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Long-time ACLU of Oregon Director Will Retire


Dave Fidanque, the long-time executive director of the American Civil Liberties Union of Oregon, announced last night he will retire in early 2015.
Fidanque, 65, joined the ACLU in 1982 and became the group's executive director in 1993. The press release announcin...   More
Tuesday, December 30, 2014 by NIGEL JAQUISS

New York Times Chronicles Former Oregon Man's Alleged Murder-For-Hire Plots in North Dakota Oil Saga


The North Dakota oil production boom has a dark side, and a former Oregon resident named James Henrikson is right in the middle of it.Henrickson is accused of plotting the murders of two associ...   More
Monday, December 29, 2014 by NIGEL JAQUISS

Steaming Mad

A union boss’s criminal past and allegations of nepotism roil one of Oregon’s biggest labor groups.

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From its name, Plumbers and Steamfitters Local 290 sounds like an old-fashioned, low-tech kind of labor union. Even its logo consists of pipes and valves. Yet the union’s 4,000 members per   More
Wednesday, December 24, 2014 NIGEL JAQUISS

Republic of Moldova Names an OHSU Executive as its Oregon Consul


Moldova, the tiny nation located between Romania and the Ukraine, has named Mark B. Williams as its honorary consul for Oregon. At least 29 other countries already have honorary consuls in Oregon. Williams is a vice-president at Oregon Health & Science University, where he is responsible for real estate, cam...   More
Wednesday, December 17, 2014 by NIGEL JAQUISS

Title Fight

New documents show why first lady Cylvia Hayes is subject to Oregon’s ethics laws.

Cylvia Hayes has garnered many titles in her career. She is CEO of her consulting business, 3E Strategies. She has carried the designation of adviser to her fiance, Gov. John Kitzhaber. And she�   More
Wednesday, December 17, 2014 NIGEL JAQUISS

OLCC Names Tom Burns Oregon's Weed Czar


The Oregon Liquor Control Commission announced this morning that Tom Burns will move from the Oregon Health Authority, where he was director of pharmacy programs and ran the state's medical marijuana dispensary program, to the OLCC to oversee the legalization of recreational marijuana.
Before going to work for the state of Oregon Burns previously served as a top administrator in ...   More
Tuesday, December 16, 2014 by NIGEL JAQUISS

Sen. Richard Devlin Takes Issue with Gov. John Kitzhaber's Budget


Republicans surrendered two seats in the Oregon Senate in the November election and one in the Oregon House. That meant they gave up much of their ability to serve as a check on Gov. John Kitzhaber, a Democrat.That role—to the extent anyone fills it—will now fall to members of his own party, such as state Sen. Richard Devlin (D-Tualatin). Now in his 18th year as...   More
Tuesday, December 16, 2014 by NIGEL JAQUISS

New Emails Show First Lady Cylvia Hayes Regularly Used State Employee To Book Personal Business Travel


Newly released emails show that Oregon first lady Cylvia Hayes regularly used a state-paid employee in the office of her fiancé, Gov. John Kitzhaber, to book travel and hotel for Hayes’ private consulting business.

The emails show Hayes used public resources for her personal benefit, treating her government assistant as a private secretary for her consulting business.

The ...   More
Friday, December 12, 2014 by NIGEL JAQUISS

First Lady Cylvia Hayes: Email Shows Kitzhaber's Attorney Was Uncomfortable With Privately-Paid Spokeswoman

Proposed contract created "legal and ethical issues"


Two months ago, WW reported a highly unusual situation: The Oregon Business Council, which advocates for Oregon's largest employers, in 2013 hired a spokeswoman for first lady Cylvia Hayes. A group pushing a political agenda would not usually be allowed to provide staff support for the governor's office.
Documents Gov. John Kitzhaber's office has now released to ...   More
Thursday, December 11, 2014 by NIGEL JAQUISS

New Study Finds Oregon Among Least Corrupt States


A new study from Harvard's Safra School of Ethics finds that Oregon is among the least corrupt states, measured both by illegal and legal corruption.
The study's authors defined legal corruption as "the political gains in the form of campaign con...   More
Wednesday, December 10, 2014 by NIGEL JAQUISS

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