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Gov. John Kitzhaber Says He's Not Resigning

The statement comes amid swirl of rumors he was preparing to walk away


Gov. John Kitzhaber today sought to quash speculation that his resignation was imminent, issuing a statement that he has no plans to give up his office.Here's the entire statement Kitzhaber issued this afternoon:
“Let me be as clear as I was last week, that I have no intention of resigning as Governor of the state of Oregon. I was elected to do a job for the people of this great...   More
Wednesday, February 11, 2015 by NIGEL JAQUISS

Governor in Waiting

If a growing scandal forces Gov. John Kitzhaber from office, Secretary of State Kate Brown will take over.

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Kate Brown wants to be governor. She might get her wish tomorrow. Or the next day. Or at least very soon. Brown, a Portland Democrat, is Oregon’s secretary of state, an elected post that overs   More
Wednesday, February 11, 2015 NIGEL JAQUISS

Gov. John Kitzhaber Asks AG Ellen Rosenblum to Open "Factual Review" of His Office: Updated

The move—far short of a full investigation—could block access to public records Kitzhaber and Hayes have refused to release.


Gov. John Kitzhaber this morning changed his position on whether a state-level investigation of allegations of corruption in his office was necessary.
Kitzhaber called upon Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum to begin an investigation immediately.
Rosenblum has been under increasing pressure to launch an investigation on her own. State law requires the attorney general to invest...   More
Monday, February 9, 2015 by NIGEL JAQUISS

Gov. John Kitzhaber and Cylvia Hayes No Longer Have the Same Lawyer

Hayes now has a criminal defense attorney representing her.


Last month, WW reported that Gov. John Kitzhaber and first lady Cylvia Hayes were both being represented by the same lawyers at the Ball Janik firm in connection with a pending investigation by the Oregon Government Ethics Commission...   More
Monday, February 9, 2015 by NIGEL JAQUISS

After Gov. John Kitzhaber Calls for Transparency, First Lady Cylvia Hayes' Attorney Fights Release of Her Emails

Hayes' criminal defense attorney says her emails should not be made public.


Oregon First Lady Cylvia Hayes' criminal defense attorney said this afternoon she should not have to release emails that relate to her work in the governor's office.The legal move stood in sharp contrast to Gov. John Kitzhaber's claim earlier in the day he and Hayes were dedicated to openness and transparency and want a thorough examination of the influence-peddling allegations that ...   More
Monday, February 9, 2015 by NIGEL JAQUISS

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
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