Oregon Gov. John Kitzhaber (D) is resigning from office Friday amid allegations of corruption

  • metta

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    Feb 13, 2015 8:52 PM GMT
    Oregon Gov. John Kitzhaber (D) is resigning from office Friday amid allegations of corruption

    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2015/02/13/john-kitzhaber-resigns_n_6679800.html
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    Feb 13, 2015 9:09 PM GMT
    Good! Too much scandal for anybody's tastes. No he can go marry that fiancee.

    Nice little sidenote:

    http://www.cnbc.com/id/102413704#.

    CNBCSecretary of State Kate Brown, a Democrat like Kitzhaber, was expected to assume the office and become the first openly bisexual governor in the country. Unlike most states, Oregon does not have a lieutenant governor, and the state Constitution puts the secretary of state next in line.
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    Feb 13, 2015 9:19 PM GMT
    I can't say that I ever liked Kitzhaber - He gets 10 out of 10 for style, which is all that matters to the voters, I suppose, but 0.5 or less for substance.

    The allegations themselves seem pretty lame. His girlfriend has her hand in the till. So does every other bureaucrat in the state. (Wanna bet that the bitch dumps him as soon as he can't dish out the sugar any more?)

    As far as governing... well we had a major political crisis last week that ended with the port losing 80% of its shipping. That affects every business in the state. Not a peep from the governor's office.

    The thing is, nobody knows anything about the successor...
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    Feb 13, 2015 9:50 PM GMT
    This guy should never have been voted in in the first place. This information was known months ago when people were dropping their ballots in their mailbox. I guess that doesn't surprise me too much in a state where the marijuana initiative got more votes than the governors race.

    Obvious conflict of interest. She was making hundreds of thousands of dollars on contracts that were paid for by tax dollars.
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    Feb 13, 2015 9:51 PM GMT
    http://www.oregonlive.com/politics/index.ssf/2015/02/gay_community_on_new_oregon_go.html#incart_river

    Though she has been married to a man for 18 years, gay activists still claim her.

    Note that the state Speaker of the House is an "out" lesbian. Maybe the girls will get something built...
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    Feb 13, 2015 11:26 PM GMT
    mindgarden saidI can't say that I ever liked Kitzhaber - He gets 10 out of 10 for style, which is all that matters to the voters, I suppose, but 0.5 or less for substance.

    The allegations themselves seem pretty lame. His girlfriend has her hand in the till. So does every other bureaucrat in the state. (Wanna bet that the bitch dumps him as soon as he can't dish out the sugar any more?)

    As far as governing... well we had a major political crisis last week that ended with the port losing 80% of its shipping. That affects every business in the state. Not a peep from the governor's office.

    The thing is, nobody knows anything about the successor...


    Being uninformed here on almost everything in America these days, what caused the port to loose 80% of its business?
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    Feb 13, 2015 11:44 PM GMT
    If you live by the lie, you die by the lie.
  • orbud1

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    Feb 14, 2015 2:19 AM GMT
    I liked Kitz, voted for him 4 times, thought him an admirable pol. He achieved a lot, just slept with a gold digger who betrayed and lied to him.

    And who among us has not done that?

    He worked out regularly at my 24 hrs gym, saw him now and then working out vigorously. I am very sorry he gave up.

    As for " Cylvia" as phony as her name, may she rot in hell!
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    Feb 14, 2015 2:20 AM GMT
    I liked Kitz, voted for him 4 times, thought him an admirable pol. He achieved a lot, just slept with a gold digger who betrayed and lied to him.

    And who among us has not done that?

    He worked out regularly at my 24 hrs gym, saw him now and then working out vigorously. I am very sorry he gave up.

    As for " Cylvia" as phony as her name, may she rot in hell!
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    Feb 14, 2015 2:53 AM GMT
    conservativejock said
    mindgarden saidI can't say that I ever liked Kitzhaber - He gets 10 out of 10 for style, which is all that matters to the voters, I suppose, but 0.5 or less for substance.

