Statewide rent control headed for final vote

Panel sends bill to the House, despite opposition from Helt and Zika

SALEM — Statewide rent control took a step closer to reality Wednesday with the approval … Read more

Reps. Helt and Zika split on Medicaid vote

Helt votes yes, Zika votes no on bipartisan package

SALEM — The Bend area’s two first-term Republican House members went separate ways on Tuesday’s … Read more

Redmond housing plan gets first OK

House panel votes to OK affordable housing plan

SALEM — An affordable housing project targeting Redmond received unanimous approval Monday from a House … Read more

Oregon GOP chair re-elected despite challenge from Bend man

Sam Carpenter of Bend loses bid for top party job

Bill Currier was elected Saturday to a third term as chairman of the Oregon Republican … Read more

Bills would block workers from being fired for using pot on off hours

Business groups oppose laws they say will clash with federal prohibitions

SALEM — You can buy it, sell it, grow it, smoke it, eat it, rub … Read more

Oregon Senate approves statewide rent control

First-in-nation bill expected to win approval in the House

SALEM — Statewide rent control took its first big jump toward becoming law Tuesday, winning … Read more

Carbon cap hearing coming to Bend

Legislative panel coming on March 2

The Joint Committee on Carbon Reduction will hold a hearing March 2 in Bend to … Read more

Capitol roundup: Housing votes an early test for Helt, Zika

Helt already reporting significant fundraising for 2020 race

It may feel like the 2019 legislative session just started, but big pieces of Democrats’ … Read more

Bigger building fund could boost OSU-Cascades plans

Gov. Brown talks about higher ed funding in Salem; OSU’s Ray speaks in Portland

SALEM — Gov. Kate Brown said Thursday there might be up to $100 million in … Read more

Search-and-Rescue operations under Salem spotlight

Bend man’s death helps spur look at improving response

SALEM — Financing and fixing search and rescue operations in Oregon is the target of … Read more

Capitol roundup: Oregon could make permanent — or ban — daylight savings time

Legislature looking at bills to change constitution, and clocks

SALEM — An update on an ailing state official and a bundle of bills that … Read more

OSU-Cascades faces new fights in Legislature

Bend university pushes for more support from state

SALEM — Oregon State University-Cascades’ construction funding adventures over the past two sessions of the … Read more

Starnes stumps for campaign finance reform

Former candidate for governor hopes for ballot measure in 2020

EUGENE — Patrick Starnes has gone straight from the 2018 election into the 2020 campaign … Read more

McLeod-Skinner among those nominated to state boards

Four Deschutes County residents on list from Gov. Kate Brown

SALEM — Gov. Kate Brown on Tuesday nominated four Deschutes County residents to state boards, … Read more

Sen. Wyden weighs in on shutdown, health care, clean energy

Oregon senator says too much political debate is ‘fact-free’

EUGENE — All things being equal, Ron Wyden would rather be in Bend on Saturday. … Read more

Capitol Roundup: Legislative marathon begins

Monday was the first day of the 160-day ‘long session’

SALEM — Monday was the first of up to 160 days of the 2019 legislative … Read more

Walden returns to Bend for town hall

Republican Congressman takes no position on president’s offer to end shutdown

U.S. Rep. Greg Walden, R-Hood River, held his first town hall in Bend in nearly … Read more

Helt to resign from Bend-La Pine School Board

New legislator says Salem time demands will be too heavy

Rep. Cheri Helt, R-Bend, said late Friday that she will resign from the Bend-La Pine … Read more

A Q&A with Rep. Greg Walden before Bend town hall

Congressman’s town hall on Saturday could echo turbulent 2017 event

Greg Walden returns to Bend this Saturday for a town hall in one of the … Read more

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

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