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  • Former Gov. John Kitzhaber's and Cylvia Hayes' trip to dump brings police sweeping in

    02/28/2015 12:44:51 PM PST · by QT3.14 · 8 replies
    The Oregonian/Oregon Live ^ | February 27, 2015 | Ted Sickenger
    Sightings of former Gov. John Kitzhaber and fiancee Cylvia Hayes have been few and far between since Kitzhaber resigned last Wednesday and the two departed Salem. But there was such a sighting one week ago. And it raised quite a stink. The former governor and Hayes showed up at the Knott Landfill southeast of Bend in a pickup and an SUV about 2 p.m. last Friday and spent a few minutes dumping trash, according to Timm Schimke, the director of the Deschutes County Solid Waste Department.
  • 30 Democrats skipping Netanyahu's speech (4 days away)

    02/27/2015 5:40:21 AM PST · by Dave346 · 29 replies
    CNN ^ | 9:55 PM ET, Thu February 26, 2015 | Alexandra Jaffe
    A full list of the Democrats who have confirmed they're missing the speech follows: SENATE - 4 members Sen. Tim Kaine (Va.) Sen. Patrick Leahy (Vt.) Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) Sen. Brian Schatz (Hawaii) HOUSE - 26 members Rep. Earl Blumenauer (Ore.) Rep. G.K. Butterfield (N.C.) Rep. Andre Carson (Ind.) Rep. James Clyburn (S.C.) Rep. Steve Cohen (Tenn.) Rep. Peter DeFazio (Ore.) Rep. Diana DeGette (Colo.) Rep. Donna Edwards (Md.) Rep. Keith Ellison (Minn.) Rep. Raúl Grijalva (Ariz.) Rep. Luis Gutiérrez (Ill.) Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton (D.C.) Rep. Eddie Bernice Johnson (Texas) Rep. Barbara Lee (Calif.) Rep. John Lewis (Ga.)...
  • The Dem Congressmen Boycotting Netanyahu are the Same Old Hamas Supporters

    02/27/2015 4:49:06 AM PST · by SJackson · 9 replies
    FrontPage Magazine ^ | February 26, 2015 | Daniel Greenfield
    The Dem Congressmen Boycotting Netanyahu are the Same Old Hamas SupportersPosted By Daniel Greenfield On February 26, 2015 @ 6:02 pm In The Point | 12 Comments There are a lot of stories about the Dem members of Congress boycotting Netanyahu’s speech. But most of the names on the list are longtime opponents of the Jewish State.The boycott lists consists of two groups. Congressional Black Caucus members who are offended on Obama’s behalf and can smell racism anywhere.The other consists of opponents of Israel.It’s instructive to compare the list of boycotters to the 54 members of Congress who signed...
  • Officials searching for missing house in Klamath Falls [OR]

    02/26/2015 1:25:39 PM PST · by Red Badger · 38 replies
    kobi5.com ^ | 02-26-2015 | Staff
    Klamath Falls, Ore. --- A house is missing and deputies with the Klamath County sheriff's office are looking for it! Sheriff Frank Skrah made the announcement during a press conference around noon on Tuesday, February 24th, "We had a complete home stolen. This isn't a motor home, this isn't a mobile home and this is a 'home.'" When asked if the home was already on wheels Skrah responded, "No, it was not, it was on the foundation you see it on now." The 1,200 square foot home from the Sprague River area was reported missing on Tuesday. The home was...
  • Dem Rep: Amnesty will decide who controls the country for the next 30 years

    02/23/2015 4:19:22 PM PST · by amnestynone · 20 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 2/23/2015 | Tony Lee
    An Oregon Democrat believes that the fight for amnesty for illegal immigrants is the “civil rights battle” for millennials that will decide who controls the the country for the next three decades.
  • Stepmother of missing boy leaves job (Kyron Horman)

    02/21/2015 3:37:15 PM PST · by bgill · 13 replies
    AP ^ | Feb 21, 2015 | AP
    EUGENE, Ore. (AP) — The stepmother of missing Portland boy Kyron Horman has left her job as a mental health support specialist. Terri Horman's decision came days after a judge rejected her request for an anti-stalking order against a woman allegedly harassing her at work in Eugene... The 7-year-old boy went missing in June 2010 after Terri Horman dropped him off at his Portland school. An intense search came up empty. Terri Horman has denied any involvement in Kyron's disappearance, and authorities have not labeled her a suspect.
  • Dems urge Boehner to delay Netanyahu address to Congress

