Further ethics reform still needed in Oregon

by Sen. Doug Whitsett Former Governor John Kitzhaber remains the subject of occasional headlines reminding Oregonians of the aftermath of his brief fourth term in office. Nearly eight months after his resignation, news reports make clear state taxpayers are not … Continue reading

Posted by at 05:00 | Posted in Cylvia Hayes, Ethics, Gov. Kate Brown, Gov. Kitzhaber, Government Abuse, Government corruption, Government reform | 4 Comments

Can Kate Brown overcome her partisan tendencies?

by Dan Lucas Democratic Gov. Kate Brown has recently confirmed that she will be running in next year’s special election for Oregon governor. The special election is for the remaining two years of Democratic Gov. John Kitzhaber’s 4-year term. Kitzhaber … Continue reading

Posted by at 05:00 | Posted in 2016 Election, Gov. Kate Brown, Gov. Kitzhaber | 14 Comments

Dr. Bud Pierce, GOP candidate for Oregon governor, on KEZI

Posted by at 09:14 | Posted in 2016 Election, Gov. Kate Brown, Gov. Kitzhaber | Leave a comment

When Will Oregon See Justice in the Kitzhaber Scandal?

The August 21, 2015 edition of the Wall Street Journal carried a “squib note:” “A federal appeals court on Thursday declined to allow former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell to remain free while he appeals his public-corruption convictions to the U.S. … Continue reading

Posted by at 05:00 | Posted in Cylvia Hayes, Ethics, Gov. Kitzhaber, Gov. Neil Goldschmidt, Government corruption, President Obama, State Government | 13 Comments

Knute Buehler mulls run for Oregon governor

by NW Spotlight Dr. Knute Buehler, a Republican state representative from Bend, announced in a newsletter yesterday that he is considering a run for Oregon governor in 2016. He plans to decide by the end of September. “In 2016, we … Continue reading

Posted by at 05:54 | Posted in 2016 Election, Gov. Kate Brown, Gov. Kitzhaber, Oregon House, Oregon Secretary of State | 12 Comments

Oregon Senate Dems block impeachment process proposal

Rep. Jodi Hack (R-Salem) Oregon is the only state in the nation that does not have a mechanism in place for executive impeachment. Salem, OR – Representative Jodi Hack (R-Salem) Friday expressed disappointment over recent reports that Senate President Peter … Continue reading

Posted by at 09:30 | Posted in Ethics, Gov. Kitzhaber, Government reform, Impeachment, OR 78th Legislative Session, Oregon Senate | 10 Comments

Senate Dems reject attempts to strengthen Oregon ethics laws

Oregon Senate Republicans Salem, OR – Yesterday, Senate Democrats rejected three proposals to strengthen ethics laws for both the legislature and state and local campaigns in Oregon. The Oregon Senate will later consider two bills introduced by Governor Kate Brown … Continue reading

Posted by at 05:00 | Posted in Cylvia Hayes, Ethics, Gov. Kate Brown, Gov. Kitzhaber, Government corruption, Government reform, OR 78th Legislative Session, Oregon Senate | 4 Comments

Dems haven’t learned from Kitzhaber-Hayes scandals

Oregon House Republican Office House Democrats kill comprehensive, meaningful ethics reform proposals Impeachment resolution, HJR 31, remains stalled in senate Salem, OR – On nearly party-line votes, House Democrats yesterday voted down 5 Republican-sponsored bills aimed at restoring trust, accountability … Continue reading

Posted by at 05:00 | Posted in Ethics, Gov. Kate Brown, Gov. Kitzhaber, Government corruption, Government reform, OR 78th Legislative Session | 4 Comments

Protect whistleblowers: Sign on as citizen co-sponsor

Dr. Knute Buehler Last week, I asked you to join me in supporting an Oregon hero – Michael Rodgers. In the face of indifference at best – or intimidation at worst – Rodgers blew the whistle on potential corruption at … Continue reading

Posted by at 07:30 | Posted in Cylvia Hayes, Ethics, Gov. Kitzhaber, Government corruption, Government reform, OR 78th Legislative Session | 5 Comments

Buehler applauds decision to suspend whistleblower investigations

Rep. Knute Buehler Buehler says Oregon needs stronger whistleblower protections and calls on leadership to join him Salem, OR – Marion County District Attorney Walt Beglau and Yamhill County District Attorney Brad Berry announced that they would not pursue charges … Continue reading

Posted by at 08:17 | Posted in Crime & Sentencing, Cylvia Hayes, Ethics, Gov. Kate Brown, Gov. Kitzhaber, OR 78th Legislative Session | 3 Comments

