Emails Show Ex-Gov. John Kitzhaber Made Only One Paid Speech While In Office

Kitzhaber had asked ethics commission's permission to earn extra money.

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In December 2012, then-Gov. John Kitzhaber took the extraordinary step of asking the Oregon Government Ethics Commission if could have permission to make paid speeches. It was a surprising request for a public servant who'd prided himself on high ethical standards. Taking money for speeches could give at least the appearance that Kitzhaber was trading on his position as governor.In January 2013, ...   More
 
Friday, March 6, 2015 NIGEL JAQUISS

Oregon Department of Administrative Services Director Michael Jordan Resigns: Updated

State's chief operating officer ordered criminal investigation into publication of Kitzhaber emails.

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Michael Jordan, the director of the Oregon Department of Administrative Services, abruptly announced his resignation to agency staff this morning. Jordan, who is in effect the state's chief operating officer, made what observers believe was a career-ending choice the morning of Feb. 18 when he ordered a criminal investigation by the Oregon State Police into how WW obtained personal emails from former ...   More
 
Thursday, March 5, 2015 NIGEL JAQUISS

Gov. John Kitzhaber's Office Sought To Destroy Thousands of His Emails

Records show state bureaucrats refused to carry out the request

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Gov. John Kitzhaber’s office last week requested state officials destroy thousands of records in the governor’s personal email accounts, according to records obtained by WW and 101.9 KINK/FM News 101 KXL.The request came as investigations into allegations of influence-peddling involving Kitzhaber and first lady Cylvia Hayes were intensifying. Records show the request to destroy Kitzhaber’s emails ...   More
 
Thursday, February 12, 2015 NIGEL JAQUISS

Kitzhaber’s Secret Weapon

Newly obtained emails show ex-Gov. John Kitzhaber put his top political consultant in charge of Cover Oregon.


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A year ago, it looked as if then-Gov John Kitzhaber’s biggest headache was Cover Oregon, the $305 million health care website that was pitched as a national model but became a national laugh   More
 
Wednesday, February 25, 2015 NIGEL JAQUISS

Another Kind Of Green

Emails show how former Gov. John Kitzhaber’s environmental principles and his friendship with a campaign contributor collided.


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Scott Campbell operates on a Bunyanesque scale. He bought and expanded Banfield Pet Hospital, creating a chain of 750 veterinarian clinics, before selling the company in 2007. The Southeast Port   More
 
Wednesday, March 4, 2015 NIGEL JAQUISS

Kitzhaber's Emails and a Behind-the-Scenes Look at Power


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Here are the stories WW has published so far based on the emails from Gov. John Kitzhaber's personal accounts that were kept in state computers, and the controversy about the efforts by his office Fe   More
 
Wednesday, March 4, 2015 WW Staff

New York Times Sticks Oregon with the "Red States" Facing Uncertain Health Insurance Future

UPDATE: Oregon may have a loophole in U.S. Supreme Court case.

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UPDATE, 3:40 pm: The Times appears to have missed a loophole Oregon lawmakers are using to remain outside the reach of King v. Burwell.The Oregonian's Nick Budnick reported in December that Oregon can claim an independent exchange even after dissolving Cover Oregon—so long as it contracts with the federal government, instead of merely handing over its health insurance exchange. The bill formally ...   More
 
Friday, February 27, 2015 AARON MESH

Oregon Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum Defers Kitzhaber Investigation to Feds

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Oregon Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum announced this afternoon that she will "temporarily defer the Oregon Department of Justice’s investigation" into allegations against former Gov. John Kitzhaber and fiancee Cylvia Hayes, at the request of federal authorities."In return, the U.S. Attorney's Office has agreed to share information with the state once the far-ranging federal criminal investigation ...   More
 
Friday, February 27, 2015 by Beth Slovic

Oracle Files Tort Claim Notices Against Former Gov. John Kitzhaber and Top Aide

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Oracle America Inc. this afternoon filed tort claim notices with the Oregon Department of Administrative Services, notifying the state that the company may sue former Gov. John Kitzhaber and his former chief of staff, Mike Bonetto.Oracle's filings say it may sue the two because of their alleged role in deciding to abandon the work Oracle had done to create a website for Cover Oregon, the failed $305 ...   More
 
Thursday, February 26, 2015 NIGEL JAQUISS

Soon-to-Be-Governor Kate Brown Makes First Public Appearance Since John Kitzhaber Announces Resignation

Former Governors Barbara Roberts, Ted Kulongoski share stage with Brown at Oregon's Birthday Celebration

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Soon-to-be-Governor Kate Brown made her first public appearance Saturday to celebrate Oregon's 156th birthday at the Oregon Historical Society.The Valentine's Day event was one big guv fest.A swarm of television cameras, newspaper reporters and well-wishers surrounded Secretary of State Brown as she made her way to the historical society's annual cake-cutting event, a new security detail in tow. ...   More
 
Saturday, February 14, 2015 by Beth Slovic

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