POLITICS

A history of Oregon governor’s races

Here is the history of elections for governor in Oregon: 2014 In 2014, Democrat John Kitzhaber secured his fourth term overall as governor, and second consecutive, by beating Republican Dennis Richardson 733,230 to 648,542. Kitzhaber also served as governor from 1995 to 2003. However, he didn’t hold the office long,[Read More…]

Oregon governor’s race jostled by independent’s switch to back Brown

Gov. Kate Brown, Democratic incumbent, Patrick Starnes, Independent Party candidate for governor, and KATU anchor Debora Knapp at the station’s studio Tuesday after Starnes decided to endorse Brown. (Oregon Capital Bureau/Paris Achen) On Sunday evening, Patrick Starnes, a cabinet maker and would-be governor, hit “send” on his home computer, dispatching[Read More…]

Oregon’s third-party candidate not giving up on debate fight

The Independent Party of Oregon’s candidate for governor, Patrick Starnes, appears at the first gubernatorial debate. (File/Portland Tribune) Patrick Starnes, a cabinetmaker and gubernatorial candidate from the Independent Party of Oregon, on Tuesday filed an elections complaint that could test a 2017 state law that encourages debate hosts to invite[Read More…]

Independent candidate for governor stymied in debate effort

Patrick Starnes, gubernatorial candidate from Brownsville, makes a point at a debate Tuesday in Portland. (Jaime Valdez/Portland Tribune) Despite a herculean effort to nudge the state’s two-party status quo, Patrick Starnes, Independent Party of Oregon candidate for governor, has been left out  of the final two gubernatorial debates. Starnes, a[Read More…]

Sharp questioning from youth pin back Oregon gubernatorial candidates

State Rep. Knute Buehler, R-Bend, and Gov. Kate Brown debate in Portland Tuesday night. Independent candidate Patrick Starnes also participated. (Jaime Valdez/Portland Tribune) PORTLAND — The most challenging force facing gubernatorial candidate Knute Buehler in his first debate wasn’t incumbent Gov. Kate Brown. It was Rose Lawrence, a 15-year-old from[Read More…]

Buehler’s record shows inconsistent approach to immigration

DACA recipients protest at the Capitol in August. (Paris Achen/Portland Tribune) Knute Buehler, Republican nominee for governor, has staked inconsistent positions on immigration, a review of his public record establishes. The Republican legislator from Bend has voted against state legislation that protects immigrants but supported tighter controls over racial profiling.[Read More…]