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  1. Lawmakers: Now's your chance to move Oregon forwardRead the original story w/Photo

    7 hrs ago |

    House Minority Leader Mike McLane, R-Powell Butte; House Speaker Tina Kotek, D-Portland; and House Majority Leader Jennifer Williamson, D-Portland, at the Oregon State Capitol as the session began. House Minority Leader Mike McLane, R-Powell Butte; House Speaker Tina Kotek, D-Portland; and House Majority Leader Jennifer Williamson, D-Portland, at the Oregon State Capitol as the session began.( As The Oregonian reported last week , efforts to fix our broken tax system officially broke down, forcing our state to wait even longer for the revenue changes we need to strengthen our schools and increase access to childcare, health care and higher education.


  2. Democrats eying smaller Oregon corporate tax hike, Republicans upset by strategyRead the original story w/Photo

    Wednesday Jun 21 |

    The amount of new corporate taxes that of Oregon House Democrats plan to raise appears to be dwindling by the day, with the latest proposal clocking in at roughly $200 million instead of the $900 million they'd hoped for two weeks ago. And with the days ticking down to the July 10 deadline to balance the state budget, House Democrats also appear ready to pass their new plan without any Republican support.


  3. Oregon lawmaker in running for Trump appointment as state's top prosecutorRead the original story w/Photo

    May 26, 2017 |

    In his first interview on the subject, McLane, 52, told The Oregonian/OregonLive he is among a handful of candidates being vetted by U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions and the Trump administration. McLane declined to name the other contenders.


  4. How many veterans have to die before Oregon will act?Read the original story w/Photo

    May 21, 2017 |

    Last month the war back home ended for Staff Sgt. Michael Mantenuto when he was found in his car at Washington's Saltwater State Park with a gunshot wound to the head.


  5. Create a small garden big on style and functionRead the original story w/Photo

    May 15, 2017 | The Oregonian

    "Everything has to function well, fit well and flow well," said Eileen Obermiller, a landscape architect and Oregon State University Extension Service master gardener. "Small gardens can be a less-is-more situation.


  6. Can we find space for everyone in Forest Park?Read the original story w/Photo

    May 14, 2017 |

    In Northwest Portland's massive 5,100-acre Forest Park - one of the largest urban forests in the country - the biggest challenge is, somehow, making sure there's room for everyone. As part of a citywide effort to increase off-road cycling opportunities , Portland is considering adding mountain biking trails in the park, located just west of U.S. 30 along the eastern slope of the Tualatin Mountains.


  7. Kate Brown and Oregon lawmakers consider health care taxes to fund MedicaidRead the original story w/Photo

    May 12, 2017 |

    Gov. Kate Brown, lawmakers and the health care industry could be nearing a deal to avert cuts to Oregon's Medicaid program in the next two-year budget. "Everybody's been working super hard on this," the governor's health policy advisor Jeremy Vandehey said in an interview Thursday.


  8. Oregon House approves bill to encourage snitching on poachersRead the original story w/Photo

    Apr 25, 2017 |

    If approved, House Bill 3158 would award "preference points" to Oregonians who provide law enforcement with detailed information that can help prosecute poachers. The points could be applied hunting tags approved by the Fish and Wildlife Commission or a cash reward.


  9. Is a grand bargain for Oregon possible without Kitzhaber?Read the original story w/Photo

    Apr 23, 2017 |

    They could take a huge risk and try to emulate 2013's " grand bargain " between business and labor groups to raise taxes and cut costs. Or they could cobble together a package of temporary fixes that, like Band-Aids, would keep the state functioning without requiring complex surgery to address the underlying causes of the chronic budget pain.


  10. Oregon Republicans call for hiring freezeRead the original story w/Photo

    Apr 20, 2017 |

    Days after Oregon Democrats released a list of cuts they said would be necessary without new taxes, Republicans shot back, asking Gov. Kate Brown to freeze state hiring. In a statement, Senate Republican spokesman Jonathan Lockwood said the proposal would save as much as $790 million over the next two years.


