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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.

Abortion rights protected in Oregon regardless of Supreme Court ruling

By: - May 3, 2022

If the U.S. Supreme Court’s final decision on abortion rights resembles a draft opinion leaked Monday night, women in more than half the country could lose access to a right they’ve had for 50 years. In Oregon, women seeking abortions would not see immediate consequences.  Over several decades, and even more during the past five […]

Next Oregon governor could change state’s approach to abortion after Supreme Court decision

By: - May 3, 2022

In recent years, Oregon has established itself as a haven for abortion rights, providing access at no cost to Oregonians and creating a fund for out-of-state patients who can’t obtain care in their own states. That could all change after the 2022 election. Monday night’s leak of a draft U.S. Supreme Court opinion that would […]

Independent redistricting advocates look to 2024 after Oregon Supreme Court ruling

By: - May 2, 2022

A group of Oregonians who don’t want politicians to draw Oregon’s electoral maps are giving up on their attempts to reach the ballot this year to change that. Petitioners sought to amend the Oregon Constitution to create an independent redistricting commission that would draw new legislative and congressional districts beginning in 2023. Before voters can […]

How to find fundraising and spending in Oregon politics

By: - May 2, 2022

Vast information about who gives money to people running for office and how those candidates spend the money is available for free online. But the state and federal websites that compile campaign finance information can be clunky and far from intuitive. For people who aren’t candidates, campaign treasurers or political journalists who use ORESTAR or […]

Oregon Appeals Court reverses $1.1 billion verdict over state forest management

By: - April 27, 2022

The Oregon Court of Appeals on Wednesday reversed a $1.1 billion verdict against the state for how it manages forests, ruling that the state wasn’t obligated to maximize logging and profits. Linn County sued the state and the Oregon Forestry Department in 2016, accusing the state of shortchanging 14 rural counties that transferred management of […]

Local party officials tell DC Dems to stay out of Oregon primaries

By: - April 26, 2022

Days before President Joe Biden endorsed Rep. Kurt Schrader for re-election, local Democratic officials sent national Democrats a very different message. Biden, in a statement last weekend announcing his endorsement, said he didn’t always agree with Schrader, but that the seven-term congressman was there for him when it mattered and helped pass much of Biden’s […]

Oregon Democrats end candidate forum over racial slurs, graphic images

By: - April 25, 2022

Democrats in Yamhill and Polk counties ended a candidate forum on Saturday after attendees began spamming the virtual meeting with graphic sexual images and racial slurs. The county parties hosted a Zoom forum Saturday night with state Rep. Courtney Neron, D-Wilsonville, and Newberg City Councilor Elise Yarnell Hollamon. Neron is running unopposed in the primary […]

Time running out to register to vote in Oregon primary election

By: - April 25, 2022

Tuesday is the last day to register to vote or choose a political party in time to vote in the May primary election.  Oregon has closed primaries, meaning only registered Democrats or Republicans get to vote in primary elections for most races, including governor, Congress, the U.S. Senate and the Legislature. The more than 1.2 […]

Biden touts $1.2 trillion infrastructure plan at Portland International Airport

By: - April 21, 2022

PORTLAND— New federal infrastructure spending will create millions of high-paying jobs in Oregon and across the country and modernize infrastructure, President Joe Biden said at the Portland International Airport on Thursday.  Biden landed at the Air National Guard base Thursday afternoon and toured the ongoing terminal expansion site before addressing a small crowd of local […]

President Joe Biden arrives in Portland on first visit to the state

By: - April 21, 2022

For the first time in his presidency, Joe Biden arrived in Oregon on a short visit at midday Thursday.  He is addressing the media in an airport hangar after 2 p.m. and then will hold a closed fundraiser at the nearby Portland Yacht Club, which has views of the Columbia River. With rising inflation, Biden […]

Oregon governor, legislature, courts launch new effort to address public defender shortage

By: - April 20, 2022

Lawmakers, Gov. Kate Brown and the Oregon Judicial Department are launching a new effort to address a shortage of attorneys that has left some Oregonians jailed without the legal representation they’re guaranteed by the U.S. Constitution.  A workgroup announced this week will analyze management, financial and structural challenges facing the state office that oversees roughly […]

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Former official again claims Oregon legislative leaders botched harassment casework

By: - April 19, 2022

A former legislative employee who for months has attempted to get state leaders to act on what he describes as serious lapses in how the Legislature handles harassment complaints took his next step this week, suing half a dozen current or former lawmakers and several state employees.  Nate Monson worked for the Legislature for just […]