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Nepotism in Oregon Governor's Race: Dennis Richardson Paid His Wife to be Legislative Aide

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In his campaign for governor, state Rep. Dennis Richardson (R-Central Point) has pounded Democratic incumbent Gov. John Kitzhaber over the past 10 days for a series of ethical issues in Kitzhaber's office, most of them first reported in this paper.But Richardson's tax return shows he's got a...   More
 
Thursday, October 16, 2014 by NIGEL JAQUISS

Kitzhaber's Staff Aided Financially Troubled Former Client of First Lady Cylvia Hayes

The governor's office intervened with state Energy Department to delay foreclosure

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The owner of the Pronghorn Golf Course in Bend was in deep financial trouble. It was November 2011, and the golf course had been slammed by the recession that had battered Bend. The course’s developer, California-based Hix Rubenstein, faced foreclosure on a $58 million bank loan and a $1.8 million loan from the state of Oregon. The company’s owner, Tom Hi...   More
 
Wednesday, October 15, 2014 by NIGEL JAQUISS

A Betsy-Proof Margin?

More than just defeating Republicans, Democrats are seeking to neutralize one of their own senators.


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On Nov. 4, Oregonians will make important choices in the races for U.S. Senate, governor and contentious ballot measures that cover everything from marijuana to labeling of GMO-based foods. But    More
 
Wednesday, October 15, 2014 NIGEL JAQUISS

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

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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.

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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."

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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

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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

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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

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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
 

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