Politics

Betsy Johnson hired petition circulators from Craigslist to qualify for Oregon governor race

BY: - August 12, 2022

Betsy Johnson has counted on her “Betsy Brigades,” groups of volunteers circulating petitions, to gather the nearly 24,000 signatures she needs as a nonaffiliated gubernatorial candidate to make it on the November ballot. But she also paid a Washington-based signature gathering firm more than $200,000 to collect signatures for her campaign, state campaign finance records […]

Search warrant shows Trump under investigation for possible Espionage Act violations

BY: - August 12, 2022

WASHINGTON — A federal judge on Friday unsealed the warrant that allowed the Federal Bureau of Investigation to search former President Donald Trump’s property at Mar-a-Lago in Florida earlier this week, revealing he’s under investigation for possibly violating the Espionage Act and obstruction of justice. The seven-page document, which includes a brief description of everything […]

Oregon state House candidate who reported groping by masseuse sues Woodburn Spa

BY: - August 11, 2022

Anthony Medina, the Democratic state House candidate who told police he was touched inappropriately at a Woodburn massage parlor, is suing the establishment for $450,000. Medina’s complaint, filed Thursday in Marion County Circuit Court, asks for $150,000 in economic damages, $300,000 in non-economic damages and a court order prohibiting the Woodburn Spa, its owner and […]

Oregon’s Bentz joins Republican calls to investigate FBI after Trump raid

BY: - August 10, 2022

Oregon’s sole Republican in Congress joined others in his party in calling for a congressional investigation into the FBI for executing a search warrant on former President Donald Trump’s Florida resort.  The FBI searched Trump’s home on Monday as part of an investigation into potential mishandling of classified documents, according to multiple media reports. The […]

Rep. Anna Williams resigns from Oregon Legislature for new policy role

BY: - August 10, 2022

Hood River Democrat Anna Williams has spent the past four years focused on human services policy at the Oregon Legislature. Starting in mid-August, she’ll trade the state House for a new policy job. Williams, who was elected in 2018, will be the new executive director of Oregon’s System of Care Advisory Council starting Aug. 15. […]

U.S. Senate bill seen as big win for Oregon

BY: - August 9, 2022

Clean energy developers, farmers, ranchers, forest and home owners in Oregon are slated to get hundreds of millions of dollars in grants, tax credits and incentives from legislation that passed the U.S. Senate this weekend.  The Inflation Reduction Act of 2022, an umbrella name for a climate and energy package that includes provisions for health […]

Many Oregonians will have to vote again on psilocybin

BY: - August 8, 2022

On a recent Monday evening, as a heatwave broiled Philomath, elected officials debated what’s been a hot topic this summer throughout Oregon cities and counties: Should they opt out of Measure 109, the initiative legalizing limited use of the hallucinogen psilocybin, before it goes into effect next year?  Measure 109, which was approved by voters […]

U.S. Senate passes major health, tax and climate bill in boost for Democrats

BY: and - August 7, 2022

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Senate, along party lines, passed a sweeping energy, health care, climate and tax package Sunday afternoon, following an overnight marathon of votes that resulted in just a handful of notable changes to the legislation. The 755-page bill was passed after Vice President Kamala Harris broke a 50-50 tie in the evenly […]

How Medicare prescription drug coverage would change under U.S. Senate Democrats’ bill

BY: - August 7, 2022

WASHINGTON — A major spending bill from U.S. Senate Democrats would allow Medicare for the first time in its history to begin negotiating the prices of certain high-priced prescription drugs — a proposal that’s been around for years but has never come so close to the finish line. Under the legislation, Medicare would start negotiating […]

U.S. Senate preps big tax, climate and health bill after deal struck with Sinema

BY: - August 5, 2022

U.S. Senate Democrats’ wide-ranging tax, climate and health bill appears set to pass after Majority Leader Chuck Schumer and Sen. Kyrsten Sinema of Arizona struck a deal to soften the measure’s corporate tax increase and a second tax hike aimed at wealthy finance-sector workers, Schumer told reporters Friday. The revenue lost to obtain Sinema’s support […]

State forester rescinds wildfire risk map in response to public, political outcry

BY: - August 5, 2022

On Thursday afternoon, just five weeks after publishing a wildfire risk map, the state Forestry Department axed it. That move follows a chorus of complaints from Republican state lawmakers and residents in southern and eastern Oregon who said the roll out of the map was clumsily handled and led to people losing their property insurance […]

COMMENTARY

Is Timber Unity becoming disunified?

BY: - August 4, 2022

The rural activist group Timber Unity recently passed its third birthday. How many more it may have has become a notable question – and whether, even now, it is becoming Timber Disunity. The group started as a coalition of farmers, wood industry workers and truck drivers, backed financially by several businesses in that field, aiming […]