Kitzhaber Names General Counsel

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 Gov. John Kitzhaber continued filling out his staff roster today, naming Liani Reeves as his general counsel. The position is important for at least two reasons: the general counsel trouble-shoots legal issues for the governor. And of greater interest to ambitious Oregon lawyers, the general counsel helps the governor appoint judges. Two other points worth noting: as a young woman who has been ...   More
 
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By The Numbers: The Prescription Drug Problem


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WW wrote a couple weeks back about state and federal officials calling a summit in response to what they called a nationwide prescription drug problem. We went to the summit today and learned the following three things from the gathering called by Attorney General John Kroger, Gov. Ted Kulongoski and Acting U.S. Attorney Dwight Holton: 1) Drug-induced deaths are on the rise, especially among ...   More
 
Monday, November 22, 2010 STACY BROWNHILL

AG Kroger Lists 20 "Worst" Charities


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Attorney General John Kroger's office sends out a lot of press releases that have varying degrees of interest to the general public. But today's information [PDF] could save Oregon consumers money and keep them from getting fleeced. Kroger's staff compiled a list of the 20 "worst" charities, using as the criterion the percentage of revenue those charities actually devote to their ostensible ...   More
 
Thursday, December 9, 2010 NIGEL JAQUISS

AG Kroger Accuses Natural Foods Company of Looting Non-Profit


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Yesterday, Attorney General John Kroger released his list of the 20 "worst" non-profits operating in Oregon. The absence of any Oregon-based non-profits from the list could generate concerns Kroger is going easy on local outfits. But here's a story from the (Eugene) Register Guard about a fascinating lawsuit Kroger filed against the natural foods company making Yogi Tea that suggests Kroger's ...   More
 
Friday, December 10, 2010 NIGEL JAQUISS

John Kroger vs. Jamie Lee Curtis


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Attorney General John Kroger today announced a settlement with the Dannon yogurt company, which has apparently been making unsupportable health claims, some of them through these TV ads by actress Jamie Lee Curtis. Here's one of the ads: [youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9j9nRJgX5iQ[/youtube] And here's the statement by Kroger's spokesman, Tony Green: Attorney General John Kroger ...   More
 
Wednesday, December 15, 2010 NIGEL JAQUISS

Kroger Responds to Marion County's Brent Foster Decision


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As The Oregonian reported earlier today, a Marion County grand jury decided not to charge former Assistant Attorney General Brent Foster with a crime for his conduct in a Hood River County case. Foster, formerly the director of Columbia Riverkeeper and one of Attorney General John Kroger's highest-profile hires after Kroger won election in 2008, greeted the Marion County announcement with this ...   More
 
Friday, December 17, 2010 NIGEL JAQUISS

Kulongoski Wants Outside Counsel to Investigate ODOE; Cites "Potential Conflict of Interest"


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Gov. Ted Kulongoski ratcheted up the pressure today in his desire to see a thorough investigation of the Oregon Department of Energy's contracting practices. Last week, the Oregon Department of Justice completed its investigation into one ODOE contract that involved Gov.-elect John Kitzhaber's longtime companion Cylvia Hayes, finding it "could not prove beyond a reasonable doubt that any state ...   More
 
Tuesday, January 4, 2011 NIGEL JAQUISS

Kroger Rejects Kulongoski's Request for Outside Counsel in Investigation


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Attorney General John Kroger today rejected Gov. Ted Kulongoski's request to hire an independent lawyer to investigate contracting practices at the Oregon Department of Energy. Kulongoski, whose term ends Jan. 10, made that request yesterday. The governor cited a "potential conflict of interest" that could affect the AG's office to conduct such a probe. It remains unclear what that conflict ...   More
 
Wednesday, January 5, 2011 NIGEL JAQUISS

ODOE-Gate: Kulongoski Will Get His Independent Investigation After All; Updated


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For a guy leaving office in less than a week, Gov. Ted Kulongoski is pretty busy. After Attorney General John Kroger on Jan. 5 rebuffed Kulongoski's request that the governor be allowed to hire an independent counsel to investigate contracting practices at the Oregon Department of Energy, it looked as though Kroger had effectively blocked the governor. And that meant Gov.-elect John Kitzhaber, ...   More
 
Thursday, January 6, 2011 NIGEL JAQUISS

ODOE-Gate: Mark Long's Lawyers Say Kroger's Search Illegal, Threaten to Sue


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The former interim director of the Oregon Department of Energy, Mark Long, has filed a tort claim notice [PDF] with the State of Oregon, threatening to sue for what his attorneys term the "warrantless search and seizure, without probable cause" of his work computer. The tort claim notice, which WW obtained yesterday under a public records request, increases the likelihood that controversy will ...   More
 
Thursday, January 6, 2011 NIGEL JAQUISS

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