    02/19/2015 11:45:23 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 41 replies
    The Hill ^ | February 19, 2015 | Cristina Marcos
    A group of 23 liberal House Democrats urged Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) on Thursday to delay Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's address to Congress next month. In the letter spearheaded by Reps. Keith Ellison (D-Minn.), Steve Cohen (D-Tenn.) and Maxine Waters (D-Calif.), the lawmakers argued that Netanyahu was being used as a "political tool" against President Obama. "As members of Congress who support Israel, we share concern that it appears that you are using a foreign leader as a political tool against the president," they wrote. Netanyahu's March 3 address will be just two weeks before the Israeli elections and...
  • College Student Banned from Campus for "Looking like Rapist"

    02/19/2015 11:02:59 AM PST · by rightistight · 44 replies
    Pundit Press ^ | 2/19/15 | Aurelius
    A college student in Oregon has been banned from anywhere on campus that a fellow student is, not because he has done anything wrong, but because he “resembles” the person who raped that student. That means if the student lives in a dorm and the student who was raped is there, he cannot sleep in his own dorm. If she has a class in a room near him, he is not allowed to go to class. Again, this is not because he did anything, but literally because he “looked like the person who had raped her.” The campus, which is...
  • Top US labor official arrives as West Coast ports back up

    02/16/2015 7:30:54 PM PST · by Citizen Zed · 16 replies
    LOS ANGELES (AP) — The nation's top labor official flew Monday to California in an attempt to resolve a damaging contract dispute between West Coast dockworkers and their employers. U.S. Secretary of Labor Thomas Perez headed for San Francisco, where months-long negotiations between the dockworkers union and a maritime association of companies have come to a halt. So, too, has the movement of billions of dollars of cargo that is supposed to pass through 29 seaports from Southern California to Seattle. The ports are a critical trade link with Asia and the gateway not just for imports such as electronics,...
  • Meet The Corrupt, Serial-Marrying, Tree-Hugging Femme Fatale Who Brought Down Oregon’s Governor

    02/16/2015 1:05:27 PM PST · by QT3.14 · 66 replies
    Lucianne.com ^ | February 16, 2015
    By now, you may know that disgraced Oregon Gov. John Kitzhaber, a Democrat, was brought low this week by a scandal concerning his fiancée’s dealings with green energy groups. You may not be aware, however, of exactly the extent to which Kitzhaber’s fiancée, Cylvia Hayes, is a corrupt, serial-marrying tree-hugger with a background of scandals galore. The green energy scandal involved consulting and policy work conducted by Hayes. Reports have revealed that she was advising several state employees on energy policy while simultaneously receiving substantial payments from the Clean Economy Development Center — a direct and obvious conflict of interest.
  • Kitzhaber and the Greedy Greens

    02/16/2015 8:53:31 AM PST · by rktman · 11 replies
    nationalreview.com ^ | 2/15/2015 | John Fund
    Oregon governor John Kitzhaber may have announced that he will resign, but a sweeping FBI investigation of him and his fiancée, Cylvia Hayes, is only getting started. While the story involves personal failings, the green-energy lobbying scandal that brought them down has national lessons and implications. If oil companies and pharmaceutical concerns shouldn’t exercise undue influence in government, the same is true for green energy — which can’t yet survive in the marketplace without giant subsidies or special tax favors.
  • How to Force an Ethics-Plagued Democrat to Finally Resign

    02/16/2015 5:58:57 AM PST · by Kaslin · 16 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | February 16, 2015 | Rachel Alexander
    Mired in scandal, the longtime Democrat governor of Oregon, John Kitzhaber, finally stepped down from office last week. Plenty of Democrat politicians become embroiled in scandals yet continue serving in office for many years, so what made this different? Kitzhaber took on a powerful government union and failed to implement an Obamacare exchange, the kiss of death for a Democrat. Powerful members of his own party failed to stand up for him in the end, as well as the stateÂ’s formerly adulatory left-wing newspaper, The Oregonian, which called for his resignation. The 67-year-old KitzhaberÂ’s problems originated with his much younger...
  • America's First Openly Bisexual Governor

