Gov. John Kitzhaber

Oregon Supreme Court Supports Governor's Death Penalty Delay

The Oregon Supreme Court says Gov. John Kitzhaber can delay the lethal injection of a death-row inmate who wants to waive his appeals and speed his execution. The state's highest court ruled Thursday that Kitzhaber did not overstep his power when he granted a reprieve delaying the death sentence of Gary Haugen, who was convicted of two murders.Read More »

Budget Talks Continue Between Legislative Leaders & Governor

By Jim McCoy Tue 4th June NewsGov. John KitzhaberOregon budget
Oregon Gov. John Kitzhaber and legislative leaders are scheduled to continue budget negotiations Tuesday. Kitzhaber met for three hours at the governor's mansion Monday with Democratic House Speaker Tina Kotek and Senate President Peter Courtney, along with Republican House and Senate leaders Mike McLane and Ted Ferrioli.Read More »

Governor Meets With Lawmakers Regarding Oregon Budget

Gov. John Kitzhaber and legislative leaders are meeting at the governor's mansion Monday to try and work through their differences on the state budget. Democrats have majorities in the House and Senate, but they'll need Republican votes to get the new tax revenue they're seeking.Read More »

Gov. Kitzhaber Formally Opposes Proposed Casino

Gov. John Kitzhaber says he's against a proposed tribal casino in Medford. The Medford Mail Tribune reports that Kitzhaber told the U.S.Read More »

Governor Signs Off On Bridge Work

Oregon Gov. John Kitzhaber has signed a bill to pay for the state's share of a new Interstate 5 bridge connecting Portland and Vancouver over the Columbia River.Read More »

Bureau of Indian Affairs Grants Governor More Time

The U.S. Bureau of Indian Affairs has granted Gov. John Kitzhaber's request for an extra 60 days to weigh in on the Coquille Indian Tribe's application to build a casino in Medford. The tribe that runs the Mill Casino in North Bend has proposed a casino at the Roxy Ann Lanes bowling alley in Medford.Read More »

Oregon's On Time Graduation Rates Barely Rise

By Jim McCoy Thu 31st January NewsEducationGov. John Kitzhabergraduation rates
The on-time graduation rate for Oregon high school students in the class of 2012 is up, but barely. The Oregonian reported that state figures showed the rate rose by less than a percentage point and remains at 68 percent. Gov. John Kitzhaber and his chief education officer, Rudy Crew, call 68 percent unacceptably low.Read More »

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