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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.

Oregon campaign finance proposal crafted by business, labor groups gets first hearing

By: - February 23, 2024

Critics pointed out the bill still would allow unions and small donor committees to give hundreds of thousands of dollars to candidates, and that lawmakers popped it on the table with just two weeks left to pass bills before the legislative session ends. 

Oregon voters cynical about government, support campaign finance reform, survey finds

By: - February 23, 2024

Oregonians are cynical about state politics and open to government reforms including campaign finance limits and open primaries, a new report from the Oregon Values and Beliefs Center found.

Denyc Boles announces run for Oregon's 6th Congressional District.

Denyc Boles ends campaign for Oregon 6th Congressional District

By: - February 22, 2024

Former Republican state lawmaker Denyc Boles is ending her campaign for Oregon’s 6th Congressional District.   Boles’ decision could clear a path for 2022 Republican nominee Mike Erickson as he seeks a rematch with Democratic U.S. Rep. Andrea Salinas, though candidates have until March 12 to enter the race. Boles had racked up key endorsements from […]

Oregon permanent standard time bill survives after Senate splits

By: - February 20, 2024

An effort to switch Oregon to permanent standard time will live to see another day after hitting a temporary roadblock on Tuesday when the state Senate split evenly on the bill. It takes 16 “yes” votes to pass a bill in the 30-member Senate, and Sen. Kim Thatcher’s Senate Bill 1548 had just 15 senators […]

Composite image of Metro Council President Lynn Peterson, a white woman with blonde hair in a blue suit jacket, and state Rep. Janelle Bynum, a Black woman with short dark hair in a purple top with necklaces

Peterson drops out of Oregon 5th District race, endorses Bynum in Democratic primary

By: - February 20, 2024

Metro Council President Lynn Peterson is dropping out of the Democratic primary in one of the nation’s most competitive congressional districts and throwing her support behind state Rep. Janelle Bynum.

The Biden administration on Monday announced funding for more than 2,700 electric and low-emission school buses. Shown are parked school buses in a lot during the COVID-19 pandemic on April 21, 2020 in Charlotte, North Carolina.

Oregon House passes school bus camera bill

By: - February 19, 2024

A bill that resulted from a student coming within seconds of being struck by an aggressive driver is one step closer to becoming law in Oregon.  A high school student, Sean Sype, saw and reported the incident, prompting Rep. Courtney Neron, D-Wilsonville, to introduce House Bill 4147, which would allow school districts to add cameras […]

Mail ads praising Kevin Mannix and criticizing Emerson Levy

Dark money group targets Oregon swing districts with new mailers, ads

By: - February 16, 2024

A dark money group founded by a national Republican political operative and oil industry lobbyists stepped up its efforts to influence Oregon voters this week, sending mailers and buying ad space in seven competitive state House districts.  Voters in the four Republican-held districts received glossy pieces of mail asking them to thank their representatives for […]

Five years after pushing for permanent daylight time, Oregon senator seeks switch to standard time

By: - February 15, 2024

Five years after Oregon lawmakers passed a bipartisan law to permanently stay on daylight time, Oregonians are still stuck changing their clocks twice a year. States can’t switch to permanent daylight time without congressional approval, though they can choose to opt out of daylight saving time altogether. Now, the state senator who led the effort […]

With a lack of housing in Oregon, rents have soared.

Oregon lawmakers propose pared-down version of Kotek housing bill

By: - February 13, 2024

A significantly pared-down version of Gov. Tina Kotek’s signature housing bill cleared a Senate committee on Tuesday, suggesting lawmakers are willing once again to spend hundreds of millions of dollars on housing and homelessness – if not to the extent the governor wanted.   Through Senate Bill 1537 and a separate budget request, Kotek had asked […]

Banned books in Washington D.C.

Oregon lawmaker’s ‘simple’ attempt to push back against book bans becomes culture war flash point

By: - February 13, 2024

Troubled by a steep rise in attempts to ban books in Oregon and nationwide, state Sen. Lew Frederick proposed what he sees as a simple bill. 

Banks real estate agent files for Oregon House seat

By: - February 9, 2024

A Republican state representative who has been barred from serving on committees because of a restraining order against him won’t seek a second term and endorsed a candidate to replace him.  Rep. Brian Stout, R-Columbia City, announced his decision to retire at the end of his first term in a post on his Facebook page […]

Gov. Tina Kotek has set a goal of building 36,000 new homes a year – nearly double the average number of homes built in Oregon in recent years.

Oregon Gov. Kotek pushes Senate panel to approve $500 million housing plan

By: - February 8, 2024

Gov. Tina Kotek on Thursday began a full-court press for her $500 million plan to spur home construction, telling senators in a crowded committee hearing that they can’t go home without passing her bill and addressing the housing crisis that affects every community in the state.  Senate Bill 1537, the only bill Kotek requested this […]