    02/13/2015 1:33:49 PM PST · by Oliviaforever · 33 replies
    Atlantic ^ | 2/13/15 | David Graham
    Oregon Governor John Kitzhaber submitted his resignation on Friday, just one month into his record fourth term in office. Kitzhaber's fate was all but sealed Thursday, after Secretary of State Kate Brown issued a statement describing his behavior, accurately, as "bizarre," top Democrats called on him to step down, and several of his closest advisers resigned.
  • Kitzhaber is allowing climate malpractice: Guest opinion

    01/04/2015 3:11:36 PM PST · by Twotone · 6 replies
    Oregonlive.com ^ | January 3, 2015 | Gordon Fulks
    Recent revelations in The Oregonian that Cylvia Hayes, Gov. John Kitzhaber's girlfriend, was involved in yet more questionable activities should not surprise anyone. It is not a big step from immigration fraud to conspiracy to produce illegal drugs to charging taxpayers $41 for a breakfast while promoting climate hysteria. I hope that she got three strips of bacon with the $41 breakfast!
  • Oregon’s 'first lady,' Gov. Kitzhaber's fiancee, admits to pot growing past

    10/14/2014 2:36:38 PM PDT · by goodnesswins · 25 replies
    NY Daily News ^ | 10/14/14 | Leslie Larson
    The colorful past of Oregon Gov. John Kitzhaber’s fiancee includes a phase as an aspiring marijuana farmer.
  • Oregon governor's fiancee admits to sham marriage

    10/09/2014 9:25:05 PM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 31 replies
    AP ^ | 10-9-14 | Jonathan J. Cooper
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  • Oregon First Lady Cylvia Hayes' Undisclosed Third Marriage Was to 18-Year-Old Immigrant

    10/08/2014 8:35:11 PM PDT · by hiho hiho · 35 replies
    Willamette Week ^ | October 8, 2014 | NIGEL JAQUISS
    Oregon First Lady Cylvia Hayes regularly speaks about her hardscrabble background—a childhood in poverty, her struggle to get through school, and her two marriages before meeting Gov. John Kitzhaber, to whom she is now engaged. On Wednesday, WW published a story about the private consulting work Hayes, 47, has performed while first lady. In the story, we reported Hayes had actually been married and divorced three times. That’s a small detail that might seem otherwise unremarkable. In 1997, King County, Wash., marriage records show, Hayes married a teenage Ethiopian immigrant 11 years younger than her. Obtaining residency or citizenship for...
  • Kitzhaber's girlfriend admits illegal '97 marriage to Ethiopian

    PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN 6) — Oregon First Lady Cylvia Hayes admitted she had a third marriage to an Ethiopian man to help him get his citizenship, and said Gov. John Kitzhaber had no idea about this event in her life until Wednesday afternoon. At a press conference Thursday, Hayes, 46, apologized to “John, the person I love above all others.” She said she needs to take some “personal time to reflect and look at my relationship with John.” Kitzhaber, 67, and Hayes announced their engagement earlier this summer. A Willamette Week story questions whether the marriage to the Ethiopian man...
  • Oregon governor planned to quit but changed his mind

    02/11/2015 11:32:01 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 23 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Feb. 12, 2015 12:01 AM EST | Jonathan J. Cooper
    Embattled Oregon Gov. John Kitzhaber had reached a decision to resign because of an ethics scandal surrounding him and his fiancée, but he changed his mind, three people with direct knowledge of the situation said Wednesday. They said the Democratic governor informed some of his aides on Sunday that he was going to resign and on Tuesday he asked his would-be successor, Secretary of State Kate Brown, to rush back from a conference in Washington D.C. They spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to talk about private discussions. Brown’s abrupt and unexplained...
  • Dem mega-donor Steyer caught up in Oregon governor scandal

    02/14/2015 10:23:19 AM PST · by rktman · 18 replies
    americanthinker.com ^ | 2/14/2015 | Rick Moran
    Democratic mega donor Tom Steyer financed at least one of the green groups who made payments to former Governor John Kitzhaber's fiancee, Cylvia Hayes while she was an "unofficial" advisor in the governor's office. The payments were made at the same time that the state was evaluating green fuel standards. The Washington Free Beacon is also reporting that several Steyer associates were involved in the scheme.
  • Oregon Gov. John Kitzhaber's resignation caps months of growing concerns

