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NICK BUDNICK/PORTLAND TRIBUNE - Former Oregon Gov. John Kitzhaber
November 17, 2017

State ethics commission denies Kitzhaber settlement

by Paris Achen/Capital Bureau
Oregon Government Ethics Commission staff members recommended a penalty of $1,000 to settle ethics violations.
FILE PHOTO - In a letter Friday to Gov. Kate Brown, the director of the Oregon Health Authority reported the agency may have erroneously paid, allocated, inaccurately recorded or over-claimed $112.4 million in health care funds. That's in addition to $74 million overpaid to coordinated care organizations.
November 17, 2017

OHA director details another $112 million in possible Medicaid errors

by Claire Withycombe/Capital Bureau
The figure is on top of the state's estimated overpayment of $74 million to coordinated care organizations.
November 15, 2017

Kitzhaber agrees to settle ethics probe

by Paris Achen/Capital Bureau
The former governor and first lady Cylvia Hayes were investigated by the Oregon Ethics Commission for accusations that they used their public offices for profit.
PAMPLIN MEDIA GROUP - Sen. Sara Gelser, D-Corvallis
November 15, 2017

Formal complaint charges senator with unwanted touching

by Claire Withycombe/Capital Bureau
Sen. Sara Gelser seeks Roseburg Republican's expulsion, claims more than a dozen women harassed.
PARIS ACHEN/CAPITAL BUREAU - Protestors demonstrate in support of Oregon's sancuary policies during a march around the Oregon Capitol in Salem Jan. 14, 2017.
November 15, 2017

Feds threaten to end state's criminal justice funds

by Paris Achen/Capital Bureau
The U.S. Department of Justice has asked the state to address whether its sanctuary laws violate new compliance requirements of grants that provide millions to Oregon law enforcement.
COURTESY U.S. FOREST SERVICE - The Eagle Creek fire in the Columbia Gorge burns the night of Sept. 4, 2017, in this Forest Service photo. Development officials want the Oregon Legislature to provide funding to help businesses impacted by this summer's wildfires.
November 14, 2017

Officials seek state help for businesses impacted by fire

by Claire Withycombe/Capital Bureau
Reduced revenues and cash flow for businesses due to wildfires this summer could impact their access to credit.
DANIEL PEARSON/CANBY HERALD - House under construction
November 14, 2017

Lawmakers mull 'first-time' homebuyers savings program

by Paris Achen/Capital Bureau
The savings program would offer tax incentives to help Oregonians to save up to $50,000 in 10 years.
CAPITAL BUREAU - New internal reports of processing problems in the Oregon Health Plan have arisen in the two weeks since the public learned that the state overpaid Medicaid providers to the tune of $74 million between 2014 and 2016.
November 13, 2017

OHA Director: More Medicaid problems may come to light

by Claire Withycombe/Capital Bureau
New internal reports of processing problems in the Oregon Health Plan have arisen since the public learned the state overpaid Medicaid providers.
 - Observers say management issues at the Oregon Health Authority are responsible for the growing list of failures at the agency.
Nov 07, 2017 43

Management problems endemic at OHA

Revelations that OHA overpaid providers by $74 million is the latest in a long string of blunders at the agency.
The federal government told OHA about over payments in 2016, but top management and the governor weren't told until recently.
Nov 06, 2017 42

Unclear why leaders weren't told of OHA over payments

Federal officials told OHA about over payments in 2016, but top managers and the governor weren't told.
JAIME VALDEZ/PORTLAND TRIBUNE - Southwest Portland resident J Gibbons is one of hundreds of Oregonians who have converted their gender marker to 'X' in the past four months, since Oregon became the first state to offer the third gender choice on identification cards and driver licenses.
Nov 03, 2017 52

700-plus Oregonians choose third gender on ID cards

Oregon was the first state to offer a third, nonbinary gender on state-issued ID cards.
FILE PHOTO - Elimination of the federal deduction for state income taxes would disproportionately affect Oregonians, causing their bill to the state to increase.
Nov 02, 2017 45

Federal tax reform plan could hike Oregon income taxes

Elimination of deduction for state income taxes would disproportionately affect Oregonians.
COURTESY PHOTO - Rep. Knute Buehler, R-Bend
Nov 01, 2017 56

Social conservatives seek governor's candidate

Reps. Cedric Hayden and Bill Post are among the potential candidates who could take a more conservative stance against the more moderate Republican contender Knute Buehler.
CAPITAL BUREAU - A task force appointed by the governor released a report Wednesday outlining ways to reduce the state's unfunded public pension liability.
Nov 01, 2017 41

PERS task force lists options to reduce liability

The options include increased liquor taxes; sweeping reserve funds; and dedicating financial windfalls.
CAPITAL BUREAU - In the wake of reports of unwanted touching by two male legislators, Legislative counsel is seeking an independent analysis of the legislative branch's personnel policies.
Nov 01, 2017 36

Legislature seeks analysis of its personnel policies

The independent review comes in the wake of reports of unwanted touching by two male legislators.
CAPITAL BUREAU - House Majority Leader Jennifer Williamson, D-Portland, discusses her priorities for the 2018 session at the Oregon Capitol Tuesday.
Oct 31, 2017 49

Williamson: Ballot measure could 'drastically change' 2018 session

House majority leader discusses priorities for upcoming 35-day legislative session.
COURTESY PHOTO - Rep. Jodi Hack, R-Salem
Oct 27, 2017 51

Letter: Capitol women stand up against harassment

One hundred and thirty women signed a letter urging people who work in the Capitol to speak up against harassment.
COURTESY PHOTO - Bend businessman Sam Carpenter.
Oct 25, 2017 64

Bend businessman Sam Carpenter to run for governor

Carpenter, CEO of Centratel telephone answering service, bills himself as the more conservative choice for the GOP nomination, campaigning on the motto, 'Make Oregon Great Again.'
PARIS ACHEN/CAPITAL BUREAU - Oregon Capitol in Salem
Oct 25, 2017 127

Senate president: Two female senators have accused Kruse

Senate President Peter Courtney's Office confirmed Wednesday that at least two senators have accused Kruse of unwanted touching at the Oregon Capitol.
EO MEDIA GROUP - The Oregon Supreme Court Wednesday ruled that the ballot title for a January referendum on Oregon's health care funding scheme must be made clearer.
Oct 25, 2017 36

Court rules health care ballot title is unclear

A legislative committee wrote the ballot title for a referendum on Oregon's health care funding scheme.