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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.

Auditors find that Oregon state agency handled wildfire cleanup well despite complaints

By: - October 21, 2021

A report released Wednesday by state auditors largely praises how the Oregon Department of Transportation handled debris removal after the largest natural disaster in state history. The transportation department and the contractors it hired to remove tens of thousands of damaged trees from along 120 miles of state highways in the Santiam Canyon and McKenzie […]

Tillamook Rep. Suzanne Weber seeks to move up to Senate

By: - October 19, 2021

State Rep. Suzanne Weber is running for Senate in the rural northwest Oregon district long represented by state Sen. Betsy Johnson, who announced her independent campaign for governor last week.  Weber, R-Tillamook, announced her plans shortly after Johnson informed supporters she would run for governor. While Johnson was a Democrat until late last week and […]

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Federal judge rejects last-ditch effort to block Oregon Covid vaccine mandate

By: - October 19, 2021

A federal judge on Monday struck down a last-minute attempt to block Oregon’s vaccination mandate for teachers, health care workers and state employees, while another heard arguments in a similar case.  Most people working in health care or education and executive branch employees had until the end of the day Monday to prove they’ve been […]

Dire warnings about the vaccine mandate unlikely to play out in Oregon

By: , and - October 18, 2021

Rural officials have warned for more than a month that the vaccine mandate would put some Oregonians at risk as employees resigned or were fired. That mandate took hold Monday, covering tens of thousands of state employees, health care workers and school staff. Not long after Gov. Kate Brown imposed that mandate in August, Baker […]

Clackamas County Rep. Mark Meek announces run for Oregon Senate

By: - October 15, 2021

State Rep. Mark Meek plans to run for the state Senate in a newly-created district,  he announced this week. Meek’s Gladstone home has been in a Republican Senate district represented by former state Sen. Alan Olsen or his appointed successor, state Sen. Bill Kennemer, for the past decade. New legislative boundaries give Democrats an advantage […]

Oregon state Sen. Betsy Johnson to launch independent campaign for governor

By: - October 14, 2021

Moderate Democratic state Sen. Betsy Johnson will leave her party and run for governor as an independent, she told supporters Thursday afternoon.  In an email obtained by the Oregon Capital Chronicle, Johnson described herself as offering a sensible alternative instead of forcing Oregon voters to choose between “another left-wing liberal promising more of the same […]

Kristof quits New York Times, moves closer to declaring campaign for Oregon governor

By: - October 14, 2021

Longtime columnist Nicholas Kristof resigned from the New York Times Thursday morning, moving closer to announcing his campaign to be Oregon’s next governor.  Kristof, who lives on a farm outside Yamhill, has been on leave since June as he explored a potential race. Earlier this week, he set up a fundraising committee with the Oregon […]

Oregon Rep. Bill Post will resign two months after moving to Nevada

By: - October 12, 2021

State Rep. Bill Post, who thought he could continue in the Oregon Legislature despite moving to Nevada, found out otherwise and said in a statement Tuesday that he will resign his seat by Nov. 30.  The Keizer Republican and former broadcaster revised his plans and will resign more than two months after he announced in […]

Oregon Republicans sue over new congressional districts

By: - October 12, 2021

Four former Republican officials in Oregon sued over newly drawn congressional boundaries, alleging that legislative Democrats created a “clear, egregious partisan gerrymander.”  The suit, filed in Marion County Circuit Court late Monday, claims that Democrats ignored required criteria for redistricting to ensure Democratic dominance in congressional elections as Oregon gets a sixth seat in the […]

Oregon tenants risk expiration of eviction safe harbor before they can get rent help

By: - October 11, 2021

Three months ago, most legislators agreed to let the state’s eviction moratorium expire but provide a 60-day grace period as landlords and tenants waited on bureaucrats to process rental assistance claims.  There were hundreds of millions of dollars in federal rent assistance available, Covid cases were decreasing and more than 2 million Oregonians had already […]

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Judge rejects Oregon state troopers’ Covid vaccine mandate lawsuit

By: - October 8, 2021

Oregon state troopers who refuse to get vaccinated for Covid failed in their initial attempt to block an Oct. 18 vaccination deadline after a state judge ruled against them late Thursday. Nearly three dozen troopers, along with the Oregon Fraternal Order of Police and a union representing Klamath County firefighters, sued Gov. Kate Brown over […]

Tigard-Tualatin school board chair to run for Oregon House

By: - October 7, 2021

Ben Bowman, Tigard-Tualatin School Board chair, will run for state House in a newly drawn Tigard-based legislative district, he announced this week.  Rep. Dacia Grayber, D-Portland, has represented the Tigard area in the House since 2020, but she doesn’t live in the redrawn 25th House District that contains most of the Portland suburb. Bowman, 29, […]