    02/14/2015 2:27:39 PM PST · by Mozilla · 10 replies
    L.A. Timea ^ | 2/14/15 | Maria L. La Ganga and Nigel Duara
    For months, concerns over what Gov. John Kitzhaber has called the "gray area" between his 47-year-old fiancee's private and professional lives haunted the longtime politician — through his 2010 election, his third term in office, his historic bid for a fourth term and the weeks since his January inauguration. Kitzhaber's problems came to a head Friday, when the former emergency room physician resigned from office, effective Feb. 18. His decision came after a week of political drama, which Secretary of State Kate Brown called "bizarre and unprecedented" and which has absorbed this normally quiet capital. Under the state constitution, Brown...
  • Subpoenas arrive as Oregon governor announces departure

    02/14/2015 12:39:46 PM PST · by CMB_polarization · 38 replies
    The Coos Bay World ^ | 14 Feb. 2015 | JONATHAN J. COOPER
    SALEM, Ore. (AP) — Just hours after Oregon Gov. John Kitzhaber announced his decision to resign, a subpoena arrived in a state office building confirming that federal agents are looking into the influence-peddling scandal that led to the abrupt end of a four-decade political career. The Democratic governor gave in to mounting pressure Friday, abandoning his office amid suspicions that his live-in fiancée used her relationship with him to land contracts for her green-energy consulting business. His resignation, which takes effect Wednesday, cleared the way for Secretary of State Kate Brown to assume Oregon's highest office and become the nation's...
  • Cylvia Hayes discloses another $118,000 for consulting fees

    02/14/2015 8:05:42 AM PST · by libstripper · 7 replies
    OregonLive ^ | Jan. 28, 2015 | Laura Gnderson
    Oregon Gov. John Kitzhaber's fiancée, Cylvia Hayes, has confirmed she collected $118,000 in previously undisclosed payments from an out-of-state clean energy group while she was advising the governor on clean energy policy. Clean Economy Development Center of Washington, D.C., paid her $30,000 in 2011 and $88,000 in 2012. The disclosures mean Hayes has collected at least $213,000 in consulting fees since Kitzhaber took office in 2011. She serves as first lady of Oregon.
  • Top Lawmakers Launch Counterattack on Obama Anti-Israel Campaign

    02/14/2015 7:29:08 AM PST · by kindred · 6 replies
    http://freebeacon.com ^ | February 13, 2015 | Adam Kredo
    Republicans voice support for Netanyahu congressional speech Top Republican leaders took to public and private channels Thursday to expose a coordinated campaign by the Obama administration to attack Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu over his acceptance of an invitation to speak before Congress, according to conversations with multiple lawmakers and leading pro-Israel insiders. The statements, many of which were obtained by the Washington Free Beacon in conversations with leaders in Congress, come in the aftermath of a widely cited New York Times report in which Obama administration officials accused Netanyahu of breaking diplomatic protocol by agreeing to speak before receiving...
  • Egypt poised for Libya evacuations as Isis hostage photos emerge (21 Christians in orange jumpsuits)

    02/14/2015 6:46:50 AM PST · by Eurotwit · 28 replies
    The Guardian ^ | Friday 13, 2015 | Chris Stephen and Jared Malsin in Cairo
    Egypt has offered to evacuate thousands of its citizens from Libya after Islamic State (Isis) released pictures showing 21 kidnapped Egyptian Christians paraded in orange jumpsuits. Egypt said it had no choice but take urgent measures on Friday with Isis expanding fast across Libya, its war-stricken neighbour. “We are helping them,” Cairo’s foreign ministry spokesman, Badr Abdelatty, said. “If they would like to come back from Libya, we are facilitating their return to their home country.” The Coptic Christian guest workers were kidnapped in Sirte, on Libya’s coast, by Isis units based there in two operations in December and January....
  • Oregon Wins as our Governor loses (Saturbray)

    02/14/2015 7:14:21 AM PST · by bray · 30 replies
    www.braylog.com ^ | 2/14/15 | bray
    “A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.” John 13:34-35 NIV Once again the immorality of the earth worshipers raises its evil head in Oregon as a Governor gets caught with his hand in the $olar cookie jar. Fortunately, thanks to the corruption of the Democrat Party activists in the state media they were able to divert his guilt long enough to get him re-elected for his 4th term beginning last month and...
  • Oregon Gets America's First Openly Bisexual Governor...

