As Bend’s new House member, Helt hopes to find middle way

Helt says she wants to work with Democrats and GOP on key issues

SALEM — Cheri Helt finds herself in the middle a lot these days. She ran … Read more

Gov. Kate Brown’s inaugural address

Transcript of the governor’s speech delivered Jan. 14, 2019

Oregon Gov. Kate Brown delivered her inauguration address Monday Jan. 14, 2019, to the state … Read more

2020 ballot battles have already begun

Activists get early start on placing initiatives before voters

Legalizing “magic” mushrooms, kicking big money out of politics and dueling measures on guns are … Read more

Pro-Trump Bend businessman making run for state GOP chair

Sam Carpenter says state leaders should back the president firmly

SALEM — Bend businessman Sam Carpenter is mounting an insurgent bid to become chairman of … Read more

Capitol roundup: Tumultuous start of new year in Salem and D.C.

Sexual harassment report and border wall funding roil lawmakers

SALEM — The first weeks of a new session of the Legislature or Congress are … Read more

Bend voters urge Merkley to stick with the U.S. Senate

Oregon Democrat talks to town hall crowd about election reform

U.S. Sen. Jeff Merkley is still deciding whether he will run for President, but voters … Read more

Brown endorses stricter drunken-driving limit

Federal shutdown also tops agenda in governor’s first press conference of 2019

SALEM — Gov. Kate Brown endorsed lowering the maximum blood alcohol level for drunken driving … Read more

Taxes, education and ‘Kaylee’s Law’ top Legislature’s agenda

Lawmakers start a new session in Salem on Jan. 22

SALEM — A bipartisan bill to fix flaws in campus security that were highlighted by … Read more

After losing race for governor, Buehler plans his future

He rules out any 2020 run and says he won’t back Trump re-election

Knute Buehler said he plans to stay on the Oregon political stage, although he will … Read more

Central Oregon political newsmakers of 2018

10 people who headlined state political events over the past year

SALEM — Central Oregon was center stage in state political news for much of 2018, … Read more

Bend is ‘worse-case scenario’ command center in major earthquake

State’s fallback Emergency Coordinating Center would be here if Salem is knocked-out

Bend would be the center of the state’s emergency response in the worst-case scenario of … Read more

Capitol roundup: Legislature gets its House — and Senate — in order

New Supreme Court judge, lawmaker assignments as new year looms

The season has turned to winter, and soon, the calendar will flip to 2019, meaning … Read more

New Bend-area lawmakers get key posts

Helt, Zika will be on committees dealing with hot-button issues

SALEM — Bend’s two freshman Republican state lawmakers have been assigned to committees that will … Read more

OSU-Cascades teams lobby lawmakers in Salem

Effort highlighted tuition costs, new student building

Facing fights over tuition and building priorities, a coalition of students, staff and supporters of … Read more

Federal Farm Bill contains provisions for Oregon’s forests, hemp farmers

Senate passes $867 billion bill, which now goes to the House later this month

A massive federal farming and agriculture bill that’s nearing final approval could provide additional funding … Read more

Capitol roundup: Taxes and voting trends top the news

Salem to hold meetings this week, while wildfire aid sought in D.C.

SALEM — Taxes, voting trends, legislative “concepts” and proposed wildfire protections are among the topics … Read more

Oregon Republicans debate their future

GOP debate: Hew to center or swing right

Election night 2018 was pretty much a disaster for the Oregon Republican Party. Now, the … Read more

Capitol Roundup: Dems, GOP set leadership line-ups for 2019

Also, Walden remains on key panel and Deschutes County is, no surprise, growing rapidly

SALEM — Democrats and Republicans in the House and Senate are preparing their teams for … Read more

Higher education budget plan has no guaranteed building funds for OSU-Cascades

Gov. Brown’s proposal does allocate $8 million for COCC project

SALEM — Amid a spartan proposed budget for higher education, Gov. Kate Brown has allocated … Read more

Carbon cap could face ballot challenge

Brown calls for consensus approach

SALEM — Election Day sent a mixed message to Oregon environmentalists. Democrat Kate Brown was … Read more

Capitol Roundup: Hike in beer tax fizzles; Buehler clobbered in Multnomah

Meanwhile, GOP leadership position up for grabs

With the election over, state political leaders are looking ahead to the 2019 session of … Read more

Big kicker likely coming — in 2020

State tax revenues on track to trip rebate

SALEM — A flood of state income tax revenue has the state economist forecasting that … Read more

Mike McLane stepping down as Oregon House GOP leader

Lawmaker says he plans to continue serving House District 55

SALEM — Rep. Mike McLane, R-Powell Butte, will not seek another stint as leader of … Read more

Capitol roundup: Final tally in governor’s race was $39.9 million

Governor’s race money, future of losing candidates in the news

SALEM — The election is over, but the financial tallying goes on, as does the … Read more

Oregon economy continues rise — with question marks ahead

Median household income matches U.S. for first time since 1979

SALEM — Oregon’s economy is humming along in fine shape, but there are some likely … Read more

Is Deschutes County shedding its “red” label in elections?

Voting patterns becoming closer to western part of state than east

SALEM — Deschutes County voted a lot more like the Willamette Valley on Tuesday than … Read more

Oregon Democrats have the numbers for 2019 agenda

Governorship, legislative ‘supermajorities’ could lead to swift action

SALEM — With sweeping wins in races for governor and the Legislature, Oregon Democrats see … Read more

Buehler victory would upend political math in Salem

Vetoes, appointments and reapportionment would be on the table.

For most of the past two years, Oregon Democrats have focused on trying to build … Read more

Roundup: Crunching the political numbers

Voter turnout, polls, campaign finance and no second chances in the news

SALEM — The important political numbers — the final general election vote tallies — won’t … Read more

The personal and political journey of Kate Brown

From Republican family to Democratic governor

EUGENE — Gov. Kate Brown is on the ballot Tuesday, running for a full term … Read more

Oregon-style voting could enhance election security

Advocates say U.S. should follow Oregon’s example

SALEM — On the face of it, Oregon’s voting system is decidedly low-tech in a … Read more

Oregon political candidates head toward finish line

Door-to-door, face-to-face campaigning highlight final days

Jack Zika was slightly out of breath when he answered the phone on Friday. He … Read more

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