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

Climate, Changed

Gov. John Kitzhaber should be at the pinnacle of his power. His role in an unfolding scandal has brought him low.


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Last week, Oregon Gov. John Kitzhaber finally broke his silence. For four months, Kitzhaber had refused to answer questions about allegations of influence-peddling involving first lady Cylvia    More
 
Wednesday, February 4, 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

Hands Off

Why is Oregon AG Ellen Rosenblum ducking the Kitzhaber-Hayes case?


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Allegations of wrongdoing, ethical violations and even criminal activity have been piling up for months around Gov. John Kitzhaber and first lady Cylvia Hayes. The governor has the authority t   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

Oregon Gov. John Kitzhaber Says First Lady Cylvia Hayes Will Have No Further Role in His Administration

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Oregon Gov. John Kitzhaber said today that First Lady Cylvia Hayes would have no role in his administration for the next four years.A visibly nervous and wan Kitzhaber took questions for 20 minutes at a press conference in state offices at 800 NE Oregon St., addressing the worsening revelations about how Hayes benefited from her access to the governor's office.Expressing contrition, Kitzhaber said ...   More
 
Friday, January 30, 2015 NIGEL JAQUISS

Did Oregon First Lady Cylvia Hayes File a False Tax Return With the IRS?

A new report suggests she didn't disclose all of her income in 2012.

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Oregon First Lady Cylvia Hayes has been collecting private consulting fees while serving as an adviser to Gov. John Kitzhaber—and that practice has put her under scrutiny by the state’s ethics commission and has led to a criminal investigation by the FBI. But revelations in a story by Hillary Borrud with the EO Media Group/Pamplin Media Group Capital Bureau could cause a new question about Hayes: ...   More
 
Wednesday, January 28, 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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