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

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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

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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

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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

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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?


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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.

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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.

Express...   More
 
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
 

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