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Oracle Files New Lawsuit Against Patricia McCaig and Other Kitzhaber Campaign Advisers

Software giant, seeking $23 million in damages, alleges the consultants interfered with Cover Oregon for political reasons.


Oracle America Corp. today filed a lawsuit in Multnomah County Court against the campaign consultants for former Gov. John Kitzhaber. The lawsuit alleges the consultants interfered with the state's handling of the troubled Cover Oregon health care web site in order to help Kitzhaber get re-elected.The lawsuit names as defendants Patricia McCaig, Kevin Looper, Scott Nelson, Tim Rap...   More
Thursday, February 26, 2015 by NIGEL JAQUISS

Oracle Files Tort Claim Notices Against Former Gov. John Kitzhaber and Top Aide


Oracle America Inc. this afternoon filed tort claim notices with the Oregon Department of Administrative Services, notifying the state that the company may sue former Gov. John Kitzhaber and his former chief of staff, Mike Bonetto.

Oracle's filings say it may sue the two because of their alleged role in deciding to abandon the work Oracle had done to create a website fo...   More
Thursday, February 26, 2015 by NIGEL JAQUISS

Kitzhaber’s Secret Weapon

Newly obtained emails show ex-Gov. John Kitzhaber put his top political consultant in charge of Cover Oregon.

A year ago, it looked as if then-Gov John Kitzhaber’s biggest headache was Cover Oregon, the $305 million health care website that was pitched as a national model but became a national laugh   More
Wednesday, February 25, 2015 NIGEL JAQUISS

Oregon Supreme Court Dismisses Legal Ethics Case Against Two Prominent Lawyers


The Oregon Supreme Court last week dismissed ethics charges against Lois Rosenbaum and Barnes Ellis, two prominent Portland lawyers, in what had become one of the longest-running and most high-profile ethics cases in years.The case pitted the Oregon State Bar, which regulates 14,000 Oregon lawyers, against two pillars of the state's largest law firm, Stoel Rives (Ellis retired...   More
Monday, February 23, 2015 by NIGEL JAQUISS

USA Today Highlights Rep. Greg Walden's Spending on Meals


USA Today sifted through congressional campaign spending reports to see who spent what on meals over the past four years. The paper identified $14.5 million in such expenditures.
One of the biggest spenders turned out to be an Oregonian—U.S. Rep.    More
Thursday, February 19, 2015 by NIGEL JAQUISS

Hit the Delete Button

The governor’s office’s explanation for a request to delete emails doesn’t hold water.

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Did Gov. John Kitzhaber’s office seek to destroy his personal emails stored on state computers? That’s what WW first reported Feb. 12, based on records obtained by the newspaper and 101.9 KINK/F   More
Wednesday, February 18, 2015 NIGEL JAQUISS

Relying On An Old Man’s Money

After Hayes got nearly $40,000 from an octogenarian, Kitzhaber bailed her out.

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Tom Bates could have warned former Gov. John Kitzhaber about getting mixed up with Cylvia Hayes’ finances. Bates’ father, Whitney Bates, was 46 years older than Hayes when he became enthralled   More
Wednesday, February 18, 2015 NIGEL JAQUISS

What He Left Behind

Emails ex-Gov. John Kitzhaber’s office sought to destroy reveal tensions over power, money and former First Lady Cylvia Hayes.

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Ex-Gov. John Kitzhaber resigned last week amid allegations his fiancee, former first lady of Oregon Cylvia Hayes, improperly used her access to him to influence state policy while benefiting f   More
Wednesday, February 18, 2015 NIGEL JAQUISS

Brian Shipley Will Be Incoming Gov. Kate Brown's Chief of Staff


Secretary of State Kate Brown will name Brian Shipley as her chief of staff when she takes over as governor on Wednesday from current Gov. John Kitzhaber, according to sources close to Brown.Kitzhaber announced his resignation on Friday as questions about his role in an influence-peddling scandal centered on first lady Cylvia Hayes intensified. Brown takes office as gov...   More
Monday, February 16, 2015 by NIGEL JAQUISS

Gov. John Kitzhaber Announces His Resignation

"I apologize to all those people who gave of their faith, time, energy and resources to elect me," the governor says as he exits.


Gov. John Kitzhaber has resigned as Oregon's governor, little more than a month after he was sworn in as the first four-term governor in the state's history. His resignation will take effect Wednesday, Feb. 18, at 10 a.m.

The resignation caps a tumultuous week in which Kitzhaber appeared to have decided to resign, only to change his mind at least twice.

Kitzhaber, 67, has se...   More
Friday, February 13, 2015 by NIGEL JAQUISS

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