Private Email Use a Source of Friction in Many Statehouses

The types of transparency questions surrounding Hillary Rodham Clinton's use of personal email to conduct business while secretary of state have led in recent years to access fights in state capitals throughout the country.

Governors and other elected officials routinely use private emails, laptops and cellphones for government business, a popular strategy that sometimes helps them avoid public scrutiny of their actions.

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Opinion:It could be very long time before Hillary Clinton’s State Department e-mails see the light of day

Hillary Clinton has said she wants the public to see 55,000 e-mails she turned over to the State Department that had been kept in her personal, unofficial e-mail account. But nobody should hold their breath waiting to see them. That’s because the State Department is legendary for taking forever to wade through and ultimately decide what documents can be released when.

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Hayes’ use of Gmail complicates press inquiries

First lady Cylvia Hayes used a private email account while she served as a policy adviser to Gov. John Kitzhaber, and that decision could make it more difficult for the public to learn about Hayes’ role in shaping state policy.

Media organizations and others have requested public records including Hayes’ email correspondence, since an Oct. 8 story in Willamette Week raised questions about Hayes’ pursuit of consulting contracts that dealt with the same topics on which she advised Kitzhaber.

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