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PMG FILE PHOTO - Oregon's agriculture business leaders and some farmers urged lawmakers to go slow on proposed cap-and-trade legislation that they say could cost their industry tens of thousands of dollars in increased expenses. Young people urged lawmakers to take action during a Feb. 18 hearing in Salem.
February 19, 2019

Carbon tax proposal runs into generation gap

by Aubrey Wieber/Oregon Capital Bureau
Young people tell lawmakers to act now on cap-and-trade legislation as some agriculture interests urge caution.
PMG FILE PHOTO - Oregon Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum said Oregon joined 15 othe states Monday, Feb. 18, to sue the Trump administration over its border emergency declaration.
February 19, 2019

Oregon (again) joins states suing Trump, this time to block border emergency

by Aubrey Wieber/Oregon Capital Bureau
It is the 20th lawsuit against the GOP administration in which Oregon has been a part.
COUTESY PHOTO: BUS PROJECT - Christine Bynum, daughter of Happy Valley state Rep. Janelle Bynum, urged lawmakers on Monday, Feb. 18, to lower the legal voting age to 16.
February 19, 2019

Honk if you think 16-year-olds should be allowed to vote

by Paris Achen/Oregon Capital Bureau
'Why is something so important such as voting limited to people who are our present and not our future?'
PMG FILE PHOTO - Two interns and a Capitol staffer are suing legislative leaders for failing to protect them against a hostile work environment and harassment by a senator from Roseburg.
February 19, 2019

Capitol interns, staff use lawsuits to slam harassment, hostile environment

by Paris Achen and Claire Withycombe/Oregon Capital B
Plaintiffs claim legislative leaders failed to protect them against abuse by Roseburg senator, others
PMG FILE PHOTO - Oregon industries that emit a lot of carbon could be forced to reduce production or buy allowances under a state cap-and-trade bill being debated in Salem.
February 14, 2019

Public gets a say on cap-and-trade proposal

by Aubrey Wieber/Oregon Capital Bureau
During the past two weeks, industry leaders and economists have given testimony on a massive proposal that would change Oregon's economy and make it the second state to pass a cap-and-trade program.
COURTESY PHOTO - Jonathan Lockwoodan is known as an aggressive Republican strategist who doesn't shy away from a scuffle. He uses his fiery skills as a spokesman for three Oregon legislators.
February 14, 2019

GOP firebrand crashes Oregon's often-polite politics

by Aubrey Wieber and Paris Achen/Oregon Capital Burea
He uses a sharp pen and blunt language to make his point. He is paid to write press releases at the Legislature. But Jonathan Lockwood's style also disrupts Oregon's political geniality.
COURTESY PHOTO - State Sen. Dennis Linthicum of Klamath Falls faced growing calls for an apology after his comments that linked the choking death of a New York man to high cigarette taxes.
February 13, 2019

Senator refuses to back down after cigarette tax comments draw rebuke

by Aubrey Wieber and Paris Achen/Oregon Capital Burea
Southern Oregon's Dennis Linthicum stands firm after saying Eric Garner's death was the result of high tobacco taxes.
PAMPLIN MEDIA GROUP FILE PHOTO - A bill to protect workers who smoke (or nibble or vape) marijuana off the job got a hearing Thursday, Feb. 7.
February 13, 2019

Toking up off the job? Lawmakers want to keep you employed

by Aubrey Wieber/Oregon Capital Bureau
Two bills that proponents say would finish the process of legalizing marijuana and stifle black market sales
PAMPLIN MEDIA GROUP FILE PHOTO - Defend Oregon has been hit with a large fine for elections violations for turning in 97 Multnomah County late ballots during the November 2016 election.
Feb 13, 2019 59

Defend Oregon slapped with big elections violations fine

Union-backed ballot turn-in effort will pay $94,750 penalty for delivering 97 Multnomah County ballots late
PAMPLIN MEDIA GROUP FILE PHOTO - A proposal moving through the Legislature would add a tax to cell phone service to pay for rural broadband.
Feb 13, 2019 32

