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


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

Brian Shipley Will Be Incoming Gov. Kate Brown's Chief of Staff


Secretary of State Kate Brown will name Brian Shipley as her chief of staff when she takes over as governor on Wednesday from current Gov. John Kitzhaber, according to sources close to Brown.Kitzhaber announced his resignation on Friday as questions about his role in an influence-peddling scandal centered on first lady Cylvia Hayes intensified. Brown takes office as governor on Wednesday.Shipley, 39, ...   More
Monday, February 16, 2015 NIGEL JAQUISS

Oregon Legislature Democratic Leaders Call for Gov. John Kitzhaber to Resign

UPDATE: State Treasurer Ted Wheeler also calls for Kitzhaber's resignation


The leaders of the Oregon Legislature's Democratic caucuses are preparing to call for Gov. John Kitzhaber's resignation, three sources tell WW.Senate President Peter Courtney (D-Salem) and House Speaker Tina Kotek (D-Portland) are drafting a statement saying Kitzhaber's immediate resignation is necessary amid a growing influence-peddling scandal surrounding him and First Lady Cylvia Hayes.Courtney ...   More
Thursday, February 12, 2015 Nigel Jaquiss and Aaron Mesh

Gov. John Kitzhaber Summoned Secretary of State Kate Brown Back to Oregon to Discuss His Resignation


Gov. John Kitzhaber personally telephoned Secretary of State Kate Brown on Tuesday afternoon and summoned her back to Oregon from Washington, D.C. so they could discuss his plan to resign. Two sources tell WW that Kitzhaber called Brown to ask for an immediate face-to-face meeting. Two additional sources confirm Kitzhaber’s intention. By law, Brown would become governor in the event that Kitzhaber, ...   More
Wednesday, February 11, 2015 Nigel Jaquiss and Aaron Mesh

Gov. John Kitzhaber and AG Ellen Rosenblum Disagree on Scope of Investigation

AG thinks she's heading a criminal probe; Kitzhaber says he didn't give her that authority.


Gov. John Kitzhaber and Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum are already in conflict over the scope of the investigation the Oregon Department of Justice can conduct into allegations of wrongdoing by the governor and first lady Cylvia Hayes. On Monday morning, Kitzhaber asked Rosenblum for a “full and independent factual review” of allegations that Kitzhaber and Hayes engaged in influence-peddling ...   More
Monday, February 9, 2015 NIGEL JAQUISS

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.


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


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


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


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


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