New York Times Sticks Oregon with the "Red States" Facing Uncertain Health Insurance Future

UPDATE: Oregon may have a loophole in U.S. Supreme Court case.

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UPDATE, 3:40 pm: The Times appears to have missed a loophole Oregon lawmakers are using to remain outside the reach of King v. Burwell.The Oregonian's Nick Budnick reported in December that Oregon can claim an independent exchange even after dissolving Cover Oregon—so long as it contracts with the federal government, instead of merely handing over its health insurance exchange. The bill formally ...   More
 
Friday, February 27, 2015 AARON MESH

Oregon Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum Defers Kitzhaber Investigation to Feds

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Oregon Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum announced this afternoon that she will "temporarily defer the Oregon Department of Justice’s investigation" into allegations against former Gov. John Kitzhaber and fiancee Cylvia Hayes, at the request of federal authorities."In return, the U.S. Attorney's Office has agreed to share information with the state once the far-ranging federal criminal investigation ...   More
 
Friday, February 27, 2015 by Beth Slovic

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

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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 for Cover Oregon, the failed $305 ...   More
 
Thursday, February 26, 2015 NIGEL JAQUISS

Kitzhaber’s Secret Weapon

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


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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

Soon-to-Be-Governor Kate Brown Makes First Public Appearance Since John Kitzhaber Announces Resignation

Former Governors Barbara Roberts, Ted Kulongoski share stage with Brown at Oregon's Birthday Celebration

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Soon-to-be-Governor Kate Brown made her first public appearance Saturday to celebrate Oregon's 156th birthday at the Oregon Historical Society.The Valentine's Day event was one big guv fest.A swarm of television cameras, newspaper reporters and well-wishers surrounded Secretary of State Brown as she made her way to the historical society's annual cake-cutting event, a new security detail in tow. ...   More
 
Saturday, February 14, 2015 by Beth Slovic

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

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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 governor on Wednesday.Shipley, 39, ...   More
 
Monday, February 16, 2015 NIGEL JAQUISS

Gov. John Kitzhaber's Office Sought To Destroy Thousands of His Emails

Records show state bureaucrats refused to carry out the request

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Gov. John Kitzhaber’s office last week requested state officials destroy thousands of records in the governor’s personal email accounts, according to records obtained by WW and 101.9 KINK/FM News 101 KXL.The request came as investigations into allegations of influence-peddling involving Kitzhaber and first lady Cylvia Hayes were intensifying. Records show the request to destroy Kitzhaber’s emails ...   More
 
Thursday, February 12, 2015 NIGEL JAQUISS

Oregon Legislature Democratic Leaders Call for Gov. John Kitzhaber to Resign

UPDATE: State Treasurer Ted Wheeler also calls for Kitzhaber's resignation

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The leaders of the Oregon Legislature's Democratic caucuses are preparing to call for Gov. John Kitzhaber's resignation, three sources tell WW.Senate President Peter Courtney (D-Salem) and House Speaker Tina Kotek (D-Portland) are drafting a statement saying Kitzhaber's immediate resignation is necessary amid a growing influence-peddling scandal surrounding him and First Lady Cylvia Hayes.Courtney ...   More
 
Thursday, February 12, 2015 Nigel Jaquiss and Aaron Mesh

Gov. John Kitzhaber Summoned Secretary of State Kate Brown Back to Oregon to Discuss His Resignation

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Gov. John Kitzhaber personally telephoned Secretary of State Kate Brown on Tuesday afternoon and summoned her back to Oregon from Washington, D.C. so they could discuss his plan to resign. Two sources tell WW that Kitzhaber called Brown to ask for an immediate face-to-face meeting. Two additional sources confirm Kitzhaber’s intention. By law, Brown would become governor in the event that Kitzhaber, ...   More
 
Wednesday, February 11, 2015 Nigel Jaquiss and Aaron Mesh

Gov. John Kitzhaber and AG Ellen Rosenblum Disagree on Scope of Investigation

AG thinks she's heading a criminal probe; Kitzhaber says he didn't give her that authority.

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Gov. John Kitzhaber and Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum are already in conflict over the scope of the investigation the Oregon Department of Justice can conduct into allegations of wrongdoing by the governor and first lady Cylvia Hayes. On Monday morning, Kitzhaber asked Rosenblum for a “full and independent factual review” of allegations that Kitzhaber and Hayes engaged in influence-peddling ...   More
 
Monday, February 9, 2015 NIGEL JAQUISS

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