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PMG FILE PHOTO - Lawmakers are lining up their priorities for the short 35-day legislative session that begins Feb. 3, 2020.
December 10, 2019

Vaping ban, suspended licenses, beer deliveries. Lawmakers line up short session issues

by Claire Withycombe/Oregon Capital Bureau
Legislators expect 35 days of fast action on dozens of big issues when they convene in early February.
COURTESY PHOTO: DEPARTMENT OF STATE LANDS - The State Land Board is taking more time to sort out the future of the Elliott State Forest in Douglas and Coos counties.
December 10, 2019

Land Board considers options as future of Elliott State Forest on hold

by Sam Stites/Oregon Capital Bureau
DOJ says Supreme Court ruling the sale of 800 acres illegal won't affect proposal to turn forest into an OSU laboratory.
PMG FILE PHOTO - Oregon Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum is suing Johnson & Johnson for deceptively marketing surgical mesh devices.
December 04, 2019

Oregon attorney general's lawsuit hits Johnson & Johnson surgical implants

by Jake Thomas/Oregon Capital Bureau
Legal fight alleges the New Jersey company engaged in deceptive practices that harmed thousands of women.
PMG FILE PHOTO - Rose City Rollers' owner Kim Stegeman, left, rolls around a flat track during a roller derby scrimmage. Stegeman learned about the OregonSaves program for her small business during a conversation at a gym.
December 03, 2019

State-run IRA sees 'cultural shift' as small businesses jump in

by Sam Stites/Oregon Capital Bureau
OregonSaves has enrolled more than 3,600 businesses, 50,000 people as treasurer's office works hard to get the word out to more employers.
PMG FILE PHOTO - A Dec. 1 state report on police profiling said Portland still had problems it needed to overcome.
December 02, 2019

State report singles out Portland for police profiling

by Jake Thomas/Oregon Capital Bureau
Landmark study paints a complex picture of policing across the state that has some civil rights advocates concerned.
PMG FILE PHOTO - The Independent Party of Oregon says it will open its primary to unaffiliated voters.
December 02, 2019

State's third largest party invites unaffiliated voters to pick candidates

by Jake Thomas/Oregon Capital Bureau
As Oregon prepares for primary elections, the Independent Party seeks to engage growing voting bloc.
November 28, 2019

Court upholds secretary of state's forestry initiative decision

by Claire Withycombe and Jake Thomas/Oregon Capital Bureau
Clarno maintained that the complexity of the three proposed measures could confuse voters.
PMG PHOTO: JONATHAN HOUSE - The holiday season heats up in the Pearl District of Portland.
November 27, 2019

Oregon retailers see good ho-ho-holiday sales ahead, unless snowpocalypse hits

by Jake Thomas, Saphara Harrell and Sam Stites/Oregon Capital Bureau
No recession ... yet ... but economic indicators have economists, bankers, retailers on the lookout for stockings full of coal.
PMG FILE PHOTO - Consultants are wrapping up their $1 million contract to help Oregon deal with problems in its foster care system.
Nov 25, 2019 385

State foster care consultants lay foundation for big changes

Agency has been the subject of multiple reviews that have laid out what it needed to keep kids safe.
Nov 20, 2019 368

Lawmakers again wrestle with limiting money in Oregon politics

A legislative committee considers outlines of campaign finance reform legislation, revealing possible faultines.
PMG FILE PHOTO - Oregon's secretary of state's race is heating up, a year before the election.
Nov 20, 2019 446

Secretary of state candidates try to spin political fortunes into victory

State office's open seat attracts hopefuls, so far only Democrats, who trumpet skills and say they'll keep things running well.
Nov 20, 2019 862

Economists: Oregon's slow job growth doesn't point to recession

'It is an open question as to whether firms are hiring less because they are seeing weaker sales or because the labor market is tight and finding workers is difficult.'
PMG FILE PHOTO - A group of diverse political organizations is gathering support for a plan to turn legislative redistricting over to a citizens commission, rather than partisan politicians. The plan would affect how legislative and congressional districts are allocated.
Nov 18, 2019 97

Groups want citizens to draw political boundaries, not lawmakers

Broad spectrum of groups rally around initiative proposing to reform Oregon's redistricting process to protect against 'bi-partisan gerrymandering.'
DREAMSTIME - Oregon's Court of Appeals administrator has issued a temporary order blocking a statewide ban on flavored cannabis vape products.
Nov 15, 2019 151

Oregon court blocks flavored cannabis vape product ban

Appeals court administrator cites harm to businesses and likelihood of petitioners prevailing on judicial review as reason for legal stay.
Nov 15, 2019 142

State audit: Veterinary board must improve drug security

Background checks and more stringent inspections and participation in drug monitoring program should be implemented, auditors found.
PMG FILE PHOTO - Oregon's courts set a rule to block ICE arrests in state courthouses.
Nov 15, 2019 116

New Oregon rule blunts ICE courthouse arrests

The rule is intended to maintain court access for immigrants. But ICE has signaled it'll continue to make arrests.
PMG FILE PHOTO - SEIU 503 members rallied outside the Capitol in late May during negotiations for a new state contract. Union dues have dropped after a Supreme Court ruling on public union membership.
Nov 13, 2019 766

Public unions search for silver lining as dues nose dive

AFSCME, SEIU officials still optimistic as 'fair share fees' drop and group pushes people to drop out of unions.
Nov 12, 2019 683

Whistleblower settles claim against emergency management agency

Former deputy who highlighted malfeasance gets $510,000, says leaders subjected her to hostile environment.
OREGON CAPITAL BUREAU: JAKE THOMAS - Visitors at the Oregon State Penitentiary Memorial Healing Garden on the day of its opening.
Nov 07, 2019 173

State penitentiary sees healing 'therapy' in new inmate garden

Project behind high walls near Salem was made possible by determined inmates and some help from the outside.
COURTESY PHOTOS - Medals left unclaimed are stored in Salem. The state is trying to find the owners of medals left behind in safe deposit boxes and other places.
Nov 07, 2019 565

State seeks owners of medals of heroism sitting unclaimed in Salem

More than a dozen medals, countless ribbons and artifacts are in government hands, awaiting their owners or heirs to collect them.