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June 20, 2018

Backers drop gun storage initiative for now

by Claire Withycombe/Capital Bureau
'We are not discouraged and look forward to working with legislators to pass this important measure in the 2019 session.'
PAMPLIN FILE PHOTO - Hong Phat grocerty store in Southeast Portland
June 20, 2018

Ban on food taxes would be a first

by Paris Achen/Capital Bureau
What will soon be titled Measure 103 could affect taxes on fuel, bottle deposits and even state Medicaid funding, according to a recent analysis.
PARIS ACHEN/CAPITAL BUREAU - Sen. Brian Boquist, R-Dallas, says the passage of a measure denying certain business owners the ability to take a federal deduction on their state taxes didn't meet constitutional requirements.
June 19, 2018

Boquist asks tax court to strike down SB 1528

by Claire Withycombe/Capital Bureau
A state senator from Dallas says the passage of a measure denying certain business owners the ability to take a federal deduction on their state taxes didn't meet constitutional requirements.
SCREENSHOT - Gov. Kate Brown's homepage notifying the public of email problems after a phishing attack on state agency email
June 19, 2018

Hackers attack state email system

by Paris Achen/Capital Bureau
A phisher sent out 8 million spam emails from Oregon.gov and paralyzed state employees' ability to reply to emails from the public.
JAIME VALDEZ/PORTLAND TRIBUNE - Patrick Starnes, Independent Party of Oregon nominee for governor
June 18, 2018

IPO threatens legal action if nominee not in governor debates

by Paris Achen/Capital Bureau
The Independent Party of Oregon says organizers have to invite its gubernatorial nominee, Patrick Starnes, to debates or face the consequences.
OREGON DEPARTMENT OF FORESTRY - The Oregon Department of State Lands is investigating whether counties or private entities might more cheaply manage Common School Fund forest land. The Elliott State Forest, pictured here, is part of that land.
June 18, 2018

State lands considers forest management options

by Claire Withycombe/Capital Bureau
The department is investigating whether counties or private entities might more cheaply manage Common School Fund forest land.
EO MEDIA GROUP - The state data center in Salem. The core network that supports 80 state agencies collapsed Saturday, June 9, and state officials still don't know why.
June 15, 2018

Cause of state network outage still unknown

by Paris Achen/Capital Bureau
The core network that supports 80 state agencies collapsed Saturday, June 9, and state officials still don't know why.
EO MEDIA GROUP - A cable gun lock. Three challenges have been filed to the ballot title for a proposed measure that would require Oregon gun owners to secure their firearms in a lock box or using a trigger or cable lock. It would also require them to report if one of their guns is stolen or lost within 24 hours of learning of the theft or loss.
June 15, 2018

Legal challenges file to gun storage measure ballot title

by Claire Withycombe/Capital Bureau
The court challenge drastically shortens the time supporters have to gather signatures to get Initiative Petition 44 on the ballot.
COURTESY USDA - A report from Save the Children places Oregon 24th among states in terms of how its rural children are faring economically.
Jun 13, 2018 43

Study: A fifth of rural Oregon kids live in poverty

A report from Save the Children places Oregon 24th among states in terms of how its rural children are faring economically.
PAMPLIN FILE PHOT - Ballots returned to the Multnomah County Clerk's Office
Jun 13, 2018 33

Brown, Buehler lose IPO nomination

Independents and nonaffiliated voters could swing the election in November.
CAPITAL BUREAU - As it works to fill 186 new jobs created by the Legislature, the Department of Human Service's child welfare division has more than 100 vacancies due to normal attrition.
Jun 12, 2018 28

DHS struggles to fill child welfare jobs

As it works to fill 186 new jobs created by the Legislature, the child welfare division has more than 100 vacancies due to normal attrition.
JAIME VALDEZ/PORTLAND TRIBUNE - Left to right, Hannah Buehler, Knute Buehler, Owen Buehler and Patty Buehler at the Republican candidate's primary victory event May 15 in Willsonville
Jun 12, 2018 26

Buehler releases tax returns

GOP nominee and his wife reported income of nearly $1 million and paid almost $250,000 in federal taxes in 2017.
PAMPLIN FILE PHOTO - Former First Lady Cylvia Hayes
Jun 11, 2018 46

Expert: Hayes would still owe judgment, ethics fines, in bankruptcy

The former first lady's lawyer indicated that she plans to file bankruptcy in part to avoid paying a judgment to The Oregonian for legal fees associated with taking the news organization to court to keep her emails secret.
U.S. FISH AND WILDLIFE SERVICE - The Oregon Fish and Wildlife Commission has decided not to put the marbled murrelet on the state list of endangered species.
Jun 08, 2018 27

ODFW Commission reverses decision to 'uplist' marbled murrelet

The Oregon Fish and Wildlife Commission voted Thursday not to 'uplist' the marbled murrelet as an endangered species, reversing an earlier decision.
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EO MEDIA GROUP - A solar project featuring honeybees in Oregon's Clackamas County is being appealed by farmland conservationists.
Jun 08, 2018 25

Beehive solar project draws opposition

A solar project featuring honeybees in Oregon's Clackamas County is being appealed by farmland conservationists.
PAMPLIN MEDIA GROUP FILE PHOTO - A new business tax break initiative working its way to the 2020 ballot could benefit small businesses across the state.
Jun 07, 2018 39

'Tax parity' initiative closer to 2020 ballot

A proposed constitutional amendment to equalize tax rates for different types of businesses has enough signatures to secure a draft ballot title.
PAMPLIN MEDIA GROUP FILE PHOTO - Oregon Secretary of State Dennis Richardson said Wednesday, June 6, that he is being treated for a 'small cancerous brain tumor.'
Jun 07, 2018 34

Richardson diagnosed with brain cancer

The secretary of state, who is second in line to the governor, said he has begun treatment for the tumor, which was caught 'early.'
PAMPLIN FILE PHOTO - Aaron and Melissa Klein taped this sign to the window of their bakery, Sweet Cakes by Melissa, in Gresham in 2013 after the Bureau of Labor & Industries sought to fine them for discrimination against a same-sex couple
Jun 07, 2018 24

Colorado case not likely to resolve other LGBTQ discrimination cases

A June 4 U.S. Supreme Court opinion doesn't resolve the question of whether merchants can refuse services to same-sex couples based on the merchants' religious beliefs.
PAMPLIN MEDIA GROUP/EO MEDIA GROUP: CLAIRE WITHYCOMBE - Rev. W.J. Mark Knutston and other supporters of an initiative petition to ban certain semiautomatic weapons in Oregon spoke Wednesday morning at a press conference at Augustana Lutheran Church in Northeast Portland.
Jun 07, 2018 28

Gun sale restriction group won't challenge initiative's ballot title

Coalition behind proposed measure worries that a prolonged fight could limit time to gather thousands of signatures.
EO MEDIA GROUP - The Oregon state director for the National Rifle Association and the legislative committee chair of the Oregon Hunters' Association say the certified ballot title issued by the Attorney General's Office on a proposed gun control measure doesn't comply with state laws on ballot title language.
Jun 07, 2018 25

Second challenge to 'assault weapons' ballot title filed

Gun groups say the certified ballot title issued by the Attorney General's Office doesn't comply with state laws on ballot title language.