Insider Index: This week in Salem, by the numbers
Ten numbers that illustrate some of this week's big, and small, Oregon political stories:
• $290: Hourly rate that the legislature is paying an attorney to investigate claims of sexual harassment made against State Sen. Jeff Kruse, R-Roseburg.
• 1,075: Beers bought for firefighters on the Chetco Bar fire this summer at the Chetco Brewing Company, which set up a beer-donation and redemption program for those fighting the massive blaze, according to the Oregon Business Plan.
• 2021: Year that trains carrying explosive materials were supposed to modernize their braking systems — an effort to prevent oil train derailments like the one in the Columbia River Gorge town of Mosier in 2016 — until the Trump administration decided to roll the requirement back, according to OPB.
• 6: U.S. House Democrats, including Oregon Rep. Kurt Schrader, who voted in favor of a bill that would allow concealed-carry licensees to carry their guns in all 50 states.
• 22,965: People who opened an email newsletter from Oregon Secretary of State Dennis Richardson regarding a recent audit of the Oregon Health Authority; some of the Republican's statements in the newsletter came under fire from the Democratic Party of Oregon late last week.
• 1: Days that U.S. Rep. Greg Walden, R-Ore., was assigned to the conference committee that will reconcile the House and Senate versions of the tax reform bill. It's not clear why Walden was soon replaced by Michigan Rep. John Upton, a fellow Republican.
• 14: States suing the Trump administration over alleged failure to enforce federal smog standards.
• 13,953: Oregonians without homes, according to Oregon Housing and Community Services.
• $1.15 million: Ticket revenue the Pendleton Round-Up rounded up this year.
• $478,000: Funds the Owyhee Basin Stewardship Coalition raised in its efforts to oppose a federal monument designation for the Owyhee Canyonlands, according to the Malheur Enterprise. The coalition is now taking public comment on a new public land management plan for Malheur County.