John Kroger's Take On Mike Bellotti's Deal

The University of Oregon's handling of its $2.3 million farewell payment to former football coach-turned athletic director Mike Bellotti violated no criminal laws, but it does show "deficient legal representation," according to Attorney General John Kroger. Kroger said today that "The most significant legal error disclosed in this review (and in the parallel internal audit conducted by the Oregon ...   More
Thursday, April 29, 2010 HANK STERN

High Profile Enviro Attorney Forced Out of AG's Office (Updated)

Attorney General John Kroger today parted ways with one of his highest profile deputies—Brent Foster, the former executive director of Columbia Riverkeeper and perhaps the leading opponent of liquified natural gas terminals proposed for Oregon. Here's the statement Kroger's office released today: Oregon Attorney General John Kroger today announced the resignation of Brent Foster, Special ...   More
Tuesday, April 20, 2010 NIGEL JAQUISS

AG Kroger Calls for Drug-Treatment Overhaul

Citing "significant gaps in coverage" and a lack of funding, Oregon Attorney General John Kroger today called for an overhaul the state's drug and alcohol treatment programs. The state Alcohol and Drug Policy Commission, which Kroger chairs, released a report (PDF) urging the creation of a new state Director of Alcohol and Drug Policy to oversee revamping a "fragmented" system. Last year, ...   More
Thursday, May 6, 2010 JAMES PITKIN

Bill Sizemore's Wife Considers Testifying Against Him in Criminal Case

There's been a stunning turn of events in the tax evasion case against initiative activist Bill Sizemore, a two-time Republican gubernatorial candidate in Oregon. His wife, Cindy Sizemore, is considering testifying against her husband, according to a motion filed by the state in Marion County Court on June 4. Here's an excerpt from that motion: The case began last November when Oregon Attorney ...   More
Tuesday, June 8, 2010 NIGEL JAQUISS

Kroger Responds to Senate GOP Leader's Inquiry on LNG, Foster

Attorney General John Kroger today responded in writing to requests for information from Sen. Ted Ferrioli (R-John Day) regarding Kroger's former top environmental deputy, Brent Foster. Foster resigned under pressure last month after questions arose about his role in a Hood River County investigation into an alleged polluter. Kroger pledged to cooperate with Ferrioli, the Senate minority ...   More
Monday, May 24, 2010 NIGEL JAQUISS

Read the Email: Another High-Level Lawyer Leaves AG's Office

Oregon Solicitor General Jerry Lidz, who was Attorney General John Kroger's top appellate lawyer, resigned last week. Lidz's resignation comes on the heels of departures by two other top Kroger lieutenants, environmental lawyer Brent Foster and elections law specialist Margaret Olney. Lidz, whose job is the state equivalent of what Supreme Court nominee Elena Kagan does at the federal level, ...   More
Tuesday, June 1, 2010 NIGEL JAQUISS

Oregon Suing Countrywide Over Investment Losses

Oregon officials are alleging in a lawsuit against Countrywide Financial Corp. of Delaware and its underwriters that the state's Public Employee Retirement Fund lost $29 million because the defendants misled investors into buying "risky mortgage-backed securities." The announcement this morning by Oregon Attorney General John Kroger and state Treasurer Ted Wheeler says Oregon is on a plaintiff ...   More
Wednesday, July 14, 2010 HANK STERN

State and Feds Probe Oregon Contract with Kitzhaber's Girlfriend

WW has learned from three sources that the Oregon Department of Justice is investigating one or more contracts involving the embattled Oregon Department of Energy and 3EStrategies, a Bend-based renewable energy consulting firm. The investigation by Attorney General John Kroger's office is potentially fraught with political implications because the CEO of 3EStrategies is Cylvia Hayes, the long-time ...   More
Monday, August 23, 2010 NIGEL JAQUISS

In Election Year, Treasurer Ted Wheeler Takes up Environmental Fight

When Oregon Attorney General John Kroger vowed to become a major environmental champion during his winning 2008 campaign, some observers saw it as another sign that Kroger's future political ambitions stretch beyond the AG's office to governor. Now another state official often mentioned as a potential future gubernatorial candidate—Treasurer Ted Wheeler—is also taking up the mantle ...   More
Tuesday, September 21, 2010 JAMES PITKIN

Oregon War Veterans Wheel in Big Gun to Block Release of Public Records

A Salem non-profit filed a federal lawsuit today against Oregon Attorney General John Kroger and Secretary of State Kate Brown. The lawsuit, filed by one of the country's highest-profile opponents of campaign finance regulation, is on behalf of the Oregon War Veterans Association. The lawsuit filed in in U.S. District Court in Eugene seeks to stop Kroger from releasing documents that the AG's ...   More
Friday, October 22, 2010 NIGEL JAQUISS


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