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Gov. John Kitzhaber and AG Ellen Rosenblum Disagree on Scope of Investigation

AG thinks she's heading a criminal probe; Kitzhaber says he didn't give her that authority.


Gov. John Kitzhaber and Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum are already in conflict over the scope of the investigation the Oregon Department of Justice can conduct into allegations of wrongdoing by the governor and first lady Cylvia Hayes. On Monday morning, Kitzhaber asked Rosenblum for a “full and independent factual review” of allegations that Kitzhaber and Hayes ...   More
Monday, February 9, 2015 by NIGEL JAQUISS

Gov. John Kitzhaber Used His Authority to Aid First Lady Cylvia Hayes' Client, New Records Show

Hayes also directed state employees to benefit her client's political agenda.


Newly released emails show Gov. John Kitzhaber gave First Lady Cylvia Hayes extraordinary influence over the highest levels of state government, allowing her to promote the agendas of her private consulting client. The emails, released to WW and other media on Friday by the Oregon Department of Administrative Services, are important for a number of reasons:  First, Oreg...   More
Saturday, February 7, 2015 by NIGEL JAQUISS

Yamhill Valley News-Register Calls for Kitzhaber's Resignation


The Yamhill Valley News Register, the twice-weekly paper serving McMinnville since 1866, today became the second newspaper in Oregon to call for the resignation of Gov. John Kitzhaber over the unfolding scandal surrounding him and first lady Cylvia Hayes. Earlier this week, The Oregonian    More
Friday, February 6, 2015 by NIGEL JAQUISS

AG Ellen Rosenblum Still Dragging Her Heels On Kitzhaber/Hayes Investigation


Oregon law requires Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum to investigative public corruption. The law says the AG “shall…investigate allegations of corruption or malfeasance by public officials in Oregon and, where appropriate, coordinate, cooperate and assist in taking legal action.”  In legal terms, the word "shall" means “must.” Rosenblum’s predecessor, former...   More
Friday, February 6, 2015 by NIGEL JAQUISS

Letter Shows Gov. John Kitzhaber Fired Spokeswoman Last Year Because She Criticized First Lady Cylvia Hayes


Records that Gov. John Kitzhaber's office released today show Kitzhaber fired his spokeswoman last summer right after she criticized First Lady Cylvia Hayes in a senior staff meeting.

A July 18, 2014, letter from Kitzhaber chief of staff Mike Bonetto to then-communications director Nkenge Harmon Johnson doesn’t say precisely what Harmon Johnson said abo...   More
Friday, February 6, 2015 by NIGEL JAQUISS

Plans For New Portland Psychiatric Facility Announced

Healthcare groups will cooperate to address chronic treatment shortage


The practice of psychiatric boarding—effectively warehousing patients suffering a mental health crisis in Oregon emergency rooms ill-equipped to serve them—has become a major problem, here and around the country, as WW reported last summer.

Today, four major local heal...   More
Thursday, February 5, 2015 by NIGEL JAQUISS

Kitzhaber Hired Ally Who Arranged Cylvia Hayes' Fellowship, Making Him Highest-Paid Aide

Right after finding lucrative work for first lady, Dan Carol joined governor's staff


Gov. John Kitzhaber provided a lucrative job in his administration to an longtime associate who found work for Kitzhaber's fiancee, Oregon first lady Cylvia Hayes.
In 2011, Dan Carol, a veteran political consultant, arranged a high-paying assignment for Hayes, Oregon's first lady.
Starting in July or August of 2011, Hayes began a fellowship Carol arranged with t...   More
Wednesday, February 4, 2015 by NIGEL JAQUISS

The Oregonian Calls On Gov. John Kitzhaber to Resign


The Oregonian editorial board this afternoon called on Gov. John Kitzhaber to resign in the wake of new allegations of influence-peddling. The board writes:
Whether through gross inattention or complicity, Kitzhaber has broken faith with Oregonia...   More
Wednesday, February 4, 2015 by NIGEL JAQUISS

Hands Off

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

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