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COURTESY PHOTO: ODOT - ODOT crews inspect the Yaquina Bay Bridge in Newport. The Lincoln County city pushed back an attempt to veto state funds to replace two local dams.
August 14, 2019

With dams at risk, Lincoln County pushes back planned veto

by Claire Withycombe/Oregon Capital Bureau
Coastal community turns politics on its head as it rallies support to keep governor from spiking state money for critical projects.
PMG FILE PHOTO - Reyna Lopez of Oregon's PCUN Latinx political group says she and others are concerned the El Paso shooting that targeted Mexicans and Hispanics.
August 09, 2019

'I think El Paso was a culmination of hateful rhetoric'

by Claire Withycombe/Oregon Capital Bureau
Oregon's Latinx leaders worry that Texas and Ohio shootings could be prelude to more attacks on Hispanics.
PMG FILE PHOTO - Public union employees are asking the Oregon Supreme Court to review legislative changes to PERS.
August 09, 2019

Oregon public unions want top court to block PERS changes

by Claire Withycombe/Oregon Capital Bureau
Lawsuit challenges changes that tweak savings plan and cap salary number used to determine retirement benefits.
PMG FILE PHOTO - Oregon lawmakers and civic groups plan to push for gun law changes on the ballot and in the Capitol.
August 07, 2019

Advocates see tough fight ahead for Oregon gun law changes

by Aubrey Wieber and Claire Withycombe/Oregon Capital
Weekend shootings in Texas and Ohio offer a grim backdrop to a political battle that includes civic groups, lobbyists and legislators.
COURTESY PHOTO - State Rep. Mike Nearman — one of the Legislature's most conservative members — is the new state director of the anti-union group Freedom Foundation.
August 07, 2019

Conservative Rep. Nearman takes Freedom Foundation job

by Aubrey Wieber/Oregon Capital Bureau
Olympia group focuses on labor issues, and former lawmaker is expected to fit right in ideologically.
PMG FILE PHOTO - The urban/rural split came to a head in June when loggers and farmers from across the state rallied in front of the Capitol to protest environmental legislation they said would hurt their industries.
August 05, 2019

Urban/rural divide puts lawmakers at loggerheads

by Aubrey Wieber and Claire Withycombe/Oregon Capital
Experts say it might not be that bad: cities and small towns take different political approaches to meeting their needs.
PMG FILE PHOTO - Gov. Kate Brown plans to veto several bills by the end of the week.
August 05, 2019

Gov. Brown warms up veto pen for several bills

by Aubrey Wieber and Claire Withycombe/Oregon Capital
On Sunday, Gov. Kate Brown announced her veto considerations, including money for dam retrofits, wetland deregulation and funds for urban growth boundary adjustments.
CONTRIBUTED PHOTO - State Sen. Laurie Monnes Anderson was a key vote against a cap-and-trade bill that led to a walkout by Senate Republicans. The bill failed.
August 01, 2019

Dissent by Democrats, not AWOL Republicans, squashed cap-and-trade bill

by Aubrey Wieber/Oregon Capital Bureau
Sen. Laurie Monnes Anderson pulled away from her party before a vote on keystone environmental policy after Boeing expressed concern about the bill's financial impact.
PMG FILE PHOTO - Work began Thursday, Aug. 1, to set up the new Student Success Act program that will add about $1 billion to school funding across the state.
Aug 01, 2019 432

First employee lays groundwork for Student Success Act

Education department and other agencies begin cranking up a $1 billion funding plan to transform schools and aid students.
OREGON CAPITAL BUREAU: AUBREY WIEBER - State Sen. Brian Boquist says he did not mean 'send bachelors' and 'come heavily armed' as a threat to law enforcement. He was one of 11 Republican senators who left the state in late June to avoid voting on environmental legislation.
Jul 31, 2019 765

Boquist's federal lawsuit blasts Courtney for discipline after threats

GOP state senator who raised his voice during walkout sues Senate president, accusing him of rampant misuse of power.
COURTESY PHOTO: ODOT - Oregon's Department of Transportation has a bunch of paving projects planned across the state this summer.
Jul 23, 2019 141

ODOT's summer to-do list is hot hot hot

Oregon's transportation agency has 92 statewide projects on its agenda this summer, from cleaning culverts to installing guardrails.
COURTESY ILLUSTRATION
Jul 22, 2019 345

Oregon collects $2.8 million in Equifax breach settlement

Funds go into justice department's account to pay for state consumer protection work.
PMG FILE PHOTO - Oregon lawmakers are trying to work out who will pay for fines incurred during the Republican walkout in late June.
Jul 18, 2019 144

Who's paying for Republicans' walkout protest?

In the shadow of Senate Republicans' infamous walkout, questions remain on how the protest was financed and whether Democrats will make good on their threat to fine the opposition.
PMG FILE PHOTO - SEIU 503 members rallied outside the Capitol in late May during negotiations for a new state contract.
Jul 18, 2019 1370

Public employee union lands big wage increases in new contract

SEIU 503's state employees will see a 10% to 15% wage increase during the next two years.
PMG FILE PHOTO - A busines group's plan to send the Student Success Act to voters has been scuttled. The act included a tax on some businesses to fund schools.
Jul 18, 2019 666

Business group withdraws effort to refer Student Success Act to voters

Group's leader said lawmakers were crafty in passing legislation to make a referral nearly impossible.
COURTESY PHOTO - Oregon's telemedicine reproductive care is connecting rural woman with health care and abortion services through a pilot program funded by a New York nonprofit.
Jul 18, 2019 160

Telemedicine reproductive care connects options in Oregon

Clinical trial provides health care services for rural women using telemedicine.
AUBREY WIEBER/ OREGON CAPITAL BUREAU - Homecare workers represented by SEIU 503 march into the Department of Human Services building to protest getting paid late.
Jul 18, 2019 312

Homecare workers hold protest outside of DHS over late pay

The workers' union says the late pay has been an issue for decades, and the state has been slow to respond.
PMG FILE PHOTO - An initiative to put a gun safety measure on a ballot is a backup plan in case lawmakers can't pass the law in an upcoming session.
Jul 18, 2019 71

Initiative targets gun safety as Salem stumbles on issue

Plan is a backup for people who support requiring Oregon gun owners to secure their guns and hope lawmakers can pass a storage law in 2020.
PMG FILE PHOTO - Oregon's Supreme Court building in Salem will get seismic upgrades and energy-efficiency systems as part of legislation funding projects across the state.
Jul 11, 2019 389

Construction legislation divvies up millions to statewide projects

One of the last bills passed was also one of the more important, funding housing, building repair and medical treatment for incarcerated youth.
PMG FILE PHOTO - State Sen. Brian Boquist, a Dallas Republican, can continue to work in the Capitol, but with tighter security, after a special Senate committee decision Monday, July 8.
Jul 08, 2019 1457

Legislators reject advice, allow Boquist to work in the Capitol

Sen. Brian Boquist will be required to give Senate 12-hour notice before coming into Captiol, and more police will be present when he's there.