John Kitzhaber's Newest Big Donors

Former Gov. John Kitzhaber picked up two large donations this week from prominent Oregonians in his bid to win the 2010 Democratic gubernatorial primary. As we reported last week, Kitzhaber has been collecting some big-bucks contributions of the $10,000-per-donor variety. This week, Kitzhaber recorded a $15,000 contribution from winemaker Eric Lemelson and another $5,000 from the political ...   More
Tuesday, November 10, 2009 HANK STERN

Bill Sizemore Indicted For Tax Evasion (UPDATED with Sizemore and AG's reaction)

A week after he announced he would seek the 2010 GOP gubernatiorial nomination, Bill Sizemore was indicted today on charges that he failed to file income tax returns. Here are the particulars from Attorney General John Kroger's office: ATTORNEY GENERAL JOHN KROGER ANNOUNCES TAX EVASION PROSECUTION Oregon Attorney General John Kroger today announced that the Oregon Department of Justice has ...   More
Monday, November 30, 2009 NIGEL JAQUISS

Attorney For John Minnis Responds

When Attorney General John Kroger released the results yesterday of an investigation into former Department of Public Safety Standards and Training director John Minnis, Minnis attorney Michael Staropoli was unavailable for comment at press time. Staropoli has now provided the following statement on behalf of Minnis, who resigned his state post Nov. 24: Mr. Minnis cooperated fully with the ...   More
Wednesday, December 9, 2009 NIGEL JAQUISS

BREAKING: AG Releases Minnis Investigation (Expanded and Updated)

Attorney General John Kroger today released the results of the investigation that led to the abrupt Nov. 24 resignation of John Minnis as director of the state Department of Public Safety Standards and Training. As first reported in last week's WW, the issue that prompted Minnis to resign is the alleged sexual harassment and possible sexual assault of a female employee. Those allegations were ...   More
Tuesday, December 8, 2009 JAMES PITKIN

Today's Campbell Rally: "What Do We Want? Justice"

Several hundred Portlanders gathered this afternoon at Pioneer Courthouse Square to continue the ongoing protest over the fatal Jan. 29 police shooting of Aaron Campbell. The crowd listened to Campbell's friends and family before marching south on Broadway to rally in front of Portland State University's Smith Memorial Student Union — near where Attorney General John Kroger was holding ...   More
Friday, February 19, 2010 Ari Phillips

Attorney General John Kroger's Been Busy

Oregon Attorney General John Kroger today released a report [PDF] covering his first year on the job. Kroger, a Democrat who won office in 2008, pledged during his campaign to bring new energy to the state's law enforcement post. He and his team did that, busting drug rings, protecting consumers, riding herd on deadbeat dads and establishing an environmental crimes unit among many other accomplishments ...   More
Tuesday, March 2, 2010 NIGEL JAQUISS

Kroger and Kulongoski Say Oregon Going to Court To Defend Federal Health Care Bill

Last week, Oregon Attorney General John Kroger said he would explore the possibility of filing a legal brief on behalf of the state in support of the new federal health care bill. Today, Kroger and Gov. Ted Kulongoski announced that the State of Oregon will in fact take legal action in court to defend the constitutionality of the new federal health bill. That's in direct contrast to more than ...   More
Wednesday, March 31, 2010 HANK STERN

What John Kroger Will and Won't Do on Health Care

The announcement today by Oregon Attorney General John Kroger, a Democrat, that he won't be among the state attorneys general suing to overturn federal health care legislation isn't surprising. But Kroger's statement that his Justice Department "is exploring the possibility of filing" a legal brief in support of the health care law — while not a "big f---ing deal" — is a bit of a ...   More
Thursday, March 25, 2010 HANK STERN

Help John Kroger Make Government Work For You

Oregon's Public Records Law dates to 1973. And over the past 37 years, special interests and bureaucrats opposed to giving the public the information it owns have conspired to amend and weaken that law. There are various exemptions to the law. But the process of obtaining records has become increasingly difficult because of the lack of time, interest or training by some custodians of public ...   More
Tuesday, March 30, 2010 NIGEL JAQUISS

Turns Out Brent Foster Was Second High-Profile Departure From AG's Office

Yesterday's news that Brent Foster, formerly Attorney General John Kroger's top enviornmental lawyer, was making an untimely exit from Kroger's office surprised many in the legal community. But Foster's departure, which was related to his conduct in a criminal case in Hood River in which his former employer Columbia Riverkeeper played a role, came on the heels of another departure by one of ...   More
Wednesday, April 21, 2010 NIGEL JAQUISS


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