    02/13/2015 7:27:04 PM PST · by Steelfish · 46 replies
    DailyMail (UK) ^ | February 13, 2015 | DAVID MARTOSKO
    Oregon Gets America's First Openly Bisexual Governor... as Oregon's embattled John Kitzhaber RESIGNS over scandal involving fiancee's consulting contracts Oregon Secretary of State Kate Brown rushed back from a conference in Washington, D.C. on Wednesday to succeed John Kitzhaber, only to be told he was staying By DAVID MARTOSKO, 13 February 2015 Oregon's new governor will be the first open bisexual to serve as a state's chief executive when Secretary of State Kate Brown steps in for resigning Gov. John Kitzhaber on Friday. The embattled now-former Democratic governor Kitzhaber, 67, has resigned his office amid allegations his fiancee used her...
  • he First Openly-Bisexual Governor in America

    02/13/2015 6:32:25 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 57 replies
    Tea Party News Network ^ | February 13, 2015 | Greg Campbell
    As Oregon’s Democrat governor, John Kitzhaber, resigns in disgrace amidst a slew of scandals involving ethics and financial improprieties, the likely successor will be Oregon’s Secretary of State, Kate Brown. Kitzhaber has resigned and his resignation takes effect on the 18th of February. Brown, a Democrat, is the likely successor as Oregon holds no Lieutenant Governor position and the responsibility falls upon Brown. Brown is married to Dan Little, but has been open about her bisexuality and she will be the first openly-bisexual governor in U.S. history. Oregon remains a state divided; while the Beaver State is known for hipsters...
  • Federal subpoena seeks Oregon state records concerning Gov. John Kitzhaber[Reisgns/Ethics Probs]

    02/13/2015 12:27:07 PM PST · by Second Amendment First · 46 replies
    LA Times ^ | Feb 13, 2015 | Maria L. La Ganga and Nigel Duara
    <p>Gov. John Kitzhaber announced his resignation Friday, ending weeks of speculation about whether he could lead Oregon with the cloud of at least two investigations into possible ethical breaches hanging over his head.</p> <p>The embattled governor faces allegations that his fiancee used their relationship to win contracts for her consulting business and failed to report income on her taxes. The state’s two top legislative leaders and the state treasurer -- all Democrats, as is the 67-year-old governor -- had called on Kitzhaber on Thursday to resign. Oregon Gov. John Kitzhaber, fiancee provide new green energy scandal Caption Oregon Gov. John Kitzhaber, fiancee provide new green energy scandal Oregon Gov. John Kitzhaber, fiancee provide new green energy scandal Oregon Gov. John Kitzhaber, fiancee provide new green energy scandal After rumors swirl. Gov. Kitzhaber says he's not resigning After rumors swirl. Gov. Kitzhaber says he's not resigning Oregon governor insists he won't resign Oregon governor insists he won't resign Oregon sec. of state 'headed to the capitol to do some work' Oregon sec. of state 'headed to the capitol to do some work'</p>
  • Oregon Gov. John Kitzhaber submits resignation

    02/13/2015 12:09:55 PM PST · by C19fan · 37 replies
    KOIN ^ | February 13, 2015 | Staff
    Oregon Gov. John Kitzhaber submitted his resignation Friday. He met with his senior staff and administration officials before the official announcement, sources with direct knowledge told KOIN 6 News. The resignation will take effect as of 10 a.m. Wednesday, Feb. 18, 2015. Oregon Secretary of State Kate Brown will become the next governor.
  • Sources: Gov. Kitzhaber expected to resign Friday

    02/13/2015 11:31:39 AM PST · by C19fan · 17 replies
    KOIN ^ | February 13, 2015 | Staff
    Oregon Gov. John Kitzhaber is expected to resign Friday, perhaps in the early afternoon, multiple sources told KOIN 6 News. The decision came after intense debate among the governor and those close to him. These sources say Kitzhaber has wanted to pursue that course since the weekend but had been dissuaded by his fiancée, Cylvia Hayes, and his legal team.
  • Report: Oregon Governor to Resign Today

    02/13/2015 10:41:01 AM PST · by tje · 36 replies
    Free Beacon ^ | February 13, 2015 1:14 pm | Stephen Gutowski
    Oregon’s Democratic Gov. John Kitzhaber will resign this afternoon, multiple sources told Portland’s KOIN. News of the governor’s resignation comes after the governor was accused of using his influence to arrange contracts for his fiance’s green energy company and ordering the deletion of thousands of emails relevant to the scandal.
  • Environmental Scandal Engulfs Oregon Governor, Where Is National Media?