Cell phone surcharge could help state bridge digital divide

Business groups oppose plan adding tax to pnone bills to pay for expanded rural broadband service.
PAMPLIN MEDIA GROUP FILE PHOTO - Secretary of State Dennis Richardson and Pacific Green candidate Alan Zundel are working together on a bill to allow nonaffiliated voters to participate in political primaries.
Feb 06, 2019 68

Unusual political pact could open primaries to nonaffiliated voters

Secretary of state and Green Party candidate want the state's 880,000 nonaffiliated voters to have a say in primaries.
PAMPLIN MEDIA GROUP FILE PHOTO - An increase in tobacco taxes could face a tough fight in the Legislature. Supporters think the issue could be sent to voters.
Feb 06, 2019 56

Governor's prescription: higher tobacco taxes to aid health care

Supporters push increase to lower costs, but lawmakers probably will send the issue to voters
PAMPLIN MEDIA GROUP FILE PHOTO - Secretary of State Dennis Richardson said Monday that his cancer battle forces him to reduce his working hours even more.
Feb 04, 2019 39

Secretary of state reduces workload amid cancer battle

Dennis Richardson announced he had brain cancer in June, and has cut back his office hours since then. Richardson has not said what kind of cancer he has, or details of his prognosis.
PAMPLIN MEDIA GROUP: PARIS ACHEN - Oregon's Supreme Court ruled Jan. 31 that the Legislature properly reduced sentences for convicted property thieves, despite legal challenge pushback district attorneys.
Jan 31, 2019 61

Court rules lawmakers' sentencing change was proper

Clackamas County DA worries legal decision, Legislature's action could damage initiative process
COURTESY PHOTO: CALIFORNIA STATE LANDS COMMISSION - An oil field off the coast of Santa Barbara, California. Three Oregon lawmakers are trying to block drilling off the Oregon Coast.
Jan 30, 2019 52

Legislators tell feds: No drilling off Oregon's coast

Three lamakers from the Coast model legislation on California's fight to prevent off-shore drilling.
PAMPLIN MEDIA GROUP FILE PHOTO - Lawmakers trying to cobble together a cap-and-trade carbon tax bill, even as Republicans complain that Democrats are keeping them in the dark on the legislation.
Jan 30, 2019 63

GOP, Democrats at loggerheads over cap-and-trade proposals

Republicans complain they are being kept in the dark and Democratic leaders push for quick bill approval
PAMPLIN MEDIA GROUP FILE PHOTO - State Rep. Karin Power, D-Milwaukie, brought a breast pump as she talked in support of her proposals to give women more latitude to be working mothers.
Jan 30, 2019 60

Lawmaker shores up protections for new moms, pregnant women

Milwaukie's Karin Power urges colleagues to ease the 'undue hardship' nursing mothers face in the workplace
PAMPLIN MEDIA GROUP FILE PHOTO - A new state audit found that an oversupply of legal marijuana in the state could be spilling over into a black market.
Jan 30, 2019 58

Audit lights up legal weed spillover

State regulators worry that too much marijuana could boost black market, draw more federal legal attention
PAMPLIN MEDIA GROUP FILE PHOTO - Former Independent gubernatorial candidate Patrick Starnes continues his push for campaign finance reform in the 2019 legislative session.
Jan 28, 2019 81

Starnes hammers together campaign finance support

Independent candidate continues his fight to limit contributions, increase accountability among big donors
PAMPLIN MEDIA GROUP FILE PHOTO - A study for the Oregon Business Plan found that some public employees paid less than their counterparts in other states for health insurance benefits.
Jan 24, 2019 107

Business group warns: public employee benefits 'large and growing costs'

Survey: Most Oregon public unions don't have to dig deep to pay for health insurance