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

Lawmakers Change Booze Law for Capitol Raffle

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Oregon legislators changed a law forbidding liquor raffles—after they were handed a bottle of rare bourbon to raise money for the Oregon State Capitol Foundation.To be fair, it's really good bourbon. In 2011, Buffalo Trace Distillery gave one of just 174 bottles of its Millennium Barrel batch to the nonprofit, dedicated to preserving and enhancing the Salem building.The bourbon was made on the ...   More
 
Monday, January 21, 2013 ANDREA DAMEWOOD

Will Oregon Lawmakers Get The State to Buy PGE?


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For five years after Portland General Electric's former parent, Enron, declared bankruptcy in 2001, various politicians—most notably former Portland City Commissioner Erik Sten—tried to find ways for the public to buy the state's largest utility. Private investors tried as well. Although PGE and the state's second largest utility, PacifiCorp, are investor-owned, publicly owned utilities ...   More
 
Tuesday, March 24, 2009 NIGEL JAQUISS

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