    02/13/2015 10:08:38 AM PST · by Zakeet · 17 replies
    National Review ^ | February 13, 2015 | John Fund
    John Kitzhaber, the Democratic governor of Oregon was sworn into his fourth term of office just last month. But it seems highly unlikely he will be able to survive this month in office. Last October, the Willamette Weekly newspaper published an exposé showing how the governor’s fiancé, Cylvia Hayes, was taking money as a private consultant to environment groups and then pushing their policies in her public role as “First Lady” of the state. Most infamously, she ordered state employees to follow a policy she was being paid $25,000 by an advocacy group to promote. Apparently, some of the money...
  • Gov. John Kitzhaber's Office Sought To Destroy Thousands of His Emails (Oregon)

    02/12/2015 4:11:00 PM PST · by RightGeek · 17 replies
    Willamette Week ^ | 2/12/2015 | Nigel Jaquiss
    Gov. John Kitzhaber’s office last week requested state officials destroy thousands of records in the governor’s personal email accounts, according to records obtained by WW and 101.9 KINK/FM News 101 KXL. The request came as investigations into allegations of influence-peddling involving Kitzhaber and first lady Cylvia Hayes were intensifying. Records show the request to destroy Kitzhaber’s emails came from Jan Murdock, Kitzhaber’s executive assistant. She wanted all emails from Kitzhaber’s personal email accounts removed from state servers. [snip]Personal emails of public officials can be subject to the state’s open records laws if they are used to discuss public business. Earlier...
  • States rise up against Washington

    02/10/2015 4:32:40 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 29 replies
    The Hill ^ | February 10, 2015 | Lydia Wheeler
    State legislators around the country have introduced more than 200 bills aiming to nullify regulations and laws coming out of Washington, D.C., as they look to rein in the federal government. The legislative onslaught, which includes bills targeting federal restrictions on firearms, experimental treatments and hemp, reflects growing discord between the states and Washington, state officials say. “You have a choice,” said Kentucky state Rep. Diane St. Onge (R). “To sit back and not do anything or say anything and let overregulation continue — or you have the alternative choice to speak up about it and say, ‘We know what...
  • When is a Boycott of Israel not a Boycott?

    02/08/2015 6:01:39 AM PST · by TangoLimaSierra · 10 replies
    americanthinker.com ^ | 2/7/2015 | Michael Curtis
    There are understandable differences of opinion between the American and Israel leaders on the issue of Islamist terrorism. It is wholly appropriate and desirable that they should be heard in the U.S. Congress. It is therefore painful that some honorable Democratic members of Congress should be so misguided as to declare that they will not attend the Israeli leader’s address. John Lewis (Georgia), a hero of the civil rights movement, G.K. Butterfield (North Carolina), chairman of the Congressional Black Caucus, and Eric Blumenauer (Oregon) are among those who are engaging in what is tantamount to a boycott of Israel. According...
  • Oregon Gov. Kitzhaber Targeted in Recall Effort ('Rat)

    02/07/2015 11:12:12 AM PST · by PROCON · 13 replies
    AP ^ | Feb. 6, 2015
    Oregon's governor is struggling to deal with allegations that his fiancee used his position to land clients for her environmental consulting business, claims that have drawn an ethics investigation and the scrutiny of the state's attorney general. Although his role in arranging the deals isn't clear, the scandal has posed a threat to the decades-long political career of four-term Democrat John Kitzhaber, Oregon's longest-serving governor. The editorial board at the state's largest newspaper, The Oregonian, called for him to resign this week, saying the controversy has become such a distraction that he can't effectively lead. Two advisers to the Republican...
  • Oregon governor faces ethics allegations, calls to resign

    02/06/2015 9:53:28 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 15 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Feb 6, 2015 8:55 PM EST | Jonathan J. Cooper
    Oregon’s governor is struggling to deal with allegations that his fiancée used his position to land clients for her environmental consulting business, claims that have drawn an ethics investigation and the scrutiny of the state’s attorney general. Although his role in arranging the deals isn’t clear, the scandal has posed a threat to the decades-long political career of four-term Democrat John Kitzhaber, Oregon’s longest-serving governor. […] A series of newspaper reports since October have chronicled Cylvia Hayes’ work for organizations with an interest in Oregon public policy. During the same period, she worked as an unpaid adviser in the governor’s...
  • Largest newspaper in Oregon calls on Dem governor to resign in green energy scandals

