Oregon First Lady Cylvia Hayes' Undisclosed Third Marriage Was to 18-Year-Old Immigrant

Hayes: "Governor did not know until yesterday."


Oregon First Lady Cylvia Hayes regularly speaks about her hardscrabble background—a childhood in poverty, her struggle to get through school, and her two marriages before meeting Gov. John Kitzhaber, to whom she is now engaged. It’s a narrative that has been widely reported by media around the state.On Wednesday, WW published a story about the private consulting work Hayes, 47, has performed while ...   More
Wednesday, October 8, 2014 NIGEL JAQUISS

Kitzhaber Finally Discloses the Role of Campaign Adviser Patricia McCaig


Gov. John Kitzhaber's campaign today disclosed a $10,000 expenditure to the political consultant Patricia McCaig.As WW reported on Sept. 24, McCaig, who ran Kitzhaber's 2010 general election campaign, has been working for the governor's  re-election campaign without Kitzhaber disclosing her role in his campaign finance reports.Following that story, Kitzhaber's campaign on Sept. 30 disclosed $3,000 ...   More
Tuesday, October 7, 2014 NIGEL JAQUISS

Elections Division Legal Opinion Good News for Kitzhaber, McCaig


The Secretary of State's Elections Division today provided an answer to a burning question in the governor's race—can a normally highly-paid political consultant provide her services to a campaign for free and without disclosure? The question arose after WW reported recently that the political consultant Patricia McCaig, who ran Gov. John Kitzhaber's general election campaign in 2010, has been providing ...   More
Thursday, October 2, 2014 NIGEL JAQUISS

Democrats File Election Complaint Against Dennis Richardson Campaign


Democrats have filed an election complaint against state Rep. Dennis Richardson (R-Central Point), the Republican candidate for governor, alleging Richardson illegally traded a contribution for work from the campaign.The complaint stems from a $15,000 donation Richardson accepted this summer from The Strategy Group for Media, a Columbus, Ohio-based political consulting firm. About a month later, the ...   More
Tuesday, September 30, 2014 BETH SLOVIC

The Kitzhaber Military Jacket: What We Know and Don't Know

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A group opposing the re-election of Gov. John Kitzhaber today released a web-only video accusing the three-term governor of showing disrespect to the military and soldiers from Oregon. In its video, the group, No Fourth Term, criticized Kitzhaber for failing to attend any of the 16 military funerals of Oregon soldiers since he took office. Kitzhaber's predecessor, Gov. Ted Kulongoski, a former ...   More
Monday, September 29, 2014 NIGEL JAQUISS

Gov. John Kitzhaber and Rep. Dennis Richardson Face Questions on Ethics During TV Debate

Richardson slams Kitzhaber on role of adviser Patricia McCaig.


The two leading candidates for Oregon governor faced questions today about ethics and whether they are giving the public a clear picture of their campaigns’ finances. Gov. John Kitzhaber and his challenger, Rep. Dennis Richardson (R-Central Point), appeared at a televised debate sponsored by the Oregon Association of Broadcasters this morning in Sunriver, and both were ...   More
Friday, September 26, 2014 WW Staff

Elections Division Dismisses Lars Larson's Complaint Against Fire Bureau


Secretary of State Kate Brown's elections division today dismissed an August complaint that talk-show host Lars Larson filed against Portland Fire & Rescue. Larson alleged that a public service announcement the Fire Bureau released Aug. 28 featuring Gov. John Kitzhaber talking about cardiopulmonary resuscitation amounted to a campaign ad for Kitzhaber, who is seeking re-election, and should be ...   More
Thursday, September 25, 2014 NIGEL JAQUISS

Cold Calculation

Gov. John Kitzhaber’s “Cool Schools” plan flopped. So why is he trying to microwave it for his re-election campaign?

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Four years ago, John Kitzhaber needed something—anything—to convince voters he had a plan to create jobs in Oregon, then emerging from a recession that had left as many as one in 10 people   More
Wednesday, September 10, 2014 NIGEL JAQUISS

House Speaker Tina Kotek, Republican Senators Join Call to Abolish Cover Oregon


Cover Oregon is beginning to resemble a soccer ball. After Senate President Peter Courtney (D-Salem) on Friday vowed to introduced legislation abolishing the scandal-plagued public corporation formed to establish a health insurance exchange, two Republican state senators facing tight re-election battles issued statements over echoing and amplifying Courtney's sentiment. The senators who face tough ...   More
Monday, September 8, 2014 NIGEL JAQUISS


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