Emails Reveal Kitzhaber Planned Showdown With Teachers Union

Former governor wanted to align Salem and local districts' budgets

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Before John Kitzhaber resigned last month, he had hoped to force a major confrontation with the Oregon Education Association in the 2015 legislative session. Kitzhaber’s plan, outlined in some of the thousands of emails his office sought to delete from state servers on Feb. 5., is part of a larger narrative about the tensions between the former Democratic governor and one of ...   More
 
Wednesday, March 25, 2015 NIGEL JAQUISS

In First Direct Message to State Workers, Gov. Kate Brown Lauds DAS Dissenters

State workers who refused to delete Kitzhaber emails "responded correctly."

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Gov. Kate Brown today sent her first written message to all state employees. In that message, Brown talked about the importance of transparency and lauded Department of Administrative Services employees who refused a Feb. 5 request from former Gov. John Kitzhaber's assistant to delete thousands of Kitzhaber's emails from state servers. What Brown's message means for an ongoing Oregon State Police investigation ...   More
 
Tuesday, March 24, 2015 by Nigel Jaquiss

Emails Show That Unlike Gov. John Kitzhaber, Cylvia Hayes Had No Doubts About Holding On To Power

She called Kitzhaber's tenure as governor "our administration."

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Last week, WW published emails showing that former Gov. John Kitzhaber had been ambivalent about seeking re-election, and that he worried that he lacked the energy and desire to continue.The emails show that, while Kitzhaber wavered, then-first lady Cylvia Hayes did not—she wanted him to run again and to give her an even larger role in his administration.The emails are among those Kitzhaber’s office ...   More
 
Friday, March 20, 2015 NIGEL JAQUISS

Gov. Kate Brown, While Calling For Greater Government Integrity, Is Still Targeting Whistleblowers

A continuing Oregon State Police investigation into email leaks is "chilling."

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Since taking office Feb. 18, Gov. Kate Brown has publicly made honest and open government a top priority. She has introduced three bills aimed at tightening Oregon's lax approach to government ethics, and she has  promised a thorough audit of how state agencies respond to requests for public records. Last night, Brown got a warm shout-out from MSNBC host Rachel Maddow, who applauded a voter ...   More
 
Thursday, March 19, 2015 NIGEL JAQUISS

Federal Prosecutor Allegedly Stalked By U.S. Attorney Amanda Marshall Was Under Armed Protection

Scott Kerin reportedly had a contract taken out on his life by a Mexican drug cartel.

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The prosecutor that U.S. Attorney for Oregon Amanda Marshall is accused of stalking was at the time under 24-hour-a-day armed protective guard because of a contract Mexican drug dealers placed on his life. That news adds a bizarre turn in a situation that appears to have cost Marshall, the top federal prosecutor in Oregon, her job. Sources familiar with the situation tell WW Marshall’s subordinate, ...   More
 
Monday, March 16, 2015 NIGEL JAQUISS

Emails Show Kitzhaber Was Ambivalent About Seeking Re-Election For a Fourth Term as Governor

"Pretty much burned out right now," Kitzhaber wrote in late 2013, not long before announcing he would run again.

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Former Gov. John Kitzhaber's four-decade political career ended abruptly last month, just 37 days after he was sworn in for a record-setting fourth term. But before seeking re-election, Kitzhaber came close to deciding against running for re-election, according to his emails that his office later sought to have deleted from state servers.On July 12, 2013, Kitzhaber wrote to Nick Hanauer, a Seattle ...   More
 
Thursday, March 12, 2015 NIGEL JAQUISS

Emails Show Kitzhaber Sought To Hand-Pick Special Prosecutor

Former governor's attorney suggested friendly ex-judges.

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The first week of February marked an acceleration in the spiraling troubles that led former Gov. John Kitzhaber to resign.A disastrous press conference led to the state's biggest daily calling for his resignation, and unanswered ethical and legal questions about first lady Cylvia Hayes only grew bigger. If Kitzhaber were to survive, he needed to change the political narrative—and fast. Kitzhaber ...   More
 
Tuesday, March 10, 2015 NIGEL JAQUISS

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

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