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PMG FILE PHOTO - Mark Hass has a slim edge over his Democratic rivals in the bid to be Oregon's next Secretary of State.
May 20, 2020

Mark Hass clings to narrowing lead in Oregon Secretary of State race

by Peter Wong/ Oregon Capital Bureau
The senator maintains lead of roughly 2,000 votes over Shemia Fagan for the open statewide position
May 20, 2020

State economists: Oregon budget has a $3 billion gap

by Peter Wong/ Oregon Capital Bureau
Gov. Brown says federal aid must be coupled with spending cuts to cushion blow on vital state services and schools.
Cliff Bentz
May 20, 2020

Bentz wins GOP primary for Congress; Spenser leading Democrats

by Gary A. Warner/ For the Oregon Capital Bureau
The race drew 11 Republicans to replace Rep. Greg Walden, R-Hood River, who announced last fall that he would retire after 22 years in Congress.
PMG FILE PHOTO - Rep. Mitch Greenlick has died.
May 18, 2020

Portland Rep. Mitch Greenlick dies at age 85

by Peter Wong and Zane Sparling
The Democrat, representing Northwest Portland and parts of Washington County, planned to retire at the end of 2020.
May 15, 2020

Brown lifts some limits on 31 counties

by Gary A. Warner/ For the Oregon Capital Bureau
More than half the state's estimated 4.22 million population live in counties not covered by Thursday's decisions.
May 13, 2020

Oregon Legislature preps for unprecedented special session

by Gary A. Warner/ For the Oregon Capital Bureau
The logistics of meeting during coronavirus pandemic are unlike any in its history.
PMG FILE PHOTO - The division of Oregon's 2019-21 budget from the tax-supported general fund ($22.4 billion) and lottery proceeds ($1.3 billion). Agencies have submitted plans for a general-fund cut of 17% in the second year of the cycle; Gov. Kate Brown said she hopes federal aid will cushion the blow from shortfalls in income tax collections.
May 11, 2020

Oregon governor prepares spending cuts, hopes for federal aid to cushion them

by Peter Wong
Agency plans for 17% from general fund 'extremely drastic,' but tax collections expected to be short.
PMG FILE PHOTO - Rep. Diego Hernandez claims that he is being retaliated against for not backing a PERS plan endorsed by legislative leadership.
May 11, 2020

Hernandez plans lawsuit against Legislature, House leaders

by Peter Wong
The lawmaker's lawyer says an investigation of sexual harassment deprives the Portland Democrat of his rights.
PMG PHOTO: COURTNEY VAUGHN - Students gather in Portland in January 2020 to call for action over climate change.
May 08, 2020 65

DEQ won't impose Oregon governor's greenhouse-gas regulations this year

The governor issued an executive order after the Republican walkouts derailed bills in 2019 and 2020.
PMG PHOTO: JONATHAN HOUSE - The Slammer Tavern boards up their bar due to the stay at home order during the COVID-19 crisis. Members of Gov. Kate Brown's staff addressed business leaders May 8 on how, when and if certain businesses may reopen safely.
May 08, 2020 49

Oregon leaders attempt to clarify rules on when, how, if businesses reopen

Gov. Kate Brown's staff addresses questions on returning safely to bars, gyms, hotels and more.
PMG PHOTO: JAIME VALDEZ - Paul Knauls, Jr., owner of Geneva's Hair Salon, in a 2017, pre-pandemic photo.
May 07, 2020 118

Roots showing? Oregon governor may have a plan for that

Gov. Kate Brown's office releases draft guidelines for hair, nail, massage, tattoo and other salons.
PMG PHOTO: JONATHAN HOUSE - Families walk between science stations during the 2019 Trillium Fest at Tryon Creek State Park.
May 07, 2020 1735

Eight Oregon state parks set to reopen for day use on Wednesday

Gov. Brown says others may reopen next week, but Columbia Gorge and coastal parks still off-limits.
Gov. Kate Brown wears a mask on Thursday, May 7, 2020.
May 07, 2020 2442

Oregon could reopen under 3-phase plan

Current measures regarding physical distancing and hygiene likely will remain in place for months to come.
PMG FILE PHOTO - U.S. Sen. Jeff Merkley, D-Ore., at a meeting with Pamplin Media Group reporters and editors last year. He spoke with reporters on a conference call Wednesday, May 6, about his priorities for a new coronavirus aid package from Congress.
May 07, 2020 95

Merkley: Liability shield unnecessary in next federal coronavirus aid plan

The Oregon Democrat rejects the GOP stance, says businesses should 'reasonably' protect workers and customers.
PMG FILE PHOTO - State Rep. Diego Hernadez during a 2019 legislative committee hearing.
May 04, 2020 1295

Speaker of Oregon House calls for Rep. Hernandez to resign over sexual harassment charges

A House panel calls for no-contact between the Portland Democrat and seven women.
PMG FILE PHOTO - Gov. Kate Brown speaking at a March press conference.
May 02, 2020 84

Special Report: Oregon governor hopes to reopen some rural portions of state by May 15

Strict testing and monitoring are necessary to avoid a second wave of the coronavirus, she said.
PMG FILE PHOTO - Obamacare supporters listen to a speaker at a Sherwood rallyin 2017. The Democrats have extended their lead over other parties in terms of registered voters.
May 01, 2020 1000

Oregon Democrats hit one million mark for voters

The surge might have come from supporters of Bernie Sanders, who has ended his presidential bid.
COURTESY PHOTO: KRISTYNA WENTZ-GRAFF, OHSU - Oregon Health & Science University's drive-through testing site at the Gordon Farber Recreation Center in Hillsboro, March 24. Medical swabs are necessary for taking samples from patients, but Oregon has received a 'runaround' obtaining enough to expand testing.
Apr 30, 2020 912

Records show snags in Oregon's search for COVID-19 test supplies

Swab shortages and a federal 'runaround' have curbed state efforts to boost coronavirus testing.
PMG PHOTO: COURTNEY VAUGHN - Restaurants like Bollywood Theater on Southeast Division Street in Portland could re-open with safety guidelines under a draft proposal released Thursday by the governor's office.
Apr 30, 2020 3823

Draft guidelines posted for re-opening Oregon's economy

Guidelines would allow restaurants and bars to reopen while maintaining some safeguards.
PMG PHOTO: PETER WONG - Oregon Department of Revenue in Salem. The agency has announced some changes affecting payments and compliance by businesses under the corporate activity tax, which the 2019 Legislature enacted to fund school improvement programs under the Student Success Act.
Apr 28, 2020 626

Some relief announced for Oregon corporate activity tax

Remedies include more time to file and no quarterly payments; the tax funds the Student Success Act.