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Emails Show Ex-Gov. John Kitzhaber Made Only One Paid Speech While In Office

Kitzhaber had asked ethics commission's permission to earn extra money.


In December 2012, then-Gov. John Kitzhaber took the extraordinary step of asking the Oregon Government Ethics Commission if could have permission to make paid speeches.
It was a surprising request for a public servant who'd prided himself on high ethical standards. Taking money for speeches could give at least the appearance that Kitzhaber was trading on his position as govern...   More
Friday, March 6, 2015 by NIGEL JAQUISS

Gov. Kate Brown Names Jeanne Atkins Secretary of State

Atkins will be placeholder until the 2016 election.


Gov. Kate Brown today named Jeanne Atkins, who recently retired from U.S. Sen. Jeff Merkley's staff, to be secretary of state.

That job became vacant when Brown, who was elected secretary of state in 2008 and 2012, succeeded former Gov. John Kitzhaber upon his Feb. 18 resignation.

Brown had the choice of naming one of many politicians who'd like to be the...   More
Friday, March 6, 2015 by NIGEL JAQUISS

Oregon Department of Administrative Services Director Michael Jordan Resigns: Updated

State's chief operating officer ordered criminal investigation into publication of Kitzhaber emails.


Michael Jordan, the director of the Oregon Department of Administrative Services, abruptly announced his resignation to agency staff this morning.
Jordan, who is in effect the state's chief operating officer, made what observers believe was a career-ending choice the morning of Feb. 18 when he ordered a criminal investigation by the Oregon State Police into how WW obtained...   More
Thursday, March 5, 2015 by NIGEL JAQUISS

Patricia McCaig Bills Former Gov. John Kitzhaber's Campaign for January Work

Emails show adviser helped Kitzhaber prep for disastrous Jan. 30 press conference


Patricia McCaig, a political consultant for former Gov. John Kitzhaber, filed an $8,500 invoice for payment from Kitzhaber's campaign fund yesterday.Emails between McCaig and Kitzhaber during his last month in office show some of the work for which McCaig is now seeking payment. Those emails are among the    More
Wednesday, March 4, 2015 by NIGEL JAQUISS

Another Kind Of Green

Emails show how former Gov. John Kitzhaber’s environmental principles and his friendship with a campaign contributor collided.

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Scott Campbell operates on a Bunyanesque scale. He bought and expanded Banfield Pet Hospital, creating a chain of 750 veterinarian clinics, before selling the company in 2007. The Southeast Port   More
Wednesday, March 4, 2015 NIGEL JAQUISS

Hillary Clinton Under Fire For Using Personal Email Account for Public Business

Gov. John Kitzhaber and first lady Cylvia Hayes did the same.


Hillary Clinton is under fire for using a personal email account rather than a government account to communicate while she was Secretary of State,    More
Tuesday, March 3, 2015 by NIGEL JAQUISS

Oracle Files New Lawsuit Against Patricia McCaig and Other Kitzhaber Campaign Advisers

Software giant, seeking $23 million in damages, alleges the consultants interfered with Cover Oregon for political reasons.


Oracle America Corp. today filed a lawsuit in Multnomah County Court against the campaign consultants for former Gov. John Kitzhaber. The lawsuit alleges the consultants interfered with the state's handling of the troubled Cover Oregon health care web site in order to help Kitzhaber get re-elected.The lawsuit names as defendants Patricia McCaig, Kevin Looper, Scott Nelson, Tim Rap...   More
Thursday, February 26, 2015 by NIGEL JAQUISS

Oracle Files Tort Claim Notices Against Former Gov. John Kitzhaber and Top Aide


Oracle America Inc. this afternoon filed tort claim notices with the Oregon Department of Administrative Services, notifying the state that the company may sue former Gov. John Kitzhaber and his former chief of staff, Mike Bonetto.

Oracle's filings say it may sue the two because of their alleged role in deciding to abandon the work Oracle had done to create a website fo...   More
Thursday, February 26, 2015 by NIGEL JAQUISS

Kitzhaber’s Secret Weapon

Newly obtained emails show ex-Gov. John Kitzhaber put his top political consultant in charge of Cover Oregon.

A year ago, it looked as if then-Gov John Kitzhaber’s biggest headache was Cover Oregon, the $305 million health care website that was pitched as a national model but became a national laugh   More
Wednesday, February 25, 2015 NIGEL JAQUISS

Oregon Supreme Court Dismisses Legal Ethics Case Against Two Prominent Lawyers


The Oregon Supreme Court last week dismissed ethics charges against Lois Rosenbaum and Barnes Ellis, two prominent Portland lawyers, in what had become one of the longest-running and most high-profile ethics cases in years.The case pitted the Oregon State Bar, which regulates 14,000 Oregon lawyers, against two pillars of the state's largest law firm, Stoel Rives (Ellis retired...   More
Monday, February 23, 2015 by NIGEL JAQUISS

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