Gov. Barbara Roberts' New Book Recounts Kitz Clash

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Former Gov. Barbara Roberts' new memoir, Up the Capitol Steps: A Woman's March to the Governorship, is a highly readable account of Roberts' path to becoming Oregon's first female governor. (A Democrat, she served from 1991 to 1995.) Anyone with an interest in Oregon politics will find much to chew on in the book, but political junkies will be forgiven if they turn first to page 323 for a gripping ...   More
 
Wednesday, September 7, 2011 NIGEL JAQUISS

Kroger's Office Defends Prosecutor in Cylvia Hayes Probe

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The continuing saga of the Oregon Department of Justice's aborted investigation into whether state Department of Energy staffers wrongfully steered a contract to a company run by Gov. John Kitzhaber's companion, Cylvia Hayes, has taken another turn.Sean Riddell, the former top DOJ criminal lawyer who led the investigation, was demoted in June. The official reasons given by Attorney General John Kroger ...   More
 
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BREAKING: Treasurer's Report Blows Major Hole in CRC Finance Plan

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State Treasurer Ted Wheeler today presented Gov. John Kitzhaber with a the results (PDF) of a two-month review of key assumptions about the financial plan for the proposed $3.6 billion Columbia River Crossing Project between Portland and Vancouver, Wash.The takeaway from two consultants Wheeler hired to review the CRC's projections—the cost assumptions seem reasonable but traffic and toll revenue ...   More
 
Wednesday, July 20, 2011 by Nigel Jaquiss

Kitzhaber Uses Campaign Funds for Home Security System

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Oregon's notoriously lax campaign finance laws mean that although candidates and elected officials cannot accept gifts worth more than $50, they are allowed spend campaign funds on virtually anything. But an expenditure this week by normally frugal Gov. John Kitzhaber was unusual even by Oregon pols' free-spending standards.On July 15, Kitzhaber reported using nearly $7,400 in leftover campaign funds ...   More
 
Thursday, July 21, 2011 NIGEL JAQUISS

Email Destruction at Oregon Department of Justice Brings Call for Special Prosecutor

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Lawyers for Mark Long, the former interim director of the Oregon Department of Energy, have asked Gov. John Kitzhaber to direct Attorney General John Kroger to appoint a special prosecutor who would investigate the deletion of emails by former Department of Justice criminal chief Sean Riddell."We write to urge you to direct Attorney General John Kroger, pursuant to ORS 180.070, to conduct immediately ...   More
 
Thursday, June 23, 2011 NIGEL JAQUISS

Grant County Mega-Dude Ranch Bill Generates Heat

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Here's how wacky the debate has become about House Bill 3465, which would create a mega-dude ranch in Grant County: the free-market, small government group Americans for Prosperity Oregon opposes the bill, while 1000 Friends of Oregon, long one of the state's most zealous protectors of open lands, does not.At issue is a bill that would allow Scott Campbell, the founder of the Banfield Pet Hospital ...   More
 
Wednesday, June 22, 2011 NIGEL JAQUISS

State Releases Conflicting ODOE Reports; Hayes a "Rock Star"

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Oregonians can now see two very different accounts of what happened in the Oregon Department of Energy investigation, in which four employees were accused of steering state business to Cylvia Hayes, Gov. John Kitzhaber’s companion. The first report was prepared at the request of former Gov. Ted Kulongoski and written by retired Malheur County Judge Francisco Yraguen. Yraguen’s heavily-detailed ...   More
 
Tuesday, June 7, 2011 NIGEL JAQUISS

Democrats Battle Each Other Over Education Reform

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Gov. John Kitzhaber and many lawmakers approached the 2011 legislative session seeking significant changes in the way Oregon schools operate. So far, many of the bills Kitzhaber and allies such as Senate Education Committee Chairman Mark Hass (D-Beaverton) hoped to pass remain mired in committee. Among the reforms: Kitzhaber wants all state education boards for K-12, community colleges and higher ed ...   More
 
Monday, June 6, 2011 NIGEL JAQUISS

Release of Oregon Energy Department Investigation File Delayed Again

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The long saga of the Oregon Department of Justice's investigation into contracting practices at the Oregon Department of Energy has gotten even longer.First, a recap: DOJ began an investigation last August into whether ODOE employees had improperly steered a $60,000 subcontract to a Bend renewable energy consulting firm run by Cylvia Hayes, the longtime companion of Gov. John Kitzhaber. At the time ...   More
 
Thursday, March 31, 2011 NIGEL JAQUISS

Salem's Education Leaders On Teacher Layoffs

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When Gov. John Kitzhaber unveiled his budget last month, it included about $5.6 billion for K-12 education in Oregon. That's a lot of money but is also about $1 billion less than lawmakers and school districts thought they were going to get as recently as last June. Tax receipts simply have not kept pace with rising personnel costs, however, so the expected total of about $6.6 billion for K-12 education ...   More
 
Saturday, March 19, 2011 NIGEL JAQUISS

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