Governor Race: Dudley raises most cash. Four Candidates debate.

Candidate Race Update by Taxpayer Association of Oregon PAC< Former Trial Blazer, Chris Dudley, reported raising $300,000 in contributions from over 100 donors in an expected bid to run for governor. His leadership team includes; State Senator Frank Mors, Salem Mayor Janet Taylor and Former Representative Wayne Scott (more here at Mapes)

The four candidates for Oregon Governor debated Thursday night in an early debate featuring candidates from both parties (not including Dudley who has not filed). Bill Bradbury came out swinging with new taxes by proposing a property tax increase, business tax increase through removing tax breaks and a whopping gross receipts tax on business sales. Former Governor John Kitzhaber said raising taxes is not the final answer (?). Both Allen Alley and former Senator John Lim defending against raising taxes and focusing on making government run better. The shadow of Oregon’s Measure 66-67 referendum income and business taxes has become the defining issue, so far, in the governor’s race.

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  • eagle eye

    Kitzhaber positioned as the moderate Democrat. Alley reported as coming out against fossil fuels. A basketball player with no relevant experience seems to be the leading Republican. John Lim makes sense on nuclear energy, but does he have a chance?

    Wow!

  • v person

    I’d like to climb Mount Dudley!

  • Bill Sizemore

    Jeff Mapes’ list of Republican legislators supporting Dudley and encouraging him to run reads like a who’s who of the center left Republicans in the state legislature. If Dudley wins, we are back to the days of Norma Paulus, Clay Myer, Mark Hatfield type Republicans, who can win because voters see little difference between them and the real Democrats.

    In other words if you liked the way Gordon Smith voted you might like Dudley. If you liked former Republican Governor’Tom McCall’s attempt at eradication of private property rights via Senate Bill 100, then you may like Dudley.

    I am willing to eat my words, if Dudley takes some conservative positions on important issues, but how likely is that considering those who forming his kitchen cabinet? I also am not encouraged that his wife lists Bill Bradbury among her two most favored politicians.

    If for some reason, and when the dust settles there may be a couple, I am not able to carry the conservative banner for the Republicans in this Primary, someone else should. I am done with voting for squishy Republicans just so our side can win one, and there are a lot of Republicans in this state who are of the same mindset.

    • Hahahah

      Thanks for your input Bill, but shouldn’t you be getting ready to go to prison for a good 5 years? Just bend over and squel like a piggie!

      • v person

        Hey, I was charged with tax violations once too, I had to re-file and pay a lot of fines / penalties but unfortunately didn’t go to prison. I say unfortunately because I here its a great place to meet guys.

        • Ergo Largesse

          Bill Sizemore connotes more right, meet and salutary commoner sense than say Bile Bradbury ‘hemping’ out at the Lane County “Country Fair” or Jaundiced Taxhaber canoodling in an ER vent at an OEA/SEIU convection replete with minions arbitrarily donating more money than any Loren Parks, contrived.
          And, sad to say, DNC PAC mules will continue to take Maurice Clemmons aim on him until Mr. Sizemore lemmings over a cliff into Donkey Serenade lagoon.

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