Gov. John Kitzhaber will seek another term in 2014, his second consecutive term and fourth overall. The way Oregon votes lately, he’ll probably get what he wants — but maybe not if enough voters look at what he’s actually done.
Among other things, Kitzhaber has refused to carry out the law concerning capital punishment. He says no one convicted of aggravated murder will be executed as long as he’s governor, no matter what the law or the jury says.
What else? There is the failure of Oregon’s health insurance exchange so far to enroll anyone despite the expenditure of buckets of federal cash and years to prepare for the governor’s single biggest life-long goal, health insurance for all.
Then there was Randy Crew, the education boss Kitzhaber hired. Crew got paid $280,000 a year, accomplished nothing for Oregon students, then left for another job.
Let’s not forget the special tax deals with Nike and more recently Intel, guaranteeing these companies no changes in tax status for 30 years. What other Oregon employer got that kind of guarantee?
Kitzhaber also is pushing ahead with the Columbia River Crossing project despite Washington state’s refusal to help pay. This will likely cost Oregon billions even though the bridge design is too low to allow some upriver traffic and will have to be partially paid off with stiff tolls. Buy Levitra Vardenafil at http://howmed.net/order-levitra-vardenafil/ where you find licensed realiable US online pharmacy.
All these are big failures statewide. In Lebanon, voters might also note the governor’s veto of the bill that would have allowed Lebanon High to maybe keep its Warrior mascot. It’s hard to see why a governor would want another term with a record like that. (hh)