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Approaching election brings millions more to Oregon congressional races

BY: - November 1, 2022

Candidates running in Oregon’s three most competitive congressional districts raised more than $2 million in the first three weeks of October, federal campaign finance records show. Reports filed late last week provide the final pre-election glimpse of finances for the candidates for three Oregon seats that are likely to help decide the balance of power […]

Oregonians favor environmental protection, candidates who will reduce greenhouse gas emissions, survey finds

BY: - October 31, 2022

Most Oregonians would prioritize protecting the environment to spur economic growth, rather than rolling back environmental regulations on companies, according to a new survey.  Most also said they would vote for candidates in the November general election who are committed to reducing the state’s greenhouse gas emissions.  About 1,500 adults participated between Sept. 13 to […]

Paul Pelosi, U.S. House speaker’s husband, attacked inside their San Francisco home

BY: - October 28, 2022

WASHINGTON — U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s husband, Paul Pelosi, was recovering in the hospital Friday morning after a man in his 40s broke into their San Francisco home in the early morning and “violently assaulted” the 82-year-old, according to a statement from spokesman Drew Hammill. Nancy Pelosi, a California Democrat who has a U.S. […]

Oregonians cite homelessness as chief concern, survey finds

BY: - October 28, 2022

Many Oregonians want elected leaders to tackle homelessness, a state survey found. Thirty-seven percent of 1,878 Oregonians surveyed identified the state’s homelessness crisis as the most pressing issue, according to a survey by the Portland-based nonpartisan Oregon Values and Beliefs Center. The online survey of Oregonians 18 and older was conducted Sept. 13 to 21. […]

Oregon natural gas providers raising residential rates up as much as 25% this fall

BY: - October 27, 2022

Oregonians relying on natural gas for home heating and cooking will be paying significantly more this winter.  On Nov. 1, NW Natural, the state’s largest natural gas utility, will raise residential rates about 14%, and then another 11% in March, affecting about 600,000 people. Avista will increase gas rates for its 105,000 residential customers by […]

Complaint alleges Oregon House candidate lied about earning graduate degree

BY: - October 26, 2022

A supporter of incumbent state Rep. David Gomberg, D-Central Coast, on Wednesday asked the secretary of state to investigate whether Gomberg’s opponent lied about her education on the state-issued Voters’ Pamphlet.  Newport restaurateur Celeste McEntee lists a “graduate degree” in conflict resolution from the University of Utah. Depoe Bay resident Monica Kirk’s complaint, a copy […]

Oregon Health Authority Director Pat Allen

Health care system must build trust to reduce inequities, Oregon Health Authority director says

BY: - October 25, 2022

Oregon Health Authority Director Patrick Allen said Tuesday at a health care conference in Portland that the agency made missteps in trying to end health inequities during the pandemic.  He said Oregon health care providers, insurers and other health officials must build trust with racial and ethnic communities to eradicate health care inequities that affect […]

Mystery group promotes Green Party candidate over Democrat Hoyle in Oregon’s 4th Congressional District

BY: - October 24, 2022

A mysterious group has spent at least $36,000 over the past few days to boost a Green Party candidate over the Democrat in Oregon’s 4th Congressional District

Obama records Kotek campaign ad in tight Oregon governor race

BY: - October 21, 2022

Former President Barack Obama is wading into the hotly contested race for Oregon governor, recording a short video ad for Democrat Tina Kotek. Kotek’s campaign will begin running the minute-long video Friday on social media platforms as it encourages voters to return their ballots. Oregonians began receiving their ballots Thursday, and they must be postmarked […]

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Student attendance, graduation rates down since pandemic, state analysis finds

BY: - October 20, 2022

A new analysis of data from Oregon schools during the 2021-22 school year shows statewide school staffing levels are rebounding from pandemic declines, but on-time graduation rates have dropped and chronic absenteeism remains a problem. On Thursday, the Oregon Department of Education released its “At-A-Glance” profiles from the last school year, which provides the clearest […]

Number of human-caused wildfires in Oregon down nearly 20%

BY: - October 17, 2022

The 2022 wildfire season in Oregon has been among the mildest in the last decade, with human-caused fires down nearly 20% from the 10-year average, according to state data. Humans are the number one cause of wildfires in Oregon and across the country.  The Oregon Department of Forestry credits the decline to a wetter than […]

Mike Erickson gains ground in 6th Congressional District race, report says

BY: - October 11, 2022

The battle to win Oregon’s newly created 6th Congressional District is tightening, according to the Cook Political Report. The influential Washington D.C.-based political newsletter rated the race as a “toss up” on Tuesday, indicating that Republican businessman Mike Erickson is gaining ground.  It initially predicted that Democrat Andrea Salinas had the edge, rating the race […]