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.

Construction cancels annual Oregon Capitol Christmas celebration

By: - November 29, 2022

Most years, the Tuesday after Thanksgiving means a grand party at the Oregon Capitol, with Santa Claus, other dignitaries, visiting choirs, free cookies and a 30-foot tree. But this year, an ongoing construction project did what even COVID couldn’t do: Cancel Holidays at the Capitol. The tradition, which began in the early 1980s, is on […]

Oregon Senate lifts safety restrictions on senator who threatened state police in 2019

By: - November 28, 2022

For more than three years, Oregon state Sen. Brian Boquist has had to provide advance written notice before he visits the Capitol and every visit has meant an additional police presence. Those restrictions, put in place in 2019 after Boquist suggested he would harm and potentially kill state troopers if they tried to bring him […]

Oregon Legislature’s racial diversity continues to grow after 2022 election

By: - November 28, 2022

The Oregon Legislature will again have a record number of people of color next year after voters elected five Vietnamese-Americans and a second Indigenous woman.  In January 2021, there were 13 people of color in the Legislature. That number will rise to 19 this year, and lawmakers celebrated the step toward greater diversity while acknowledging […]

Three of four Oregon legislative caucuses select leaders

By: - November 23, 2022

For the first time in two decades, the Oregon Senate will have a new president.  Rob Wagner, D-Lake Oswego and the current majority leader, on Friday won a private vote of the 17 incoming Senate Democrats. He’ll take the reins from retiring Salem Democrat Peter Courtney, who has served as Senate president since 2003 and […]

Assault style weapons are used in many mass shootings. (Connor Radnovich/Oregon Capital Chronicle)

Oregon gun group sues over gun-control law as sheriffs vow not to enforce it

By: - November 21, 2022

Oregon’s new voter-approved gun law is facing its first legal challenge as a number of county sheriffs have pledged not to enforce it.  Voters earlier this month narrowly approved Measure 114, which will limit sales of some ammunition magazines and require safety training before purchasing a gun when it takes effect Dec. 8. A federal […]

Oregon Democrats skeptical of claims Schrader would have won 5th Congressional District

By: - November 21, 2022

When Lori Chavez-DeRemer won a second congressional seat for Oregon Republicans last week, national pundits had an easy answer: Conservative Democrat Kurt Schrader would have won if he hadn’t lost his primary to a more progressive candidate. Allies of Jamie McLeod-Skinner, the progressive Democrat who defeated Schrader and fell a few thousand votes short in […]

Oregon economists expect a ‘mild’ recession beginning in 2023

By: - November 16, 2022

After months of record revenue growth, Oregon economists now expect the state to enter a “mild” recession next summer. State economists told a legislative panel on Wednesday that economic forecasters in Oregon and around the country anticipate a recession within the next year because inflation remains higher than the Federal Reserve wants it to be, […]

State Rep. Andrea Salinas, a Democrat, wins in Oregon’s 6th Congressional District

By: - November 14, 2022

Democratic state Rep. Andrea Salinas has won the race for Oregon’s 6th Congressional District, one of the last remaining uncalled House districts that could determine which party controls Congress. With Salinas edging out Republican supply-chain executive Mike Erickson by about 6,000 votes, the Associated Press called the race for her Monday night. Along with Republican […]

Lori Chavez-DeRemer wins Oregon’s 5th Congressional District seat

By: and - November 13, 2022

Lori Chavez-DeRemer has won Oregon’s 5th Congressional District, becoming the state’s second Republican in Congress and its first Latina. On Sunday, the Associated Press announced that the former mayor of Happy Valley had won the race against Democrat Jamie-McLeod-Skinner, an attorney and regional emergency manager from central Oregon. The call followed a Saturday night drop […]

Oregon Gov. Brown traveling to Vietnam for trade mission

By: - November 11, 2022

Gov. Kate Brown is traveling to Vietnam for another trade mission, just weeks before she leaves office.  Brown left Friday and will return Nov. 18. During her time in Vietnam, she plans to promote Oregon products.  “From semiconductors to the apparel industry to wheat and produce, Vietnam is a critical trading partner for Oregon,” Brown […]

Democrat Tina Kotek is Oregon’s next governor

By: - November 10, 2022

Democrat Tina Kotek, the former speaker of the Oregon House, has fended off Republican Christine Drazan and nonaffiliated candidate Betsy Johnson and will be Oregon’s next governor. The Associated Press called the race in Kotek’s favor Thursday evening, after several counties reported of tens of thousands of outstanding ballots. Kotek’s lead over Drazan has continued […]

Democrat Val Hoyle wins in Oregon’s 4th Congressional District

By: - November 10, 2022

The 4th Congressional District in southwestern Oregon will remain in Democratic hands. The Associated Press on Thursday evening called the race for Val Hoyle, a Democrat and the state labor commissioner. An unknown number of ballots remain to be counted, as Oregon law requires the counting of postmarked ballots that arrive within a week of […]