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GOP backs voting by mail, yet turns to courts to restrict it in battleground states

BY: - February 24, 2024

Fearing that Democrats hold a crucial edge in ballots cast before Election Day, national Republicans are working to convince their voters to take advantage of mail and early voting this year. “We can’t play catch up. We can’t start from behind. We can’t let Dems get a big head start and think we’re going to […]

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New OHA director Sejal Hathi on hot seat over withheld report, wrong statements

BY: - February 23, 2024

On a sunny Friday afternoon, Dr. Sejal Hathi found herself answering tough questions, weeks into her role as the new director of the Oregon Health Authority.  In her first time on the hot seat – publicly at least – Hathi faced pointed questions about false information and a withheld report from members of the state’s […]

Oregon campaign finance proposal crafted by business, labor groups gets first hearing

BY: - February 23, 2024

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. 

Putin makes a speech in Red Square during a Victory Day military parade marking the 75th anniversary of the victory in World War II, on June 24, 2020, in Moscow, Russia.

More than 500 new Russia sanctions levied by White House after Navalny death

BY: - February 23, 2024

The Biden administration will impose a new round of economic sanctions targeting Russian fuel exports and military-industry imports, the Treasury Department announced Friday. Coming one week after Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny died in the custody of Russian President Vladimir Putin’s government and one day short of the two-year anniversary of the country’s invasion of […]

Attendees hold books in support of Idaho libraries at the “Idaho Freedom to Read-in” event held at the Idaho Capitol Building on Jan. 13, 2024.

Idaho Senate rejects library bill by one vote

BY: - February 23, 2024

A bill that would mandate a process to review and move library materials deemed harmful to children failed by one vote in the Idaho Senate on Thursday. Some critics argued the proposed review process would have been complicated, while others said the legislation isn’t needed. Senate Bill 1289, cosponsored by Sen. Geoff Schroeder, R-Mountain Home, […]

Oregon voters cynical about government, support campaign finance reform, survey finds

BY: - February 23, 2024

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.

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Legislature advances bill that aims to stem violence against hospital workers

BY: - February 23, 2024

A bipartisan proposal to step up penalties for assaulting hospital workers has advanced in the Legislature despite opposition from advocates for people with disabilities. House Bill 4088 would make it a felony to knowingly and intentionally attack a hospital worker, create a pot of money to help hospitals adopt prevention measures and require hospital signage […]

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WA Senate passes legislation pushing back on book bans

BY: - February 22, 2024

Washington Senate Democrats on Thursday passed a bill meant to slow efforts to ban books in school classrooms and libraries. The legislation won approval on a party-line vote, 29-20. Under it, school districts, charter schools and certain tribal schools cannot ban instructional materials solely because they focus on protected classes, such as people of color […]

Denyc Boles announces run for Oregon's 6th Congressional District.

Denyc Boles ends campaign for Oregon 6th Congressional District

BY: - February 22, 2024

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 […]

State Sen. Jeff Golden, D-Ashland, speaks during a press conference about the Senate Republican walkout on June 6, 2023. (Julia Shumway/Oregon Capital Chronicle)

Ashland Sen. Jeff Golden joins race for Democratic nomination for Oregon state treasurer

BY: - February 22, 2024

UPDATED at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 22, 2024 with a comment from Sen. Elizabeth Steiner. The Democratic primary for Oregon state treasurer is growing increasingly competitive with the addition Thursday of a third candidate, state Sen. Jeff Golden of Ashland. Golden confirmed in a text message to the Capital Chronicle his intent to run against […]

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Oregon Democratic lawmakers reach tentative deal to address drug addiction crisis

BY: - February 21, 2024

Democratic lawmakers said Wednesday they have reached a tentative deal to create a new type of misdemeanor that would give defendants no jail time for drug possession and another chance to enter treatment programs. The charge, hammered out near the mid-point of the 35-day session, will be folded into House Bill 4002, the vehicle lawmakers […]

Are Americans really committed to democracy in the 2024 election?

BY: - February 21, 2024

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 […]