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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

OLCC Names Tom Burns Oregon's Weed Czar


The Oregon Liquor Control Commission announced this morning that Tom Burns will move from the Oregon Health Authority, where he was director of pharmacy programs and ran the state's medical marijuana dispensary program, to the OLCC to oversee the legalization of recreational marijuana.
Before going to work for the state of Oregon Burns previously served as a top administrator in ...   More
Tuesday, December 16, 2014 by 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...   More
Tuesday, December 16, 2014 by 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 ...   More
Friday, December 12, 2014 by 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 ...   More
Thursday, December 11, 2014 by NIGEL JAQUISS

New Study Finds Oregon Among Least Corrupt States


A new study from Harvard's Safra School of Ethics finds that Oregon is among the least corrupt states, measured both by illegal and legal corruption.
The study's authors defined legal corruption as "the political gains in the form of campaign con...   More
Wednesday, December 10, 2014 by NIGEL JAQUISS

Measure 92 Proponents File Suit, Demand All Ballots Be Counted: Updated


Proponents of Measure 92, which would require the labeling of genetically modified foods, today filed a lawsuit in Multnomah County Court aimed at forcing Secretary of State Kate Brown to count 4,600 ballots that proponents believe have been incorrectly rejected by elections officials.“These voters completed their ballots, signed their return identification envelops pursuant to ins...   More
Monday, December 8, 2014 by NIGEL JAQUISS

Jim Francesconi Has A New Job


Former City Commissioner Jim Francesconi has a new job—he's the vice president of public policy for Moda Health.Francesconi, who served as a city commissioner from 1997 to 2005, attempted a political comeback this year, running against Deborah Kafoury for the vacant Multnomah County...   More
Friday, December 5, 2014 by NIGEL JAQUISS

Measure 92 Recount in Multnomah County is Complete

"Yes" vote margin increases by 25 votes


Multnomah County today finished recounting the votes for Measure 92, the November ballot measure that would require the labeling of genetically modified foods. The results in Oregon's largest county will not do much to help the prospects of the measure, which failed in the    More
Friday, December 5, 2014 by NIGEL JAQUISS

The Animal Lawyer

In Oregon, animals are people, too. Meet the prosecutor who protects them.

Cover Story
For decades, William Holdner raised cattle west of Portland in Columbia County—as many as 2,000 at a time. But in 2012, he let his cows starve. In a four-month period, records show, Holdne   More
Wednesday, December 3, 2014 NIGEL JAQUISS

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