  11. Oregon Democrats (and one Republican) pass equal pay bill out of the HouseRead the original story w/Photo

    Mar 29, 2017 |

    A bill that would expand the state's existing pay equity laws and increase penalties for businesses that violate them passed the Oregon House of Representatives on Tuesday largely on party lines. The bill, which now goes to the Senate, explicitly prohibits employers from paying people less based on race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, national origin, marital status, disability or age.


  12. Oregon bill would reward tipsters in poaching casesRead the original story w/Photo

    Mar 27, 2017 |

    House Bill 3158 would allow the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife to offer, for instance, a guarantee to purchase a tough-to-get Rocky Mountain elk tag in an Eastern Oregon hunting unit for someone who helps Oregon State Police capture and convict an elk poacher in that same hunting unit. The Oregon Legislature is mulling a bill that would offer increased sport-hunting opportunities for people who turn in and help prosecute wildlife poachers, yet hunters themselves are questioning whether it's the right approach to curb illegal wildlife killing.


  13. 10 local spring break ideas around PortlandRead the original story w/Photo

    Mar 10, 2017 |

    Portlanders don't need to travel far to get out for spring break though there are plenty of good day trips around the region. Instead, consider sticking around the city, taking advantage of all Portland has to offer.


  14. Oregon is the only state where a governor can't be impeached. This lawmaker wants to change that. Read the original story w/Photo

    Feb 20, 2017 |

    Oregon is the only state without a process for impeaching its governor, and legislators will hear testimony Tuesday on a bill to change that. The bill, HJR 10 , sponsored by Rep. Jodi Hack , R-Salem, would allow the state House of Representatives to impeach the governor with a three-fifths majority vote on the grounds of malfeasance in office, corruption, neglect of duty or other high crime or misdemeanor.


  15. In bipartisan effort, Oregon lawmakers look to ban practice of handpicking successorsRead the original story w/Photo

    Feb 16, 2017 |

    House Bill 2945 would give other candidates more time to file when an incumbent unexpectedly drops out of a race. ( On the morning of March 9, 2016, Klamath Falls Republicans Doug and Gail Whitsett withdrew their bids for state office.


  16. Oregon's new concealed handgun policy raises Republican hacklesRead the original story w/Photo

    Jan 16, 2017 |

    Oregon Republicans are criticizing a new policy that forbids most state employees with licenses to carry concealed handguns from bringing guns to work, except for state police and others whose jobs require it. The policy, put forth by Gov. Kate Brown's administrative department with her support, took effect Jan. 6 with little fanfare.


  17. Gerry Frank's picks: Brasada Ranch in Crook County provides the perfect winter getawayRead the original story w/Photo

    Jan 13, 2017 |

    The golf course at Brasada Ranch destination resort in Crook County has stunning views of the surrounding Central Oregon area. Winter hits and many of us flock to find the nearest sunshine.


  18. Gov. Kate Brown close to declaring state of emergency in central OregonRead the original story w/Photo

    Jan 11, 2017 |

    Gov. Kate Brown is preparing to declare a state of emergency in Crook County due to dangerous levels of snow, officials have confirmed. County commissioners declared a local state of emergency Tuesday after being pummeled with feet of snow for weeks.


  19. Portlanders will wake up to icy streets and sidewalks SundayRead the original story w/Photo

    Jan 7, 2017 |

    There wasn't quite enough snow to break out the cross-country skis -- but just enough for a good slide in your winter boots -- as the first day of another winter storm was coming to a close in downtown Portland on Saturday. Expect things to get even more slippery on Sunday, when the winter storm precipitation will shift from snow to freezing rain.


  20. Oregon House Democrats look ahead to female majority in 2017Read the original story w/Photo

    Nov 16, 2016 | The Oregonian

    A majority of Democrats in the Oregon House will be women next year, marking the first time the party controlling that chamber has more female than male lawmakers. Nineteen out of 35 members of the caucus will be women next year, following last week's election.


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