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Accusations Of Partisanship Rile State Audits Chief


Oregon Secretary of State Dennis Richardson poses for a portrait on Thursday, March 2, 2017.

Oregon Secretary of State Dennis Richardson poses for a portrait on Thursday, March 2, 2017.

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A public accusation by a gubernatorial staffer that the secretary of state’s audits are politically motivated has created a dustup between Oregon’s two top offices, public records show.

Top advisers from each office now plan to meet in person to discuss their working relationship.

Allegations of partisanship have popped up on occasion since Oregon’s Republican Secretary of State Dennis Richardson took office a little over a year ago.

But the most recent flare-up began last week after Richardson’s office released a lengthy and critical audit of the state’s foster care system. Over a year’s worth of work, auditors found numerous problems at Oregon’s Department of Human Services that could put kids’ safety at risk.

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