The resignation of Oregon Gov. John Kitzhaber instantly promoted the liberal Democrat who is next in line to succeed him: the 54-year-old secretary of state who has long been thought to have her eye on Oregon's top elected position.
John Kitzhaber will step down as governor of Oregon effective 10 a.m. on Wednesday, February 18, 2015.
Oregon Gov. John Kitzhaber is showing no sign of walking away from a decades-long political career despite losing support from most of his party's leadership over allegations his fiancee used their relationship to land contracts for her green-energy business.
Just weeks after being sworn in for an unprecedented fourth term, Oregon Gov. John Kitzhaber finds himself fighting for his political life over allegations his fiancée used their relationship to win contracts for her consulting business and failed to report income on her taxes.
Oregon's top Democrats urged Gov. John Kitzhaber to resign Thursday, saying he cannot lead the state effectively amid a growing ethics scandal involving his fiancee, a green-energy consultant suspected of using their relationship to land contracts for her business.
State Treasurer Ted Wheeler has called on Gov. John Kitzhaber to resign.
Secretary of State Kate Brown issued a statement Thursday about her abrupt return to the state Wednesday from a conference in Washington, D.C. "This is clearly a bizarre and unprecedented situation," she said.
With an ethics scandal weighing him down, embattled Oregon Gov. John Kitzhaber decided to resign but then changed his mind, three people with direct knowledge of the situation said.
Oregon's governor said Wednesday that he won't resign over ethics allegations against his fiancee, a statement aimed at quashing rampant speculation he was on his way out.
If a drone aircraft is used for a crime, from running drugs to scoping a house for robbery, prosecutors would be able to seek an extra year in prison for the offenders under a bill now before Washington state lawmakers.
Brown's abrupt return Wednesday comes as Gov. John Kitzhaber faces calls for his resignation. Brown would become governor if Kitzhaber leaves the office before the end of his term.
Lane County voters will decided May 19 whether to impose a $35 annual vehicle registration fee to help pay for city and county road maintenance.
Gov. John Kitzhaber on Monday asked the state's attorney general to look into influence-peddling allegations surrounding his fiancee's work for advocacy organizations.
Oregon's governor is struggling to deal with allegations that his fiancée used his position to land clients for her environmental consulting business, claims that have drawn an ethics investigation and the scrutiny of the state's attorney general.
Democratic Rep. Elaine Smith from Pocatello raised concern that the bill did not require any formal training to carry a weapon.