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

Kitzhaber's Staff Aided Financially Troubled Former Client of First Lady Cylvia Hayes

The governor's office intervened with state Energy Department to delay foreclosure

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The owner of the Pronghorn Golf Course in Bend was in deep financial trouble. It was November 2011, and the golf course had been slammed by the recession that had battered Bend. The course’s developer, California-based Hix Rubenstein, faced foreclosure on a $58 million bank loan and a $1.8 million loan from the state of Oregon. The company’s owner, Tom Hix, needed help in ...   More
 
Wednesday, October 15, 2014 NIGEL JAQUISS

Kitzhaber's Office Bent State Ethics Standards to Suit First Lady Cylvia Hayes, Records Show

Governor's staff tried to stop her from using Mahonia Hall and her title for her private business

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Gov. John Kitzhaber’s then-chief of staff and top lawyer last year tried to stop First Lady Cylvia Hayes from running her private consulting business out the governor’s mansion and from continuing to use her title for paid speaking engagements, records recently released to WW show. Hayes would not abide by those restrictions and Kitzhaber’s staff backed down, records ...   More
 
Monday, October 13, 2014 NIGEL JAQUISS

Gov. John Kitzhaber, Rep. Dennis Richardson Clash at City Club Debate

Kitzhaber rejects Richardson's call for a special prosecutor to investigate first lady Cylvia Hayes.

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Democratic Gov. John Kitzhaber and his Republican challenger, state Rep. Dennis Richardson (R-Central Point), faced off in a tense debate today at the City Club of Portland. Moderator Dave Miller of Oregon Public Broadcasting, which carried the debate live, opened the event with a series of direct questions to Kitzhaber about the controversy swirling around Kitzhaber's fiancée, first lady Cylvia Hayes. Hayes ...   More
 
Friday, October 10, 2014 NIGEL JAQUISS

Oregon First Lady Cylvia Hayes' Undisclosed Third Marriage Was to 18-Year-Old Immigrant

Hayes: "Governor did not know until yesterday."

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Oregon First Lady Cylvia Hayes regularly speaks about her hardscrabble background—a childhood in poverty, her struggle to get through school, and her two marriages before meeting Gov. John Kitzhaber, to whom she is now engaged. It’s a narrative that has been widely reported by media around the state.On Wednesday, WW published a story about the private consulting work Hayes, 47, has performed while ...   More
 
Wednesday, October 8, 2014 NIGEL JAQUISS

Kitzhaber Finally Discloses the Role of Campaign Adviser Patricia McCaig

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Gov. John Kitzhaber's campaign today disclosed a $10,000 expenditure to the political consultant Patricia McCaig.As WW reported on Sept. 24, McCaig, who ran Kitzhaber's 2010 general election campaign, has been working for the governor's  re-election campaign without Kitzhaber disclosing her role in his campaign finance reports.Following that story, Kitzhaber's campaign on Sept. 30 disclosed $3,000 ...   More
 
Tuesday, October 7, 2014 NIGEL JAQUISS

Elections Division Legal Opinion Good News for Kitzhaber, McCaig

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The Secretary of State's Elections Division today provided an answer to a burning question in the governor's race—can a normally highly-paid political consultant provide her services to a campaign for free and without disclosure? The question arose after WW reported recently that the political consultant Patricia McCaig, who ran Gov. John Kitzhaber's general election campaign in 2010, has been providing ...   More
 
Thursday, October 2, 2014 NIGEL JAQUISS

Democrats File Election Complaint Against Dennis Richardson Campaign

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Democrats have filed an election complaint against state Rep. Dennis Richardson (R-Central Point), the Republican candidate for governor, alleging Richardson illegally traded a contribution for work from the campaign.The complaint stems from a $15,000 donation Richardson accepted this summer from The Strategy Group for Media, a Columbus, Ohio-based political consulting firm. About a month later, the ...   More
 
Tuesday, September 30, 2014 BETH SLOVIC

The Kitzhaber Military Jacket: What We Know and Don't Know

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A group opposing the re-election of Gov. John Kitzhaber today released a web-only video accusing the three-term governor of showing disrespect to the military and soldiers from Oregon. In its video, the group, No Fourth Term, criticized Kitzhaber for failing to attend any of the 16 military funerals of Oregon soldiers since he took office. Kitzhaber's predecessor, Gov. Ted Kulongoski, a former ...   More
 
Monday, September 29, 2014 NIGEL JAQUISS

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