An Interruption to Oregon's 'Set It and Forget It Leftism'
Oregon Gov. John Kitzhaber now faces a revolt of the rest of the state government:
State Treasurer Ted Wheeler has called for Kitzhaber’s resignation.
“It is with deep sadness that I ask Governor John Kitzhaber to resign his position as …
John Kitzhaber, the Bob McDonnell of Oregon
The Oregonian newspaper’s editorial board assesses the scandals surrounding Democratic governor John Kitzhaber, and comes to a dire conclusion:
It it should be clear by now to Kitzhaber that his credibility has evaporated to such a degree that …
Another Incumbent Democrat Sees His Big Lead Shrink
An intriguing late development in Minnesota’s governor’s race:
In the governor’s race, incumbent Democrat Mark Dayton still leads Republican Jeff Johnson 47 percent to 42 percent. Hannah Nicollet of the Independence Party is at 2 percent tied with Libertarian candidate Chris Holbrook. Another 6 …
There's Good News for Oregon Republicans, but Not That Good News
Your friendly neighborhood Oregon-trotting campaign correspondent, in a piece written Tuesday night:
Could Oregon governor John Kitzhaber, a three-term Democrat, lose his bid for reelection because of scandals involving his fiancée? After Kitzhaber survived a cavalcade of embarrassing and …
How Do You Turn a Blue State Like Oregon Purple?
From the Monday edition of the Morning Jolt:
How Do You Turn a Blue State Like Oregon Purple?
If you want to talk about an overlooked all-time woulda-coulda-shoulda race that haunts the Republicans, let’s take a look at Oregon’…
Oregon and Our Future of 'Set It and Forget It' Leftism
From the last Morning Jolt of the week:
Oregon: Our Progressive Future of Corrupt Government and Oblivious Voters
Greetings from Portland, Oregon — the state with the most egregiously failing Obamacare exchange in the country, now set to reelect the governor …
Cover Oregon: We Have No Leverage Over Our Failing IT Contractor
In Oregon, Governor John Kitzhaber has presided over one of the most expensive and embarrassing failures of any state in U.S. history. The state’s online health-insurance exchange, which was supposed to be ready to go on October 1, has never …
The Worst Exchange in the Country . . . a Reelection Non-Factor?
The governor of the state with the most dysfunctional health insurance exchange in the country remains a strong favorite for reelection.
In Oregon, the state exchange still couldn’t enroll anyone online at the end of December. The state is relying …
Obamacare's Exchange: 0 for Oregon After One Month
It is not too early to declare Obamacare’s implementation an epic failure in some places. Oregon, for example:
A month after Oregon’s problem-plagued online health insurance marketplace has failed to enroll a single person, concerns are mounting that some of …
OR-04: Tight Race For DeFazio?
Rep. Peter DeFazio (D) won his 12th term in 2008 with 82 percent of the vote, but a new GOP internal poll has the Democrat leading his Republican challenger Art Robinson by just six points — 48 to 42 percent. “All the data indicates …
Oregon Governor to Face Recall Effort in July
From the first Morning Jolt of the week:
A Chance to Un-Do One of 2014’s Worst Incumbent Victories
Remember John Kitzhaber, the terrible governor of Oregon, whose fiancée was running a “consulting business” with groups that wanted to influence …
Careful Around Those Oregon Kindergartens!
It’s a beautiful state, but if you’re worried about measles, stay away from Oregon kindergartens.
According to the CDC, among the 46 states plus the District of Columbia reporting 2013–14 school vaccination exemption data, the percentage of kindergartners with an exemption was …
A Slightly Better Outlook for Oregon Republicans, but Not Enough Yet
Here’s the slightly good news for Dennis Richardson, the Republican candidate for governor in Oregon: The latest poll by YouGov puts him down, 48 percent to 42 percent, to incumbent Democrat John Kitzhaber. That’s a bit better than the last …
What's Wrong With Oregon Republicans?
Also in today’s Jolt:
Another Un-charismatic, Underachieving Partisan Democrat Coasts to Reelection
I know what you want to hear. You want to hear that Republican Monica Wehby has a shot at winning Oregon’s Senate race.
She’s trailing most …
Blue Oregon . . . Strongly Opposed to Driver's Permits for Illegal Immigrants
Something to keep in mind for future immigration debates: Oregon — deep-blue, heavily Democratic, crunchy, progressive, let-me-pour-you-another-organic-quinoa-microbrew Oregon — appears set to decisively reject a proposal to provide driver’s permits to individuals who cannot prove legal residence in the state.
CoverOregon, More Expensive Than Most NHL Franchises
CoverOregon, the state insurance exchange up in Oregon that will not be functional until open enrollment ends at the end of this month, “has been earmarked for more than $300 million in funding, much of which has come from the federal …
Oregon: Relax! We Only Wasted $3.5 Million on Silly Ads!
Some days, you’re just ridiculous, PolitiFact.
Here’s the statement they’re fact-checking:
“Oregon is spending $10 million advertising Obamacare with ads that don’t even mention the program and how to enroll in it” and that don’t “mention the word ‘insurance.’”
Running for Reelection, With Massive Failure in the Foreground
Out in Oregon, the state health-insurance exchange, Cover Oregon, continues to set the standard for epic failure for the rest of the country. The website hasn’t worked, does not work today, and isn’t expected to work until after New Year’s …
Oregon's Probably Not in Play This Cycle, But...
When discussing swing states and potential swing states, I sometimes joke with people that once a year or so, there’s a poll that shows the Republicans looking surprisingly good in Oregon, and then the Democratic lead reappears as Election …