Politics

Bend real estate group sues over Oregon ‘love letter’ ban

BY: - November 26, 2021

The Oregon Legislature violated free speech rights when banned Realtors from passing so-called “love letters” from potential homebuyers to sellers, a federal lawsuit filed by a Bend real estate group contends. The suit, filed in the U.S. District Court in Portland late last week, asks the court to block the new law from taking effect […]

Staff care for a Covid-19 patient at Oregon Health & Science University.

Medical professionals want mental health program extended to Oregon nurses

BY: - November 25, 2021

The pandemic’s been tough on nurses in Oregon. They picked up extra shifts, worked overtime and endured relentless tragedy. Most are mentally exhausted, and many are considering leaving the profession, surveys show. But help is likely on the way. A lawmaker and a group of medical professionals are working to include nurses in a mental […]

Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum.

Rosenblum names new Oregon deputy attorney general

BY: - November 24, 2021

Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum on Wednesday named the head of her civil litigation division to a new post as her deputy. Lisa Udland, who has worked for the state Justice Department since 2002, will take the reins as deputy attorney general on Dec. 1. She’ll be responsible for day-to-day operations, overseeing an agency with nine […]

Panel of judges upholds Oregon congressional maps, dismisses gerrymandering claims

BY: - November 24, 2021

Oregon is closer to moving ahead with its new Congressional district and new boundaries for five others after a panel of judges ruled Wednesday that work to draw the new boundaries didn’t illegally favor Democrats. Most independent analyses have Democrats winning at least four, and likely five, of the state’s six congressional districts. Registered Democrats […]

In D.C.: How paid leave, a tax cut for the rich and more could get axed from Biden’s bill

BY: and - November 24, 2021

WASHINGTON — Congressional Democrats cheered on the floor of the U.S. House after approving President Joe Biden’s massive social spending and climate bill.  But a major struggle lies ahead in the coming month in the U.S. Senate, where Democrats cannot lose any votes within their party if they are to send the so-called Build Back Better […]

COMMENTARY
Oregon highway work

One key to making good use of new federal money in Oregon is public-private partnerships

BY: - November 24, 2021

The scope of the recently passed federal infrastructure bill and its myriad investments is unlike anything we have seen for generations. The funding levels are high, the areas of investment many, and the timelines unknown. What is clear is that the bipartisan infrastructure bill is good for Oregon. Very good. Robust infrastructure investments in Oregon […]

House Republican leader Christine Drazan will run for governor

BY: - November 23, 2021

House Minority Leader Christine Drazan plans to run for governor, becoming the highest-profile Republican official to enter an increasingly crowded race. Drazan, a two-term state representative from Canby, plans to officially launch her campaign before the end of the year. In a statement shared with the Oregon Capital Chronicle, she said friends and supporters have […]

Oregon Supreme Court upholds new state legislative districts

BY: - November 22, 2021

Oregon’s new legislative boundaries are set for the next 10 years after the Oregon Supreme Court on Monday dismissed two challenges to the maps approved by legislative Democrats. The Supreme Court’s decision means Democrats have a strong chance of maintaining their supermajority in both the House and the Senate. Princeton analysts who review redistricting data […]

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Votes in eastern Oregon to shift to Idaho deserve attention – on both side of the Cascades

BY: - November 22, 2021

The movement to shift big chunks of Oregon into Idaho got another convert earlier this month. Harney County voters put their muscle behind the idea of cutting ties to Oregon and living under the Gem State, favoring the concept 63% to 37%. The local ballot measure is like others passed around the state in the […]

IN D.C.: Senate confirms first tribal member in history to lead National Park Service

BY: - November 19, 2021

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Senate approved by voice vote late Thursday the nomination of Charles F. Sams III as the first confirmed National Park Service director since 2017. Sams, an enrolled member of the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation near Pendleton, Ore., will be the first tribal member to lead the Park Service […]

Road work

$31 million earmarked for transportation upgrades in Lane, Washington counties 

BY: - November 18, 2021

Lane and Washington counties have snagged $31 million for transportation upgrades from the U.S. Department of Transportation. The money, announced Thursday by four Democrats in Oregon’s congressional delegation, is part of $1 billion being distributed nationwide through a grant program dedicated to road, rail, transit and port improvements. The money is highly competitive: The government […]

Jeff Reardon calls it quits after decade in Oregon state House

BY: - November 18, 2021

Portland Democrat Jeff Reardon plans to end his legislative career next year after a decade in the Oregon House.  Reardon, elected in 2012, said he plans to focus on his three grandchildren, travel and public service in his community after he finishes his term at the end of next year. “Serving the people of District […]