    The allegations themselves seem pretty lame. His girlfriend has her hand in the till. So does every other bureaucrat in the state. (Wanna bet that the bitch dumps him as soon as he can't dish out the sugar any more?)

    As far as governing... well we had a major political crisis last week that ended with the port losing 80% of its shipping. That affects every business in the state. Not a peep from the governor's office.

    The thing is, nobody knows anything about the successor...


    Being uninformed here on almost everything in America these days, what caused the port to loose 80% of its business?


    Impasse with the unions. Dockworkers just couldn't get by on $147K plus benefits & $80K pension. So they shut the docks down, over and over. Finally the shipping companies just said, "Fuckit, we're out of here. Truck your shit to Seattle if you want it on ships."
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    Feb 14, 2015 3:52 PM GMT

    Whats this, another democrat is biting the dust over corruption chargesicon_question.gificon_lol.gif At least this governor has the common sense to realize that it is pointless for him to remain in office. That is more than I could say for New York's corrupt, entrenched Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver and all the other crooked downstate democrats.
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    Feb 14, 2015 8:04 PM GMT
    I never got to vote for the man (I was a resident once and voted for Barbara Roberts) but do work and pay taxes in OR so I pay attention to the politics and issues in Oregon and Portland. I'm totally surprised by Kitzhaber hooking up w/a shifty gold digger and getting his reputation smeared across the country. This doesn't seem to be much of a scandal on his part (so far anyways) but he is at the helm and should have known better than allowing these conflicts of interest going on around him. If you remember Rostenkowski went to jail for pilfering just $24K from the house post office so lets see how this shakes out.

    Kitz should have run for the US Senate when he ended his 2nd term.

    I've actually met him several times through work and beer events. Picked hops w/him in September at the hop picking bee at the Lucky Lab for their fresh hop mutt beer. Although a politician he seemed like a genuinely decent man every time I interacted with him. I think he was moderately good for Oregon too for environmental issues, health care and the state economy. But then, WTF do I know lol as a friends teenager tells me. I am not happy about the crude oil and coal exports (and the trains hauling it) through Oregon that are ramping up and those F'in wind power companies.

    Yes it will be interesting to see what the ladies get done now in Salem.
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    Feb 14, 2015 8:07 PM GMT
    Yes, the longshoreman/stevedoring outfits stepped on their dicks on this work slow down in their negotiations for their union and other contracts. 80% loss of shipping if this really is a move by the shippers and not just a maneuvering tactic(?).
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    Feb 14, 2015 10:07 PM GMT
    Kev1962 saidYes, the longshoreman/stevedoring outfits stepped on their dicks on this work slow down in their negotiations for their union and other contracts. 80% loss of shipping if this really is a move by the shippers and not just a maneuvering tactic(?).


    I would suspect it was actually spurred by economic realities. It's not profitable to have docks closed, or to redirect ships. It's like planes, they need to be here and then there. Unpredictability is not okay.

    Having said that, there COULD be something nefarious going on, if even an unspoken understanding. But I have heard no evidence of that one way or another.

    The bottom line is that it's about money, not emotions. It's a simple matter of time down, capacity and dock capacity. If there's money to be made, which there is, the shipping will come back. It's not as zero/sum as people imagine. Going to a less occupied but properly staffed dock is ideal. The market will resolve this matter. Nobody but a fool runs from money.
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    Feb 15, 2015 12:56 AM GMT
    BTW: In recent years, the directorship of the Port of Portland ($285K) has basically been used as a sinecure for Kitzhaber's retiring Chiefs of Staff. No qualifications needed.

    http://www.oregonlive.com/business/index.ssf/2013/12/port_of_portlands_bill_wyatt_h.html
    http://www.oregonlive.com/opinion/index.ssf/2015/02/a_legacy_of_futility_at_termin.html#incart_river
  • Svnw688

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    Feb 15, 2015 1:12 AM GMT
    @MindGarden,

    Sounds like pretty blatant corruption, no good. icon_eek.gif