10 at the City Club of Portland. The candidates have three other debates scheduled, in Portland, Eugene and Bend.


Related Topix: US Governors, Bend, OR

Local TV Station KTVZ

Rick Perry to host fundraiser for Richardson

Richardson's campaign said Monday that Perry will host a $1,000-per-plate fundraiser in Lake Oswego on Oct. 11. Richardson's fundraising has severely lagged that of Democratic Gov. John Kitzhaber, who is the front-runner in a state that hasn't had a Republican governor in more than two decades. Kitzhaber has reported raising $2.2 million so far this year.


Related Topix: Rick Perry, US Governors, Lake Oswego, OR

Seattle Post-Intelligencer

Another blow to NW coal port plan

A coal train passes an oil train near the Magnolia Bridge early this summer, after tanker cars derailed. Export-bound coal and refinery-bound oil threaten to become the Northwest's "supreme shipping commodities" crowding our region's trade dependent economy..


Related Topix: Boardman, OR, US Governors

KATU-TV Portland

Wealth gap report paints grim picture for Oregon

A new report showing that rising income inequality could negatively affect state tax revenue comes amid a push by Gov. John Kitzhaber, legislative Democrats and others to overhaul Oregon's tax code. With no sales tax and property taxes constrained by 1990s ballot measures, Oregon relies on the income tax for nearly $7 of every $10 it collects - more than any other state.


Related Topix: Oregon, Oregon Government, US News, US Governors, Tax

The Oregonian

Gov. John Kitzhaber denies clemency for Wendy Maldonado, Grants Pass mom who says husband's abuse led to killing

Wendy Maldonado, seen here with three of her sons, agreed to a 10-year sentence for killing her husband. She said Aaron Maldonado repeatedly abused her and their children.


Related Topix: US Governors, Violent Crime, Grants Pass, OR, Life, Self Defense

Sun Sep 14, 2014

The real crisis in public education: Guest opinion

With all eyes on the governor's race this fall, incumbent John Kitzhaber is touting his record in reforming public education. The good doctor has misdiagnosed the patient.


Related Topix: US Governors, Oregon, Oregon Government, Opinion

Sacramento Bee Newspaper

State budgets $2 million for Cover Oregon lawsuit

Oregon has budgeted $2 million for its legal fight with software giant Oracle over the state's failed health care exchange website. The state sued the Redwood City, California, company in Marion County Circuit Court last month, claiming that Oracle officials lied, breached contracts and engaged in "a pattern of racketeering activity."


Related Topix: San Mateo County, CA, Redwood City, CA, Health Insurance, Health, US Governors

Fri Sep 12, 2014

The Oregonian

Independent poll shows Democratic candidates in Oregon Senate, governor's race remain favorites, but Republicans holding steady

U.S. Sen. Jeff Merkley, D-Ore., and pediatric neurosurgeon Monica Wehby, the Republican nominee, is seeking to unseat Merkley. An independent online poll released Friday showed Republican candidates in both the Oregon Senate and the governor's races may be holding steady against their Democratic candidates compared to results from earlier this summer .


Related Topix: US Politics, US News, Senator Jeff Merkley, US Senate, Democrat, Oregon, US Governors

Free community college could cost Oregon taxpayers $250 million a year, yield 100,000 two-year degrees

A proposal to make community college free to Oregonians would cost the state from $10 million to $250 million a year, depending on which students are eligible and whether room and board are covered, national experts have concluded. One big question: If the state opted to make community college free, would it pay the full cost for students to attend, including room and board, or would it only fund tuition and fees ? If the state did the latter, it would spend a lot less -- but virtually all the money would go to students from middle-class families, commission members noted.


Related Topix: Oregon, Oregon Government, US Governors

The Forest Grove News-Times

Feds slow to respond to state GMO task force

Federal authorities have been slow to answer questions about genetic engineering regulations asked by an Oregon task force assembled by Gov. John Kitzhaber. Kitzhaber launched the task force early this year to write a report framing the controversy on genetically modified organisms and how they're regulated in Oregon.


Related Topix: Healthcare Law, Law, US Governors, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Environmental Law, US News, United States Department of Agriculture, Food and Drug Administration

Thu Sep 11, 2014

Getting real about Cover Oregon: Editorial

The quasi-public corporation, which in reality behaves like a profit-seeking business, is by now a damaged brand engendering derision. The state-sponsored online service to help Oregonians buy health insurance has been a train wreck since failing, nearly a year ago, to launch successfully and as promised.


Related Topix: Oregon, Oregon Government, US Governors, US News, Opinion

West Linn Tidings

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Darren Karr, a former Republican gubernatorial candidate and West Linn resident, filed a lawsuit Aug. 29 in U.S. District Court against Oregon Gov. John Kitzhaber and Secretary of State Kate Brown. The lawsuit alleges that Karr's civil rights were violated when he was not included in the Oregon voters' pamphlet, and that the secretary of state's office was 'negligent, published inaccurate information, caused voter confusion and damaged his chance of winning the Republican gubernatorial nomination.'


Related Topix: West Linn, OR, US Governors

Estacada News

Gay marriage foes renew fight

The National Organization for Marriage signaled Thursday it will pursue its fight against marriage by same-sex couples in Oregon, although a federal judge has overturned the ban. The organization said in a blog posting it has asked the full 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals to hear its request to substitute for state officials, who declined to defend the 2004 ban in court.


Related Topix: Gay/Lesbian, US News, Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, US Supreme Court, US Governors

The Newberg Graphic

Does test ask kindergarteners the wrong questions? - Thursday, 11 September 2014 01:00

It's the beginning of the school year and a fight is already breaking out on the playground.


Related Topix: Oregon, Standardized Testing, Education, US Governors, Portland State University