Briefs

Denyc Boles announces run for Oregon's 6th Congressional District.

Denyc Boles ends campaign for Oregon 6th Congressional District

BY: - February 22, 2024

Former Republican state lawmaker Denyc Boles is ending her campaign for Oregon’s 6th Congressional District.   Boles’ decision could clear a path for 2022 Republican nominee Mike Erickson as he seeks a rematch with Democratic U.S. Rep. Andrea Salinas, though candidates have until March 12 to enter the race. Boles had racked up key endorsements from […]

State Sen. Jeff Golden, D-Ashland, speaks during a press conference about the Senate Republican walkout on June 6, 2023. (Julia Shumway/Oregon Capital Chronicle)

Ashland Sen. Jeff Golden joins race for Democratic nomination for Oregon state treasurer

BY: - February 22, 2024

UPDATED at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 22, 2024 with a comment from Sen. Elizabeth Steiner. The Democratic primary for Oregon state treasurer is growing increasingly competitive with the addition Thursday of a third candidate, state Sen. Jeff Golden of Ashland. Golden confirmed in a text message to the Capital Chronicle his intent to run against […]

The Hat Rock Fire in Umatilla County started the afternoon of June 13. It is among the first fires of the 2023 wildfire season.

Oregon ‘stumbling into future’ on wildfire funding, lawmaker says

BY: - February 22, 2024

Democratic lawmakers approached the February short session intending to create sustainable wildfire funding but their options have narrowed as the state nears another wildfire season with inadequate funding.  The Oregon Department of Forestry and State Fire Marshal’s Office currently have $87 million for the next two seasons, compared with the $220 million for wildfire the […]

The Biden administration on Monday announced funding for more than 2,700 electric and low-emission school buses. Shown are parked school buses in a lot during the COVID-19 pandemic on April 21, 2020 in Charlotte, North Carolina.

Oregon House passes school bus camera bill

BY: - February 19, 2024

A bill that resulted from a student coming within seconds of being struck by an aggressive driver is one step closer to becoming law in Oregon.  A high school student, Sean Sype, saw and reported the incident, prompting Rep. Courtney Neron, D-Wilsonville, to introduce House Bill 4147, which would allow school districts to add cameras […]

Hundreds of educators, parents and students joined a rally Nov. 1. 2023 at Roosevelt High School in northeast Portland to support striking teachers who want better pay, smaller class sizes and more planning time among other demands. (Alex Baumhardt/Oregon Capital Chronicle)

Survey: Oregonians support striking teachers, think schools should have kids reading by third grade

BY: - February 12, 2024

Oregonians largely support striking teachers more than their unions, want schools to ensure students can read by third grade and don’t think the Legislature should hold greater authority to intervene in district budgets or teacher bargaining, according to a new survey. The nonprofit and nonpartisan Oregon Values and Beliefs Center collected survey responses from more […]

women in shadow

Oregon lawmakers seek ways to help foster children in hotels

BY: - February 7, 2024

Oregon lawmakers are looking for ways to reduce the number of foster children staying in hotel rooms because the state cannot find a home or residential facility to shelter them.  The Oregon Department of Human Services has faced a lawsuit from child advocates and mounting criticism for putting foster children up in hotel rooms, where […]

A doctor examines the patient's knee.

Oregon Medical Board needs better system to fairly discipline health professionals, state audit finds 

BY: - January 24, 2024

The Oregon Medical Board needs to do more to fairly and consistently  discipline the health care professionals it regulates, an Oregon Secretary of State audit released Wednesday found.  The board receives between 700 and 800 complaints each year, all of them about any of the more than 25,000 doctors, physician assistants and acupuncturists licensed in […]

Feds plan to add Northwest, Western state land to potential expansion of solar energy

BY: - January 18, 2024

Millions of acres of federal public land in five Western states, including Oregon, could be opened up to solar energy production. The U.S. Bureau of Land Management announced Wednesday that more land in Idaho, Montana, Oregon, Washington and Wyoming is needed to support rising demand for clean energy and to meet President Joe Biden’s target […]

Oregon secretary of state releases primary candidate names, though they could change

BY: - January 16, 2024

Oregon’s secretary of state released an initial list of candidates who will appear on the Democratic and Republican presidential primaries —  including former President Donald Trump, whose ballot status is before the U.S. Supreme Court. Tuesday’s announcement comes a day after Trump swept the Iowa caucuses, the first such vote this year. Secretary of State […]

Oregon Department of Revenue will start to process electronic income tax returns Jan. 29

BY: - January 16, 2024

The Oregon Department of Revenue will start to process 2023 state income tax returns that are electronically filed on Jan. 29. The date coincides with when the IRS starts to process federal returns. Electronically filed returns are processed in the order they are received. Personal income tax refunds will not be issued until after Feb. […]

Republican presidential candidate former President Donald Trump speaks to guests during a rally at Clinton Middle School on Jan. 6, 2024 in Clinton, Iowa.

Oregon Supreme Court defers to U.S. Supreme Court in Trump ballot access case

BY: - January 12, 2024

The Oregon Supreme Court will defer to the U.S. Supreme Court and won’t hear a court case challenging former President Donald Trump’s ability to appear on Oregon ballots. A group of Oregon voters asked the state court in December to order Secretary of State LaVonne Griffin-Valade to keep Trump off the primary and general election […]

Oregon Congressman Cliff Bentz endorses Trump for 2024 Republican presidential ticket

BY: - January 10, 2024

U.S. Rep. Cliff Bentz, R-Oregon, is endorsing former President Donald Trump in the 2024 Republican Primary. (Bentz campaign)