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Former Oregon Governor
7:42 am
Mon July 21, 2014

Vic Atiyeh, Former Oregon Governor, Dies At 91

Former Oregon governor Vic Atiyeh

Former Oregon Governor Vic Atiyeh has died at the age of 91. The two-term Republican passed away Sunday evening at a Portland hospital of complications from renal failure. Salem Correspondent Chris Lehman reports.

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Oregon Gubernatorial Candidates
5:13 pm
Wed May 21, 2014

With Primary Over, Oregon Gubernatorial Candidates Look To November

Oregon Gov. John Kitzhaber (left) will face off against state Rep. Dennis Richardson in November.
Credit Campaign Photos

This week's primary was mostly a formality for the two major party candidates for Oregon governor. Incumbent Democrat John Kitzhaber and Republican challenger Dennis Richardson both had little more than token opposition. The real match-up comes in the fall.

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Idaho Gubernatorial Primary
6:08 am
Wed May 21, 2014

GOP Incumbents Fend Off Far-Right Challengers In Idaho

Idaho gubernatorial candidate Russ Fulcher.
Credit Photo courtesy Russ Fulcher

Idaho's top Republican incumbents survived challenges from their more-conservative opponents last night. Governor Butch Otter won his party's gubernatorial nomination by a little over 50 percent of the vote. Correspondent Jessica Robinson has more.

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Governor's Race
6:24 am
Thu October 31, 2013

Rancher Eyes Oregon Governor's Race

Jon Justesen's ranch is based near the tiny town of Kent, Oregon.
Credit Chris Lehman

Conventional wisdom in Salem is that Governor John Kitzhaber will run for re-election next year. But that’s not a given. The 66-year-old Democrat has repeatedly said he’s not made up his mind. That's left potential Republican candidates wondering what the governor’s race will look like next year. There’s one candidate who has entered the fray that you may not have heard of. He says everything he needs to know, he learned in the fields of central Oregon. He even wrote a song about it.

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Oregon Governor's Race
3:58 pm
Wed July 24, 2013

GOP State Rep. Enters Oregon Governor's Race

Chris Lehman Northwest News Network

Originally published on Wed July 24, 2013 3:05 pm

A long-time Republican state lawmaker known for his colorful floor speeches says he's running for Oregon governor in 2014. Dennis Richardson kicked off his campaign Wednesday with a series of rallies around the state.

Richardson has served more than a decade in the Oregon House. He's been the Republican point-person on budget issues and is an outspoken critic of the state's public pension system. He's a father of nine and comes from the Medford area.

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Washington Budget
6:48 am
Fri March 29, 2013

Washington Governor: End Tax Breaks, Extend Expiring Taxes To Fund Schools

Washington Governor Jay Inslee wants to close or curtail a dozen tax breaks and continue a couple of tax increases that are about to expire. The money raised – more than a billion dollars – would be earmarked for public schools. The plan unveiled Thursday is part of the Democrat’s budget priorities for the next two years. Olympia Correspondent Austin Jenkins reports.

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Coal Exports
7:26 am
Tue March 26, 2013

Kitzhaber, Inslee Push For Emissions Accounting For Coal Export Proposals

Oregon Governor John Kitzhaber and Washington Governor Jay Inslee continue to push for a tougher federal review of proposed coal export terminals in the Northwest. Monday the governors sent a letter to the President’s top environmental advisors, asking them to consider the impact of coal exports on the climate. Amelia Templeton of Earthfix reports.

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Booth Gardner
4:00 pm
Fri March 22, 2013

Washington Lawmakers Honor Former Gov. Booth Gardner

Washington State Archives

Originally published on Fri March 22, 2013 3:21 pm

OLYMPIA, Wash. – Flags across Washington are at half-mast and state lawmakers held a special memorial service in honor of former Gov. Booth Gardner. Friday, members of the House and Senate shared stories about his life and his political impact.

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Booth Gardner Obituary
6:50 pm
Sat March 16, 2013

Booth Gardner, Washington’s 19th Governor, Dead At 76

Washington State Archives

Originally published on Fri March 22, 2013 3:13 pm

OLYMPIA, Wash. – Booth Gardner, Washington’s 19th governor, has died at age 76. Gardner’s family says he passed away Friday night from complications of Parkinson's disease. Gardner had lived with the illness for more than a decade.

Democrat Booth Gardner took office in January of 1985. He was a Harvard-educated businessman with a playful manner. Longtime newspaper columnist Joel Connelly offers these snapshot memories.

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Oregon Water Projects
4:55 pm
Fri February 15, 2013

Kitzhaber Signs Water Eastern Oregon Water Plan

Governor John Kitzhaber signed a plan that will move several eastern Oregon water projects one step forward.

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