John Kitzhaber

Oregon Ballot
5:35 pm
Mon March 3, 2014

Kitzhaber Claims Truce In Potentially Divisive Ballot Measures

File photo of Oregon Governor John Kitzhaber
Chris Lehman Northwest News Network

Originally published on Mon March 3, 2014 5:27 pm

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

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liquor privatization
4:32 pm
Thu January 30, 2014

Kitzhaber Has 'Concerns' About Grocery Stores Liquor Sales

Oregon Governor John Kitzhaber answers questions from reporters during a state capitol press conference Thursday.
Chris Lehman Northwest News Network

Originally published on Thu January 30, 2014 4:16 pm

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

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Oregon Tax Increase
5:58 pm
Thu October 31, 2013

Southern Oregon County Considers Tax Increase For Public Safety

If Curry County cannot find funding for the sheriff and the jail, Governor Kitzhaber could declare an emergency there.
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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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Carbon Emission Goal
5:05 pm
Mon October 28, 2013

Oregon And Washington Governors Agree To New Controls On Carbon Emissions

Washington Gov. Jay Inslee
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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.

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Oregon Special Session
3:57 pm
Mon September 30, 2013

Oregon Special Session In Flux

Chris Phan Flickr

Originally published on Mon September 30, 2013 3:37 pm

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

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Oregon Special Session
4:49 pm
Wed September 18, 2013

Kitzhaber Says He'll Call Special Session

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Originally published on Wed September 18, 2013 5:31 pm

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

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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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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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