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Updated:Nonprofit's Taxpayer Funding Spiked the Year It Employed Oregon First Lady Cylvia Hayes

State money increased eight-fold, and then all but disappeared after she quit.

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This story was originally posted at 8:10 pm Thursday night. It is being updated at 12:10 pm on Friday, Jan. 30 to include a response from Craig Smith, the executive director of Rural Development Initiatives, Inc., and to include Cylvia Hayes' salary when she worked for RDI in 2011.


A Eugene nonprofit saw its funding from the state of Oregon soar eight-fold the year it put First ...   More
 
Friday, January 30, 2015 by NIGEL JAQUISS

Oregon Gov. John Kitzhaber Says First Lady Cylvia Hayes Will Have No Further Role in His Administration

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Oregon Gov. John Kitzhaber said today that First Lady Cylvia Hayes would have no role in his administration for the next four years.

A visibly nervous and wan Kitzhaber took questions for 20 minutes at a press conference in state offices at 800 NE Oregon St., addressing the worsening revelations about how Hayes benefited from her access to the governor's office.

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Friday, January 30, 2015 by NIGEL JAQUISS

Did Oregon First Lady Cylvia Hayes File a False Tax Return With the IRS?

A new report suggests she didn't disclose all of her income in 2012.

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Oregon First Lady Cylvia Hayes has been collecting private consulting fees while serving as an adviser to Gov. John Kitzhaber—and that practice has put her under scrutiny by the state’s ethics commission and has led to a criminal    More
 
Wednesday, January 28, 2015 by NIGEL JAQUISS

Fired Up

Commissioner Diane McKeel’s husband pulled strings with county officials.


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The husband of Multnomah County Commissioner Diane McKeel used his relationship with McKeel to get his way in a land-use dispute last year over a local fire station. Records show Dr. Mike Mc   More
 
Wednesday, January 28, 2015 NIGEL JAQUISS

Eugene Register-Guard Calls Out University of Oregon For Claiming Release of Records Was Illegal

University's efforts to attack those following the law sounds a bit Orwellian.

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Administrators at the University of Oregon are in a tizzy because its archivists released 22,000 documents to a professor who had requested them. The school has claimed the release of the records was illegal or "unlawful" and has launched an investigation into two a...   More
 
Monday, January 26, 2015 by NIGEL JAQUISS

McKeel-Hauled

A former county land-use inspector says Commissioner Diane McKeel retaliated against him on behalf of her allies.


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A former Multnomah County employee says Commissioner Diane McKeel had him fired last fall after he tried to stop her political friends from breaking land-use rules in violation of federal law.    More
 
Wednesday, January 21, 2015 NIGEL JAQUISS

With Sam Adams Gone, City Club Seeks New Director

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With City Club of Portland executive director and former Portland Mayor Sam Adams heading off to Washington, D.C., the city's premier civic organization is looking for a new boss. The job pays between $70,000 and $80,000 and comes with an increasingly valuable perk—a downtown parking spot. City Club holds Friday forums at the Sentinel (formerly known as the Governor) Ho...   More
 
Tuesday, January 20, 2015 by NIGEL JAQUISS

Former House Speaker Dave Hunt Joins Clackamas Community College Board

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Not long ago, former Speaker of the Oregon House Dave Hunt (D-Gladstone) was mentioned as a potential candidate for governor or other statewide office. Now, he's re-entering politics at a more modest level.
Hunt, 47, served as speaker in 2009, when House Democrats enjoyed a super-majority, outnumbering Republicans 36 to 24.
In 2010, voters turned against Democrats and left the House ...   More
 
Monday, January 19, 2015 by NIGEL JAQUISS

Multnomah County Jail Will End Inmate Visitation, Street Roots Reports

Families will have to use new video visitation system

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Families and associates of Multnomah County Jail inmates will soon lose the ability to visit prisoners in person. 

Street Roots' in-depth look at how the jail handles inmate welfare—including an expensive video visitation system and a...   More
 
Friday, January 16, 2015 by NIGEL JAQUISS

Why the Anti-Abortion Movement Remains a Powerhouse in Oregon

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Oregon Right to Life, the state's largest anti-abortion group, is once again demonstrating an extraordinary fundraising prowess, especially considering Democrats' electoral dominance.
Right to Life last year spent $903,000 on state and local political races, making it one of the biggest contributors in Oregon politics. That's more than the $750,000 spent last year by Oregon Educ...   More
 
Thursday, January 15, 2015 by NIGEL JAQUISS
 

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