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PARIS ACHEN/CAPITAL BUREAU - John Larson, president of the Oregon Education Association, sits outside the Oregon State Capitol in Salem.
August 18, 2017

OEA's new president seeks conservative inclusion

by Paris Achen/Capital Bureau
John Larson, who took the OEA helm July 10, has a background of union advocacy with a bipartisan backdrop.
PARIS ACHEN/CAPITAL BUREAU - (File photo) Gov. Kate Brown signs minimum wage legislation in law March 2, 2016, at the governor's ceremonial office at the Oregon State Capitol in Salem.
August 10, 2017

It's official: You have to be 21 to buy tobacco in Oregon

by Paris Achen/Capital Bureau
Gov. Kate Brown signed legislation into law Aug. 9 to raise the legal age to buy tobacco from 18 to 21, effective Jan. 1.
KEVIN HARDEN/PORTLAND TRIBUNE - Marijuana
August 08, 2017

Sessions has 'serious questions' about Oregon's pot market

by Paris Achen/Capital Bureau
In a letter to Gov. Kate Brown, U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions reiterated DOJ's authority to enforce federal marijuana laws.
Knute Buehler
August 08, 2017

GOP calls for special session on health care

by Claire Withycombe/Capital Bureau
The Legislature approved assorted revenues earlier this year to fund the state's Medicaid program.
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CLAIRE WITHYCOMBE/CAPITAL BUREAU - Legislative Administration is putting the operation of the cafeteria in the basement of the Oregon Capitol up for a competitive bid. The cafet has been operated by the Sassy Onion, a Salem restaurant and catering business, since 2010.
August 08, 2017

Capitol basement cafeteria could get new vendor this fall

by Claire Withycombe/Capital Bureau
Legislative Administration is putting the operation of the cafeteria in the basement of the Oregon Capitol up for a competitive bid.
PORTLAND TRIBUNE FIRE PHOTO - Rep. Knute Buehler, R-Bend
August 03, 2017

Rep. Knute Buehler seeks governorship

by Claire Withycombe and Paris Achen/Capital Bureau
The Republican lawmaker from Bend officially announced his bid for the GOP nomination for governor to The Bulletin editorial board in Bend Wednesday.
PORTLAND TRIBUNE FILE PHOTO - Traffic backed up on the Interestate 5 bridge connecting Oregon and Washington
August 02, 2017

Report: Portland travel times, crashes grow with population

by Paris Achen/Capital Bureau
In case you hadn't noticed, report by the Oregon Department of Transportation shows it takes longer to get around Portland.
COURTESY PHOTO - Former Rep. Shemia Fagan on the floor of the Oregon Senate chamber
July 31, 2017

Former lawmaker challenges Monroe for Senate seat

by Paris Achen/Capital Bureau
Former state Rep. Shemia Fagan said she was recruited by housing advocates to try to unseat Sen. Rod Monroe who is blamed for scuttling tenant protections bill earlier this year.
PARIS ACHEN/CAPITAL BUREAU - Oregon Lottery parking sign
Jul 28, 2017 41

Oregon Lottery considers offering smartphone games

Lottery games offered on mobile devices is a growing trend around the nation and world.
PARIS ACHEN/CAPITAL BUREAU - The Debbs Potts Oregon State Lottery Commission Building in Salem, Oregon
Jul 28, 2017 111

Lottery revenue grows despite new Ridgefield casino

Three months in, Oregon State Lottery revenues have slowed but continue to grow in the wake of ilani Casino Resort's debut.
CAPITAL BUREAU - The governing board of the state's public pension system Friday lowered the rate of assumed earnings on the state's pension fund.
Jul 28, 2017 42

PERS board lowers assumed rate of return

The change is projected to increase the system's unfunded actuarial liability by $2 billion.
PARIS ACHEN/CAPITAL BUREAU - Brent Goodfellow and Beth Hacker, who recently moved in together in McMinnville, sit in an office at the Oregon State Capitol in Salem before Hacker gave testimony on a bill to expand a family sentencing alternative program April 12, 2017.
Jul 26, 2017 41

Sentencing reforms seek to reduce incarceration rate, racial profiling

Two laws passed by the Oregon Legislature reduce sentences for drug and property crimes.
COURTESY PHOTO - Rep. Julie Parrish, R-West Linn
Jul 24, 2017 179

Richardson accused of conflict of interest in provider tax repeal

Tax backers want Richardson to disclose ties to the chief petitioner for a proposed ballot measure to repeal a health care provider tax.
Jul 24, 2017 81

Cash assistance cases still above pre-recession levels

Caseloads have dropped off significantly from their peak in early 2013, but won't fall below pre-recession levels until 2019.
CAPITAL BUREAU - A task force assembled by Gov. Kate Brown is looking for ways to reduce the unfunded liability in the public pension system by $5 billion.
Jul 24, 2017 149

Task force eyes state assets that could reduce PERS liability

Gov. Brown wants recommendations on ways to reduce the pension system's unfunded liability by $5 billion.
Jul 20, 2017 58

State hikes individual, business health premiums

Rates on the individual market will increase as much as 14.8 percent, while businesses will see hikes as much as 10.1 percent.
PARIS ACHEN/CAPITAL BUREAU - Kodey Kern, assistant manager at Foster Buds, weighs some 'Alpha Blue' marijuana buds at the company's location at Northeast Glisan Street in Portland Tuesday, July 18, 2017.
Jul 19, 2017 90

New state laws designed to protect against federal crackdown on marijuana

Lawmakers took steps to protect customers' identification and strengthen measures to prevent leakage of product into the illegal market.
PARIS ACHEN/CAPITAL BUREAU - (File photo) Election workers at the Marion County Clerk's Office in Salem sort ballots from a ballot drop in 2016.
Jul 19, 2017 56

Proposed measure would ban taxes on food sales

The initiative petition by the Northwest Grocery Association would prohibit taxing every point of food sales, except for restaurants.
COURTESY OREGON SECRETARY OF STATE'S OFFICE - About 18,000 of the approximately 2.55 million registered voters in Oregon choose "other" as their party affiliation when they register to vote.
Jul 17, 2017 113

18,000 voters registered as 'other' run gamut

The irreverent 'other' voters often represent a 'classic way to protest,' one expert says.
EO MEDIA GROUP - Former Gov. John Kitzhaber
Jul 14, 2017 59

Ethics investigation of Kitzhaber, Hayes to move forward

Oregon Ethics Commission voted unanimously to pursue an up to 180-day investigation of former governor and first lady on allegations of using office for profit, conflict of interest and accepting gifts.