Oregon governor candidates to debate Sept. 27 in Bend

BY: - September 15, 2022

Oregon’s candidates for governor will participate in a televised debate from the Oregon State University-Cascades campus in Bend later this month, the university announced Thursday. The Sept. 27 debate among Democrat Tina Kotek, Republican Christine Drazan and nonaffiliated candidate Betsy Johnson will be the second time the three candidates take the stage together, following a […]

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Biden administration targets deep waters near Oregon, Maine for new offshore wind power

BY: - September 15, 2022

WASHINGTON—The Biden administration will seek to add deep-water offshore wind energy, a developing technology that isn’t yet widely used, to its mix of renewable energy sources, administration leaders said Thursday. Energy Secretary Jennifer Granholm and Interior Secretary Deb Haaland told reporters on a White House call that their departments would advance efforts to increase capacity […]

Elections workers address voter questions at the Marion County Clerk's Office in Salem on Monday, May 16. (Ron Cooper/Oregon Capital Chronicle)

Oregon officials report new uptick in mail about election fraud conspiracies

BY: - September 15, 2022

This story is part of a project called Democracy Day, in which newsrooms across the country are shining a light on threats to democracy For the clerks who handle elections in most Oregon counties, September and October are busy months. There are ballots to proofread, print and ship, first to overseas or military voters and […]

On Democracy Day, newsrooms draw attention to a crisis in the U.S. system of government

BY: - September 15, 2022

A recent poll found that 69 percent of both Democrats and Republicans think democracy in the United States is in danger of collapse.  Almost two years after Donald Trump falsely claimed that voter fraud cost him the election and inspired a web of supporters and “big lie” candidates to also believe the election was rigged, […]

Oregon Gov. Kate Brown asks president to declare federal wildfire emergency for the state

BY: - September 14, 2022

Gov. Kate Brown has asked President Joe Biden to declare a federal emergency in Oregon due to extreme wildfire risks. It would make Oregon the first state to receive a presidential emergency declaration for wildfires. Brown sent a letter requesting the federal aid to Biden on Sept. 9, as state officials warned of increased fire […]

A request for millions as state lawmakers consider major overhaul of public defense system

BY: - September 14, 2022

Oregon lawmakers are considering a major overhaul of the state’s beleaguered public defense system. Ideas have emerged in discussions in a work group that’s been meeting monthly since April to discuss options for replacing the current system. Members include former legislators, public defenders, representatives of Gov. Kate Brown’s office and members of the state Judicial […]

Oregon, other U.S. senators push for privacy for women seeking reproductive health care 

BY: - September 13, 2022

Nearly 30 U.S. senators, including Oregon’s Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley, asked the federal government Tuesday to ensure that the identities of women seeking reproductive health care remain private. Their letter to the head of the U.S. Department of Human Services, Xavier Becerra, said that the U.S. faces a reproductive health care crisis with states […]

U.S. Senate Republicans shy away from proposed 15-week national abortion ban

BY: - September 13, 2022

WASHINGTON — U.S. Senate Republicans are skeptical about a 15-week nationwide abortion ban that GOP Sen. Lindsey Graham introduced Tuesday, with some saying they want to leave the issue to state lawmakers instead of taking it up in Congress.  “I think most of the members of my conference prefer that this be dealt with at […]

Oregon, Washington hope to make Northwest the U.S. leader of ‘green hydrogen’ energy

BY: - September 13, 2022

Oregon and Washington have teamed up to go after billions of federal dollars to make the Northwest a hub of green hydrogen energy. Hydrogen is an element found naturally in the environment. It can fuel large vessels and manufacturing processes that cannot be easily electrified. The region currently produces some hydrogen, but almost none of […]

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Sandy nonprofit consultant Lori Kuechler to start short stint in Oregon House

BY: - September 13, 2022

The Oregon Legislature will return to Salem next week for one last pre-election batch of meetings, with a new face. Lori Kuechler, a nonprofit consultant from Sandy, was appointed last week to replace Rep. Anna Williams, D-Hood River, and expects to be sworn in before legislative meetings begin Tuesday. Williams, one of three Democratic legislators […]

Oregon congressional candidate Alek Skarlatos joked about choking women

BY: - September 12, 2022

Alek Skarlatos, a Republican candidate for Congress in a competitive Oregon district, repeatedly “liked” photos of underage girls in bikinis on Instagram and joked about strangling women on a podcast shortly before beginning his political career four years ago. Skarlatos, 29, is a former Oregon National Guardsman who parlayed his recognition for helping stop a […]

New government tool shows Oregon and other states’ climate-related risks, projections

BY: - September 8, 2022

The White House has unveiled a new website intended to provide local and state governments and businesses with information about climate-driven events and data, including real-time information about droughts, floods, wildfires and extreme heat. The web-based tool, called Climate Mapping for Resilience and Adaptation, contains information about current climate trends and projections through 2099, including […]