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Veterans Day in the United States honors those who have served in the nation’s military and also coincides with the anniversary of the conclusion of hostilities on the western front in World War I.

Kotek appoints first Black woman to lead Department of Veterans Affairs

BY: - January 17, 2024

UPDATED on Thursday, Jan. 18, 2023 at 9:18 a.m. with a veteran comment. Gov. Tina Kotek announced Wednesday she’s promoting the interim head of the Oregon Department of Veterans’ Affairs, Nakeia Daniels, to director of the agency, pending state Senate confirmation. Daniels was appointed deputy director of the agency last April and in October took […]

Oregon Gov. Kotek’s first year in office took her to 36 counties. Here’s what she learned.

BY: - January 9, 2024

COTTAGE GROVE – Tina Kotek peered into a metal microshelter on a brisk December afternoon, turning with a question to Kris McAlister, executive director of the homelessness nonprofit Carry It Forward in the small Lane County city. The governor had seen a lot of microshelters like the dozens of units at Carry It Forward’s low-barrier […]

Oregon Rep. Lori Chavez-DeRemer reflects on first year in office

BY: - December 19, 2023

Oregon’s sole Republican congresswoman said her first year in office has gone well despite “hiccups.”  U.S. Rep. Lori Chavez-DeRemer, who narrowly won the 5th Congressional District last year and faces another bruising campaign in 2024, told the Capital Chronicle she’s proud of her work on homelessness and mental health in Congress and looks forward to […]

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Every member of Congress was asked about child care policy. Only 5 Republicans responded

BY: - November 15, 2023

In September, when billions of dollars in child care funding were about to expire, a Senate subcommittee convened to discuss solutions. It was there that Sen. John Kennedy laid out the partisan tension at the heart of what’s billed as a bipartisan issue. He agreed that child care was an investment in the current and future workforce. Being opposed […]

Kotek appoints longtime deputy at Oregon Department of Agriculture to lead agency

BY: - October 12, 2023

Gov. Tina Kotek is bringing a former deputy director of the Oregon Department of Agriculture back to the agency to lead it. Lisa Charpilloz Hanson was deputy director of the agency from 2005 to 2021, before leaving to lead the Oregon Watershed Enhancement Board. When she returns to the state agriculture department as its new […]

Oregon House

National report: Oregon gets C- grade for redistricting, cites lack of tribal input

BY: - October 11, 2023

New Oregon legislative and congressional maps didn’t adequately incorporate feedback from Oregon tribes, a report from a national coalition of advocacy groups found.  Overall, Oregon earned a C-minus on the Community Redistricting Report Card issued Wednesday by the Coalition Hub for Advancing Redistricting & Grassroots Engagement. Delaware, Rhode Island, Utah and Wyoming received the same […]

House Speaker Dan Rayfield announces run for attorney general

BY: - October 11, 2023

UPDATED at 2:03 p.m. with another Democrat running for Dan Rayfield’s Corvallis House seat.  After almost two years at the helm of the state House, Speaker Dan Rayfield is running for attorney general. The Corvallis Democrat announced his candidacy in a news release on Wednesday, following weeks of rumors of a planned run.  “As Oregon’s […]

New Oregon House GOP leader Helfrich seeks unity, pragmatic solutions

BY: - September 29, 2023

Oregon House Republicans have a new leader, and he said he’s focused on uniting his party and finding pragmatic solutions to the state’s problems.  House Republicans chose Rep. Jeff Helfrich, R-Hood River, in a private election this week after former leader Vikki Breese-Iverson, R-Prineville, stepped down. Helfrich, who’s serving his first full term in the […]

Oregon Gold Star families get highway designation, ninth state highway honoring veterans

BY: - September 27, 2023

Starting next year, drivers traversing U.S. Highway 30 between Astoria and Ontario will see signs honoring Gold Star Families – the parents, children, spouses and siblings who lost loved ones serving in the military.  The Oregon Gold Star Families Memorial Highway will be the last of nine state-spanning highways honoring Oregon veterans. It marks the […]

Justice

Biden names Oregon magistrate to federal judge vacancy

BY: - September 7, 2023

A U.S. magistrate judge from Eugene is President Joe Biden’s pick for the state’s next district court judge. Biden included Mustafa Kasubhai, who in 2018 became the first Muslim American judge to serve on the federal bench, in his latest round of four nominees to district courts throughout the nation. Kasubhai, 53, still must be […]

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Republican senators sue Oregon secretary of state over reelection bids

BY: - August 25, 2023

Republican state senators who walked away from this year’s Oregon legislative session to block votes on abortion rights and gun safety say they should be allowed to run for reelection next year, regardless of a voter-approved law aimed at ending their legislative careers. Now they’re suing for that right. In a case with weighty implications […]

Report: Oregon political system needs changes to keep people of color in office

BY: - August 25, 2023

Oregon’s political system isn’t built for people of color to succeed and has driven elected officials from office, according to a new report based on interviews with former elected officials.  The Oregon Futures Lab, a Portland-based nonprofit organization that aims to recruit leaders from underrepresented communities, released the report this week based on focus group […]