Garrett Andrews

Garrett Andrews

Garrett Andrews covers justice, health and social services. Before joining the Capital Chronicle, he worked for 14 years at newspapers in Colorado and Oregon, focused primarily on crime and courts. He has a master's degree in political science from the University of Colorado-Denver.

Survey: Oregonians still support Measure 110 despite flawed rollout

By: - September 19, 2022

Despite a much-criticized rollout, Oregonians still support a 2020 law that decriminalized possession of small amounts of hard drugs and allocated millions of dollars towards addiction services, according to a recent poll by a progressive think tank. The survey by Data for Progress found that 85% of Democrats, 58% of independent voters and 33% of […]

A request for millions as state lawmakers consider major overhaul of public defense system

By: - September 14, 2022

Oregon lawmakers are considering a major overhaul of the state’s beleaguered public defense system. Ideas have emerged in discussions in a work group that’s been meeting monthly since April to discuss options for replacing the current system. Members include former legislators, public defenders, representatives of Gov. Kate Brown’s office and members of the state Judicial […]

With cases falling, Oregon Health Authority shifts attention away from Covid-19

By: - September 7, 2022

With Covid-19 no longer posing a public health crisis, state health officials announced Wednesday they are shifting resources away from tracking the disease toward other priorities, including monkeypox. Officials from the Oregon Health Authority said they will no longer publish daily Covid data, and they indicated the virus is likely to become “endemic” like the […]

Three Portland-area counties will distribute 20,000 doses of naloxone to stem opioid deaths

By: - September 6, 2022

With fentanyl-related deaths surging over the past three and a half years, a Medicaid insurer plans to distribute 20,000 doses of a life-saving anti-overdose medication in the Portland area. CareOregon, a large insurer for the Oregon Health Plan, the state’s Medicaid system, said those doses of naloxone, worth  $3 million, will go to first responders, […]

Rosenblum joins AGs in supporting federal law that protects Native foster children and adoptees

By: - September 1, 2022

UPDATED: 10 a.m. Thursday with Rosenblum’s statement. Oregon Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum has joined 23 fellow attorneys general in supporting a federal law that protects Native American foster children and adoptees. The Indian Child Welfare Act of 1978 was passed by Congress to combat a widespread and destructive practice of displacing Native American children by […]

Survey: Majority of Oregonians say they’ll back candidates who support more gun control

By: - August 31, 2022

A majority of Oregon adults say they are more likely to vote for a candidate who supports gun control in the Nov. 8 general election, according to a recent survey. The study by the Portland-based Oregon Values and Beliefs Center, a nonpartisan research group, found that 56% of respondents were more likely to support a […]

Bend shooting draws mixed response from Oregon officials

By: and - August 30, 2022

 The mass shooting in Bend on Sunday drew a mixed response from Oregon’s U.S. congressional members, governor, state lawmakers and gubernatorial candidates, with calls for tighter gun controls and wider access to mental health care. A state lawmaker, state Rep. Jason Kropf, D-Bend, told the Capital Chronicle he plans to pursue legislative action, starting with […]

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Rosenblum, who nearly falls for bank scam, warns others to beware

By: - August 29, 2022

Last week, Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum received a text from her bank asking if she’d recently spent $750 at Walmart. She hastily texted back “NO,” and almost immediately her phone rang. Rosenblum, who’s made consumer protection a priority, spent 10 minutes on the phone.  She grew increasingly suspicious. The caller, frustrated with her questions, hung […]

Betsy Johnson qualifies as nonaffiliated gubernatorial candidate for November ballot

By: - August 25, 2022

Longtime Oregon lawmaker Betsy Johnson has qualified to appear on the November ballot as a nonaffiliated candidate for governor. On Thursday afternoon, the Oregon Elections Division notified Johnson that enough signatures on her nominating petitions had been verified to qualify her as a candidate, and that her name would be printed on the Nov. 8 […]

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OSU study calls for better screening of sexual abuse in children

By: - August 25, 2022

A recent study by researchers at Oregon State University found that chronic childhood sexual abuse is more likely to lead to negative outcomes in adults than single instances of trauma. The findings highlight the importance of screening for chronic trauma, rather than relying on one-time checklist-style assessments, which, for instance, ask how severe was the […]