First Lady Inc.

Cylvia Hayes has two careers. She pursues both out of the governor’s office.

Cover Story
Cylvia Hayes may be the most influential first lady in Oregon history. Since Gov. John Kitzhaber took office in January 2011, Hayes, 47, has played a central role in his administration. She ke   More
Wednesday, October 8, 2014 NIGEL JAQUISS

Working Off the Books

Contrary to state election laws, Gov. John Kitzhaber has failed to disclose the role of a key campaign consultant.

News Stories
Gov. John Kitzhaber has reported all kinds of ways he’s spent money this year in pursuit of re-election: printing campaign literature, running his Kitzhaber 2014 website and employing a full-t   More
Wednesday, September 24, 2014 NIGEL JAQUISS

Leading CRC Supporter Says Oregon "Done With The Bridge Issue"

"The bridge issue is dead in our state," a key Oregon lawmaker says. The House speaker disagrees.


One of the strongest legislative supporters of the proposed Columbia River Crossing project, Sen. Lee Beyer (D-Springfield), chairman of the Senate Transportation Committee, appears to have given up on the project, according to an email obtained by the The Columbian. Gov. John Kitzhaber and other backers of the CRC went all-in with a Jan. 14 legislative hearing in Salem designed to rally support for ...   More
Friday, January 24, 2014 NIGEL JAQUISS

New Oregon Liquor Control Commission Director Was Arrested for DUII in 2010

Steve Marks told a state trooper he hadn't been drinking; the breathalyzer showed he had been.


The newly named executive director of the Oregon Liquor Control Commission was arrested in September 2010 for driving under the influence of alcohol, and he twice denied to a state trooper he had been drinking, even though a breathalyzer subsequently showed that wasn't true, documents obtained by WW show.Steve Marks, 52, was then a campaign aide to Gov. John Kitzhaber. Marks has worked for Kitzhaber, ...   More
Thursday, October 24, 2013 NIGEL JAQUISS

Kitzhaber's Top Columbia River Crossing Adviser, Patricia McCaig, Under Ethics Investigation


The Oregon Government Ethics Commission today voted to formally investigate potential ethics law violations by Gov. John Kitzhaber's top adviser on the Columbia River Crossing.Patricia McCaig, who orchestrated Kitzhaber's successful push to get the now-defunct $3.5 billion project through the Oregon Legislature, is being investigated for the possible violation of eight ethics laws, a preliminary ...   More
Friday, July 12, 2013 ANDREA DAMEWOOD

Kitzhaber Declares Monday "Oregon Journalism Day"


The bad news for Oregon journalism? The state's biggest paper is cutting its home delivery and is laying off dozens of staff. The good news for Oregon journalism? Gov. John Kitzhaber has given it its very own day.Kitzhaber is pouring one out for the fourth estate on Monday, the day he's proclaimed "Oregon Journalism Day."The day, according to a release from his office, coincides with the 30th anniversary ...   More
Thursday, July 11, 2013 ANDREA DAMEWOOD

CRC Foe Says Gregoire's Retirement Doomed Project


The governors of Oregon and Washington say the Columbia River Crossing is dead.The Washington senate rejected a transportation bill Saturday that contained the state's $450 million share of the $3.5 billion CRC. The outcome, thanks to the staunch opposition of the Republican majority state Senate, was largely seen as inevitable.But, Republicans aside, there are signs that Gov. Jay Inslee may have not ...   More
Monday, July 1, 2013 by Andrea Damewood

Second Ethics Complaint Filed Against Patricia McCaig, Governor's CRC Adviser


A second ethics complaint has been filed against Patricia McCaig, Gov. John Kitzhaber's top adviser on the Columbia River Crossing.WW reported last month that McCaig worked to help push the $3.4 billion megaproject through the Oregon Legislature, and although she spent 219 hours on legislative issues in the last quarter of 2012, she has not registered as a lobbyist with the state. Oregon law says that ...   More
Thursday, March 14, 2013 ANDREA DAMEWOOD

Patricia McCaig, Gov. Kitzhaber's CRC Adviser, Faces Ethics Complaint


Patricia McCaig, Gov. John Kitzhaber's top adivser on the Columbia River Crossing is facing an ethics complaint for her work to push the project through the Oregon Legislature.However, just who filed the complaint and what it says will remain confidential until the Oregon Government Ethics Commission completes a preliminary review, the agency's director says.McCaig was the subject of WW's Feb. 27 cover ...   More
Friday, March 8, 2013 ANDREA DAMEWOOD

CRC Critic Says the Woman Behind the Bridge May Also Be Behind on Taxes


A forensic accountant and critic of the Columbia River Crossing says that Gov. John Kitzhaber’s top adviser on the project, Patricia McCaig, may not be paying required Washington state taxes. Tiffany Couch says several CRC contractors aren't registered to do business in the state of Washington or  the city of Vancouver, where the CRC’s offices are located. The state and city require businesses ...   More
Thursday, March 7, 2013 ANDREA DAMEWOOD


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