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TRIBUNE FILE PHOTO: JAIME VALDEZ - ODOT replaced a section of the bridge on Highway 213 at the Jughandle construction site in Oregon City.
July 26, 2016

Former ODOT consultant hired to lead agency review

by Paris Achen/Capital Bureau
When a long-awaited management review assesses the readiness of the Oregon Department of Transportation for a massive influx of money, leading it will be a familiar face. The state has selected John L. Craig, a former ODOT consultant, for a $350,000 contract…
PAMPLIN MEDIA GROUP FILE PHOTO - A measure to use Lottery funds to pay for Outdoor School has qualified for the November general election ballot.
July 25, 2016

Outdoor School initiative qualifies for ballot

by Paris Achen/Capital Bureau
An initiative petition to fund a statewide outdoor education program with Oregon Lottery revenue has qualified for the November general election ballot. The Secretary of State’s Office confirmed Friday that the campaign for IP 67 gathered 93,102 valid…
PARIS ACHEN - Bud Pierce appears alone Friday, July 22, 2016, at the Oregon Newspaper Publishers Association gubernatorial debate in Silverton. Gov. Kate Brown declined to participate in any debates until September.
July 22, 2016

Pierce relying on GOP donors to fund campaign

by Paris Achen
SILVERTON, Ore. — GOP gubernatorial nominee Bud Pierce said Friday that he is unlikely to invest any more of his own money in his campaign for governor. “I think my affluence is pretty tapped at this point,” Pierce said. “I frankly need to be able to attract…
TRIBUNE FILE PHOTO - Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum faces an accusation from Oracle that she concealed information about a top state witness in the bitter litigation over the Cover Oregon debacle.
July 21, 2016

Oracle: State improperly concealed whistleblower's bombshell account of Cover Oregon debacle

by Nick Budnick/Capital Bureau
On the eve of a key hearing Oracle is asking a judge to throw out the state’s billion-dollar fraud lawsuit over the Cover Oregon website debacle. The company accuses the state of playing hide-the ball to dishonestly conceal Oregon's top witness. Former Oracle…
SECRETARY OF STATE'S OFFICE - Elections Division Director Jim Williams resigned Tuesday, July 19, 2016, with little explanation.
Jul 20, 2016 29

State elections director resigns suddenly with little explanation

SALEM — Three months before the November general election, Oregon Elections Division…
EO MEDIA GROUP - Linn County Circuit Court Judge Daniel Murphy has denied a request by several non-profit organizations to intervene in the lawsuit filed on behalf of 15 counties that seeks $1.4 billion from the State of Oregon for allegedly insufficient timber harvests from state forests.
Jul 19, 2016 32

Environmentalists shut out of Oregon forest litigation

Environmental and fishing groups will be shut out from high-stakes litigation over…
Jul 19, 2016 20

Time runs out for Oregon timber ballot initiatives

Three ballot initiatives that would have restricted clear-cutting and aerial spraying in…
Jul 18, 2016 97

Corporate sales tax wouldn't boost high school graduation measure

A proposed corporate sales tax that would raise $3 billion a year in new revenue would…
PARIS ACHEN - Gov. Kate Brown unveils a gun safety plan at the Veterans Memorial Coliseum in Portland Friday, July 15, 2016.
Jul 15, 2016 31

Brown unveils plan to reduce gun violence

PORTLAND - Gov. Kate Brown has unveiled a multi-pronged plan for decreasing gun violence…
Jul 15, 2016 24

Voter privacy, emergency clause initiatives fail to make ballot

Two initiative petitions — one requiring written consent to release voter information and…