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JAIME VALDEZ/PORTLAND TRIBUNE - The 2018 Oregon Legislative Assembly at the Oregon State Capitol in Salem. In six state races, women defeated men and bolstered their numbers in the Oregon House and Senate. Winners note that they are focused on issues, not gender.
November 09, 2018

Women to hold record number of seats in Oregon Legislature

by Claire Withycombe/Oregon Capital Bureau
In six state races, women defeated men and bolstered their numbers in the Oregon House and Senate. Winners note that they are focused on issues, not gender.
OREGON CAPITAL BUREAU: AUBREY WIEBER - Oregon's Student Success Committee began work on a plan to increase graduation rates.
November 08, 2018

After a statewide tour, student success committee begins work on ed package

by Aubrey Wieber/Oregon Capital Bureau
A mandate is to increase attendance and graduation rates - measures where Oregon is objectively failing.
EO MEDIA GROUP - The Capitol Christmas Tree, cut near Sweet Home, is prepared for transport.
November 08, 2018

Capitol Christmas Tree on 'whistle stop tour' next week

by Oregon Capital Insider
This year's tree is an 80 foot tall Noble fir from the Willamette National Forest.
PAMPLIN MEDIA GROUP FILE PHOTO - Demcrats strengthened their hold on the state House and Senate in Tuesday's election.
November 07, 2018

Democratic victories tighten grip on state House, Senate

by Claire Withycombe/Oregon Capital Bureau
Democrats will hold 60 percent of the seats in each chamber when the Legislature convenes in January.
EO MEDIA GROUP - Ontario, Joseph, Klamath Falls, Gates, Sumpter and Clatskanie rejected or lifted bans on recreational marijuana sales.
November 07, 2018

Six Oregon cities vote to allow marijuana business

by Claire Withycombe/Oregon Capital Bureau
Ontario, Joseph, Klamath Falls, Gates, Sumpter and Clatskanie rejected or lifted bans on recreational marijuana sales.
COURTESY OF THE BROWN CAMPAIGN - Gov. Kate Brown at a campaign rally Monday at the University of Oregon.
November 06, 2018

With hours to go, Brown and Buehler hit campaign trail one last time

by Paris Achen, Aubrey Weiber and Claire Withycombe/Oregon Capital Bureau
Gov. Kate Brown and state Rep. Knute Buehler finished up their bid for the governorship with rallies, phone calls, and time with family.
November 06, 2018

Brown holds commanding lead in governor's race

by Oregon Capital Bureau
Incumbent holding Buehler back, statewide measures are failing by wide margins.
November 06, 2018

Voters block sanctuary state repeal, grocery tax ban

by Claire Withycombe/Oregon Capital Bureau
Oregon voters rejected socially conservative priorities by large margins.
JONATHAN HOUSE/PAMPLIN MEDIA GROUP - Gov. Kate Brown addresses her supporters after results showed she won re-election to another four-year term.
Nov 06, 2018 27

Brown wins second term, turning back hard push by Buehler

Win caps a year of record-breaking campaign spending for the state's top desk.
JONATHAN HOUSE/PAMPLIN MEDIA GROUP - Gov. Kate Brown addresses her supporters after results showed she won re-election to another four-year term.
Nov 06, 2018 30

With win, Brown looks ahead to four years

In a surprisingly swift end, Gov. Kate Brown fended off state legislator many saw as the Republican's best chance to return to the governor's suite
PAMPLIN MEDIA GROUP FILE PHOTO - Multnomah County elections workers prepare ballots to be scanned. Security is tight around the ballots as election day nears.
Nov 05, 2018 33

Counties take precauctions as ballot security tightens

Department of Homeland Security notified Oregon last year that hackers from Russia had attempted but failed to breach a state computer network during the 2016 general election.
PAMPLIN MEDIA GROUP FILE PHOTO - State training for caregivers is seeing increased interest among people who work with the elderly and patients with Alzheimer's.
Nov 05, 2018 30

More caregivers lean on state training as they aid the elderly

Aging population, Alzheimer's are focus of programs to help people who provide care for family, others
PAMPLIN MEDIA GROUP - By the end of the day Tuesday, 657,480 ballots had been collected throughout the state.
Nov 01, 2018 58

Early voting hits new high for mid-term elections

By the end of the day Tuesday, 657,480 ballots had been collected throughout the state.
OREGON CAPITAL BUREAU - State health officials are seeking $2.7 million to add beds at the state's psychiatric hospital in Junction City to house a burgeoning number of mentally ill inmates from county jails.
Nov 01, 2018 48

OHA wants $2.7 million to help mentally ill inmates

The request comes as state lawmakers renew their focus on diverting mentally ill Oregonians from the criminal justice system to mental health treatment and resources.
PAMPLIN MEDIA GROUP ILLUSTRATION - Independent Party candidate Patrick Starnes dropped out of the governor's race too late to take his name off the Nov. 6 ballot.
Oct 31, 2018 47

Voted for Starnes? Whoops, no replacement ballots available

Even though the Independent Party candidate is dropping out of the governor's race, his votes will still be counted.
PAMPLIN MEDIA GROUP - Patrick Starnes, the Independent Party of Oregon's nominee for governor, dropped out of the race Tuesday and endorsed Gov. Kate Brown.
Oct 30, 2018 55

Oregon governor's race jostled by independent's switch to back Brown

Patrick Starnes surprised his own party with his decision to drop out of the race and back the governor, who promises to back campaign finance reform.
Patrick Starnes' decision to leave the gubernatorial race could give campaign finance reform a boost.
Oct 30, 2018 44

Starnes may have given campaign finance reform a boost

Oregon is one of a handful of states that don't limit contributions to state candidates, political action committees or ballot measures.
PAMPLIN MEDIA GROUP FILE PHOTO - A cloud of smoke from a vape pen could turn into tax dollars for the state if the Oregon Health Authority gets the legislative OK for new 'sin taxes.' The state does not tax vape pens or e-cigarettes, but that could change.
Oct 29, 2018 48

How much will that vape cost you? Maybe a lot more, health agency says

State budget proposal calls for millions in new 'sin taxes' on e-cigaretes and alcohol to fund treatment
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AUBREY WIEBER/SALEM REPORTER - Josefina, 22, is one of seven graduates in Oregon Youth Authority's peer mentoring pilot program. The program gives her state certification and gives her the opportunity to mentor other youth while incarcerated.
Oct 26, 2018 49

Peers help prepare jailed youth for life outside

One of the first graduates of Oregon Youth Authority's peer mentoring program, Josefina counsels teens and young women at Oak Creek, Albany detention center.
CLAIRE WITHYCOMBE/OREGON CAPITAL BUREAU - Marion County Clerk Bill Burgess shows the many different ballots his office provides in various communities in the county. Election officials say voters are returning ballots at a faster pace than in recent elections.
Oct 26, 2018 51

Elections officials report early voting lagging behind 2016

About 11.6 percent of registered voters turned in ballots as of Friday - 12 days before the election - compared with 17.4 percent at this point in the 2016 election.