When then Governor John Kitzhaber left office in 2003, he admits he was viewed pretty much as “Mr. Radioactive” in his own words. But today, claiming to be a strong independent who happens to belong to the Democratic party, many Capitol observers are wondering just how hard he’ll push and at whose expense he’ll drive more funding for schools and try to make sense out changing perspectives on who should be in prison and who shouldn’t, along with how to make Oregon’s new health care approach work as promised.
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