Updated: Kroger Won't Seek Re-Election for Health Reasons

Former US Attorney Holton is a Likely Candidate

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Attorney General John Kroger, who previously announced plans to seek re-election for a second term, will announce later this morning that he will not run after all, WW has learned.The Oregonian is also reporting that Kroger won't run.The first name to emerge as a potential successor in the Democratic primary is former interim U.S. attorney Dwight Holton, who was traveling and unavailable for comment.Kroger ...   More
 
Tuesday, October 18, 2011 NIGEL JAQUISS

Bend Surgeon Off to Strong Fundraising Start

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Dr. Knute Buehler, the Bend orthopedic surgeon seeking the 2012 GOP nomination for Secretary of State, is showing an ability to pull in big campaign checks.Last month, Buehler, a former Oregon State baseball player and Rhodes Scholar, seeded his campaign with a $30,000 loan. But recent filings show he's pulled in another $45,000 since then, including $10,000 from Kathryn Baker of Bend and three $5,000 ...   More
 
Monday, September 12, 2011 NIGEL JAQUISS

We Can Now Refer to Him As Bill Sizemore, Felon

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Tax activist and conservative initiative sponsor Bill Sizemore swore all along he would never, ever admit to the criminal tax evasion that he was charged with by the state of Oregon back in 2009. He'd paid his taxes, Sizemore said. He'd just never filed his returns. And just last week, Sizemore told WW he was going to fight the charges to the end.Well, this was Sizemore after all, who is nothing if ...   More
 
Thursday, August 4, 2011 by Brent Walth

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
 
Thursday, August 4, 2011 by

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

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

Updated: Four Suspended ODOE Employees To Be Reinstated

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WW has learned that four Oregon Department of Energy employees will be reinstated today, marking the latest twist in story that began with an Oregon Department of Justice investigation into ODOE contracting practices that last August.The investigation has received intense scrutiny because the employees were accused of steering state business to Cylvia Hayes, the long-time companion of Gov. John Kitzhaber.The ...   More
 
Wednesday, June 1, 2011 NIGEL JAQUISS

DOJ Lawyer Sues Agency For Discrimination

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A former lawyer in the Oregon Department of Justice's trial division filed a federal civil rights lawsuit (PDF) against the department in U.S. District Court in Portland on May 2.Billie Eidson, who joined DOJ in July 2009, alleges that she suffered retaliation and discrimination on the basis of her gender and an unspecified disability.In January, after Eidson complained about her working conditions, ...   More
 
Thursday, May 5, 2011 NIGEL JAQUISS

Ross Day Files Bar Complaint Against AG Kroger

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Lawyer Ross Day yesterday filed a complaint [PDF] with the Oregon State Bar against Attorney General John Kroger. Although Kroger's aggressive style has prompted grumbling in legal circles, Day's complaint against Kroger is only the second lodged since Kroger took office in January 2009. (The first was hand-written and later dismissed.)Day is upset because a Department of Justice investigator contacted ...   More
 
Friday, April 29, 2011 NIGEL JAQUISS

DOJ Attorneys' Union Says Kroger Withholding Records

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Under Attorney General John Kroger, there are few dull moments at Oregon's Department of Justice. Recently, a lawyer for the embattled former Oregon Department of Energy director Mark Long sued Kroger for withholding public records—a somewhat ironic claim given that Kroger has made greater transparency of government records a pillar of his administration. Given all the back-and-forth between Long's ...   More
 
Tuesday, April 19, 2011 NIGEL JAQUISS

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