    02/05/2015 5:21:09 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 12 replies
    The American Thinker ^ | February 5, 2015 | Thomas Lifson
    Governor John Kitzhaber of Oregon is hanging tough in the face of a scandal that makes progressives look bad on multiple grounds. Kudos to the Oregonian newspaper for calling him out and demanding his resignation. So far, the national media are ignoring the story, because it’s the kind of thing that makes greenies’ faces turn red with embarrassment (at least among those capable of embarrassment). Some background: The governor has a “fiancée” named Cylvia Hayes, who is acting as “first lady” without, as they used to say, benefit of clergy. And:.......
  • Christian Bakers Who Refused to Make Cake for Lesbian Wedding Found Guilty

    02/04/2015 1:28:16 PM PST · by Enlightened1 · 86 replies
    The Christian Post ^ | 2/4/15 | Leonardo Blair
    Christian owners of a bakery in Gresham, Oregon, who were forced to close their business in 2013 due to backlash over their refusal to bake a cake for a lesbian wedding based on religious objections, were found guilty of discrimination Monday and now have to pay the couple up to $150,000 in fines. The Oregon Bureau of Labor and Industries announced that the owners of Sweet Cakes by Melissa bakery, Aaron and Melissa Klein, will have to pay the sapphic couple. Whether or not they pay the maximum $150,000 fine will be determined at a hearing on March 10 BOLI...
  • Christian Bakers Face Government Wrath For Refusing To Make Cake For Gay Wedding

    02/03/2015 7:41:05 PM PST · by Steelfish · 54 replies
    FoxNews ^ | February 03, 2015 | Todd Starnes
    Christian Bakers Face Government Wrath For Refusing To Make Cake For Gay Wedding By Todd Starnes February 03, 2015 Aaron and Melissa Klein refused to bake a wedding cake for a gay couple, and now they must pay for their crime. An Oregon administrative law judge ruled on Jan. 29 that the owners of Sweet Cakes by Melissa did, in fact, discriminate in 2013 when they declined to provide a wedding cake for a lesbian couple because it would have violated their Christian beliefs against same-sex marriage. The judge’s ruling paves the way for a March 10 hearing at which...
  • Gay Wedding Cake (and Lack Thereof) May Cost Oregon Bakers $150,000

    02/03/2015 8:17:14 AM PST · by redreno · 16 replies
    http://reason.com ^ | |Feb. 3, 2015 10:55 am | Scott Shackford
    The latest on the wedding cake beat: The state of Oregon has formally ruled that a bakery in Gresham discriminated against a gay couple who wanted to purchase a wedding cake. The state’s Bureau of Labor and Industries could fine the owners of Sweet Cakes by Melissa, which has since closed its doors and become a home bakery in response to the controversy, up to $150,000.
  • Seattle: Masked Muslims Demand Teacher Who Showed Cartoons Be Fired

    02/03/2015 2:27:42 AM PST · by Reverend Saltine · 55 replies
    Jihad Watch ^ | February 2, 2015 | Robert Spencer, Anti-Jihad Warrior
    Seattle: Muslims demand teacher be fired for showing Muhammad cartoons SeattleReWaprotestAnd they may get it, as well. Is this America? The surrender to Sharia norms and collapse of a general understanding of the value of the freedom of speech is happening so rapidly, it’s extraordinary. “Somali protestors demand teacher resign over Mohammed cartoons,” by Alex Stonehill and Alex Garland, Seattle Globalist, February 1, 2015 (thanks to Refugee Resettlement Watch): Controversy over cartoons depicting the Prophet Mohammed hit home in Seattle recently, culminating in a protest outside of southend refugee service provider on Friday. A group of Somali Americans gathered outside...
  • Oregon Democrat calls for police psych evals ‘once a year’ after Ferguson

    02/02/2015 11:16:13 AM PST · by Kyle Olson · 27 replies
    The American Mirror ^ | 2/2/15 | Olaf Ekberg
    An Oregon legislator wants mental evaluations for police officers as little as “once a year” for one reason: Ferguson. Democratic Representative Lew Frederick appeared at a Portland town hall meeting over the weekend to announce a series of bills inspired by the Missouri incident involving teenager Michael Brown and police officer Darren Wilson. “I want to have a regular psychological evaluation of every law enforcement officer,” Frederick told the crowd, which responded with cheers. He suggested a time range from once a year to once every two years.
  • Nightmare neighbor secretly filmed Beaverton teen for years [Oregon]

