SALEM, Ore. (AP) — Oregon's lawsuit against Oracle is putting Democratic Gov. John Kitzhaber on offense, for once, over Cover Oregon. Kitzhaber and his Republican rival, state Rep. Dennis Richardson, are getting in on the ice bucket challenge. And U.S. Rep. Peter DeFazio got a nod for all his town hall meetings. A look at some of the week's more interesting political news from Oregon:
After taking heat from Richardson for months over the Cover Oregon failures, Democrats went on the offensive after Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum filed a lawsuit against Oracle for the technology company's role in the state's troubled health insurance exchange.
The lawsuit filed Friday alleges the company lied, breached contracts, supplied incompetent personnel and engaged in a racketeering scheme. Oracle calls it "fictional" and blames Kitzhaber for the failure of Oregon's online health insurance marketplace.
Richardson also blames Kitzhaber, saying he's a disengaged manager who didn't heed warnings that the website was in trouble.
Hours after Rosenblum filed suit, the Democratic Party of Oregon blasted out a news release highlighting some of the lawsuit's harshest critiques of Oracle. It labeled Richardson "Oracle's No. 1 defender."
The swipe at Richardson was a notable change of tone. Democrats haven't spent much time on offense when it comes to Cover Oregon.
ICE BUCKET CHALLENGE
Anyone with a Facebook account knows the challenge well by now. If someone nominates you, you have to dump a bucket of icy water on your head or donate money to the ALS Association, and then you have to nominate three people to take the challenge.
Oregon's gubernatorial candidates both got in on the action.
Richardson, nominated by former Republican state Rep. Shawn Lindsay, delivered an overtly political message: "Change, like this bucket of ice water, may be uncomfortable, but is quite refreshing." He called out Kitzhaber and former Democratic Govs. Ted Kulongoski and Barbara Roberts, taking the opportunity to point out that the Democrats have controlled the governor's office for more than a quarter century.
Kitzhaber touted his own credentials. "As a medical doctor," he said, "I understand the importance of medical research." He was called out by state Rep. Tobias Read, D-Beaverton.
Both candidates said they contributed to the ALS Association.
DEFAZIO TOWN HALLS
DeFazio, a Democrat from Springfield, got a nod from a Capitol Hill website for all the town hall meetings he's scheduled during Congress' August recess.
DeFazio's 19 town hall meetings marked the second-highest total of all 535 members of Congress, according to LegiStorm, which collects data and information about federal lawmakers and their staff. DeFazio was one of just two Democrats to make the top 15, and the only Oregon lawmaker.
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