Oregon initiative process leaves individuals feeling cut out

A system hailed as giving power to the people doesn’t work for those outside vast political organizations

SALEM — David Smith wanted to create meaningful change. The retired Eugene real estate appraiser … Read more

Supreme Court takes up case that could end nonunanimous juries in Oregon

Ruling could end nonunanimous jury system

The U.S. Supreme Court kicks off its new term Monday with a case that has … Read more

Group eyes ballot measure to decriminalize all drugs in Oregon

Initiative would decriminalize all illegal substances

An influential national group that has led the way on cannabis legalization around the country … Read more

Oregon public records council wants independent advocate

Moves are a first step to clearing up gray areas in 2017 law creating the public records advocate

SALEM — The week in Oregon politics began and ended with Ginger McCall. McCall, the … Read more

Oregon Supreme Court to review sentence for murderer with intellectual disability

Man who killed woman in ‘13 has intellectual disability

Micus Ward was convicted three years ago of murdering an elderly woman in her sleep … Read more

Governor supports special session on death penalty

Gov. Kate Brown announced Wednesday that she’s prepared to call Oregon lawmakers back to Salem … Read more

Capitol roundup: 2020 election buzz building

Money, voting security and a new way to count votes are in the mix

SALEM — Money, security and a new way of voting are part of the growing … Read more

Oregon won’t use federal funds for family planning clinics

PORTLAND — Oregon’s health care agency said Tuesday it will no longer use federal dollars … Read more

No holds barred at Bend Town Hall, Sen. Wyden says

Saturday morning meeting is for him to hear what Deschutes County voters have on their minds

Prescription drug prices for sure. Probably wildfires and guns. Trade with China. Immigration comes up … Read more

Oregon Democrats aim to change quorum after GOP walkouts

SALEM — After two walkouts this year by minority Republican senators in the Oregon Legislature, … Read more

Capitol roundup: Who’s in, who’s out, and who’s asking for money in 2020

Knopp says no to statewide bid, while others jockey for offices and fundraising

SALEM — Circle Sept. 12 on the Oregon political calendar — that’s the day candidates … Read more

Magic mushrooms may be on the 2020 ballot

Measure would let clinics administer psilocybin for depression and anxiety

SALEM — Oregonians could take psychedelic mushrooms in licensed clinics under an initiative proposed for … Read more

McLeod-Skinner says she’ll run for secretary of state in 2020

Terrebonne Democrat launches fundraising campaign

SALEM — Jamie McLeod-Skinner, the Terrebonne Democrat who lost a 2018 run for Congress, took … Read more

Breese-Iverson to be sworn in Tuesday as new House member

Vikki Breese-Iverson will be sworn in as the new representative for House District 55 on … Read more

Capitol roundup: Campaign fundraising rarely takes a break

Gov. Brown taking in cash despite term limits, while Helt’s PAC gears up for 2020

SALEM — Campaign fundraising between campaigns, an “aloha” to the dean of the House who … Read more

Republican leaders pick finalists for open House seat

Final choice on HD 55 appointee is due by Aug. 13

Two dozen Republican leaders representing state House District 55 gathered in La Pine on Saturday … Read more

How a 1971 fishing trip helped make Kate Brown governor

Recall of Brown and who can succeed her has roots in turmoil over Gov. McCall’s vacation.

SALEM — Gov. Tom McCall’s fishing trip on the Snake River in 1971 saw control … Read more

Popular vote law could be repealed

A few months ago, Colorado agreed to radically rethink the way the president is chosen … Read more

Buehler helping build Helt reelection war chest

GOP fights to keep seat in Bend House district from tilting Democratic

SALEM — Knute Buehler has returned to Oregon’s political battles after staying mostly silent since … Read more

Capitol roundup: Candidates getting jump start on 2020

Money for campaign and roads among political topics

SALEM — Competition is always the name of the game in politics. The past week … Read more

Some Oregon Republicans are having recall regrets

Critics say long-shot effort to remove Gov. Brown will drain momentum.

SALEM — Some prominent Oregon Republicans say their party’s effort to recall Gov. Kate Brown … Read more

Oregon loosens wait time for certain assisted suicides

SALEM — Legislation allowing certain terminally ill patients to have quicker access to life-ending medications … Read more

Capitol round-up: Campaign 2020 — and maybe 2019

Recall effort this fall comes amid jockeying for 2020 ballot

SALEM — The Capitol was locked up on Monday — no visitors allowed. It’s part … Read more

USS Oregon, one of Navy’s newest subs, nearing launch

Navy to commission first vessel to carry state’s name in nearly a century

At noon on a late October day, more than 20,000 people came to the Union … Read more

Zika looking forward to 2020

Republican House freshman recaps roller-coaster year, says he’ll run for re-election

SALEM — After a nail-biting primary, an exciting general election, driving down snow-covered roads to … Read more

Oregon’s state workers could get up to 15% raises over two years

Public employee unions representing state workers have negotiated new contracts that would provide pay increases … Read more

Capitol roundup: No state dog for Oregon

The statehouse air conditioning is off, while votes from 2019 session still raise steam

SALEM — With the Legislature gone until next year, lawmakers can’t be blamed for the … Read more

Oregon GOP launches effort to recall Democratic Gov. Kate Brown

The chairman of the Oregon Republican Party on Monday filed paperwork to launch a recall … Read more

Buehler says Perot inspired his entry into politics

Their connection stretched from Oxford to Oregon

Knute Buehler was at England’s elite Oxford University in 1990 when a fellow Rhodes scholar … Read more

Helt recaps epic 2019 legislative session

Bend House member says she tried to steer between Left and Right

SALEM — As the Republican House member from Bend, Cheri Helt has dealt with a … Read more

Capitol Roundup: Legislature’s odds and ends at adjournment

With marathon over, vetoes, resignations and vote totals take the fore

SALEM — With the Legislature gone until winter, Salem returns to its summer populace — … Read more

Knopp reflects on rambunctious 2019 legislative session

Kaylee’s Law, Senate walkout, housing bills among his 2019 highlights

SALEM ­—Tim Knopp played a high-profile role in the 2019 Oregon Legislature ­­— even in … Read more

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