Title Fight

New documents show why first lady Cylvia Hayes is subject to Oregon’s ethics laws.


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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

Sen. Richard Devlin Takes Issue with Gov. John Kitzhaber's Budget

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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 a lawmaker, Devlin, ...   More
 
Tuesday, December 16, 2014 NIGEL JAQUISS

New Emails Show First Lady Cylvia Hayes Regularly Used State Employee To Book Personal Business Travel

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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 emails further illustrate ...   More
 
Friday, December 12, 2014 NIGEL JAQUISS

First Lady Cylvia Hayes: Email Shows Kitzhaber's Attorney Was Uncomfortable With Privately-Paid Spokeswoman

Proposed contract created "legal and ethical issues"

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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 WW show that Kitzhaber's general counsel, ...   More
 
Thursday, December 11, 2014 NIGEL JAQUISS

Cylvia Hayes and Gov. John Kitzhaber: Five Issues the Ethics Commission Should Consider

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The Oregon Government Ethics Commission is meeting today to begin to consider allegations of ethical misconduct against Gov. John Kitzhaber and First Lady Cylvia Hayes. Here are the five key issues the commission should be considering as they open the case against Kitzhaber and Hayes.1. Hayes is a public official. On Oct. 13, Gov. John Kitzhaber asked the Oregon Government Ethics Commission whether ...   More
 
Friday, November 7, 2014 NIGEL JAQUISS

Gov. John Kitzhaber Defeats Dennis Richardson, Looks Toward Historic Fourth Term

A Narrow Win for Kitzhaber's 4th Term

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Incumbent Gov. John Kitzhaber is on track for what could be a narrow victory over his Republican challenger, state Rep. Dennis Richardson (R-Central Point) tonight. Kitzhaber, a Democrat, leads Richardson 49 percent to 46 percent with more than half the votes counted.At 67, Kitzhaber becomes the first governor in Oregon elected to four terms. (He previously served from 1995 to 2003.)Before Kitzhaber ...   More
 
Tuesday, November 4, 2014 NIGEL JAQUISS

Richardson, Kitzhaber Make Last-Minute Fundraising Push

Challenger gains ground after news about Kitzhaber's ethical issues

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There's a flood of new money flowing into the the governor's race. The Republican challenger, state Rep. Dennis Richardson (R-Central Point), reported a slew of in-kind contributions from timber interests, including Rob Freres ($150,000); Lyons, Ore.-based Freres Timber ($100,000); Seneca Jones Timber ($135,000); and Seneca co-owner Kathy Jones-McCann ($56,000). James Young, the executive ...   More
 
Monday, October 27, 2014 NIGEL JAQUISS

Dennis Richardson Dodges Social Issues But His Votes, Fundraising Reveal His Views

Republican candidate for governor panned sex ed

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The Republican candidate for governor, state Rep. Dennis Richardson (R-Central Point) has not had to answer many questions about social issues during this campaign. When abortion, gay rights or issues of equity come up in interviews or debates, Richardson hits the fast-forward button, giving some version of an answer such as "those issues are settled." At the KGW/Oregonian debate on Tuesday night, ...   More
 
Saturday, October 18, 2014 NIGEL JAQUISS

Nepotism in Oregon Governor's Race: Dennis Richardson Paid His Wife to be Legislative Aide

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In his campaign for governor, state Rep. Dennis Richardson (R-Central Point) has pounded Democratic incumbent Gov. John Kitzhaber over the past 10 days for a series of ethical issues in Kitzhaber's office, most of them first reported in this paper.But Richardson's tax return shows he's got an ethical issue of his own: He's paid his wife, Cathy Richardson, to be his legislative assistant. For 2013, ...   More
 
Thursday, October 16, 2014 NIGEL JAQUISS

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