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Secretary of State Dennis Richardson
December 13, 2018

Richardson releases video updating the public on his cancer

by Aubrey Wieber/Oregon Capital Bureau
In his latest video update, Secretary of State Dennis Richardson said his brain cancer is impacting his ability to communicate, but MRIs show the tumor isn't growing.
PAMPLIN MEDIA GROUP FILE PHOTO - State Sen. Bruce Boquist, a Dallas Republican, clashed with Senate President Peter Courtney after emails to Courtney's staff were considered hostile.
December 12, 2018

Senate leader, lawmaker at loggerheads over pay equity documents

by Claire Withycombe/Oregon Capital Bureau
Letter, emails detail clash as conservative senator tries to get more information from leader's staff
PAMPLIN MEDIA GROUP FILE PHOTO - Sen. Tim Knopp, vice chairman of the Senate Workforce Committee and co-author of the pay equity law, grilled BOLI staff about the time it took to implement pay equity rules.
December 12, 2018

Lawmakers: Why did BOLI drag its feet on pay rules?

by Paris Achen/Oregon Capital Bureau
Senate committee grills staff as hundreds of employers still confused as equity act requirements loom.
PAMPLIN MEDIA GROUP/JAIME VALDEZ - Oregon Senate President Peter Courtney of Salem says he wants the Legislature to find solutions to problems, so people can see that their government works.
December 11, 2018

Even with a majority, Courtney still nervous about session

by Claire Withycombe/Oregon Capital Bureau
State Senate President hopes to foster better decision-making, not partisan bickering as lawmakers tackle big issues.
PMG ILLUSTRATION
December 11, 2018

Businesses scramble to comply with new state pay equity rules

by Paris Achen/Oregon Capital Bureau
Employers who know of pay gaps have to give raises and adjust their pay scale by Jan. 1, or face penalties.
PAMPLIN MEDIA GROUP - Gov. Kate Brown.
December 06, 2018

Gov. Brown reaches out to rural Oregon

by Claire Withycombe/Oregon Capital Bureau
Brown's proposed budget includes more than $247 million for rural infrastructure projects .
PAMPLIN MEDIA GROUP FILE PHOTO - Oregon's Transportation Commission voted Dec. 6 to seek federal permission to toll sections of Interstate 5 and Interstate 205 through the Portland area.
December 06, 2018

Varoom! Commission revs up highway toll plan

by Paris Achen/Oregon Capital Bureau
Federal agency must sign off on proposal to toll traffic on sections of I-5 and I-205 through Portland
OREGON CAPITAL BUREAU/AUBREY WIEBER - Oregon State Police Superintendent Travis Hampton flips through charts and graphs showing the impacts of OSP's short staffing. In 2017, the agency was unable to respond to 11,880 calls for service due to staffing levels.
December 05, 2018

State Police cheer as Gov. Brown proposes big funding boost

by Aubrey Wieber/Oregon Capital Bureau
Oregon ranks second in per-capita trooper numbers. Brown and OSP plan to get the state to the middle of the pack, where they hope it will stay for good.
PAMPLIN MEDIA ILLUSTRATION
Dec 04, 2018 39

Tax hikes in governor's budget a 'challenge to pocketbooks'

Legislative leaders predict rough road ahead for Brown proposal to raise revenue.
Dec 03, 2018 26

Advocate finds litany of flaws in Oregon's public records laws

Oregon law allows government officials to delay or withhold records that should be public, and there is little punishment for agencies who violate the law.
COURTESY WHITE HOUSE - President Donald Trump, Vice President Mike Pence and House Speaker Paul Ryan at the State of the Union address.
Nov 29, 2018 597

Budget includes money for lawsuits against Trump

Since Trump's election, Oregon has participated as a plaintiff with other states in 14 lawsuits against his administration.
AUBREY WIEBER/SALEM REPORTER - Gov. Kate Brown announced her budget priorities Wednesday.
Nov 28, 2018 334

Brown wants 'ambitious' budget to be the bedrock of her legacy

Gov. Kate Brown announced Wednesday she will seek a nearly 25 percent increase in state funding for education in an ambitious effort to improve school performance.
PAMPLIN MEDIA GROUP - Gov. Brown's budget plan calls for $13.7 billion to fund education, an increase of $2.7 billion over the current budget cycle.
Nov 28, 2018 51

Governor wants $13.7 billion to fund education

Brown's plan hikes spending by $2.7 billion over the current two-year budget.
FILE PHOTO - Reaction was swift to Gov. Brown's proposed spending plan.
Nov 28, 2018 43

Oregon leaders react to Gov. Brown's ambitious budget

Gov. Kate Brown released her purposed budget for the next two years Wednesday morning.
PAMPLIN MEDIA GROUP FILE PHOTO - State Sen. Betsy Johnson of Scappoose, who will be asked to pare down budget requests next year, says she carries an old Kershaw knife that she displayed during a 2017 event at the company's Tualatin headquarters.
Nov 23, 2018 89

'Tough' Betsy Johnson adds rural balance to state budget process

Appointment to legislative budget-writing panel praised as a way to work through 'difficult issues.'
JAIME VALDEZ/PORTLAND TRIBUNE - Juan Carlos Gonzalez recently won election to Metro, the Portland area's influential regional planning council. Oregon has seen a surge in the number of Hispanic candidates and office holders.
Nov 23, 2018 41

Oregon sees surge in Hispanic candidates, office holders

According to the U.S. Census, Oregon had about 495,000 Latinos in 2017 - 13 percent of the state's population. That's up from 11 percent in 2000.
AUBREY WIEBER/SALEM REPORTER - Rep. Paul Evans plays a campaign commercial on his phone in his Capitol office. Evans made the commercial in response to attack ads from his opponent, Selma Pierce. The commercial is from the perspective of his dog, Beau, to set the record straight.
Nov 22, 2018 58

Evans, Pierce battled it out in District 20

A House race in the Salem area was perhaps the nastiest in the state, with relentless attack ads making accusations of campaign finance violations, sexism and military general order violations.
EO MEDIA GROUP - In August, recreational and medical consumers in Oregon bought at least 16,000 pounds of usable marijuana, about 400,000 units of edibles and tinctures and more than 600,000 units of marijuana extracts and concentrates.
Nov 21, 2018 49

Oregon pot tax revenue grows as consumption booms

In August, recreational and medical consumers in Oregon bought at least 16,000 pounds of usable marijuana, about 400,000 units of edibles and tinctures and more than 600,000 units of marijuana extracts and concentrates.
COURTESY USDA - Supreme Court in Washington, D.C. An Oregon think tank has filed suit in federal court claiming two unions are collecting dues in violation of the court's Janus v. AFSCME  decision.
Nov 21, 2018 47

Freedom Foundation takes its latest shot at Oregon unions

Think tank says unions are collecting dues in violation of U.S. Supreme Court decision.
PAMPLIN MEDIA GROUP FILE PHOTO - A snowplow rumbled through traffic during a recent snowstorm. ODOT and some cities plan to use salt on roads and highways this winter if snow stalls traffic.
Nov 20, 2018 44

Winter could put state highways on a low-salt diet

ODOT, cities expect to use more salt this year if snow and ice become a big problem