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PAMPLIN MEDIA GROUP FILE PHOTO - Labor Commissioner Brad Avakian is asking a court to force legislative leaders to provide documents on how sexual harassment claims have been handled in the Capitol.
October 19, 2018

Avakian wants court to pry harassment documents from Legislature

by Claire Withycombe and Aubrey Wieber/Oregon Capital
Labor commissioner says lawmakers have failed to comply with subpoenas demanding info on handling of complaints
October 18, 2018

Measure 104 would make state fee hikes harder

by Claire Withycombe/Oregon Capital Bureau
Supporters say Democrats call taxes fees to make them easier to pass while opponents say measure will impact budget process.
OREGON CAPITAL BUREAU - An audit by the Secretary of State's Office  found a disaster could threaten the agency's ability to issue payments on time or to the right people.
October 17, 2018

Audit: Major disasters threaten PERS

by Claire Withycombe/Oregon Capital Bureau
Secretary of state auditors found a disaster could threaten the agency's ability to issue payments on time or to the right people.
PMG ILLUSTRATION
October 17, 2018

Cook Report's outlook either 'bizarro world' or 'fair assessment'

by Aubrey Wieber and Paris Achen/Oregon Capital Burea
Oregon political scientist Jim Moore says national analyses often 'overestimate unaffiliated voters.'
PAMPLIN MEDIA GROUP FILE PHOTO - Nike's Phil Knight added another $1 million contribution to the campaign of state Rep. Knute Buehler.
October 17, 2018

Knight, GOP just do it (again) with hefty cash for Buehler

by Paris Achen/Oregon Capital Bureau
A $1 million check from Nike co-founder brings his overall contributions to Buehler to $2.5 million, a record for individual donations.
FILE PHOTO - The Oregon State Capitol building.
October 14, 2018

From chickens to guns, local voters in Oregon face measures

by Claire Withycombe/Oregon Capital Insider
Communities from one end of Oregon to the other have local measures to consider. Here's our roundup.
FILE PHOTO - State Rep. Knute Buehler, R-Bend, a candidate for Governor of Oregon, speaks during an interview with the Pamplin Media Group editorial board.
October 13, 2018

Buehler invested in tax credits that became state scandal

by Claire Withycombe/Oregon Capital Insider
Records show that Knute Buehler and his wife bought $100,000 in business energy tax credits.
OCI FILE PHOTO - The Oregon State Correctional Institution east of Salem.
October 12, 2018

State forecast shows significant decline in imprisonment over next 10 years

by Aubrey Wieber/Oregon Capital Insider
New projections show the state's prison population will drop more in the next 10 years than previously thought. Analysts credit criminal justice reform bills.
PAMPLIN MEDIA GROUP FILE PHOTO - The agency that monitors local drinking water systems says it needs more money to do its job.
Oct 10, 2018 31

Agency says it needs more money, staff to protect drinking water supply

Small water districts serving about 15,500 Oregonians could be focus or new fee, inspections.
PAMPLIN MEDIA GROUP FILE PHOTO - A new state audit reports that the tainted Energy Tax Credit program was cleaning up its act.
Oct 10, 2018 29

Tainted state energy tax credit program cleans up its act

State auditors say small but significant steps aid in putting program back on the right track.
GEOFF PURSINGER/PAMPLIN MEDIA GROUP - Crews work on the Lake Oswego and Tigard water system in this file photo from March 2015. State health officials are asking for a $1.8 million bump in fees in the state's next two-year budget to cover the costs of monitoring public water systems.
Oct 09, 2018 34

Health officials propose fee increase to pay for wider drinking water testing

State health officials are asking for a $1.8 million bump in fees in the state's next two-year budget to cover the costs of monitoring public water systems.
Patrick Starnes, the Indepenent Party of Oregon's candidate for governor.
Oct 09, 2018 39

Independent candidate files complaint over gubernatorial debates

Starnes filed the complaint just hours before the final debate in the Oregon governor's race.
PAMPLIN MEDIA GROUP - GOP gubernatorial candidate Knute Buehler has called on President Trump to replace Judge Brent Kavanaugh with another nominee to the U.S. Supreme Court.
Oct 05, 2018 52

Buehler calls for Kavanaugh replacement

GOP gubernatorial candidate initially was reluctant to weigh in on the nomination.
EO MEDIA GROUP - Gov. Kate Brown proposes that federal environmental standards be put into Oregon law, keeping them in force if Trump administration continues rollbacks.
Oct 04, 2018 47

Brown moves to adopt pre-Trump federal water, air regs into state law

Governor proposes that federal environmental standards be put into Oregon law, keeping them in force if Trump administration continues rollbacks.
JAIME VALDEZ/PORTLAND TRIBUNE - Gov. Kate Brown and Rep. Knute Buehler have raised millions from everyday citizens, political organizations and billionaires.
Oct 04, 2018 48

Where is the money going in Oregon's most expensive gubernatorial race?

Gov. Kate Brown and Rep. Knute Buehler have raised millions from everyday citizens, political organizations and billionaires. Here's what they spent it on.
JAIME VALDEZ/PORTLAND TRIBUNE - Patrick Starnes, Independent Party of Oregon candidate for governor, speaks during the first televised gubernatorial debate Oct. 2 at Portland's Roosevelt High School.
Oct 04, 2018 41

IPO candidate left out of final governor debates

Patrick Starnes has campaigned vigorously for governor but managed to get into only one of three debates. The state Elections Division was no help.
Oct 02, 2018 50

Gubernatorial candidates square off tonight in first debate

The debate will feature Democrat Kate Brown, the incumbent, and challengers Republican Knute Buehler and Patrick Starnes, an independent.
JAIME VALDEZ/PORTLAND TRIBUNE - Rep. Knute Buehler, R-Bend, answers a question during Tuesday night's debate as Gov. Kate Brown looks on.
Oct 02, 2018 42

Gubernatorial candidates answer teens' questions

Kate Brown, Knute Buehler and Patrick Starnes participate in campaign's first debate.
TRIBUNE PHOTO: JAIME VALDEZ - The 15 students who participated in the Debate for Oregon's Future pose for a photo with candidates Kate Brown, Knute Buehler and Patrick Starnes.
Oct 02, 2018 43

Students steal the show at Oregon's governor debate

15 youths asked their own questions to Gov. Kate Brown, Rep. Knute Buehler and Patrick Starnes.
AUBREY WIEBER/SALEM REPORTER - Justin Thach, a student at West Salem High School, is one of 16 students who will grill Oregon gubernatorial candidates during a debate Tuesday.
Oct 01, 2018 48

Students to get first crack at gubernatorial candidates

The debate, put on in partnership by Children First for Oregon, KOIN 6, and the Pamplin Media Group, will be controlled by 16 children and young adults.