Rep. Knute Buehler Asks Gov. Kate Brown to Bolster Whistle-blower Protections


Now that prosecutors have announced they won't press charges against whistle-blower Michael Rodgers, Rep. Knute Buehler (R-Bend) is seeking Gov. Kate Brown's support to beef up protections for future whistle-blowers. Earlier this year, Rodgers refused a request to delete 6,000 of former Gov. John Kitzhaber's emails from state servers. He then leaked those emails to WW. Two weeks ago, Rodgers told the ...   More
Friday, June 5, 2015 NIGEL JAQUISS

District Attorneys Say They Will Not Charge Kitzhaber Whistleblower Michael Rodgers

Decision follows signal yesterday from Gov. Kate Brown.


The District Attorneys of Marion and Yamhill County this afternoon released a statement saying they would not charge Michael Rodgers, the senior state IT official who refused to delete 6,000 of former Gov. John Kitzhaber's emails and then leaked the emails to WW. The decision comes just a day after Gov. Kate Brown told WW she didn't think Rodgers should be charged criminally and that she'd prefer ...   More
Wednesday, June 3, 2015 NIGEL JAQUISS

Defending the Whistle-Blower

Gov. Kate Brown says the Kitzhaber email leaker shouldn’t face criminal charges.

Since going public with his story last week, Michael Rodgers has heard a lot of opinions about his decision to leak 6,000 of former Gov. John Kitzhaber’s emails to WW. Last week’s cover    More
Wednesday, June 3, 2015 NIGEL JAQUISS

Gov. Kate Brown Says the Man Who Leaked Kitzhaber’s Emails Should Not Be Prosecuted: Updated

Brown says Oregon instead should be "building trust and accountability in state government."


Gov. Kate Brown says the man who leaked former Gov. John Kitzhaber's emails to WW should not face criminal charges.Brown says she believes state IT manager Michael Rodgers acted to protect public records after Kitzhaber’s office requested in February that about 6,000 of Kitzhaber’s emails be deleted from state computers and based on what she's read, his actions were not criminal. “I think it’s ...   More
Tuesday, June 2, 2015 NIGEL JAQUISS

Gov. Kate Brown Will Give State-of-the State Address Today


Gov. Kate Brown, nearing her two-month mark in office, will present a state-of-the-state address shortly after noon today at Portland City Club at the Sentinel Hotel at 614 SW 11th Ave.Brown, the former secretary of state, replaced former Gov. John Kitzhaber after Kitzhaber abruptly resigned Feb. 18. Today's speech, which will be re-broadcast this evening at 7 pm on OPB radio, is one of Brown's first ...   More
Friday, April 17, 2015 by Nigel Jaquiss

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


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