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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.

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 […]

Oregon man facing charges for Jan. 6 ends campaign for governor

By: - April 18, 2022

A Hillsboro man facing federal criminal charges for his involvement in the Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol has ended his campaign for governor. Reed Christensen shared a press release dated April 14 about his decision to end his campaign in response to a Capital Chronicle article about Republican gubernatorial candidates who defended the […]

Biden to visit Portland next week to promote $1.2 trillion infrastructure plan

By: - April 15, 2022

President Joe Biden will visit Portland next Thursday to promote a $1.2 trillion infrastructure law signed last year, the White House confirmed Friday. The federal law will bring more than $5 billion to Oregon over the next five years. State agencies have already decided how to spend some of the funds, including a recent decision […]

Poll: No clear frontrunner in GOP primary for Oregon governor

By: - April 14, 2022

Few Republican candidates for Oregon governor have managed to develop significant support from voters, according to a poll conducted this week.  A survey of likely Republican voters by Salem-based Nelson Research found that more than two out of three  are undecided with less than two weeks to go until county election offices begin mailing ballots […]

Poll: Kotek leads Read in Democratic governor primary, many voters undecided

By: - April 14, 2022

Former House Speaker Tina Kotek leads state Treasurer Tobias Read in the Democratic primary for governor, but the majority of Democratic voters haven’t decided who to support, according to a poll released Thursday by the Read campaign. Between April 7 and 11, California-based FM3 Research surveyed 653 registered voters who are likely to vote in […]

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Oregon officials strive to rebuild trust in elections as 1 in 5 don’t believe 2020 results

By: - April 14, 2022

About one in five Oregon voters, including about half of Republicans, believe voter fraud changed the results of the 2020 election. That’s one result of a February survey from the Oregon Values and Beliefs Center, a nonpartisan public opinion research organization, which also found that Oregonians are sharply divided over how to describe an attack […]

Republicans running for Oregon governor defended the Jan. 6 Capitol attack. One was there

By: - April 12, 2022

A panel of Oregon Republican candidates for governor, including one currently facing federal criminal charges for assaulting police officers at the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6, 2021, uniformly insisted recently that the events of that January day were a righteous protest. Reed Christensen, Brandon Merritt, Tim McCloud, Kerry McQuisten, Amber Richardson, Bill Sizemore and Marc […]

House Democrats’ PAC buys ads for Carrick Flynn in CD6, irks other candidates

By: - April 11, 2022

A political action committee affiliated with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is spending close to $1 million on TV ads for a Democratic candidate in Oregon’s new congressional district. The other candidates aren’t pleased. The race for the Democratic nomination in the new 6th Congressional District  – encompassing Salem, portions of Portland suburbs and all of […]

Republicans vow to restore timber industry, protect ag if they win Oregon governor’s race

By: - April 8, 2022

HILLSBORO – Under a Republican governor, many state employees would lose their jobs and Oregon would favor farmers and ranchers over environmental interests, 11 GOP candidates indicated at a debate Thursday night.  The candidates – a mix of local elected officials, business owners and political activists – are among the 19 Republicans vying for their […]

Oregon Attorney General Rosenblum sues Covid testing company

By: - April 7, 2022

Oregon Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum on Thursday sued a Covid testing business that the state Justice Department alleges provided questionable test results and took advantage of Oregonians.  Center for Covid Control, an Illinois-based business that opened hundreds of testing sites nationally and five in Oregon, has been under scrutiny from state and federal officials for […]

Brown signs $200M ‘Future Ready Oregon’ workforce training plan

By: - April 5, 2022

HILLSBORO – Gov. Kate Brown on Tuesday signed into law a $200 million workforce spending plan aimed at helping more Oregonians find good-paying jobs in health care, manufacturing and construction.  The plan, dubbed “Future Ready Oregon,” is likely Brown’s final legislative victory before she departs the governor’s office in January. It will result in a […]