In First Direct Message to State Workers, Gov. Kate Brown Lauds DAS Dissenters

State workers who refused to delete Kitzhaber emails "responded correctly."


Gov. Kate Brown today sent her first written message to all state employees. In that message, Brown talked about the importance of transparency and lauded Department of Administrative Services employees who refused a Feb. 5 request from former Gov. John Kitzhaber's assistant to delete thousands of Kitzhaber's emails from state servers. What Brown's message means for an ongoing Oregon State Police investigation ...   More
Tuesday, March 24, 2015 by Nigel Jaquiss

Gov. Kate Brown, While Calling For Greater Government Integrity, Is Still Targeting Whistleblowers

A continuing Oregon State Police investigation into email leaks is "chilling."


Since taking office Feb. 18, Gov. Kate Brown has publicly made honest and open government a top priority. She has introduced three bills aimed at tightening Oregon's lax approach to government ethics, and she has  promised a thorough audit of how state agencies respond to requests for public records. Last night, Brown got a warm shout-out from MSNBC host Rachel Maddow, who applauded a voter ...   More
Thursday, March 19, 2015 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 state's chief elections officer and oversee ...   More
Friday, March 6, 2015 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 personal emails from former ...   More
Thursday, March 5, 2015 NIGEL JAQUISS

Steve Novick's Best Advice to Gov. Kate Brown? Get a Corgi


Gov. Kate Brown's sudden rise to power last week unleashed a flurry of demands and requests on the new governor's time—she extended former Gov. John Kitzhaber's moratorium on the death penalty before it expired in a few weeks, for example—as well as lots of free advice from other politicians.Example: Former Gov. Barbara Roberts, at a Feb. 14 celebration at the Oregon Historical Society, said ...   More
Monday, February 23, 2015 by Beth Slovic

Murmurs: Maybe a Custodian Will Take The Job.

Democrat Kate Brown, set to become governor Feb. 18, must choose her replacement secretary of state—a jumping-off job a lot of ambitious politicians would like to hold. Leading contenders have   More
Wednesday, February 18, 2015 WW Editorial Staff

Soon-to-Be-Governor Kate Brown Makes First Public Appearance Since John Kitzhaber Announces Resignation

Former Governors Barbara Roberts, Ted Kulongoski share stage with Brown at Oregon's Birthday Celebration


Soon-to-be-Governor Kate Brown made her first public appearance Saturday to celebrate Oregon's 156th birthday at the Oregon Historical Society.The Valentine's Day event was one big guv fest.A swarm of television cameras, newspaper reporters and well-wishers surrounded Secretary of State Brown as she made her way to the historical society's annual cake-cutting event, a new security detail in tow. ...   More
Saturday, February 14, 2015 by Beth Slovic

Brian Shipley Will Be Incoming Gov. Kate Brown's Chief of Staff


Secretary of State Kate Brown will name Brian Shipley as her chief of staff when she takes over as governor on Wednesday from current Gov. John Kitzhaber, according to sources close to Brown.Kitzhaber announced his resignation on Friday as questions about his role in an influence-peddling scandal centered on first lady Cylvia Hayes intensified. Brown takes office as governor on Wednesday.Shipley, 39, ...   More
Monday, February 16, 2015 NIGEL JAQUISS

Gov. John Kitzhaber Summoned Secretary of State Kate Brown Back to Oregon to Discuss His Resignation


Gov. John Kitzhaber personally telephoned Secretary of State Kate Brown on Tuesday afternoon and summoned her back to Oregon from Washington, D.C. so they could discuss his plan to resign. Two sources tell WW that Kitzhaber called Brown to ask for an immediate face-to-face meeting. Two additional sources confirm Kitzhaber’s intention. By law, Brown would become governor in the event that Kitzhaber, ...   More
Wednesday, February 11, 2015 Nigel Jaquiss and Aaron Mesh


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