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Kitzhaber's Office Bent State Ethics Standards to Suit First Lady Cylvia Hayes, Records Show

Governor's staff tried to stop her from using Mahonia Hall and her title for her private business


Gov. John Kitzhaber’s then-chief of staff and top lawyer last year tried to stop First Lady Cylvia Hayes from running her private consulting business out the governor’s mansion and from continuing to use her title for paid speaking engagements, records recently released to WW show. Hayes would not abide by those restrictions and Kitzhaber’s staf...   More
Monday, October 13, 2014 by NIGEL JAQUISS

Gov. John Kitzhaber, Rep. Dennis Richardson Clash at City Club Debate

Kitzhaber rejects Richardson's call for a special prosecutor to investigate first lady Cylvia Hayes.


Democratic Gov. John Kitzhaber and his Republican challenger, state Rep. Dennis Richardson (R-Central Point), faced off in a tense debate today at the City Club of Portland.
Moderator Dave Miller of Oregon Public Broadcasting, which carried the debate live, opened the event with a series of direct questions to Kitzhaber about the controversy swirling around Kitzhaber's fia...   More
Friday, October 10, 2014 by NIGEL JAQUISS

Oregon First Lady Cylvia Hayes' Undisclosed Third Marriage Was to 18-Year-Old Immigrant

Hayes: "Governor did not know until yesterday."


Oregon First Lady Cylvia Hayes regularly speaks about her hardscrabble background—a childhood in poverty, her struggle to get through school, and her two marriages before meeting Gov. John Kitzhaber, to whom she is now engaged. It’s a narrative that has been widely reported by media around the state.On Wednesday, WW    More
Wednesday, October 8, 2014 by NIGEL JAQUISS

First Lady Inc.

Cylvia Hayes has two careers. She pursues both out of the governor’s office.

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Cylvia Hayes may be the most influential first lady in Oregon history. Since Gov. John Kitzhaber took office in January 2011, Hayes, 47, has played a central role in his administration. She ke   More
Wednesday, October 8, 2014 NIGEL JAQUISS

Kitzhaber Finally Discloses the Role of Campaign Adviser Patricia McCaig


Gov. John Kitzhaber's campaign today disclosed a $10,000 expenditure to the political consultant Patricia McCaig.As WW reported on Sept. 24, McCaig, who ran Kitzhaber's 2010 general election campaign, has been working for the governor's  re-election campaign without Kitzha...   More
Tuesday, October 7, 2014 by NIGEL JAQUISS

Elections Division Legal Opinion Good News for Kitzhaber, McCaig


The Secretary of State's Elections Division today provided an answer to a burning question in the governor's race—can a normally highly-paid political consultant provide her services to a campaign for free and without disclosure?
The question arose after WW reported recently that the p...   More
Thursday, October 2, 2014 by NIGEL JAQUISS

Interim SAIF Corp. CEO Will Retire Next Year

Plotkin lawsuit proceeding; Rocklin breaks silence


SAIF Corp., the state-owned worker's compensation insurer, announced today that interim CEO John Gilkey will step down next year.
SAIF spokesman Dave Miller says that Gilkey, who's spent nearly 35 years at SAIF, will stay on until the insurer's board of directors hires a replacement. Miller says that process will begin at the SAIF board's November meeting.
The announcement co...   More
Wednesday, October 1, 2014 by NIGEL JAQUISS

Coat Of Arms

Conservatives want to know why an Oregon National Guard jacket with Gov. John Kitzhaber’s name on it ended up at Goodwill.

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It’s a size medium military jacket, with an Oregon National Guard emblem and a camouflage pattern that’s no longer used. Over the left front pocket is an embroidered patch that says Governor,    More
Wednesday, October 1, 2014 NIGEL JAQUISS

GOP Moneyman Loren Parks Writes Another Big Check


Medical device manufacturer Loren Parks is digging deeper in his considerable wallet this election cycle than he has for a while. Over the weekend, the Oregon Family Farm Association Political Action Committee reported a  $100,000 contribution from Parks. Earlier in the week, the Taxpayers Association of Oregon reported getting $40,000 from Parks. And as WW reported, he g...   More
Monday, September 29, 2014 by NIGEL JAQUISS

The Kitzhaber Military Jacket: What We Know and Don't Know

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A group opposing the re-election of Gov. John Kitzhaber today released a web-only video accusing the three-term governor of showing disrespect to the military and soldiers from Oregon. In its video, the group, No Fourth Term, criticized Kitzhaber for failing to attend any of the 16 military funerals of Oregon so...   More
Monday, September 29, 2014 by NIGEL JAQUISS

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