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Posts published in “Day: February 12, 2015”

“a bizarre and unprecedented situation”

ridenbaugh Northwest

A statement released this morning from Oregon Secretary of State Kate Brown. The third paragraph is the most notable.

Late Tuesday afternoon, I received a call from the Governor while I was in Washington, DC at a Secretaries of State conference. He asked me to come back to Oregon as soon as possible to speak with him in person and alone.

I got on a plane yesterday morning and arrived at 3:40 in the afternoon. I was escorted directly into a meeting with the Governor. It was a brief meeting. He asked me why I came back early from Washington, DC, which I found strange. I asked him what he wanted to talk about. The Governor told me he was not resigning, after which, he began a discussion about transition.

This is clearly a bizarre and unprecedented situation.

I informed the Governor that I am ready, and my staff will be ready, should he resign. Right now I am focused on doing my job for the people of Oregon.

On the front pages


Here’s what public affairs news made the front page of newspapers in the Northwest today, excluding local crime, features and sports stories. (Newspaper names contracted with location)

School broadband shutdown nears (Boise Statesman, TF Times News)
Portland loss of Hanjin shipping hits Lewiston (TF Times News, Lewiston Tribune)
Asotin County likely home to a wolf pack (Lewiston Tribune)
Multicultural center set at WSU (Moscow News)
Corrections seeks staff pay raise (Nampa Press Tribune)
Canyon sued by ambulance company (Nampa Press Tribune)
Bannock fair future returns for consideration (Pocatello Journal)
Superintendent at Gooding quits (TF Times News)

Kitzhaber: I won't resign; Brown returns early (Portland Oregonian, Eugene Register Guard, Salem Statesman Journal, Medford Tribune, KF Herald & News, Pendleton E Oregonian)
Big housing firm turned over to received (Eugene Register Guard)
Uber trying for Eugene entry again (Eugene Register Guard)
Weather makes wolf tracking hard (KF Herald & News)
Finally, new snow at reopening Mt Ashland (Medford Tribune)
New viticulture area at Milton-Freewater (Pendleton E Oregonian)
Portland Haijin loss hits inland too (Pendleton E Oregonian)
Brewers ask to use purified sewage water (Portland Oregonian)

Suquamish will work with state on pot regs (Bremerton Sun)
Inslee proposes property crime bill (Vancouver Columbian, Bremerton Sun)
Oso slide land placed for sale (Everett Herald)
Scant snow in Csacades (Everett Herald)
Weyerhauser ends Longview layoffs (Longview News)
Tons of smelt seized after illegal fishing (Longview News)
School bond failures prompt review (Port Angeles News)
Port Angeles plans for Navy ships (Port Angeles News)
Hepatitis C drugs get less expensive (Seattle Times)
Fagan won't quit health board (Spokane Spokesman)
Tacoma port near shut down (Tacoma News Tribune, Yakima Herald Republic)
Students fall ill from candy (Vancouver Columbian)
City redistricting plan still possible (Yakima Herald Republic)