Cylvia Hayes and Gov. John Kitzhaber: Five Issues the Ethics Commission Should Consider

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The Oregon Government Ethics Commission is meeting today to begin to consider allegations of ethical misconduct against Gov. John Kitzhaber and First Lady Cylvia Hayes. Here are the five key issues the commission should be considering as they open the case against Kitzhaber and Hayes.1. Hayes is a public official. On Oct. 13, Gov. John Kitzhaber asked the Oregon Government Ethics Commission whether ...   More
 
Friday, November 7, 2014 NIGEL JAQUISS

Gov. John Kitzhaber Defeats Dennis Richardson, Looks Toward Historic Fourth Term

A Narrow Win for Kitzhaber's 4th Term

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Incumbent Gov. John Kitzhaber is on track for what could be a narrow victory over his Republican challenger, state Rep. Dennis Richardson (R-Central Point) tonight. Kitzhaber, a Democrat, leads Richardson 49 percent to 46 percent with more than half the votes counted.At 67, Kitzhaber becomes the first governor in Oregon elected to four terms. (He previously served from 1995 to 2003.)Before Kitzhaber ...   More
 
Tuesday, November 4, 2014 NIGEL JAQUISS

State Rep. Vicki Berger Files Ethics Complaint Against First Lady Cylvia Hayes

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State Rep. Vicki Berger (R-Salem) today filed a complaint with the Oregon Government Ethics Commission, seeking answers to a series of questions about the role of First Lady Cylvia Hayes has played in the administration of her fiancee, Gov. John Kitzhaber.As WW reported last week, Hayes has served both as first lady and a policy adviser to Kitzhaber on energy and economic development. At the same time, ...   More
 
Thursday, October 16, 2014 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 Hix, needed help in ...   More
 
Wednesday, October 15, 2014 NIGEL JAQUISS

Hot Takes: Top 5 Comments of the Week, October 5-11

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We herewith collate—with minimal commentary—the most cogent, interesting, strange, thoughtful or witty comments to have washed up on our virtual shores this week. Congratulations, commenters: You have won nothing but our esteem. 5. We reported that even some Republican House members were leery of the candidacy of "evangelical Christian, pro-life, pro-gun, anti-tax, anti-government and ...   More
 
Monday, October 13, 2014 by MATTHEW KORFHAGE

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 staff backed down, records ...   More
 
Monday, October 13, 2014 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 published a story about the private consulting work Hayes, 47, has performed while ...   More
 
Wednesday, October 8, 2014 NIGEL JAQUISS

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