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District Attorneys Say They Will Not Charge Kitzhaber Whistleblower Michael Rodgers

Decision follows signal yesterday from Gov. Kate Brown.


The District Attorneys of Marion and Yamhill County this afternoon released a statement saying they would not charge Michael Rodgers, the senior state IT official who refused to delete 6,000 of former Gov. John Kitzhaber's emails and then leaked the emails to WW. The decision ...   More
Wednesday, June 3, 2015 by NIGEL JAQUISS

Defending the Whistle-Blower

Gov. Kate Brown says the Kitzhaber email leaker shouldn’t face criminal charges.

Since going public with his story last week, Michael Rodgers has heard a lot of opinions about his decision to leak 6,000 of former Gov. John Kitzhaber’s emails to WW. Last week’s cover    More
Wednesday, June 3, 2015 NIGEL JAQUISS

Gov. Kate Brown Says the Man Who Leaked Kitzhaber’s Emails Should Not Be Prosecuted: Updated

Brown says Oregon instead should be "building trust and accountability in state government."


Gov. Kate Brown says the man who leaked former Gov. John Kitzhaber's emails to WW should not face criminal charges.

Brown says she believes state IT manager Michael Rodgers acted to protect public records after Kitzhaber’s office requested in February that about 6,000 of Kitzhaber’s emails be deleted from state computers and based on what she's read, his acti...   More
Tuesday, June 2, 2015 by NIGEL JAQUISS

Eugene Register-Guard: Kitzhaber Whistleblower Michael Rodgers' "Instinct Was Right"


The Eugene Register-Guard today came to the defense of Michael Rodgers, the state IT official who faces civil and criminal investigations after refusing a request to delete former Gov. John Kitzhaber's emails from state servers, and then leaking the emails to WW. State officials placed Rodgers on paid leave Feb. 20 and have pursued parallel investigations against h...   More
Monday, June 1, 2015 by NIGEL JAQUISS

Kitzhaber's Nephew Is a Prosecutor In the Office Handling Criminal Investigation Into Whistleblower Michael Rodgers

Despite the potential conflict of interest, the Marion County DA's office is still involved in the case.


The prosecutor’s office now threatening to bring criminal charges in the leak of former Gov. John Kitzhaber’s emails has an ethical conflict of interest in the case.

It turns out that a nephew of Kitzhaber’s is a senior prosecutor in the Marion County District Attorney's office—the same office that this month threatened the leaker of the Kitzhaber emails,...   More
Thursday, May 28, 2015 by NIGEL JAQUISS

Video: Kitzhaber Whistleblower Michael Rodgers Explains Why He Leaked Emails


Today's WW cover story is about Michael Rodgers, a high-level state of Oregon manager who refused a request to delete former Gov. John Kitzhaber's emails from state servers—and later, after he grew concerned about state officials' response to that request, made a copy of the emai...   More
Wednesday, May 27, 2015 by NIGEL JAQUISS

The Whistleblower

Michael Rodgers has a secret: He’s the one who leaked Gov. John Kitzhaber’s emails. Here’s why he did it.

Cover Story
On Friday, Feb. 20, Michael Rodgers looked up from his iPad to the parking lot outside his Salem office window. Three people strode toward the entrance of his building. He knew who they were,    More
Tuesday, May 26, 2015 NIGEL JAQUISS

County Commissioner Diane McKeel Wants $200,000 to Publicize a Drug Her Son Promotes: Updated

Commissioner didn't disclose family tie to product.


Multnomah County Commissioner Diane McKeel wants to spend $200,000 of taxpayer money next year to publicize the availability of a new drug called Truvada, which can help prevent HIV.
The Oregonian reported McKeel's budget request on Monday but did not report that...   More
Wednesday, May 20, 2015 by NIGEL JAQUISS

Making The Law Pay

The Attorney General’s favorite Portland law firm is cleaning up financially. It’s also run afoul of a federal judge.

News Stories
Nearly 3,000 Oregonians with disabilities have waited more than three years for their day in federal court on a potentially groundbreaking civil rights case. In a sweeping class action lawsu   More
Wednesday, May 20, 2015 NIGEL JAQUISS

Oregon House Passes Impeachment Bill in Bipartisan Vote

Measure stems from Kitzhaber scandal.


In the wake of the abrupt resignation of former Gov. John Kitzhaber on Feb. 18, lawmakers and Kitzhaber's successor, Gov. Kate Brown, have introduced a variety of bills aimed at increasing accountability and transparency in government.

Many of the proposed reform bills are going nowhere but one,    More
Tuesday, May 19, 2015 by NIGEL JAQUISS
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