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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 Employment Department struggled long before Covid pandemic

By: - July 27, 2022

Oregon’s unemployment insurance program was struggling long before the Covid pandemic, an audit released Wednesday by the Secretary of State’s Office found. “Antiquated” computer systems, limited phone lines and a shrunken staff caused by years of low unemployment numbers and federal underfunding left the Oregon Employment Department ill-prepared for a rapid rise in pandemic-related unemployment […]

Oregon Gov. Brown declares emergency as heatwave continues

By: - July 27, 2022

Gov. Kate Brown declared a state of emergency Tuesday for most of Oregon through the end of July as a heatwave continues to pummel the state.  The current heatwave isn’t as bad as last year’s record-breaking June heat dome, when Salem hit 117 degrees and Portland reached 116. But most of the state still faces […]

Oregon’s Brown, other Western governors call on Congress to pass CHIPS Act

By: - July 25, 2022

Oregon Gov. Kate Brown and six other Western governors are calling on Congress to pass legislation with billions of dollars in subsidies for semiconductor manufacturing. The U.S. Senate will have its first vote on the legislation on Tuesday morning, Senate President Chuck Schumer said Monday, and it will move to the U.S. House after a […]

Mystery group sending anti-Democrat mailers, prepping web ads

By: - July 25, 2022

Earlier this month, some Oregon voters began receiving glossy mailers blaming Gov. Kate Brown and the “Democrat-controlled state Legislature” for “soaring gas prices” and the “out-of-control cost of living.” A website with two short videos claiming policies passed by legislative Democrats led to increases in crime and inflation went live around the same time.  The […]

Oregon residents, local officials say highway tolling policy should include transit

By: - July 20, 2022

Residents of Portland suburbs and local elected leaders on Wednesday urged state transportation officials to think about transit and potentially stranded drivers as they move toward installing tolls on some highways. Oregon Transportation Department officials announced at the beginning of a 90-minute meeting on Wednesday that they’ll extend the deadline for written comments on changes […]

Gun safety measure will appear on Oregon ballots in November

By: - July 19, 2022

Oregonians will have the chance to decide in November whether the state should ban large ammunition magazines and require licenses for all gun owners, the Secretary of State’s Office confirmed. Backers of Initiative Petition 17 submitted more than 160,000 signatures from Oregon voters who supported the proposed law earlier this month. State election officials on […]

Oregon Rep. Kurt Schrader again bucks Democratic party to endorse Betsy Johnson for governor

By: - July 19, 2022

Outgoing U.S. Rep. Kurt Schrader bucked the Democratic party again on Tuesday, announcing his endorsement of nonaffiliated gubernatorial candidate Betsy Johnson.  Schrader, who was trounced in his May primary by Terrebonne attorney Jamie McLeod-Skinner, said in a statement shared by the Johnson campaign that the state’s next governor needs to work across the aisle.  “People […]

Republicans outraise Democrats in 2 of 3 competitive Oregon congressional races

By: - July 19, 2022

Republicans running in competitive Oregon congressional districts largely outraised Democrats last quarter, according to the latest campaign finance reports. In fact, only one of the three Democrats running for Congress – Terrebonne attorney Jamie McLeod-Skinner in the 5th District – raised more money than her Republican opponent, former Happy Valley Mayor Lori Chavez-DeRemer. Both political […]

Woodburn mayor, state House candidate report sexual contact at massage parlor

By: - July 14, 2022

The mayor and a school board member in Woodburn walked into a local massage parlor last winter and left having experienced more than massages. Woodburn Mayor Eric Swenson, who until last month was the Democratic nominee in a competitive Senate race, told a detective his massage experience was similar to that of Anthony Medina, a […]

Biden nominates Oregon Supreme Court Justice Adrienne Nelson to U.S. District Court

By: - July 14, 2022

Oregon Supreme Court Justice Adrienne Nelson, the first Black judge on the state’s high court, could soon become the first Black female federal judge in Oregon. President Joe Biden on Thursday named Nelson as one of four new federal judicial nominees. The White House said in a statement that Nelson and the rest of his […]

After Supreme Court decision, abortion rights are on the ballot in Oregon

By: - July 14, 2022

Abortion rights will be on the ballot in November in a way they haven’t been in Oregon for years, with each of the three candidates for governor staking out their own lanes. Tina Kotek, former state House speaker and the Democratic nominee, has positioned herself as a champion of reproductive rights, reminding voters of her […]

National Republicans list Oregon as top target for flipping legislative control

By: - July 13, 2022

A national group that tries to elect down-ballot Republicans on Wednesday named Oregon one of its top targets for flipping a state legislative chamber.  The Republican State Leadership Committee in March listed Oregon as one of several liberal strongholds where it would be possible for GOP candidates to make “meaningful gains.” On Wednesday, less than […]