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Julia Shumway

Julia Shumway

Julia Shumway has reported on government and politics in Iowa and Nebraska, spent time at the Bend Bulletin and most recently was a legislative reporter for the Arizona Capitol Times in Phoenix. An award-winning journalist, Julia most recently reported on the tangled efforts to audit the presidential results in Arizona.

Drazan wins Oregon governor primary with about a quarter of Republican voters

By: - May 19, 2022

Republican gubernatorial nominee Christine Drazan has a monumental task in front of her: convincing the more than three-quarters of Republican primary voters who preferred other candidates to coalesce around her campaign going into the fall election. Drazan officially accepted her party’s nomination during a brief meeting with reporters Thursday morning, a day after runner-up Bob […]

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Oregon still collecting more tax revenue than economists anticipated

By: - May 18, 2022

Oregon tax collections continue to surge, with Oregonians paying $1.2 billion more in income taxes this spring than last year. The increasing  state revenues aren’t due to higher taxes. Instead, according to Oregon’s quarterly economic forecast, many people cashed in assets in late 2021, causing a short-term income boost.  Most of the tax windfall will […]

Slow vote counting in Clackamas County could delay Congressional results until next week

By: - May 18, 2022

About 200 Clackamas County employees will be temporarily assigned to process ballots beginning Thursday as the third-largest county in Oregon struggles to process election results.  Printing errors on many ballots made them unreadable by county machines, resulting in bipartisan teams of election workers hand-copying affected ballots. By midday Wednesday, the county had still only counted […]

Tiernan concedes, but Drazan not ready to declare victory in Oregon GOP primary

By: - May 18, 2022

Christine Drazan’s main primary opponent conceded the Republican race for governor Wednesday, but the Canby Republican isn’t ready to declare victory. Drazan, the former House minority leader, said in a statement that former Oregon Republican Party Chair Bob Tiernan conceded the race Wednesday. Drazan led Tiernan by about 13,000 votes with at least 80,000 Republican […]

Oregon primary election: Progressive women win big, Republican races remain tight

By: - May 17, 2022

Progressive women won big in Oregon’s Democratic primaries Tuesday, while contested Republican races remained close with many ballots left to count.  Former House Speaker Tina Kotek won the Democratic primary for governor. Labor Commissioner Val Hoyle, state Rep. Andrea Salinas and attorney Jamie McLeod-Skinner are winning their congressional primaries. McLeod-Skinner was on her way to […]

Many Oregon candidates breeze to victory with no primary opponents

By: - May 17, 2022

Before any election results are announced Tuesday, many Oregon candidates will have already won their primary elections.  And a few have already won their general election, by virtue of being the only candidate on the ballot for their position. Come January, six current legislators will return to their seats in the House or Senate after […]

Oregon Gov. Brown, fire officials warn of challenging 2022 wildfire season

By: - May 16, 2022

A rainy late spring is delaying the start of fire season in Oregon, but state officials said Monday they still anticipate a challenging summer and fall.  Large fires are already blazing in New Mexico, and fire risk in the Northwest is expected to worsen as summer continues. During a press conference Monday, Gov. Kate Brown […]

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Questions about Oregon-Idaho boundary, taxes, tobacco and guns on local ballots

By: - May 16, 2022

Voters in three more Oregon counties will indicate next week whether they want to become Idaho residents without leaving their homes. Questions about the “Greater Idaho” movement are on ballots in Douglas, Josephine and Klamath counties, following approval in eight rural counties, mostly in the southeast part of the state, to push toward redrawing the […]

Oregon Secretary of State: Election results can be trusted, might take longer

By: - May 11, 2022

Oregonians might not know who won close races until several days after the Tuesday election, Secretary of State Shemia Fagan cautioned Wednesday. Voters have been slower returning their ballots this year than in past primaries, and a new law means ballots that arrive within a week after Election Day but were mailed and postmarked by […]

One week before election, Oregon voter turnout lags past primaries

By: - May 10, 2022

Oregon voters are holding onto their ballots longer this year than they have in recent primary elections. A week before the May 17 election, just over 288,000 of the state’s more than 2.9 million registered voters have cast their ballots, according to the Oregon Secretary of State’s Office. That’s a turnout rate of 9.8%. Both […]

State, Bend real estate group reach settlement on Oregon ‘love letter’ ban

By: - May 9, 2022

The state of Oregon won’t keep fighting to enforce a first-in-the-nation ban on real estate “love letters” and will pay a Bend real estate group more than $60,000, according to a draft settlement filed in a federal court in Portland. Chief U.S. District Judge Marco Hernández in March temporarily blocked the enforcement of Oregon’s 2021 […]

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Oregon, Washington detect first cases of bird flu in backyard flocks

By: - May 6, 2022

Oregon and Washington officials on Friday confirmed that both states have had their first cases of a highly pathogenic bird flu and about 150 backyard chickens, turkeys and geese were destroyed this week. The disease has been present in North America since at least December and has primarily been spread by migrating waterfowl or scavengers […]