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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.

Gov.-elect Tina Kotek, center, participates in a conversation about early childhood education needs at the Head Start of Yamhill County.

Oregon Gov-elect Kotek hears about housing, health, education needs on first tour stop

By: - December 21, 2022

McMINNVILLE– Gov.-elect Tina Kotek launched a 36-county listening tour in Yamhill County on Wednesday, hearing from leaders at a community clinic, preschool and local government office that they need money, trained workers and more homes.  Kotek’s visit to McMinnville was the first of a planned statewide tour over the next year, focused on improving the […]

Oregon ethics commission says no to Knopp hiring son to Senate GOP caucus staff

By: - December 16, 2022

Oregon’s ethics watchdog advised Friday that legislative leaders can’t hire family members for political caucuses, though lawmakers still can hire their spouses and children as personal assistants.  The nine-page opinion approved by the Oregon Government Ethics Commission doesn’t name lawmakers, but it stems from Senate Republican Leader Tim Knopp’s attempt this summer to hire his […]

Oregon state Sen. Dallas Heard will resign Jan. 1

By: - December 15, 2022

Dallas Heard, a state senator who was temporarily barred from the Senate for his refusal to wear a mask and abruptly quit his post as chairman of the Oregon Republican Party earlier this year, is resigning from the Senate. Heard announced his decision to retire effective Jan. 1 in a one-sentence letter on Thursday. In […]

Two-thirds of Oregon voters participated in 2022 midterm election

By: - December 15, 2022

More than two-thirds of Oregon voters cast ballots in the November general election, final results certified Thursday showed. In total, 1,997,689 Oregonians returned their ballots, more voters than in any other midterm election in the state’s history.  “This election was smooth and secure,” Secretary of State Shemia Fagan said in a statement. “It’s a testament […]

Oregon unemployment rate ticked up to 4.4% in November, higher than national average

By: - December 14, 2022

Oregon’s unemployment rate ticked up slightly from November to December, and it remains higher than the rest of the country.  The state unemployment rate increase from 4.1% in October to 4.4% in November came even though Oregon added 8,500 jobs, roughly one-fifth of them in local government. The national unemployment rate remained steady at 3.7% […]

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Oregon Gov. Kate Brown commutes 17 death sentences, ending death row

By: - December 13, 2022

For more than 10 years, Oregon governors have enforced a moratorium on executions. In one of her last acts as governor, Kate Brown went a step further, announcing Tuesday that she will commute the sentences of the 17 people on Oregon’s death row. The list includes notorious killers, including a father and son who bombed […]

Tina Kotek at the Oregon Business Plan Summit on Dec. 12 2022

Kotek announces 36-county listening tour, framework for first year as governor

By: - December 12, 2022

PORTLAND— Gov.-elect Tina Kotek plans to visit all 36 Oregon counties over the next year in an effort to build trust in the state government, she announced during an annual business gathering Monday.  Kotek was the keynote speaker at the Oregon Business Plan’s Leadership Summit, which has drawn hundreds of business leaders, elected officials and […]

Senate bids farewell to Peter Courtney, longest-serving president in Oregon history

By: - December 9, 2022

Peter Courtney had one final message for his colleagues as he presided over his final Senate session Friday: Care for each other.  The Senate’s stated reason for convening Friday was confirming two appointees to state boards, but the session’s true purpose was saying goodbye to Courtney, the eccentric Salemite whose 20 years as Senate president […]

Oregon’s top election official seeks more money to combat election misinformation

By: - December 8, 2022

Citing an increase in misinformation, complaints and time-consuming public records requests from election deniers, Oregon Secretary of State Shemia Fagan is seeking roughly $2 million over the next two years to hire more staff dedicated to election security and oversight. That sum includes two new election complaint investigators, two more employees dedicated to combating misinformation […]

Oregon workgroup recommends stronger legal protections for abortion doctors

By: - December 7, 2022

Oregon needs to strengthen its laws to protect doctors who provide abortions or gender-affirming care from prosecution and lawsuits, a legislative work group recommended Wednesday. That’s among several recommendations from the Reproductive Health and Access to Care workgroup, which House Speaker Dan Rayfield convened this summer after the U.S. Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade […]

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Oregon independent redistricting proposal clears key hurdle in path to 2024 ballot

By: - December 6, 2022

Voters may get the chance to decide whether an independent commission should redraw the state’s legislative and congressional districts after a proposed ballot measure cleared a significant hurdle.  People Not Politicians, the group seeking to end legislative control of redistricting, announced Monday that a deadline for legal challenges to the proposed initiative passed last week, […]

Attorney says Erickson isn’t trying to overturn Salinas’s election as lawsuit continues

By: - December 1, 2022

OREGON CITY — A Clackamas County judge ruled Thursday that Republican Mike Erickson’s lawsuit against Democratic congresswoman-elect Andrea Salinas can continue, and Erickson’s attorney said Erickson isn’t currently seeking to bar Salinas from taking office in January. That could change, Erickson attorney Jill Gibson told Clackamas County Circuit Court Judge Todd L. Van Rysselberghe on […]