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.

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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

Emails Reveal Kitzhaber Planned Showdown With Teachers Union

Former governor wanted to align Salem and local districts' budgets


Before John Kitzhaber resigned last month, he had hoped to force a major confrontation with the Oregon Education Association in the 2015 legislative session. Kitzhaber’s plan, outlined in some of the thousands of emails his office sought to delete from state servers on Feb. 5., is part of a larger narrative about the tensions between the former Democratic governor and one of ...   More
Wednesday, March 25, 2015 NIGEL JAQUISS

In First Direct Message to State Workers, Gov. Kate Brown Lauds DAS Dissenters

State workers who refused to delete Kitzhaber emails "responded correctly."


Gov. Kate Brown today sent her first written message to all state employees. In that message, Brown talked about the importance of transparency and lauded Department of Administrative Services employees who refused a Feb. 5 request from former Gov. John Kitzhaber's assistant to delete thousands of Kitzhaber's emails from state servers. What Brown's message means for an ongoing Oregon State Police investigation ...   More
Tuesday, March 24, 2015 by Nigel Jaquiss

Emails Show That Unlike Gov. John Kitzhaber, Cylvia Hayes Had No Doubts About Holding On To Power

She called Kitzhaber's tenure as governor "our administration."


Last week, WW published emails showing that former Gov. John Kitzhaber had been ambivalent about seeking re-election, and that he worried that he lacked the energy and desire to continue.The emails show that, while Kitzhaber wavered, then-first lady Cylvia Hayes did not—she wanted him to run again and to give her an even larger role in his administration.The emails are among those Kitzhaber’s office ...   More
Friday, March 20, 2015 NIGEL JAQUISS

Gov. Kate Brown, While Calling For Greater Government Integrity, Is Still Targeting Whistleblowers

A continuing Oregon State Police investigation into email leaks is "chilling."


Since taking office Feb. 18, Gov. Kate Brown has publicly made honest and open government a top priority. She has introduced three bills aimed at tightening Oregon's lax approach to government ethics, and she has  promised a thorough audit of how state agencies respond to requests for public records. Last night, Brown got a warm shout-out from MSNBC host Rachel Maddow, who applauded a voter ...   More
Thursday, March 19, 2015 NIGEL JAQUISS


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