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Pursuing solutions to Oregon’s homelessness issue could be aided with better information

By: - May 13, 2022

The old saying among business consultants is that you can’t manage it if you can’t measure it. That’s not true of managing everything. (Measures of quality don’t always reduce easily to numbers.) But it does seem true for at least one of Oregon’s most difficult problems: homelessness. We know it’s a big problem. But we […]

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State’s billion-dollar timber case might be better resolved by Legislature

By: - May 6, 2022

The state court case of Linn v. Oregon has involved a stake of a billion dollars and turned on a subtle interpretation of state law, but it ought to cause Oregonians to reflect on the meaning of … value. The value, that is, of their state lands. The case Linn County v. State of Oregon […]

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Abortion likely to emerge as key issue in Oregon governor’s race once Supreme Court decides

By: - April 28, 2022

If you’re wondering what political issues aren’t top of mind for most Oregonians but may get there in coming months, abortion should rise to attention. It’s worth considering now, ahead of the upcoming primary election, for this reason. Sometime in the next few months, likely about June, the U.S. Supreme Court will issue a decision […]

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The curious case of crypto as a player in Oregon politics

By: - April 25, 2022

Winners for election to the U.S. House in Oregon, who are mostly incumbents, typically raise campaign treasuries for the whole of an election cycle of up to about $2 million. Sometimes they raise more (as in the 4th Congressional District race in 2020), but that’s unusual. What’s happening this year in the 6th Congressional District, […]

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Republican candidates for Oregon governor chasing small slivers of voters

By: - April 18, 2022

Just 5.3 percent of the vote theoretically could produce the next Republican nominee for Oregon governor, far fewer votes someone would need to be elected state senator in the fall. The primary winner likely will get considerably more than that, of course. But since every candidate on the ballot will pick up at least a […]

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Oregon’s report on domestic terrorism gives good starting points to counter violence

By: - April 8, 2022

The problem of domestic terrorism isn’t new, but some of the possible routes to a solution in Oregon probably are new at least to many of us. The report where they can be found comes from the Oregon Secretary of State’s Audits Division. This technically isn’t an audit – that would entail more cost and […]

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As Portland again considers reforming its city government, others in state may watch for lessons

By: - March 31, 2022

In 1900 the city of Galveston, Texas, was thrashed by a hurricane which has been called the deadliest natural disaster in American history. It left much of the city a wreck, and in desperate need of help from its local government. In response, the city changed its form of government to the commission form, which […]

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Oregon faces bleak water outlook, and more research into managing water needed

By: - March 28, 2022

Earlier this month Governor Kate Brown, at the request of local officials, declared a drought emergency for Klamath County when snowpack in the area fell to 60 percent of normal. That news didn’t make the top headlines on the county government’s website last week, but another water emergency did: A serious drying of residential wells. […]

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By the numbers, filings for Oregon offices provide political fodder

By: - March 16, 2022

Oregon’s two top political parties did a solid job of candidate recruitment this year. At least when it comes to the numbers. What those numbers mean when the two sets of elections come around in May and November is a different question. The sheer population of candidates this year at the federal and state level […]

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The work done by legislators shows the need for and value of Oregon’s short sessions

By: - March 11, 2022

Thirty-five days is not a lot of time, especially in an election year. Those are all the days an even-year regular session of the Oregon Legislature has, and this year’s session wrapped its work in even fewer. That Oregon’s legislators got as much done on so many subjects as they did this year is remarkable […]

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Oregon state senator’s balk at masks at the Capitol seems more political theater

By: - March 3, 2022

By the latest stats, Oregon is No. 1 or dead last, but in a good way, when it comes to the pandemic. It ranks last in per-capita cases from Covid, behind all other states and the District of Columbia. (The next lowest is Maryland; Washington is five states down the list.) That could be cause […]

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Tobias Read is staking some outsider territory in Democratic bid for governor

By: - February 24, 2022

With Nick Kristof out of the gubernatorial running, the Democratic field has 16 contenders (one of them not yet qualified). Theoretically, any could catch fire and win, but the nomination likely will go to one of two: former House Speaker Tina Kotek or state Treasurer Tobias Read. The contest between the two of them is […]