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PMG FILE PHOTO - Oregon lawmakers are trying to work out who will pay for fines incurred during the Republican walkout in late June.
July 18, 2019

Who's paying for Republicans' walkout protest?

by Aubrey Wieber and Claire Withycombe/Oregon Capital
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.
July 18, 2019

Public employee union lands big wage increases in new contract

by Aubrey Wieber/Oregon Capital Bureau
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.
July 18, 2019

Business group withdraws effort to refer Student Success Act to voters

by Claire Withycombe and Aubrey Wieber/Oregon Capital
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.
July 18, 2019

Telemedicine reproductive care connects options in Oregon

by Claire Withycombe/Oregon Capital Bureau
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.
July 18, 2019

Homecare workers hold protest outside of DHS over late pay

by By Aubrey Wieber/ Oregon Capital Bureau
The workers' union says the late pay has been an issue for decades, and the state has been slow to respond.
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.
July 11, 2019

Construction legislation divvies up millions to statewide projects

by Claire Withycombe and Aubrey Wieber/Oregon Capital
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.
July 08, 2019

Legislators reject advice, allow Boquist to work in the Capitol

by Aubrey Wieber and Claire Withycombe/Oregon Capital
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.
AUBREY WIEBER/ OREGON CAPITAL BUERAU - Sen. Brian Boquist
July 05, 2019

Boquist derides session-ending politics, explains his threat to police

by By Aubrey Wieber/ Oregon Capital Bureau
State Sen. Brian Boquist, a Republican from Dallas, for the first time explains his remarks about state troopers, tells of carrying concealed gun into Senate, and death threats against him.
SIERRA MCCLAIN/EO MEDIA GROUP - Representatives of the #TimberUnity movement have been invited to the White House July 8. The movement organized massive protests in Salem against proposed climate legislation.
Jul 03, 2019 759

Timber Unity movement gets presidential invite

The growing political group run by farmers, loggers and truckers point to similarities with their movement and Trump's populist rise.
PMG FILE PHOTO - Oregon lawmakers hung millions of dollars of projects on a 'Christmas Tree Bill.'
Jul 02, 2019 823

'Christmas tree bill' pumps out millions to local projects

Legislation was one of the last to pass, and gives politicians a pile of pork to bring back to districts.
PMG PHOTO: CLAIRE WITHYCOMBE - Oregon senators got down to work Saturday and Sunday, wrapping up rapid-fire votes on more than 100 bills after a weeklong delay by a GOP walkout.
Jul 01, 2019 48

Urban-rural 'cold civil war' forces out cap-and-trade bill

Perception that House Bill 2020 took from ruralites to give to Oregon's cities gained significant traction, and played a significant role in legislation's demise.
PMG FILE PHOTO - Gov. Kate Brown pressed lawmakers in late June to support controversial environmental legislation. She told reporters Monday, July 1, that she would consider other ways to enact a cap-and-trade law that prompted a GOP walkout.
Jul 01, 2019 637

Brown: 'I am not backing down' on cap-and-trade legislation

Governor told reporters resuming fight for carbon legislation is a top priority, and she wants it done soon.
Jun 27, 2019 459

It will be easier for farmers to open breweries

Lawmakers passed a bevy of bills tweaking the statewide land use planning system this year that have implications for development of farm and forest lands.
COURTESY PHOTO: TROY BRYNELSON/SALEM REPORTER - Trucks parked at the Oregon State Fairgrounds in Salem early Thursday, June 27, before heading to the state Capitol.
Jun 27, 2019 819

Airhorns echo in protest through nearly empty Capitol

Truckers, loggers and activists rally Thursday to protest environmental legislation, after a major bill was scuttled.
Sen. Cliff Bentz
Jun 27, 2019 852

Bentz returns from Idaho exile

Sen. Cliff Bentz confirmed Thursday that he has reentered the state and his caucus is continuing to talk about whether to return to Salem.
COURTESY PHOTO - State and federal flags sit on empty desks in the state Senate Friday, June 21. Republican senators have left the capital to block a vote on a controversial environmental bill.
Jun 21, 2019 462

'Credible threat' forces Senate to cancel Saturday session

People associated with Oregon militia groups have been active on social media, calling for 'defense force' to protect GOP runaways.
PMG FILE PHOTO - The state Senate was in a holding pattern Thursday, June 20, after Republican senators played hooky. They're unhappy with a cap-and-trade bill they say would hurt the state's economy.
Jun 20, 2019 151

Republican senators hit the road to block cap-and-trade bill

Second walkout leaves Senate in 'holding pattern'; governor threatens to round up runaway lawmakers.
CLAIRE WITHYCOMBE/OREGON CAPITAL BUREAU - Senate President Peter Courtney looks out over empty Republican desks in the Oregon Senate, Thursday, June 20, 2019.
Jun 20, 2019 123

Brown orders OSP to round up Republican senators

The state Senate came to a standstill Thursday morning after the chamber's 11 Republicans didn't show.
CLAIRE WITHYCOMBE / OREGON CAPITAL BUREAU - Senate Democrats chat and mill about in the Senate chambers.
Jun 20, 2019 1510

OSP talking with missing senators as Democrats balk at any new deal

Eleven Senate Republicans have gone on the lam, leaving Democrats two senators short of having enough Senate members present to vote on bills.
EO MEDIA GROUP - A container truck loaded with straw pulls away from a pressing facility owned by the Boshart family in Salem, Ore. Straw is one of the agricultural exports that could benefit from an intermodal facility that switches containers from trucks to rail in the mid-Willamette Valley. The facility is intended to allow agricultural goods and other exports to bypass traffic congestion in Portland
Jun 19, 2019 294

Oregon intermodal proposals face further scrutiny

Questions remain over the financial sustainability of the competing intermodal facilities proposed in the Willamette Valley and a separate project in the Treasure Valley.