Stop politically motivated retribution against whistleblower

by Dan Lucas Not much has changed in Oregon in the last several decades when it comes to abuses of power. Decades ago Gov. Neil Goldschmidt got away with alleged serial sexual abuse with at least one young girl. He … Continue reading

Posted by at 05:00 | Posted in Cover Oregon, Crime & Sentencing, Cylvia Hayes, Ethics, Gov. Kate Brown, Gov. Kitzhaber, Government corruption, Oregon Attorney General | 2 Comments

Kitzhaber legacy: Chicago on the Willamette

by W. Scott Jorgensen The aftermath of former Oregon Governor John Kitzhaber’s resignation in February was surprisingly quiet, and it has been business as usual at the state capitol in Salem ever since. It was almost as if that whole … Continue reading

Posted by at 05:00 | Posted in Crime & Sentencing, Cylvia Hayes, Ethics, Gov. Kitzhaber, Government corruption | 8 Comments

Please support an Oregon hero – whistleblower Michael Rodgers

Rep. Knute Buehler This week we learned the identity of an Oregon hero – Michael Rodgers. Like many heroes, Michael Rodgers is neither wealthy nor powerful. But when confronted with a difficult choice, he simply did the right thing. In … Continue reading

Posted by at 08:06 | Posted in Cylvia Hayes, Ethics, Gov. Kitzhaber, Government corruption | 7 Comments

Impeachment proposal receives approval from Oregon House

Rep. Jodie Hack Constitutional Amendment, If Approved By Voters, Would Establish Executive Impeachment Process Salem, OR – The Oregon House of Representatives today approved House Joint Resolution 31, an amendment to the Oregon Constitution that would establish a formal process … Continue reading

Posted by at 03:21 | Posted in Gov. Kitzhaber, OR 78th Legislative Session, Oregon House, Scandals | 3 Comments

Oregon impeachment proposal gets public hearing

Rep. Jodi Hack Sponsored by Rep. Jodi Hack, House Joint Resolution 31 Would Establish a Process for the Impeachment of Oregon’s Executive Branch Officials Salem, OR – Yesterday, House Joint Resolution 31, bipartisan legislation that would establish a formal impeachment … Continue reading

Posted by at 05:00 | Posted in Gov. Kitzhaber, Government reform, OR 78th Legislative Session, Oregon Government | 4 Comments

Financial disarray left by Kitzhaber’s grandiose healthcare reform plans

by Sen. Doug Whitsett The remarkably rapid and very public fall from grace of former Governor John Kitzhaber has been well-documented. Also well-detailed is the spectacular failure of his Cover Oregon portal to health insurance under the Affordable Care Act. … Continue reading

Posted by at 05:00 | Posted in Cover Oregon, Gov. Kitzhaber, Health Care Reform, Oregon Health Authority | 1 Comment

Large set of Cylvia Hayes emails released online

by NW Spotlight Gov. Kate Brown released 94,000 Cylvia Hayes emails yesterday. They are available online (see link below) and several newspapers have begun analyzing them and reporting on them (see links below). The Statesman Journal reported “The emails released … Continue reading

Posted by at 07:18 | Posted in Crime & Sentencing, Cylvia Hayes, Ethics, Gov. Kitzhaber, Government corruption, Media | 2 Comments

Gov. Kate Brown’s first major mistake

by Dan Lucas There are about 40,000 state workers in Oregon. Around 800 of those state employees work for the Department of Administrative Services (DAS). Some of those DAS employees demonstrated extraordinary courage and principles earlier this year during the … Continue reading

Posted by at 05:00 | Posted in Ethics, Gov. Kate Brown, Gov. Kitzhaber, Government corruption, Scandals, State Government | 5 Comments

Scandal has come to Oregon

by Dan Lucas Now half of Oregon’s governor’s in the past three decades have been embroiled in scandals that include alleged criminal behavior A column in the Washington Post last August cited Oregon as being the best state in America … Continue reading

Posted by at 05:00 | Posted in Cover Oregon, Crime & Sentencing, Cylvia Hayes, Ethics, Gov. Kitzhaber, Government corruption, Oregon Government | 10 Comments

Really good KATU update on Kitzhaber scandal

by NW Spotlight Earlier this week KATU’s ‘Your Voice, Your Vote’ ran a segment titled ‘The Kitzhaber saga continues.’ Willamette Week’s Nigel Jaquiss and KATU’s Hillary Lake talked about “the lawsuits surrounding Oregon’s failed Cover Oregon, those personal emails Kitzhaber’s … Continue reading

Posted by at 11:34 | Posted in Cover Oregon, Crime & Sentencing, Cylvia Hayes, Gov. Kitzhaber, Government corruption | 3 Comments

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