Governor John Kitzhaber

Oregon Special Session
5:23 pm
Wed September 4, 2013

Kitzhaber Sets Date For 'Potential' Special Session

M.O. Stevens Wikimedia

Originally published on Wed September 4, 2013 5:16 pm

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.

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Native American Mascots
5:14 pm
Fri August 16, 2013

Kitzhaber Vetoes Native American Mascot Bill

Chris Lehman Northwest News Network

Originally published on Fri August 16, 2013 5:04 pm

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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Native American Mascots
4:07 pm
Wed August 7, 2013

Kitzhaber Threatens Veto Of Native-American Mascot Bill

Fifteen Oregon school districts, including Molalla, use Native American themed mascots.
Credit Chris Lehman / Northwest News Network

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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8:19 am
Mon August 5, 2013

Governor Kitzhaber Boosts Firefighting Effort In SE Oregon

The Bureau of Land Management and the U.S. Forest Service work together to manage wildfires in Oregon
Credit BLM Oregon

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.

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Oregon Special Session
4:54 pm
Thu August 1, 2013

Kitzhaber Faces Challenges In Push For Special Session

Chris Lehman Northwest News Network

Originally published on Thu August 1, 2013 4:52 pm

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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Oregon Public Pensions
4:24 pm
Fri July 26, 2013

Kitzhaber Takes Push For Public Pension, Tax Increase Package On The Road

Oregon Governor John Kitzhaber meets with education and business leaders in Hillsboro.
Credit Chris Lehman / Northwest News Network

Oregon Governor John Kitzhaber is hitting the road with his push for additional legislative action to curb public pension costs. The Democrat visited with local leaders in Hillsboro Friday.

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Public Safety Bill
4:57 pm
Thu July 25, 2013

Kitzhaber Signs Public Safety Package Into Law

Oregon Governor John Kitzhaber signs HB 3194 into law.
Credit Chris Lehman / Northwest News Network

If projections are correct, Oregon will need to build fewer prison beds under a new law.

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Gary Haugen
4:09 pm
Thu June 20, 2013

Kitzhaber Scores Legal Victory Over Death Row Inmate

Oregon Governor John Kitzhaber

Oregon Governor John Kitzhaber has scored a major legal victory in a case that pits him against a death row inmate who wants to be executed. The Oregon Supreme Court ruled Thursday that the governor does have the right to spare Gary Haugen's life.

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Oregon Budget
3:59 pm
Mon June 10, 2013

Still No Agreement On Revenue, Pensions In Oregon Legislature

M.O. Stevens Wikimedia

Originally published on Mon June 10, 2013 3:54 pm

Oregon lawmakers could vote as soon as Tuesday on money for K-12 education. But final approval of the spending plan likely won't happen until later this month.

On the table right now is $6.75 billion for Oregon schools. That's a sizable jump over the current spending plan. But some of the state's largest districts say even with that increase, they'd still need to cut teachers or school days.

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Oregon Budget
4:33 pm
Wed May 15, 2013

Kitzhaber Challenges Lawmakers To Pass Additional Pension Cuts, Tax Hikes

Office of the Governor

Originally published on Wed May 15, 2013 4:20 pm

On the eve of a new state revenue forecast, Oregon Governor John Kitzhaber is putting pressure on state lawmakers to reach a deal over taxes and public pensions. The Democrat proposed a compromise Wednesday aimed at pleasing Republicans and Democrats in the legislature.

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