Julia Shumway

Julia Shumway

Julia Shumway is the Capital Chronicle's deputy editor and lead political reporter. Before joining the Capital Chronicle in 2021, she was a legislative reporter for the Arizona Capitol Times in Phoenix and reported on local and state government and politics in Iowa, Nebraska and Bend. An award-winning journalist, Julia also serves as president of the Oregon Legislative Correspondents Association, or Capitol press corps.

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Historic landmarks meeting stopped by racist, homophobic slurs

By: and - October 29, 2021

Racist and homophobic slurs interrupted a virtual session last week of the State Advisory Committee on Historic Preservation, causing the two-day meeting to be canceled. The interruption happened less than an hour after the six-hour meeting started. Chris Havel, spokesman for the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department, said the committee had progressed through a few […]

Longtime New York Times columnist Nick Kristof launches Democratic campaign for Oregon governor

By: - October 27, 2021

Longtime New York Times columnist Nick Kristof officially launched his campaign for Oregon governor on Wednesday, joining a crowded Democratic primary.  Kristof, who grew up in Yamhill and returned to his family’s farm a few years ago, has been publicly considering a run for governor for several months. He resigned from the New York Times […]

Oregon Gov. Kate Brown receives Covid booster, urges Oregonians to get theirs

By: - October 26, 2021

Oregonians should get Covid-19 booster shots as soon as they’re eligible, Gov. Kate Brown said after receiving her own shot at a Salem clinic Tuesday afternoon. Brown received a flu shot in her right arm and a dose of the Moderna Covid vaccine in her left arm.  “I thought it was really important that I […]

Two lawsuits challenge Oregon’s new legislative boundaries

By: - October 25, 2021

A former Republican state representative on Monday asked the Oregon Supreme Court to throw out all newly drawn state House and Senate districts and replace them with more competitive maps. The lawsuit from former Rep. Patrick Sheehan, R-Portland, and Clackamas County attorney Samantha Hazel joined a challenge filed earlier Monday that asked the court to […]

Ethics complaint against former Oregon State president will be dismissed

By: - October 22, 2021

Former Oregon State University President F. King Alexander won’t face any consequences for using university attorneys to respond to a probe into Louisiana State University’s handling of campus rape allegations during his tenure there.  The Oregon Government Ethics Commission voted 3-2 Friday morning to dismiss a complaint against Alexander. The vote ultimately didn’t matter, however, […]

Bend attorney seeks rematch with Zika in Redmond-area House district

By: - October 22, 2021

Bend attorney Emerson Levy is planning a rematch with state Rep. Jack Zika, R-Redmond, in a redrawn House district that now favors Democrats. Levy, 36, announced her campaign for the 53rd House District on Thursday. She was the Democratic nominee in the district in 2020, when she lost to Zika by 12 points.  But after […]

Former Oregon State University president accused of violating Oregon law

By: - October 21, 2021

Former Oregon State University president F. King Alexander, who resigned just nine months into his tenure over revelations that Louisiana State University’s athletics department systematically covered up sexual misconduct allegations under his watch, also appears to have violated Oregon law. Alexander used OSU lawyers to respond to investigators in Louisiana, according to an Oregon Government […]

Auditors find that Oregon state agency handled wildfire cleanup well despite complaints

By: - October 21, 2021

A report released Wednesday by state auditors largely praises how the Oregon Department of Transportation handled debris removal after the largest natural disaster in state history. The transportation department and the contractors it hired to remove tens of thousands of damaged trees from along 120 miles of state highways in the Santiam Canyon and McKenzie […]

Tillamook Rep. Suzanne Weber seeks to move up to Senate

By: - October 19, 2021

State Rep. Suzanne Weber is running for Senate in the rural northwest Oregon district long represented by state Sen. Betsy Johnson, who announced her independent campaign for governor last week.  Weber, R-Tillamook, announced her plans shortly after Johnson informed supporters she would run for governor. While Johnson was a Democrat until late last week and […]

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Federal judge rejects last-ditch effort to block Oregon Covid vaccine mandate

By: - October 19, 2021

A federal judge on Monday struck down a last-minute attempt to block Oregon’s vaccination mandate for teachers, health care workers and state employees, while another heard arguments in a similar case.  Most people working in health care or education and executive branch employees had until the end of the day Monday to prove they’ve been […]

Dire warnings about the vaccine mandate unlikely to play out in Oregon

By: , and - October 18, 2021

Rural officials have warned for more than a month that the vaccine mandate would put some Oregonians at risk as employees resigned or were fired. That mandate took hold Monday, covering tens of thousands of state employees, health care workers and school staff. Not long after Gov. Kate Brown imposed that mandate in August, Baker […]

Clackamas County Rep. Mark Meek announces run for Oregon Senate

By: - October 15, 2021

State Rep. Mark Meek plans to run for the state Senate in a newly-created district,  he announced this week. Meek’s Gladstone home has been in a Republican Senate district represented by former state Sen. Alan Olsen or his appointed successor, state Sen. Bill Kennemer, for the past decade. New legislative boundaries give Democrats an advantage […]