Gov. John Kitzhaber Used His Authority to Aid First Lady Cylvia Hayes' Client, New Records Show

Hayes also directed state employees to benefit her client's political agenda.

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Newly released emails show Gov. John Kitzhaber gave First Lady Cylvia Hayes extraordinary influence over the highest levels of state government, allowing her to promote the agendas of her private consulting client. The emails, released to WW and other media on Friday by the Oregon Department of Administrative Services, are important for a number of reasons:  First, Oregon law prohibits public ...   More
 
Saturday, February 7, 2015 NIGEL JAQUISS

Letter Shows Gov. John Kitzhaber Fired Spokeswoman Last Year Because She Criticized First Lady Cylvia Hayes

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Records that Gov. John Kitzhaber's office released today show Kitzhaber fired his spokeswoman last summer right after she criticized First Lady Cylvia Hayes in a senior staff meeting. A July 18, 2014, letter from Kitzhaber chief of staff Mike Bonetto to then-communications director Nkenge Harmon Johnson doesn’t say precisely what Harmon Johnson said about Hayes. But it shows Kitzhaber objected enough ...   More
 
Friday, February 6, 2015 NIGEL JAQUISS

National Media Shines Harsh Light on Kitzhaber's Legal and Political Troubles

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The legal and political controversy surrounding the scandal enveloping Gov. John Kitzhaber and first lady Cylvia Hayes is dominating the news media’s attention in Oregon. But heat on the governor and his fiancee is starting to get attention around the country as well.The issue of Hayes’ use of Kitzhaber’s office for her personal gain—and the governor's alleged failure to follow state ethics ...   More
 
Friday, February 6, 2015 ANNA WALTERS

AG Ellen Rosenblum Still Dragging Her Heels On Kitzhaber/Hayes Investigation

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Oregon law requires Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum to investigative public corruption. The law says the AG “shall…investigate allegations of corruption or malfeasance by public officials in Oregon and, where appropriate, coordinate, cooperate and assist in taking legal action.”  In legal terms, the word "shall" means “must.” Rosenblum’s predecessor, former AG John ...   More
 
Friday, February 6, 2015 NIGEL JAQUISS

The Oregonian Calls On Gov. John Kitzhaber to Resign

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The Oregonian editorial board this afternoon called on Gov. John Kitzhaber to resign in the wake of new allegations of influence-peddling. The board writes:Whether through gross inattention or complicity, Kitzhaber has broken faith with Oregonians. His career in Oregon politics is one of great accomplishment, but his past success does not excuse the mess he has made of the office with which ...   More
 
Wednesday, February 4, 2015 NIGEL JAQUISS

Kitzhaber Hired Ally Who Arranged Cylvia Hayes' Fellowship, Making Him Highest-Paid Aide

Right after finding lucrative work for first lady, Dan Carol joined governor's staff

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Gov. John Kitzhaber provided a lucrative job in his administration to an longtime associate who found work for Kitzhaber's fiancee, Oregon first lady Cylvia Hayes. In 2011, Dan Carol, a veteran political consultant, arranged a high-paying assignment for Hayes, Oregon's first lady. Starting in July or August of 2011, Hayes began a fellowship Carol arranged with the Clean Economy Development Center, ...   More
 
Wednesday, February 4, 2015 NIGEL JAQUISS

Gov. John Kitzhaber Sworn in For Historic Fourth Term

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Gov. John Kitzhaber was today sworn in for a historic fourth term as Oregon governor.After being sworn in by Paul De Muniz, the former chief justice of the Oregon Supreme Court, Kitzhaber kissed his fiancee, first lady Cylvia Hayes, and addressed a joint session of the state House and Senate on the first day of the 78th Legislature.The ceremony was as notable for who was not in attendance—any of ...   More
 
Monday, January 12, 2015 NIGEL JAQUISS

FBI is Investigating Oregon First Lady Cylvia Hayes

Feds looking into actions of Gov. John Kitzhaber's fiancee

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The FBI has opened an investigation into Oregon first lady Cylvia Hayes, WW has learned from multiple sources. The investigation began soon after the newspaper published a story in early October raising questions about the dual role Hayes has played in the office of her fiance, Gov. John Kitzhaber (“First Lady Inc., WW, Oct. 8, 2014). In that story, WW reported that in 2013, Hayes signed private ...   More
 
Friday, January 9, 2015 by Nigel Jaquiss

How Oregon First Lady Cylvia Hayes Parlayed Her Role Advising Kitzhaber Into a Private Consulting Contract

East Oregonian story uses emails to track Hayes' work

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Today's WW includes a story about a taxpayer-funded trip Oregon first lady Cylvia Hayes took to Seattle in August 2013. On that trip, Hayes acknowledges, she conducted private client meetings. One of the issues she had been hired to work was ocean acidification. Her client was Resource Media, a Seattle public relations firm, which hired Hayes in 2013 to work on acidification and other issues related ...   More
 
Wednesday, January 7, 2015 NIGEL JAQUISS

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