One Top Legislative Democrat Isn't Happy With John Kitzhaber


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The Daily Astorian's Deeda Schroeder, a former WW intern and occasional freelancer for us, has an interesting piece in which state Sen. Betsy Johnson (D-Scappoose) was very critical of Gov.-elect John Kitzhaber one week before his Jan. 10 inauguration. The piece quotes Johnson telling the Astoria Rotary Club this week that the organization by her fellow Democrat "is coming together very, very ...   More
 
Tuesday, January 4, 2011 HANK STERN

Kulongoski Wants Outside Counsel to Investigate ODOE; Cites "Potential Conflict of Interest"


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Gov. Ted Kulongoski ratcheted up the pressure today in his desire to see a thorough investigation of the Oregon Department of Energy's contracting practices. Last week, the Oregon Department of Justice completed its investigation into one ODOE contract that involved Gov.-elect John Kitzhaber's longtime companion Cylvia Hayes, finding it "could not prove beyond a reasonable doubt that any state ...   More
 
Tuesday, January 4, 2011 NIGEL JAQUISS

Kulongoski: The Goldschmidt Scandal Almost Made Me Not Run for Reelection


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In this clip from our interview with departing Governor Ted Kulongoski,(A fuller version of the interview appears in this week's print version of the paper), he discusses his ambivalence about running for reelection in 2006 because of the loss of Neil Goldschmidt as an advisor. Goldschmidt retreated from public service after the former governor and Portland mayor was found to have abused a girl ...   More
 
Wednesday, January 5, 2011 MARK ZUSMAN

ODOE-Gate: Mark Long's Lawyers Say Kroger's Search Illegal, Threaten to Sue


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The former interim director of the Oregon Department of Energy, Mark Long, has filed a tort claim notice [PDF] with the State of Oregon, threatening to sue for what his attorneys term the "warrantless search and seizure, without probable cause" of his work computer. The tort claim notice, which WW obtained yesterday under a public records request, increases the likelihood that controversy will ...   More
 
Thursday, January 6, 2011 NIGEL JAQUISS

ODOE-Gate: Kulongoski Will Get His Independent Investigation After All; Updated


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For a guy leaving office in less than a week, Gov. Ted Kulongoski is pretty busy. After Attorney General John Kroger on Jan. 5 rebuffed Kulongoski's request that the governor be allowed to hire an independent counsel to investigate contracting practices at the Oregon Department of Energy, it looked as though Kroger had effectively blocked the governor. And that meant Gov.-elect John Kitzhaber, ...   More
 
Thursday, January 6, 2011 NIGEL JAQUISS

Kitzhaber Names Top Staffers


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Gov.-elect John Kitzhaber named several key staffers this afternoon, four days ahead of his Jan. 10 swearing in. Here is the release from Kitzhaber, who has been criticized by some in his own party for moving too slowly with appointments: Governor-elect Kitzhaber today announced his top aides, led by Chief of Staff, Curtis Robinhold. Mr. Robinhold is a native Oregonian with deep roots in the ...   More
 
Thursday, January 6, 2011 NIGEL JAQUISS

Kulongoski on John Kitzhaber


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Gov. Ted Kulongoski has had a strained relationship over the past few years with John Kitzhaber, the fellow Democrat who preceded him as governor and will succeed him on Jan. 10, although the two, who were close during Kitzhaber's two previous gubernatorial terms from 1995 to 2003 have now resolved their differences. Many years ago, Kulongoski commented on how the difference between him and ...   More
 
Thursday, January 6, 2011 MARK ZUSMAN

Here's What's Holding Up Release of Documents in Energy Department Investigation


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Although much of today's focus in Salem is on the start of Gov. John Kitzhaber's historic third term, some unfinished business relating to Attorney General John Kroger's investigation of contracting practices at the Oregon Department of Energy is also inching toward resolution. As WW reported last week, Gov. Ted Kulongoski, who leaves office today, has hired retired Malheur County judge Frank ...   More
 
Monday, January 10, 2011 NIGEL JAQUISS

Energy Department Investigation: Former Agency Director's Lawyer Says DOJ In "Flagrant Violation" of Law

Kroger - Energy Dept. Invest.

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The rhetoric around a recently-completed Oregon Department of Justice investigation into contracting practices at the state Department of Energy is getting even more heated. Yesterday, Bill Gary and Dave Frohnmayer, lawyers for former Energy Department director Mark Long penned a scathing letter [PDF] to Senior Assistant Attorney General Donna Sandoval-Bennett, expressing outrage about DOJ's handling ...   More
 
Wednesday, January 19, 2011 NIGEL JAQUISS

John Kitzhaber's Newest Donors


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 Gov.-elect John Kitzhaber hasn’t let the holidays slow his political action committee’s collection of contributions.Since WW reported last week that the Democratic governor-elect was raising money to cover expenses for his transition to office next month, there have been several large and noteworthy donations to Kitzhaber 2010 over the past week.Among those on ...   More
 
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