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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.

Audit: Oregon broadband office not prepared for federal infrastructure grants

By: - January 12, 2023

Oregon’s broadband office doesn’t have the staff or plans it needs to take advantage of up to $1 billion in federal money to expand internet access, according to an audit released Wednesday.  The report from the Audits Division of the Secretary of State’s Office found that the state has work to do to effectively allocate […]

Oregon state Rep. David Brock Smith appointed to Senate seat

By: - January 11, 2023

County commissioners in southern Oregon have tapped state Rep. David Brock Smith, R-Port Orford, to represent the area in the state Senate for the next two years. Brock Smith will finish the term of Dallas Heard, a senator and former head of the Oregon Republican Party who resigned Jan. 1. Heard said he needed to […]

Oregon Gov. Kotek declares homelessness state of emergency, signs housing executive orders

By: - January 11, 2023

Gov. Tina Kotek on Tuesday declared that much of Oregon is in a state of emergency because of homelessness and created a new state council with the aim of building thousands more homes a year. Kotek signed three executive orders in a temporary ceremonial office in Salem on Tuesday afternoon, just 24 hours after she […]

Oregon Gov. Tina Kotek takes office with a promise to ‘make things better’

By: - January 9, 2023

As she took office as governor Monday, Tina Kotek promised to wake up every day with a mission: to take on Oregon’s biggest challenges and make things better. 

Wagner on opening day

A new leadership era starts in the Legislature

By: and - January 9, 2023

Monday marked the start of a new era in the Oregon statehouse, as lawmakers elected a new Senate president and witnessed the inauguration of Gov. Tina Kotek. In about five hours, lawmakers set the framework for the 2023 session with new leaders for both chambers to set the course for Oregon for years to come.  […]

Live Feed: Oregon Gov.-elect Tina Kotek, state legislators will be sworn in

By: , , and - January 9, 2023

House lawmakers will be on the floor at 9 a.m. and the Senate at 9:30 a.m. to swear in new members, adopt rules and elect their leaders. House Speaker Dan Rayfield, D-Corvallis, is expected to win re-election to the House’s top job, while Democrats in the Senate majority tapped Sen. Rob Wagner, D-Portland, as their […]

Speaker stalemate leaves Oregon’s new congresswomen in limbo

By: - January 6, 2023

During the stalemate over the U.S. House’s speaker selection, the 435 members of Congress, including Oregon’s three newly elected congresswomen, have been in a state of limbo. Oregon’s new U.S. representatives, Lori Chavez-DeRemer, Val Hoyle and Andrea Salinas, had yet to be  sworn in by Friday evening, along with other new members of the chamber. […]

Oregon Treasurer will begin sending checks to people with unclaimed funds

By: - January 6, 2023

Keep an eye on your mailbox, Oregon – the state Treasury is planning to send checks of up to $10,000 to people with unclaimed paychecks, security deposits, tax refunds or other unclaimed property.  Treasurer Tobias Read announced this week that the agency will proactively return approximately $10 million in unclaimed funds to current and former […]

Oregon teen’s activism could lead to lower voting age

By: - January 5, 2023

A 15-year-old’s political activism could result in Oregon legislators considering lowering the state voting age to 16. Devon Lawson-McCourt, a sophomore at McKenzie River Community School in Blue River, has volunteered for political campaigns since fifth grade but is still several years away from being allowed to vote. Lawson-McCourt recently secured a promise from Rep. […]

Lawsuit lingers as Salinas prepares to be sworn into Congress

By: - January 3, 2023

As Andrea Salinas prepares to take office as one of Oregon’s first two Latina congresswomen, a lawsuit filed by the Republican she defeated in November is still working its way through Oregon courts. 

Rob Wagner prepares to take reins as first new Oregon Senate president in decades

By: - January 3, 2023

Rob Wagner first walked into the Oregon Capitol in 1997 as an intern for a first-term Democratic state senator from Portland. In January, as his first political boss, Gov. Kate Brown, leaves office, Wagner is set to take on a new role as Senate president.  It’s been a winding road to the Senate’s top job […]

Housing will be Oregon Legislature’s top focus in 2023, Democratic leader says

By: - December 29, 2022

Housing will remain a top focus when the Oregon Legislature returns to work in January, a top Democratic lawmaker tells the Capital Chronicle.  Rep. Julie Fahey, D-Eugene and the House majority leader, recently met with White House officials and more than dozen lawmakers from other states to discuss a housing crisis that exists across the […]