New Oregon Governor
4:51 pm
Fri February 20, 2015

Kate Brown Tells Reporters She Wants To 'Put My Own Imprint On Oregon'

Kate Brown takes questions during her first press conference as Oregon Governor.
Chris Lehman Northwest News Network

Originally published on Fri February 20, 2015 2:54 pm

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.

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New Governor
4:41 pm
Wed February 18, 2015

Kate Brown Sworn In As Oregon Governor

Kate Brown is sworn in as governor in the Oregon state capitol.
Alan Sylvestre OPB

Originally published on Wed February 18, 2015 4:38 pm

Kate Brown has been sworn in as Oregon's 38th governor.

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Oregon Governor
6:30 pm
Tue October 28, 2014

The Twists And Turns Of The Oregon Governor's Race

John Kitzhaber is running in a state that hasn't elected a Republican as governor since 1982, but a decision made by the governors long-time partner could sway the election.
Credit OregonDOT / Flickr

The race for Oregon governor was supposed to be predictable. An incumbent Democrat is running in a state that hasn't elected a Republican as governor since 1982. But this campaign hasn't exactly followed the script.

Actually, the campaign did follow the script most of the way. You had the incumbent governor, John Kitzhaber, announcing his re-election campaign in an elementary school library.

"Today I am announcing my candidacy for another term as governor of the state of Oregon," Kitzhaber said.

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Ethics & Government
5:14 pm
Fri September 12, 2014

Washington Lt. Gov. Agrees To $15,000 Ethics Fine

Lt. Gov. Brad Owens.
Credit Washington State Legislature /

Washington Lt. Gov. Brad Owen has agreed to a $15,000 ethics fine. The settlement announced Friday stems from the five-term Democrat’s use of state resources to operate a non-profit with his wife.

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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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