Oregon’s People

Greg Addington interview for documentary

Decades after lobbying for Oregon Farm Bureau, Greg Addington returns to lead it

BY: - January 13, 2023

One of Greg Addington’s first jobs out of college involved driving around the state talking with farmers and ranchers on behalf of the Oregon Farm Bureau. Now, nearly 30 years later, he’s returned to lead it.  In November, Addington, 53, began his new job as executive director of the state’s largest agricultural advocacy and lobbying […]

Oregon teen’s activism could lead to lower voting age

BY: - January 5, 2023

A 15-year-old’s political activism could result in Oregon legislators considering lowering the state voting age to 16. Devon Lawson-McCourt, a sophomore at McKenzie River Community School in Blue River, has volunteered for political campaigns since fifth grade but is still several years away from being allowed to vote. Lawson-McCourt recently secured a promise from Rep. […]

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Tina Kotek at the Oregon Business Plan Summit on Dec. 12 2022

Decisions made last year will play out in Oregon in 2023

BY: - January 5, 2023

This year, the state will learn what how the decisions made in 2022 will look like in practice.  This is likely to be most obvious in the political and governmental sphere. Oregon elected a new governor and three new members of Congress in November, but that is the beginning of the story, not the end. […]

Gov.-elect Tina Kotek, center, participates in a conversation about early childhood education needs at the Head Start of Yamhill County.

Oregon Gov-elect Kotek hears about housing, health, education needs on first tour stop

BY: - December 21, 2022

McMINNVILLE– Gov.-elect Tina Kotek launched a 36-county listening tour in Yamhill County on Wednesday, hearing from leaders at a community clinic, preschool and local government office that they need money, trained workers and more homes.  Kotek’s visit to McMinnville was the first of a planned statewide tour over the next year, focused on improving the […]

Senate bids farewell to Peter Courtney, longest-serving president in Oregon history

BY: - December 9, 2022

Peter Courtney had one final message for his colleagues as he presided over his final Senate session Friday: Care for each other.  The Senate’s stated reason for convening Friday was confirming two appointees to state boards, but the session’s true purpose was saying goodbye to Courtney, the eccentric Salemite whose 20 years as Senate president […]

Construction cancels annual Oregon Capitol Christmas celebration

BY: - November 29, 2022

Most years, the Tuesday after Thanksgiving means a grand party at the Oregon Capitol, with Santa Claus, other dignitaries, visiting choirs, free cookies and a 30-foot tree. But this year, an ongoing construction project did what even COVID couldn’t do: Cancel Holidays at the Capitol. The tradition, which began in the early 1980s, is on […]

Oregon Legislature’s racial diversity continues to grow after 2022 election

BY: - November 28, 2022

The Oregon Legislature will again have a record number of people of color next year after voters elected five Vietnamese-Americans and a second Indigenous woman.  In January 2021, there were 13 people of color in the Legislature. That number will rise to 19 this year, and lawmakers celebrated the step toward greater diversity while acknowledging […]

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Betsy Johnson attracted voters in regions where she has strong ties

BY: - November 28, 2022

The core support for Betsy Johnson, the unaffiliated candidate for governor in the election, was almost surely a lot different six months ago than it was when the ballots were cast.  Polling from last spring up into September put her in third place but not by much: She was pulling numbers just above and below […]

Republican Christine Drazan concedes the governor’s race to Democrat Tina Kotek

BY: - November 11, 2022

Christine Drazan, who had hoped to become the first Republican governor in Oregon in more than three decades, conceded the governor’s race. In a statement posted on YouTube on Friday, she acknowledged her loss to Democrat Tina Kotek, who declared victory in Portland on Thursday. “I wish her and our state only the best. We […]

Democrat Tina Kotek declares victory, pledges to work on homelessness as Oregon governor

BY: - November 10, 2022

UPDATE: The AP called the race for Kotek shortly after 6 p.m. An article about that development is here.  PORTLAND — A beaming Tina Kotek, hand-in-hand with her wife, skipped down a set of concrete steps lined with supporters at Portland’s waterfront Thursday morning to claim victory in the race for Oregon governor.  The Associated […]

Former Guardsman faces current labor commissioner in 4th Congressional District race

BY: - October 26, 2022

For the first time since 1986, Peter DeFazio is not running to represent Oregon’s Congressional District 4.  Instead, vying for the job are Republican Alek Skarlatos — who came within 5 points of beating DeFazio in 2020 — and Democrat Val Hoyle, who currently serves as commissioner of the Oregon Bureau of Labor and Industries.  […]

VOTE 2022: Drazan stands alone in anti-abortion views

BY: - October 21, 2022

Voters have a choice this November between abortion rights-backers Betsy Johnson and Tina Kotek for Oregon governor, or anti-abortion candidate Christine Drazan. The long-simmering topic of abortion erupted into a major political issue in June when the U.S. Supreme Court reversed the 1973 Roe v. Wade decision that guaranteed a constitutional right to abortion. The […]