Merkley says mercurial Trump roiling D.C.

Merkley sees danger in ever-shifting White House

EUGENE — President Donald Trump is pingponging so rapidly between issues and advisers that Congress … Read more

Political parties rev up for 2018 election

Oregon political round-up

Campaign 2018 erupted in Central Oregon last week when Bend’s resident surgeon-turned-statesman, Knute Buehler, announced … Read more

Bend could be ‘Ground Zero’ for GOP

Buehler’s departure could hand Democrats more control

SALEM — Bend is “ground zero” for keeping Democrats from becoming a legislative superpower in … Read more

Bend’s Buehler running for governor

GOP lawmaker takes on old rival: Gov. Kate Brown

Ending months of will-he-or-won’t-he speculation, Knute Buehler said Wednesday that he is running for governor … Read more

Brown calls Buehler, other opponents ‘Trumps-in-training’

Brown holds fundraising advantage over Bend lawmaker

SALEM — Gov. Kate Brown wasted no time in responding to Knute Buehler’s candidacy for … Read more

Capitol roundup: 2018 vote edition

Like it or not, the next primary is just 8 months away

It’s been about eight months since the November 2016 general election. It’s about eight months … Read more

Oregon National Guard troops at ready for eclipse

Up to 150 soldiers available to respond to trouble

SALEM — The Oregon National Guard was authorized Thursday to call up 150 soldiers and … Read more

Political Round-Up

From bills to ballots as 2018 election take center stage

SALEM — The Legislature has adjourned and Congress is nearing its August recess. A traditionally … Read more

Bend dam rated high hazard

North Canal Diversion Dam is in populated area

A 105-year-old dam in Bend is on a list of 17 Oregon dams rated as … Read more

No Salem consensus on OSU-Cascades

Governor, House Speaker defend low building bonds

SALEM — Oregon State University-Cascades received so little funding from the legislature because state officials … Read more

Wyden: Keep pressure on Senate over Obamacare repeal

Senator says grassroots efforts saved the Affordable Care Act

REDMOND — Calls and emails from constituents temporarily saved the Affordable Care Act, U.S. Sen. … Read more

Batches of bills pass

Guns and taxes are speed bumps in marathon session

SALEM — During a day that was at once furiously fast and painfully tedious, the … Read more

Salem in bill-passing frenzy

Votes taken on over 50 bills, from roads to opiates

SALEM — With the finish line in sight, the Oregon Legislature put the pedal to … Read more

Lawmakers spend holiday working on logjam of bills

City could get $20 million for roads, $9.5 million for OSU

SALEM — Tuesday was Independence Day — except for the 30 men and women of … Read more

Frustration, fatigue highlight Legislature’s weekend work

Hard votes and harsh words in Capitol

SALEM — Frustration, fatigue and flashes of anger came to the surface during a rare … Read more

Legislature will work July 4

Backlog of big bills has Capitol in overtime

SALEM — Hot Coupon Mama and her “three-ring circus,” Donald Trump and Kansas, and lawmakers … Read more

Worker schedule change bill passed

Long days ahead as lawmakers deal with road, voting bills

SALEM — The morning after being told they will be working overtime Saturday and on … Read more

Road bill gets late session retread

Governor says a deal has been made with both parties

SALEM — The 10-year state road building and repair project, with an $8.2 billion price … Read more

Senate OKs Real ID bill

Oregon faces July 10 deadline for high-security license

SALEM — Oregon took the first big step Monday to beat a July 10 deadline … Read more

Tax overhaul sparks anger in Salem

House approves tax changes GOP calls illegal

SALEM — Round 3 of the tax fights at the State Capitol turned nasty on … Read more

Lawmakers pull plug on big bills

Tax and pension reform dead until 2019

SALEM — In a legislative stare down over taxes and public pensions, the Democrats blinked … Read more

Brown signs Bend bus plan

New law allows voters to approve regional transit taxes

SALEM — Gov. Kate Brown on Thursday signed into law a bill to allow the … Read more

Legislature OKs tax on health providers

Health bill goes to governor

SALEM — Three Senate Republicans joined Democrats to approve a $673 million health provider tax … Read more

Kitzhaber ethics probe reopened

State watchdog restarts Kitzhaber/Hayes inquiry

SALEM — Former Gov. John Kitzhaber’s feeling of being in the clear lasted less than … Read more

Capitol Round-up: Slow in Salem

Longest days, especially in Salem

Capitol Roundup

Weeks left: 3 SALEM — Tuesday is the summer solstice, the longest day … Read more

Business tax up next in Salem

Legislature to vote on $900 million overhaul

SALEM — A contentious overhaul of the state’s business tax system is moving toward center … Read more

Legislature rushes to pass Real ID law

Want to travel by plane? Pay attention to Oregon ID deadline

SALEM — After a decade of stalls and false starts, Oregon has less than a … Read more

Single GOP ‘yes’ wins tax vote

Medford Republican is key to health provider tax

SALEM — In a preview of what is likely a month-long political slam-dance, the House … Read more

Five Oregon D.C. reps sue Trump

Group is among 200 lawmakers saying Constitution violated

SALEM — Five of the seven members of Oregon’s delegation to Congress have joined a … Read more

Capitol roundup: Salem headed for overtime?

Bickering over backlog of bills points to special session

Capitol Roundup

Week of: June 12 Weeks remaining: 4 A mountain of legislation, a feud … Read more

Bend area officials back $8.2B state road bill

The plan would fund U.S. Highway 97 fixes — in 2021

SALEM — The Bend area would have to wait until 2021 to get a spot … Read more

Bus tax bill sent to Senate

Panel OKs plan for COIC to ask voters for future taxes

SALEM — A key Senate panel unanimously approved a bill to allow the regional council … Read more

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