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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.

Racial slurs in Oregon Democratic senator’s 1971 memoir prompt Republican criticism

By: - October 6, 2022

More than 50 years ago, a 20-year-old Harvard student spent his summer picking weeds and harvesting watermelons on a southwest Georgia farm that aimed to help Black sharecroppers rise from poverty.  That student, Jeff Golden, is now a Democratic state senator running for re-election in a southern Oregon district targeted by Republicans. They seized on […]

Oregon congressional candidate Mike Erickson sues opponent Andrea Salinas over negative ad

By: - October 6, 2022

Republican congressional candidate Mike Erickson followed through on his threat to sue Democratic opponent Andrea Salinas over a negative campaign ad and is demanding $800,000 from her campaign.  Erickson’s campaign committee filed a complaint Wednesday afternoon in Clackamas County Circuit Court against both Salinas’ campaign and Salinas as an individual over a 30-second  television ad […]

Oregon candidate Mike Erickson threatens lawsuit to overturn election over negative ad

By: - October 4, 2022

Ballots haven’t been mailed yet, but Oregon congressional candidate Mike Erickson is threatening a lawsuit to overturn election results if his Democratic opponent wins.  Erickson’s threat, in a cease-and-desist letter his attorney sent Andrea Salinas’ campaign, rests on a state law that provides for elections to be overturned if a judge finds that the winner […]

Attorneys: Oregon candidate Mike Erickson didn’t face felony drug charges in 2016 DUI arrest

By: - October 3, 2022

The defense attorney who represented congressional candidate Mike Erickson in his 2016 drunken driving case said Monday that her “mistake” resulted in court documents that incorrectly indicated he would avoid felony drug charges by pleading guilty. As reported by the Capital Chronicle last week, Erickson was arrested in 2016 with a blood alcohol content of […]

Poll: Oregon governor’s race a dead heat between Drazan, Kotek

By: - September 30, 2022

Republican Christine Drazan and Democrat Tina Kotek are in a neck-and-neck race for Oregon governor with just over five weeks to go until Election Day, according to a new poll.  The poll of 620 likely voters from Salem-based Nelson Research showed 33.4% would most likely vote for Drazan, 31.5% for Kotek and 19.2% for nonaffiliated […]

Oregon governor candidate Betsy Johnson hosts crime roundtable in Portland’s Lents neighborhood

By: - September 30, 2022

PORTLAND – At her third meeting of the morning with angry Portlanders, nonaffiliated candidate for governor Betsy Johnson explained why she sees a viable path to becoming Oregon’s first independent governor in decades, despite poll numbers.  Her day started at a restaurant vandalized the night before, then a visit to the Portland airport where she […]

Oregon governor candidates debate education, housing, abortion in Bend

By: - September 27, 2022

Oregon’s three candidates for governor had another chance to differentiate themselves in their first televised debate in Bend on Tuesday evening. Democrat Tina Kotek, Republican Christine Drazan and nonaffiliated candidate Betsy Johnson answered questions from central Oregon residents before an auditorium of Oregon State University-Cascades students and staff.   The debate was largely muted, with candidates […]

Oregon House candidate lied about endorsements, rival PAC says

By: - September 27, 2022

UPDATE: This article was updated at 8 p.m. Tuesday and 11:30 a.m. Wednesday with information about the erroneous endorsements being removed from a printed version of the pamphlet.  A Republican candidate for a coastal state House district lied about endorsements in the state-issued Voters’ Pamphlet, a political action committee for House Democrats alleged Tuesday. In […]

Tough-on-crime Oregon congressional candidate Mike Erickson handcuffed for DUI

By: - September 27, 2022

CORRECTED on Oct. 3, 2022: Mike Erickson faced accusations of possessing a controlled substance but was never charged with drug possession. A previous version of this story said he had faced drug charges.   In ads and political mailers, Republican congressional hopeful Mike Erickson boasts of his support for police and pledges to vote against […]

About 100 appointed to Oregon boards, commissions

By: - September 26, 2022

Nearly 100 people, including one retiring state senator, were appointed or reappointed to state boards and commissions by the Oregon Senate on Friday. Most members of state boards are unpaid volunteers, nominated by Gov. Kate Brown and confirmed by the state Senate. They wield power over state land policy, public pensions, transportation policy and more.  […]

Oregon Gov. Kate Brown calls for new tax credit, other semiconductor incentives

By: - September 22, 2022

Gov. Kate Brown wants the Legislature to act quickly next year to pass a new tax credit and other incentives to expand Oregon’s semiconductor industry. During a state House committee meeting Wednesday, Brown laid out the broad strokes of a plan she worked on with business leaders and U.S. Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Oregon, to position […]

White House: Nearly 500,000 Oregonians qualify for student loan forgiveness

By: - September 20, 2022

Almost 500,000 Oregonians are eligible to have some or all of their student loans forgiven, the White House announced Tuesday. Most of the Oregon recipients – more than 332,100 – could have up to $20,000 forgiven because they received Pell Grants, which are provided to students whose families can’t help them pay for college. The […]