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Oregon transportation officials already at work planning to spend new billions

BY: - November 8, 2021

SALEM – Travis Brouwer had given up on Congress Friday afternoon. Brouwer, an assistant director of the Oregon Department of Transportation, was eager to see the federal infrastructure package pass. That would mean billions for Oregon in the coming years and the state agency was already planning what to do with it. But Brouwer thought […]

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Forest accord seen as good for Oregon woodlands, wildlife – but also for how collaboration can work

BY: - November 8, 2021

After nearly a year of negotiations, representatives of timber companies, small forestland owners, and conservation and fishing organizations reached an agreement through the Private Forest Accord. The negotiations were an effort to avoid an expensive and messy fight at the ballot box over competing initiatives around Oregon’s forest laws. The agreement proposes changes to the […]

Democrats in Oregon delegation applaud infrastructure passage, lone Republican silent

BY: - November 7, 2021

Much of Oregon’s Congressional delegation sees nothing but good news for the state in the passage of the federal infrastructure legislation. The U.S. House on Friday passed the $1.2 trillion package to fix roads, airports, railways and broadband across the country. The state’s four Democrat representatives voted for the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act, including […]

Some of Oregon’s most powerful state boards getting new members

BY: , and - November 4, 2021

A McMinnville hay farmer, a Wilsonville dentist and the former deputy director of the state Agriculture Department are among dozens of unelected Oregonians set to wield power over state lands, government ethics and public pensions.  Gov. Kate Brown’s nominees to multiple state boards and commissions are up for confirmation in the state Senate later this […]

In D.C.: Republicans in U.S. Senate block a voting rights bill but Democrats vow to press again

BY: - November 3, 2021

WASHINGTON – Republicans in the U.S. Senate on Wednesday blocked another voting rights bill, this one named for Georgia civil rights icon John R. Lewis. On a 50-49 vote, the Senate declined to proceed to debate on the latest Democratic effort at a nationwide voting rights overhaul meant to stymie Republican-led state laws restricting voting access.  […]

Restaurant tax coming to Cannon Beach, southern Oregon dam gets repair money in Tuesday’s vote

BY: - November 3, 2021

Prineville will get a new courthouse, Mill City will allow marijuana sales and Harney County becomes the latest county to take on the idea of moving portions of Oregon to Idaho – all the result of voter action in the special election held Tuesday. In local results, voters supported most tax requests for law enforcement […]

Oregon judge skeptical of GOP congressional gerrymandering claims

BY: - November 2, 2021

Four former Republican elected officials and national Republican forces see Oregon’s new congressional boundaries as an unfair Democratic gerrymander. The retired tax court judge who heard their legal arguments last week doesn’t buy it. In a written opinion released late Monday, retired state judge Henry Breithaupt wrote that he largely agreed with a panel of […]

Salem Democrat Brian Clem becomes latest Oregon representative to resign

BY: - November 1, 2021

State Rep. Brian Clem, who previously announced he wouldn’t run for re-election so he could focus on caring for his elderly mother, resigned Friday evening with more than a year left in his term. The Salem Democrat said in a prepared statement that his mother triggered his decision to resign before the end of his […]

White House: Oregon single-family zoning law could be model for nation

BY: - October 29, 2021

Oregon’s 2019 law effectively ending single-family zoning could be a model for states across the nation, White House officials said during a meeting with House Speaker Tina Kotek, who spearheaded the law.  Kotek, a Portland Democrat, and state lawmakers and local elected officials from California, Utah, Texas and Kentucky joined a virtual call with several […]

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Oregon public employee unions file labor complaints over vaccine records gaffe

BY: - October 29, 2021

Unions representing more than 31,000 state employees filed six separate labor complaints against the state of Oregon on Thursday for wrongly providing individual employees’ vaccination statuses to two newspapers. Leading up to the Oct. 18 effective date for a Covid vaccination mandate for state employees, news organizations in the state requested agency-level vaccination and exemption […]

Longtime New York Times columnist Nick Kristof launches Democratic campaign for Oregon governor

BY: - October 27, 2021

Longtime New York Times columnist Nick Kristof officially launched his campaign for Oregon governor on Wednesday, joining a crowded Democratic primary.  Kristof, who grew up in Yamhill and returned to his family’s farm a few years ago, has been publicly considering a run for governor for several months. He resigned from the New York Times […]

Two lawsuits challenge Oregon’s new legislative boundaries

BY: - October 25, 2021

A former Republican state representative on Monday asked the Oregon Supreme Court to throw out all newly drawn state House and Senate districts and replace them with more competitive maps. The lawsuit from former Rep. Patrick Sheehan, R-Portland, and Clackamas County attorney Samantha Hazel joined a challenge filed earlier Monday that asked the court to […]