    01/29/2015 12:05:09 PM PST · by QT3.14 · 35 replies
    KGW TV - Portland, Oregon ^ | January 27, 2015 | Mark Hanrahan, John Tierney and Laural Porter
    For four years, hidden cameras recorded Madison Reed's most private moments, beginning when she was just 13 years old. The cameras, placed by a neighbor in the teenager's bedroom and in a beach house, are now gone, but the painful memories remain. "It's disgusting," Madison said. "I don't like to think about it, but I think about it all the time. Like all day." According to law enforcement investigators, Bradley McCollum, a family friend, set up a camera at his Clatsop County beach house in 2010 to secretly record Reed as she visited with McCollum's family. In 2014, he added...
  • Oregon bank now says it won't work with Colorado marijuana businesses

    01/27/2015 11:41:26 AM PST · by george76 · 8 replies
    MBank, an Oregon bank that last week said it would allow Colorado marijuana businesses to open accounts, now says it won't. The Denver Post reports the bank is saying it doesn't have the infrastructure to handle the volume of customers in the pot industry. But the newspaper cites unnamed sources as saying federal banking regulators told MBank the move was too risky. Because marijuana remains illegal under federal law, companies in the industry haven't been able to find a bank to handle their business. MBank doesn't have a Colorado location. Instead, MBank intended to have marijuana businesses deposit their cash...
  • Elizabeth Hovde: Reaction to anti-abortion rally highlights Portland's intolerance...

    01/25/2015 11:32:48 AM PST · by Morgana · 8 replies
    oregonlive.com ^ | January 24, 2015 | Elizabeth Hovde
    FULL TITLE: Elizabeth Hovde: Reaction to anti-abortion rally highlights Portland's intolerance for opposing views People in the Portland area tend to say minorities should be heard and valued. There's a lot of bragging about this tolerant, nonconformist land. And "Keep Portland Weird" has become an informal mantra of the city's residents, with a bumper sticker always married to a car, wall or backpack nearby. (Never mind that the saying was imported from an Austin, Texas, buy-local campaign started by the Austin Independent Business Alliance. Details, details.) But pride in feeling superior, another Portland tendency, trumps that whole valuing-minority-opinions thing, I...
  • Keystone debate ends with Democrats' ire

    01/23/2015 1:01:55 PM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 8 replies
    CNN ^ | January 23, 2015 | Alexandra Jaffe
    Washington (CNN)Senators worked till midnight on Thursday moving through a series of amendments to a bill that would green-light construction of the controversial Keystone XL pipeline, but Senate Democrats wanted to stay longer. At least, they were frustrated with what they said was a double standard from Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, who moved to end debate on the bill and set up a final vote next week after tabling a number of Democratic amendments. The Senate had already voted on 15 amendments, 10 of which were offered by Democrats and another five from Republicans. But Democrats cried foul at...
  • Portland anti-abortion rally features speaker with a punk rock sensibility

    01/20/2015 5:22:21 PM PST · by Morgana · 6 replies
    oregonlive.com ^ | January 18, 2015 | Jeff Mapes
    About 1,000 opponents of abortion rallied under damp skies in downtown Portland Sunday and heard from a keynote speaker whose appearance reflected the city's hipster vibe. Bryan Kemper, who once lived in Portland, sported elaborate arm tattoos, ear piercings and a faded T-shirt as he addressed the crowd marking the 42nd anniversary of the Supreme Court's Roe vs. Wade decision establishing abortion rights. While he was soft-spoken in conversation, there was nothing laid back about Kemper's rhetoric at the Pioneer Courthouse Square rally organized by Oregon Right to Life. He criticized Christian churches that don't do enough to fight abortion...
  • Truck Stuck in Tree Near Portland a Mystery to Investigators

    04/28/2013 8:58:36 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 72 replies
    King5 ^ | April 28, 2013 | Evan Sernoffsky
    Crews found a pickup truck stuck in a tree almost ten feet off the ground Sunday morning near Sherwood. Firefighters used thermal imaging to scan the truck at Highway 99 and Middleton Road and found it was empty. The details of how the truck got into the tree are a mystery to investigators. They were first alerted to the tree at 7:30 a.m. and called area hospitals, but no trauma patients came in overnight. PGE was at the scene due to safety concerns over power lines near the tree.