Gov. John Kitzhaber Sworn in For Historic Fourth Term


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


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


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

Kitzhaber Speech Will Highlight Oregon Business Summit

Event run by group who hired spokeswoman for Cylvia Hayes


Gov. John Kitzhaber has been largely invisible since winning election to a fourth term on Nov. 4. On Tuesday, Kitzhaber will make his highest profile address since defeating state Rep. Dennis Richardson (R-Central Point) when he gives the keynote address at the Oregon Business Summit. He'll speak between 1 pm and 2 pm at the Oregon Convention Center to the annual gathering of Oregon business and political ...   More
Monday, January 5, 2015 NIGEL JAQUISS

The Eugene Register-Guard Calls For Special Prosecutor In the First Lady Cylvia Hayes Ethics Case


The Eugene Register-Guard is calling for Gov. John Kitzhaber to appoint a special prosecutor to investigate the business dealings of Kitzhaber's fiance, Oregon first lady Cylvia Hayes. Here's what the Register-Guard, which endorsed Kitzhaber's November re-election, wrote in its Dec. 28 edition:Kitzhaber has asked the Oregon Government Ethics Commission to examine whether Hayes violated state laws ...   More
Tuesday, December 30, 2014 NIGEL JAQUISS

Title Fight

New documents show why first lady Cylvia Hayes is subject to Oregon’s ethics laws.

Cylvia Hayes has garnered many titles in her career. She is CEO of her consulting business, 3E Strategies. She has carried the designation of adviser to her fiance, Gov. John Kitzhaber. And she�   More
Wednesday, December 17, 2014 NIGEL JAQUISS

Sen. Richard Devlin Takes Issue with Gov. John Kitzhaber's Budget


Republicans surrendered two seats in the Oregon Senate in the November election and one in the Oregon House. That meant they gave up much of their ability to serve as a check on Gov. John Kitzhaber, a Democrat.That role—to the extent anyone fills it—will now fall to members of his own party, such as state Sen. Richard Devlin (D-Tualatin). Now in his 18th year as a lawmaker, Devlin, ...   More
Tuesday, December 16, 2014 NIGEL JAQUISS

New Emails Show First Lady Cylvia Hayes Regularly Used State Employee To Book Personal Business Travel


Newly released emails show that Oregon first lady Cylvia Hayes regularly used a state-paid employee in the office of her fiancé, Gov. John Kitzhaber, to book travel and hotel for Hayes’ private consulting business.The emails show Hayes used public resources for her personal benefit, treating her government assistant as a private secretary for her consulting business. The emails further illustrate ...   More
Friday, December 12, 2014 NIGEL JAQUISS

First Lady Cylvia Hayes: Email Shows Kitzhaber's Attorney Was Uncomfortable With Privately-Paid Spokeswoman

Proposed contract created "legal and ethical issues"


Two months ago, WW reported a highly unusual situation: The Oregon Business Council, which advocates for Oregon's largest employers, in 2013 hired a spokeswoman for first lady Cylvia Hayes. A group pushing a political agenda would not usually be allowed to provide staff support for the governor's office. Documents Gov. John Kitzhaber's office has now released to WW show that Kitzhaber's general counsel, ...   More
Thursday, December 11, 2014 NIGEL JAQUISS

Cylvia Hayes and Gov. John Kitzhaber: Five Issues the Ethics Commission Should Consider


The Oregon Government Ethics Commission is meeting today to begin to consider allegations of ethical misconduct against Gov. John Kitzhaber and First Lady Cylvia Hayes. Here are the five key issues the commission should be considering as they open the case against Kitzhaber and Hayes.1. Hayes is a public official. On Oct. 13, Gov. John Kitzhaber asked the Oregon Government Ethics Commission whether ...   More
Friday, November 7, 2014 NIGEL JAQUISS


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