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 comes just a day after Gov. Kate Brown told WW she didn't think Rodgers should be charged criminally and that she'd prefer ...   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 actions were not criminal. “I think it’s ...   More
Tuesday, June 2, 2015 NIGEL JAQUISS

Salem Statesman Journal: Kitzhaber Whistleblower Michael Rodgers "Acted for the Right Reason"


The Salem Statesman Journal yesterday weighed in on the case of Michael Rodgers, the senior state IT official who refused to delete former Gov. John Kitzhaber's emails from state servers, then later provided a copy of those emails to WW. Rodgers acted to prevented the deletion of emails during a federal investigation into allegations of influence peddling involving Kitzhaber's fiancée, former first ...   More
Sunday, May 31, 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 him since then. Rodgers says those ...   More
Monday, June 1, 2015 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, Michael Rodgers, with ...   More
Thursday, May 28, 2015 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

Oregon Supreme Court Invalidates 2013 PERS Cuts for Retired Workers: Updated

A split decision will add costs for schools, state agenices and local governments.


The Oregon Supreme Court ruled today that big cuts to the state's public retirement system the Legislature made in 2013 are unconstitutional, slashing the savings taxpayers would have seen under the reforms.The court delivered a split decision: It ruled that cutting the cost of living increases for workers who are already retired violated a contractual promise. That means that some of the total savings ...   More
Thursday, April 30, 2015 NIGEL JAQUISS

Gov. Kate Brown Will Give State-of-the State Address Today


Gov. Kate Brown, nearing her two-month mark in office, will present a state-of-the-state address shortly after noon today at Portland City Club at the Sentinel Hotel at 614 SW 11th Ave.Brown, the former secretary of state, replaced former Gov. John Kitzhaber after Kitzhaber abruptly resigned Feb. 18. Today's speech, which will be re-broadcast this evening at 7 pm on OPB radio, is one of Brown's first ...   More
Friday, April 17, 2015 by Nigel Jaquiss

Emails Show Legacy Health CEO and Top Trial Lawyer Urged Kitzhaber to Settle Oracle Litigation

Advisers told former governor cost of Cover Oregon lawsuits would be "staggering."


The legal wrangling between the state of Oregon and Oracle Corp. over the $300 million failure of Cover Oregon, the state's ill-fated health care exchange, continues. Yesterday, The Oregonian reported the latest turn of the screw: A group of five political consultants who advised former Gov. John Kitzhaber during the 2014 election, filed a motion in Multnomah County Court, seeking dismissal of a lawsuit ...   More
Friday, April 3, 2015 NIGEL JAQUISS

Kitzhaber Wanted to Strip Teachers of Ability to Strike

Former governor drafted legislation before November re-election.


Oregon House leaders on Tuesday announced that they'd approved a $7.255 billion schools budget for the next two years as the state’s financial commitment to K-12 education. Schools advocates say they want more—and that could set up a battle for the remainder of the 2015 legislative session.But many people believe the amount the state spends on schools is not the biggest money issue in Oregon education. ...   More
Wednesday, April 1, 2015 NIGEL JAQUISS


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