Oregon campaign finance proposal crafted by business, labor groups gets first hearing
Critics pointed out the bill still would allow unions and small donor committees to give hundreds of thousands of dollars to candidates, and that lawmakers popped it on the table with just two weeks left to pass bills before the legislative session ends.
Oregon voters cynical about government, support campaign finance reform, survey finds
Oregonians are cynical about state politics and open to government reforms including campaign finance limits and open primaries, a new report from the Oregon Values and Beliefs Center found.
Denyc Boles ends campaign for Oregon 6th Congressional District
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 […]
Are Americans really committed to democracy in the 2024 election?
With former President Donald Trump having all but wrapped up the GOP presidential nomination, one issue looks set to be at the center of the general election campaign: the threat to democracy. In a major campaign speech in Pennsylvania in January, President Joe Biden detailed Trump’s lies about the 2020 election, his efforts to use […]
Peterson drops out of Oregon 5th District race, endorses Bynum in Democratic primary
Metro Council President Lynn Peterson is dropping out of the Democratic primary in one of the nation’s most competitive congressional districts and throwing her support behind state Rep. Janelle Bynum.
Dark money group targets Oregon swing districts with new mailers, ads
A dark money group founded by a national Republican political operative and oil industry lobbyists stepped up its efforts to influence Oregon voters this week, sending mailers and buying ad space in seven competitive state House districts. Voters in the four Republican-held districts received glossy pieces of mail asking them to thank their representatives for […]
Banks real estate agent files for Oregon House seat
A Republican state representative who has been barred from serving on committees because of a restraining order against him won’t seek a second term and endorsed a candidate to replace him. Rep. Brian Stout, R-Columbia City, announced his decision to retire at the end of his first term in a post on his Facebook page […]
Attorneys for Erickson, Salinas make case to appeals court in campaign defamation suit
While U.S. Rep. Andrea Salinas, D-Oregon, and Republican businessman Mike Erickson prepare for a possible electoral rematch in November, a defamation lawsuit tied to their last race in 2022 is still moving through the state court system. A three-judge panel of the Oregon Court of Appeals heard oral arguments Monday in Salem over whether to […]
Senate Republican leader Tim Knopp won’t appeal disqualification
A disappointed but resigned Senate Republican Leader Tim Knopp said Thursday he’s not looking to appeal an Oregon Supreme Court ruling that blocks him and nine other Republican senators from running for reelection.
Oregon Supreme Court bars Republican senators who participated in walkout from reelection
Republican senators who participated in the longest walkout in state history cannot seek reelection in 2024 or 2026, the Oregon Supreme Court ruled Thursday.
Oregon Supreme Court to rule Thursday in Republican Senate walkout case
Republican senators who participated in the longest quorum-denying walkout in state history will learn their political fate on Thursday when the Oregon Supreme Court rules on their lawsuit over a voter-approved law intended to discourage walkouts. For weeks, the senators and other political observers have waited for the court’s ruling on Measure 113, a voter-approved […]
Republican Mike Erickson seeks rematch with Salinas in Oregon’s 6th District
Mike Erickson, the Republican businessman who lost the 6th Congressional District to U.S. Rep. Andrea Salinas last year, confirmed Wednesday that he’ll seek a rematch.