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JONATHAN HOUSE/PAMPLIN FILE PHOTO - Former House Democratic Majority Leader Val Hoyle of Eugene
April 23, 2018

BOLI: 'The most important race you've never heard of'

by Paris Achen/Capital Bureau
Republican Tualatin Mayor Lou Ogden and Democrat Val Hoyle, former House majority leader, face off for election May 15 to the nonpartisan position of state labor commissioner.
PARIS ACHEN/CAPITAL BUREAU - Oregon State Capitol in Salem
April 23, 2018

Labor commissioner: Elected or appointed?

by Paris Achen/Capital Bureau
While technically nonpartisan, some critics argue that elections politicize the office.
Monte Akers
April 23, 2018

Salem attorney says Senate candidate is making false claims

by Claire Withycombe/Capital Bureau
Complaint alleges Monte Akers, candidate for GOP nomination in District 15, has represented himself as a CPA even though his license expired in 1991.
COURTESY PHOTO: MULTNOMAH COUNTY - Oregonians have until April 24 to register to vote in the May 15 primary election.
April 19, 2018

Registered to vote? Better do it by April 24

by Claire Withycombe/Capital Bureau
The Independent Party of Oregon has opened its May 15 primary this year to voters not affiliated with any political party.
JAIME VALDEZ/PAMPLIN FILE PHOTO - Tualatin Mayor Lou Ogden
April 19, 2018

DPO accuses BOLI candidate of misleading voters

by Paris Achen/Capital Bureau
A complaint by the Democratic Party of Oregon against Lou Ogden, a Republican seeking election as nonpartisan state labor commissioner, states that he mislead voters by suggesting he is the incumbent in the race.
PAMPLIN MEDIA GROUP ILLUSTRATION - Oregonians will get an extra day to file their state income tax forms, thanks to an IRS computer glitch.
April 17, 2018

IRS glitch gives Oregon tax filers an extra day to file

by Claire Withycombe/Capital Bureau
'Since this was resolved in a day, it should not impact the schedule for taxpayers to get their refunds.'
PAMPLIN FILE PHOTO - Dan Lewis, an electrical inspector with Crook County
April 17, 2018

Small cities' building permit programs face uncertainty

by Paris Achen/Capital Bureau
Opinions by the Oregon Department of Justice and Legislative Counsel indicate may small cities many have to either shut down building programs or hire building officials with three-digit salaries.
PAMPLIN MEDIA GROUP FILE PHOTO - A legislative task force considering changes to Oregon's health care system meets Friday, April 20, to discuss the experiences of other states.
April 16, 2018

State health care task force looks to other states' efforts

by Claire Withycombe/Capital Bureau
The group has already discussed Maryland's work on the issue, and has modeled its process off Maryland's Health Services Cost Review Commission.
EO MEDIA GROUP FILE PHOTO - Students at Rocky Heights Elementary School in Hermiston in March 2017.
Apr 16, 2018 29

Legislative education committee takes issues on tour

Joint Committee on Student Success visits Eastern Oregon next on its statewide search for best education practices. The committee plans to visit a total of 10 cities around Oregon before proposing legislation aimed at improving the state's public education system.
FILE PHOTO - President Donald J. Trump reportedly made a deal this week with a Colorado senator to protect the legal cannabis industry there, but it's not clear whether it extends to Oregon.
Apr 13, 2018 50

Brown wants assurances for Oregon's pot industry

President Donald Trump reportedly made a deal this week with a Colorado senator to protect the legal cannabis industry there, but it's not clear whether it extends to Oregon.
Rep. Knute Buehler
Apr 13, 2018 44

Buehler in hot seat over skipping debates

Knute Buehler has declined invitations for most county-level public forums and debates for the GOP nomination for governor.
CAPITAL BUREAU - Oregon's unfunded liability, the amount by which the system's obligations to retirees exceed what its assets can cover, is $25.3 billion.
Apr 13, 2018 38

Study: PERS better funded than most, but still short

The country's state pension funds reported a $1.4 trillion deficit in 2016, up $295 billion from 2015, according to a study released Thursday by Pew's Public Sector Retirement Systems Project.
Apr 12, 2018 41

Oregon wolf population continues to grow

The Oregon Department of Fish & Wildlife released its 2017 Wolf Conservation and Management Annual Report on Thursday
PARIS ACHEN/CAPITAL BUREAU - A list of strategies and considerations the a Portland-area tolling committee is considering for a metro tolling plan.
Apr 11, 2018 51

Open houses seek feedback on tolling

The Oregon Department of Transportation will hold open houses on five tolling options during the rest of the month.
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A report by Disability Rights Oregon shows inmates in the Behaviorial Health Unit at Oregon State Penitentiary spend an average of about 23 hours a day in isolation.
Apr 10, 2018 48

Report: Oregon should end solitary confinement

A report by Disability Rights Oregon shows inmates in the Behaviorial Health Unit at Oregon State Penitentiary spend an average of about 23 hours a day in isolation.
COURTESY STATE OF OREGON - The Department of Administrative Services data center. Administrators and legislators say next CIO will face challenges updating state's aging technology.
Apr 10, 2018 147

Top officials mum on information officer's departure

Administrators and legislators say next CIO will face challenges updating state's aging technology.
PARIS ACHEN/CAPITAL BUREAU - Oregon State Capitol in Salem
Apr 10, 2018 39

Governor signs Cleaner Air Oregon

The Cleaner Air Oregon bill will provide residents more information about the health risks of industrial air emissions.
COURTESY PHOTO - Gov. Kate Brown signs House Bill 4155 at Mt. Tabor Middle School Monday, April 9, 2018. The bill requires public bodies to buy internet services only from companies that practice 'net neutrality,' the practice of not charging different rates, blocking or slowing down certain websites.
Apr 10, 2018 39

Governor signs 'net neutrality' rules

Oregon and Washington's new laws could be the beginning of a patchwork internet laws throughout the nation after the FCC's decision to repeal net neutrality in December.
EO MEDIA GROUP - Oregon Lottery terminal
Apr 09, 2018 50

What city is luckiest when it comes to Megabucks?

A review by the Pamplin/EO Capital Bureau shows where winners bought their tickets and how they chose numbers.
JAIME VALDEZ/PORTLAND TRIBUNE - The 2018 Oregon Legislative Assembly at the Oregon State Capitol in Salem.  Gov. Brown says she wants to help small businesses, but critics contend her call for a special session has more to do with politics than policy.
Apr 09, 2018 50

Some question necessity of special session

Brown says she wants to help small businesses, but critics contend session has more to do with politics than policy.