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Oregon Republican delegates must back winner of May presidential primary, party says

BY: - January 4, 2024

Oregon delegates to the Republican National Convention this summer must pledge to back the winner of the state’s presidential primary, a top state party official confirmed Thursday.

Gov. Kotek announces $25 million partnership with coordinated care organizations 

BY: - January 4, 2024

Medicaid insurers have agreed to pay a total of $25 million from their profits to help fund behavioral health projects focused on youth, Gov. Tina Kotek announced on Thursday.  Kotek had asked Oregon’s 16 regionally based Medicaid insurers – also called coordinated care organizations – to reinvest $25 million of their profits into community projects […]

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Rosenblum, other AGs reach $700 million agreement with Google over Android lawsuit

BY: - December 19, 2023

More than 50 attorneys general have reached a $700 million agreement with Google in a lawsuit over the search engine’s behavior with its Google Play Store. “Every company is required to play by the rules, from the smallest of mom-and-pop shops to the biggest brands on the planet, and this settlement demonstrates that principle as clear […]

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Flavored tobacco ban for Multnomah County set to start on Jan. 1 

BY: - December 19, 2023

Multnomah County’s ban on flavored tobacco and nicotine products is set to go into effect on Jan. 1 after surviving a court challenge. Last week, Multnomah County Circuit Court Judge Benjamin Souede denied a request by the tobacco industry to halt enforcement of the county ordinance. The decision likely paves the way for Oregon’s largest […]

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Malheur County woman appeals federal ruling in state gender identity rule lawsuit 

BY: - December 15, 2023

A Malheur County woman is appealing a federal judge’s ruling against her lawsuit that challenges state adoption policies for transgender children on the basis of religious freedom. Jessica Bates of Vale filed a notice of appeal in Portland’s U.S. District Court on Wednesday. The appeal seeks to overturn U.S. District Judge Adrienne Nelson’s ruling against […]

Oregon State Hospital plans to submit corrective action plan after patient escape 

BY: - December 13, 2023

A federal inspection sparked by the escape of a patient from Oregon State Hospital in a vehicle found violations in patient rights and security and transportation procedures. Now, the state-run residential psychiatric hospital is working on a corrective action plan to submit to the federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, Oregon Health Authority officials […]

Hospitals appeal judge’s ruling that dismissed their case against Oregon 

BY: - December 7, 2023

Four of Oregon’s largest hospital systems announced on Thursday they have appealed a federal court ruling that dismissed their lawsuit alleging the state violates the civil rights of Oregonians with mental illnesses by giving them inadequate care.  The four hospital systems – Legacy Health, Providence Health & Services, PeaceHealth and St. Charles Health System – […]

Democrat Andrea Salinas represents Oregon's 6th Congressional District.

Salinas, Harshbarger introduce bipartisan bill to expand telehealth services for rural Americans

BY: - December 1, 2023

U.S. Rep. Andrea Salinas is asking Congress to pass a bill that would expand telehealth services and provide mental health care to people in rural regions.  Salinas, an Oregon Democrat, introduced a bill on Thursday that would provide $10 million annually in grants for telehealth services in rural areas, with the goal of offering mental […]

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Oregon economists revise revenue forecast, state will have extra $217 million to spend

BY: - November 22, 2023

Oregon lawmakers will have less money to spend next year than they anticipated after a promising revenue forecast released last week. 

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)

Oregon Republicans plan legislation to ban teacher walkouts as Portland strike continues

BY: - November 16, 2023

As the Portland teachers’ strike continues into its third week, a trio of Republican lawmakers plan to introduce a bill banning teachers from striking. The proposal from Reps. Vikki Breese-Iverson, Jami Cate and Christine Goodwin, all rural Republicans, will almost certainly be dead on arrival in the state Capitol, where Democrats supported by the Oregon […]

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State revenue forecast shows stable economy as Oregon lawmakers prepare for 2024 session 

BY: - November 15, 2023

Oregon state revenues are stable with low inflation and unemployment in the economy, according to the December revenue forecast released on Wednesday by the Oregon Office of Economic Analysis. The forecast helps state lawmakers as they prepare for the 2024 session, which starts in February, and plan legislation that may need additional funding to address […]

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Former Oregon congressional candidate Alek Skarlatos sets sights on state House

BY: - November 3, 2023

After two failed runs for Congress, former Army National Guardsman Alek Skarlatos is running for the state House from southern Oregon.