Governor John Kitzhaber

Former Oregon Gov. Kitzhaber Is Looking For Work

Mar 18, 2016
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Former Oregon Governor John Kitzhaber says he wants a higher profile after staying quiet during what he calls a “painful year” following his resignation 13 months ago. 

Kitzhaber looked noticeably older but relaxed when meeting in a downtown Portland coffee shop.  In his first extended interview since his resignation, he says he’s spent a lot of time recovering.

“It’s been a tough year, it’s been a painful year.  I’ve obviously struggled with a feeling that I let down people who elected me and certainly was not my intention, “ Kitzhaber said.

It's been one year since Oregon Governor John Kitzhaber resigned. The Democrat stepped down last February amid an influence peddling investigation.

Newly released emails are shedding some light on John Kitzhaber's final days as Oregon governor. They're included in a batch of 15,000 emails released Thursday by current governor Kate Brown in response to public records requests.

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The Oregon Governor's office has released the first five-thousand of more than 12,000 emails archived from the private account of the state's disgraced former governor. An initial glimpse into the trove of emails adds nuance to the ethics scandal that drove Democratic Governor John Kitzhaber from office back in February.

Judge Rules Cylvia Hayes Was A Public Official, Orders Release Of Emails

Aug 5, 2015

A judge Wednesday ruled former Oregon first lady Cylvia Hayes was a public official and must hand over emails to the court for review.

Oregon lawmakers are advancing a bill that would for the first time officially define the spouse or partner of a governor.

    

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

Oregon Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum has opened an investigation of Governor John Kitzhaber and first lady Cylvia Hayes.

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Oregon Governor John Kitzhaber has until January 12 to put the finishing touches on his inaugural address. But writing the speech should be old hat to the governor.

He's done it three times already.

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Oregon's Ethics Commission is officially looking into actions taken by Gov. John Kitzhaber and first lady Cylvia Hayes.

The panel met Friday for the first time since questions were raised last month about whether Hayes used her title for personal gain.

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Some of the issues that nagged Oregon Governor John Kitzhaber in the closing weeks of his re-election campaign have yet to be resolved.

But some answers could be forthcoming as the state's Ethics Commission is set to take up the case of Oregon first lady Cylvia Hayes Friday.

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John Kitzhaber is headed back to office for an unprecedented fourth term as Oregon Governor. The Democrat held a four-point lead over Republican challenger Dennis Richardson Tuesday night.

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The Republican running for Oregon governor dialed up the rhetoric against incumbent Democrat John Kitzhaber.

On Thursday, Dennis Richardson accused Kitzhaber of dragging his feet in releasing public records related to the role of first lady Cylvia Hayes. Richardson held a Portland press conference after news organizations complained this week that the governor's office has been slow to hand over public records.

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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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Dennis Richardson made the request Thursday in a letter to the U.S. Attorney's office in Portland. The campaign for Richardson's general election opponent dismisses the request as a waste of time.

Incumbent Democrat John Kitzhaber has come under fire for allegedly looking the other way while his fiancée, Cylvia Hayes, secured lucrative consulting gigs purportedly by using her role of first lady.

Oregon Supreme Court Upholds Death Penalty Case

Jun 19, 2014
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Oregon's Supreme Court has upheld the death penalty in a case involving the 2004 murder of an African immigrant. The ruling comes as capital punishment faces increased scrutiny nationwide after a botched execution by lethal injection in Oklahoma.

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Public workers in Oregon will soon receive health care under a new model that's meant to rein in costs. The Oregon Public Employees Benefits Board approved a plan that's similar to a type developed for Oregon's Medicaid enrollees.

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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.

Oregon Governor John Kitzhaber says he's brokered a deal that will avoid a potentially divisive battle at the ballot box this fall.

Oregon Governor John Kitzhaber says he has concerns about proposals to allow grocery stores to sell hard liquor.

Kitzhaber Expected To Announce Re-Election Bid

Dec 9, 2013
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Oregon Governor John Kitzhaber is expected to announce a re-election bid Monday. The Democrat has scheduled an announcement Monday morning at a Portland elementary school where he says he'll discuss his plans for the coming year.

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Oregon’s special election concludes next week, and in Curry County on the south coast, voters will decide on a tax increase. The county is facing a $2 million budget shortfall, and it could be the first place Governor Kitzhaber declares a public safety fiscal emergency.

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Governors John Kitzhaber of Oregon and Jay Inslee of Washington joined Gov. Jerry Brown of California and British Columbia Premier Christy Clark at a news conference in San Francisco. Together, they announced a shared set of goals for reducing carbon emissions in the region.

While gridlock continues in Washington, D.C., tensions have also surfaced in Salem. Oregon's special session hasn't gone according to plan.

Oregon Governor John Kitzhaber says he'll call lawmakers back to Salem this month for a special session on taxes and public pensions.

Oregon lawmakers could return to the capitol later this month for a Special Session to vote on public pensions and taxes. Governor John Kitzhaber made that announcement Wednesday, but it’s not a done deal.

Kitzhaber says he'll call lawmakers in on September 30 -- but only if he's confident there are enough votes to pass a deal on raising taxes and cutting public pensions. The money raised and saved would go toward public schools.

Oregon Governor John Kitzhaber has vetoed a bill that would ease a ban on Native American mascots. It was the last bill the Democrat needed to act on following this year's legislative session.

Fifteen Oregon schools use Native American mascots like Warriors, Indians and Braves. Last year, the state Board of Education voted to give those schools until 2017 to get rid of them.

But Oregon lawmakers voted last month to allow school districts to keep their mascots if the nearest American Indian tribe agrees. The governor's veto pen nullifies that move.

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Oregon Governor John Kitzhaber is signaling his intent to veto a bill that would ease a ban on Native American mascots.

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Governor Kitzhaber and both Oregon US senators received a briefing Saturday in Glendale on the wildfires burning in Southern Oregon. Local, state, and federal agencies informed community members and state legislators on the status of the Douglas Complex Fires.

Oregon Gov. John Kitzhaber plans to resume his tour of the state later this month in his push for a special session on taxes and public pensions. But it's not clear yet whether his efforts to gather grassroots support will convince lawmakers to come back to the capitol. 

Kitzhaber says a special session could happen as soon as next month to vote on a package of bills that would raise some taxes and slash benefits to public retirees.

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