Politics

Drazan wins Oregon governor primary with about a quarter of Republican voters

BY: - May 19, 2022

Republican gubernatorial nominee Christine Drazan has a monumental task in front of her: convincing the more than three-quarters of Republican primary voters who preferred other candidates to coalesce around her campaign going into the fall election. Drazan officially accepted her party’s nomination during a brief meeting with reporters Thursday morning, a day after runner-up Bob […]

One congressional race in Oregon remains close, most incumbents advance easily

BY: - May 18, 2022

The midterm primary was largely a good night for Oregon incumbents running for reelection to the U.S. Senate and Congress with the exception of one: Rep. Kurt Schrader who’s seeking the Democratic renomination in the 5th Congressional District. The Blue Dog Democrat, a seven-term moderate, trailed progressive attorney Jamie McLeod-Skinner on Wednesday by just over […]

Slow vote counting in Clackamas County could delay Congressional results until next week

BY: - May 18, 2022

About 200 Clackamas County employees will be temporarily assigned to process ballots beginning Thursday as the third-largest county in Oregon struggles to process election results.  Printing errors on many ballots made them unreadable by county machines, resulting in bipartisan teams of election workers hand-copying affected ballots. By midday Wednesday, the county had still only counted […]

Tiernan concedes, but Drazan not ready to declare victory in Oregon GOP primary

BY: - May 18, 2022

Christine Drazan’s main primary opponent conceded the Republican race for governor Wednesday, but the Canby Republican isn’t ready to declare victory. Drazan, the former House minority leader, said in a statement that former Oregon Republican Party Chair Bob Tiernan conceded the race Wednesday. Drazan led Tiernan by about 13,000 votes with at least 80,000 Republican […]

Oregon primary election: Progressive women win big, Republican races remain tight

BY: - May 17, 2022

Progressive women won big in Oregon’s Democratic primaries Tuesday, while contested Republican races remained close with many ballots left to count.  Former House Speaker Tina Kotek won the Democratic primary for governor. Labor Commissioner Val Hoyle, state Rep. Andrea Salinas and attorney Jamie McLeod-Skinner are winning their congressional primaries. McLeod-Skinner was on her way to […]

Oregon appears headed towards a low turnout

BY: - May 17, 2022

Oregon appears headed towards a low turnout by its nearly 3 million voters – and potentially a new historical low in a midterm election. The final count won’t be known until next Tuesday. The Legislature last year extended the timeline for mail-in ballots. Those postmarked by 8 p.m. on Election Day will be counted, provided […]

Live Coverage: The latest on the 2022 Oregon primary election

BY: - May 17, 2022

The Capital Chronicle’s reporters and editors bring you the very latest on the state’s primary election. Please keep checking back for updates or stay with us as results become available.

Many Oregon candidates breeze to victory with no primary opponents

BY: - May 17, 2022

Before any election results are announced Tuesday, many Oregon candidates will have already won their primary elections.  And a few have already won their general election, by virtue of being the only candidate on the ballot for their position. Come January, six current legislators will return to their seats in the House or Senate after […]

COMMENTARY

Most voters in Oregon will not be heard in primary, but their votes will resonate in November

BY: - May 17, 2022

The fate of the Democratic and Republican candidates who prevail in Oregon’s primary election for governor this week will rest not with their own parties’ voters, but with the growing number of Oregonians who have abandoned or declined to join their ranks. So too for the major party candidates who will advance to the general […]

Official ballot site election

Questions about Oregon-Idaho boundary, taxes, tobacco and guns on local ballots

BY: - May 16, 2022

Voters in three more Oregon counties will indicate next week whether they want to become Idaho residents without leaving their homes. Questions about the “Greater Idaho” movement are on ballots in Douglas, Josephine and Klamath counties, following approval in eight rural counties, mostly in the southeast part of the state, to push toward redrawing the […]

COMMENTARY

Shifting from a scarcity mindset to one of abundance widens the lens of what’s possible

BY: - May 15, 2022

There’s a sixth “W” to the list of who, what, where, when and why questions we ask as journalists. To me, that’s “What’s possible?” What’s possible when 60 plus newsrooms across Oregon agree to participate in a media collaboration to better inform voters about the 35 candidates running for governor? And what’s possible when we […]

Oregon’s Agriculture Department Director Alexis Taylor nominated by White House to serve in USDA

BY: - May 13, 2022

Alexis Taylor, Oregon’s Agriculture Department director, has been nominated by the Biden White House to serve in the U.S. Department of Agriculture. An announcement by the White House of nine nominees said Taylor had been appointed to serve as under secretary for trade and foreign agricultural affairs in the department. Since 2016, Taylor had led […]