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Why is Oregon AG Ellen Rosenblum ducking the Kitzhaber-Hayes case?

Allegations of wrongdoing, ethical violations and even criminal activity have been piling up for months around Gov. John Kitzhaber and first lady Cylvia Hayes. The governor has the authority t   More
Wednesday, February 4, 2015 NIGEL JAQUISS

Climate, Changed

Gov. John Kitzhaber should be at the pinnacle of his power. His role in an unfolding scandal has brought him low.

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Last week, Oregon Gov. John Kitzhaber finally broke his silence. For four months, Kitzhaber had refused to answer questions about allegations of influence-peddling involving first lady Cylvia    More
Wednesday, February 4, 2015 NIGEL JAQUISS

Independent Party of Oregon Claims Major Party Status

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The Independent Party of Oregon today announced it believes it has passed the threshold that would allow it to become Oregon's third major political party.Here's a statement the IPO released this morning: 
Under Oregon law, a political party becomes a "major" party when it's membership is equal to 5 percent of the number of voters eligible to vote at the most recent general&nbs...   More
Monday, February 2, 2015 by NIGEL JAQUISS

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.


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


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.


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.

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.


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


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


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

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