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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.

Latest Oregon economic forecast shows up to $1.7 billion available for housing, addiction and more

By: - February 7, 2024

Oregon lawmakers will have hundreds of millions of dollars to spend over the next year after another positive economic forecast released Wednesday morning.  Lawmakers were eagerly anticipating the forecast, which came three days into the 35-day legislative session, as they fine-tune plans to spur housing production, boost homeless shelters and expand addiction treatment.  The forecast […]

House Speaker Dan Rayfield, D-Corvallis, calls the House to order on June 25, 2023.

Seven lawmakers to watch in the 2024 Oregon legislative session

By: - February 7, 2024

The start of Oregon’s short legislative session this week brought all 90 lawmakers back to Salem, but some will have a larger impact on the state’s laws and political conversations than others.  Here’s a look at key players – from both parties and both chambers – to watch as the Legislature continues its work over […]

Attorneys for Erickson, Salinas make case to appeals court in campaign defamation suit

By: - February 5, 2024

While U.S. Rep. Andrea Salinas, D-Oregon, and Republican businessman Mike Erickson prepare for a possible electoral rematch in November, a defamation lawsuit tied to their last race in 2022 is still moving through the state court system.  A three-judge panel of the Oregon Court of Appeals heard oral arguments Monday in Salem over whether to […]

Oregon senators gather on Monday, Feb. 5, 2024, in the state Capitol for the first day of the legislative session. (Ben Botkin/Oregon Capital Chronicle)

Oregon Legislature gets to work on homelessness, addiction and other issues

By: and - February 5, 2024

The Oregon Legislature started its work Monday with a personal tale, a new state representative and a long list of bills to try to pass before lawmakers return home for the year in mid-March. Tweaks to the state’s drug decriminalization law and an influx of new spending and policy changes to spur home building and […]

Guide to the 2024 Oregon legislative session

By: - February 5, 2024

Oregon lawmakers head to Salem early Monday morning for the start of a 35-day sprint to pass budget fixes and bills addressing some of the most pressing issues facing the state.

Senate Republican leader Tim Knopp won’t appeal disqualification

By: - February 1, 2024

A disappointed but resigned Senate Republican Leader Tim Knopp said Thursday he’s not looking to appeal an Oregon Supreme Court ruling that blocks him and nine other Republican senators from running for reelection. 

Tim Knopp and Justin Brecht talk to reporters about the walkout.

Oregon Supreme Court bars Republican senators who participated in walkout from reelection

By: - February 1, 2024

Republican senators who participated in the longest walkout in state history cannot seek reelection in 2024 or 2026, the Oregon Supreme Court ruled Thursday.

(left to right) Oregon Senate Minority Leader Tim Knopp, R-Bend, talks to reporters about the upcoming session with Senate President Rob Wagner, D-Corvallis. (Ben Botkin/Oregon Capital Chronicle)

Oregon Supreme Court to rule Thursday in Republican Senate walkout case

By: - January 31, 2024

Republican senators who participated in the longest quorum-denying walkout in state history will learn their political fate on Thursday when the Oregon Supreme Court rules on their lawsuit over a voter-approved law intended to discourage walkouts.  For weeks, the senators and other political observers have waited for the court’s ruling on Measure 113, a voter-approved […]

Oregon representative compared supporting LGBTQ+ people to supporting child abuse

By: - January 31, 2024

The newest member of the Oregon House of Representatives claimed supporting LGBTQ+ people was akin to supporting child abuse and accused drag queens of pedophilia in public posts on his campaign website.

Republican Mike Erickson seeks rematch with Salinas in Oregon’s 6th District

By: - January 31, 2024

Mike Erickson, the Republican businessman who lost the 6th Congressional District to U.S. Rep. Andrea Salinas last year, confirmed Wednesday that he’ll seek a rematch. 

National Democratic campaign backs Janelle Bynum for Oregon’s 5th District

By: - January 29, 2024

The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee on Monday named Oregon’s Janelle Bynum to its competitive “Red to Blue” program, throwing its support behind the state representative a few months before her primary election.  Bynum, D-Clackamas, is one of several Democrats vying for a chance to take on Republican U.S. Rep. Lori Chavez-DeRemer in the 5th Congressional […]

Local elected leaders and homeless service providers participated in a roundtable on homelessness with U.S. Rep. Lori Chavez-DeRemer, R-Oregon, in Oregon City on Jan. 25, 2024.

Chavez-DeRemer talks homelessness in Oregon City

By: - January 25, 2024

OREGON CITY – U.S. Rep. Lori Chavez-DeRemer left a discussion with local elected officials, law enforcement, service providers and a Realtor on Thursday with a pledge to “work her tail off” to find more federal funding for homelessness.  “My marching orders are to address the barriers, have more access, fix what can be fixed,” said […]