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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.

Rise in nonaffiliated voters spurs push to open Oregon primaries

By: - April 5, 2022

Oregon voters who aren’t registered with any political party reached a significant milestone in March: They now outnumber Democrats.  Nonaffiliated voters have long been the second largest bloc in the state, behind Democrats and ahead of Republicans. Their continued growth, due in part to a 2015 law that automatically registered people getting or renewing driver’s […]

Oregon adds hotline for sanctuary law violations

By: - April 1, 2022

There’s a new number to call if police are suspected of investigating someone’s immigration status or otherwise violating Oregon’s sanctuary law.  Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum on Friday launched a new state hotline that anyone can call to report suspected violations of the decades-old sanctuary law that prevents state and local government and law enforcement from […]

Oregon Transportation Commission will spend $412 million on highway repairs, pedestrian safety

By: - April 1, 2022

Oregon will use more than $400 million in new federal transportation money to finish some large highway projects and make roads more accessible to pedestrians, the Oregon Transportation Commission decided this week.  The state Transportation Department is set to receive about $1.2 billion over the next five years as part of the recent federal infrastructure […]

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Oregon Sens. Merkley, Wyden call on Thomas to recuse himself

By: - March 30, 2022

Oregon’s two U.S. senators joined about two dozen Democratic members of Congress calling on Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas to recuse himself from any cases involving the 2020 election or a 2021 attack on the U.S. Capitol.  A letter spearheaded by Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Massachusetts, calls on Thomas to recuse himself from any future Supreme […]

Auditors: Oregon ranks high for domestic terrorism, Legislature should do more

By: - March 30, 2022

After a decade that included the occupation of a federal wildlife refuge, clashes between groups of protesters in Portland and a mob forcing its way into the locked Capitol, Oregon ranks sixth in the nation for violent extremist attacks, according to a new state report.  The Secretary of State’s Audits Division called on the Legislature […]

Oregon Gov. Brown signs bill replacing ‘alien’ in state laws

By: - March 28, 2022

Oregon will get rid of all references to noncitizens as “aliens” in state documents by the summer of 2023 after Gov. Kate Brown signed a law.  The measure will remove statutory references to “aliens” beginning on Jan. 1 and require all state agencies to replace the word “alien” with “noncitizen” in their rules by July […]

How should Oregon spend millions on wildfire recovery? State officials want your input

By: - March 25, 2022

State officials are asking Oregonians to weigh in on how the state should spend millions in federal wildfire recovery money.  More than 4,000 Oregon homes were destroyed by severe wildfires in 2020, according to the state Office of Emergency Management. Much of the $422 million federal grant from the U.S. Housing and Urban Development department […]

$46 million headed to Oregon to help with homelessness

By: - March 24, 2022

Local governments and nonprofit organizations in Oregon will receive more than $46 million in federal grants to provide shelter for people without homes. Sens. Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley this week announced the grants from the U.S. Housing and Urban Development Department. Oregon’s share is part of more than $2.6 billion that will be spent […]

Campaign finance reform advocates ask Oregon Supreme Court for a new hearing

By: - March 23, 2022

A coalition of good government groups is asking the Oregon Supreme Court to reconsider a decision that would keep voters from deciding in November whether the state should limit money in politics. The court on Friday rejected a request from the proponents of three proposed ballot initiatives to overturn a decision by Secretary of State […]

Former Gov. John Kitzhaber endorses Tobias Read for governor

By: - March 22, 2022

Former Gov. John Kitzhaber endorsed Tobias Read for governor on Tuesday, saying the Democratic state treasurer will be able to lead the state “unfettered by the status quo.” Kitzhaber joins another former Democratic governor, Barbara Roberts, in endorsing Read. The other major candidate in the Democratic primary, former House Speaker Tina Kotek, has secured endorsements […]

Land use policy, cautious investments could help Oregon weather economic uncertainty

By: - March 22, 2022

Conservative investments and decades of policies aimed at reducing dependency on cars could insulate Oregon from the worst effects of an economic crisis sparked by Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, but state leaders and their advisers say much is still uncertain.  The state and national economy rebounded rapidly after the initial shock of the Covid pandemic […]

Oregon Supreme Court won’t clear way for voters to consider campaign finance limits

By: - March 18, 2022

The Oregon Supreme Court on Friday rejected a last-ditch effort to have voters decide whether to limit campaign contributions to those running for public office.  Proponents of three proposed ballot initiatives had sought the high court’s intervention to be sure the measures got before voters in November. Secretary of State Shemia Fagan last month rejected […]