Local business group discusses upcoming legislative session

Gresham Outlook - News
Experts expect cap-and-trade, state budget to take center stage for Oregon politicians

Fairview plans to construct new public works building

Gresham Outlook - News
Proposed funding options subject of two public meetings held in late August, early September

Poll suggests voters won't support tolls on interstates

Portland Tribune - News
Folks want freeways expanded but not tolls to pay for it, ODOT-commissioned survey found

Stage set for renewed debate on westside bypass

Portland Tribune - News
Planning commission, on 4-3 vote, includes study requirement in updated transportation plan recommended to Washington County commissioners.

Mayor sorry to see clean energy fund on ballot

Portland Tribune - News
An initiative petition to tax large corporations for green projects and jobs training is headed for the Nov. 6 ballot.

With strong economy, state jobs go unfilled

Portland Tribune - News
Oregon is actively trying to fill more nearly 400 of the 5,800 authorized state government positions that are vacant.

Lawmakers will continue shoring up marijuana regulations

Portland Tribune - News
A report funded by the federal government says Oregon produces more than 2 million pounds of marijuana each year, more than six times what it says…

State's new phone system has another outage

Portland Tribune - News
Internet service failed to support the new voice over internet protocol phones, which rely on internet to function.

Contribution caps headed for Portland ballot

Portland Tribune - News
Campaign reform measure narrowly garnered the 34,000-plus signatures necessary to qualify.

Wilsonville nonprofit wants to put foster families first

Wilsonville Spokesman - News
Oregon Foster Families First is launching a campaign to lobby Gov. Brown and the state legislature to act on foster care policy issues

Beaverton Chamber opposes Metro affordable housing bond

Portland Tribune - News
UPDATE: Washington County-based business organization supports state ballot measure intended to ease restrictions on funding such projects.

Oregon joins lawsuit over 3-D printed guns

Portland Tribune - News
California, Connecticut, Washington, D.C., Maryland, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania and Washington are also plaintiffs in the…

Wilsonville disputes DEQ mandates

Wilsonville Spokesman - News
DEQ agrees to renegotiate water quality permit after city pushes back against mecury limits in discharge water

Court decision means Portland can sharply restrict fossil…

Portland Tribune - Sustainable Life
Oregon Supreme Court declines to review appeals court ruling that upheld the constitutionality of city ordinance.

Debate continues on law related to election debates

Portland Tribune - News
An opinion by Legislative Counsel differs with the interpretation of the Independent Party of Oregon, which is using the law to encourage hosts to…

Multiple failures caused state network crash

Portland Tribune - News
The outage of state agency web sites and phone services lasted eight hours but some web sites didn't recover for 48 hours.

Initiative would require vote on tolls

Portland Tribune - News
An initiative proposed for the 2020 ballot could slow efforts to toll Interstate 5 and Interstate 205 in the Portland area.

Democrats say Buehler is ineligible for his House seat

Portland Tribune - News
Party claims GOP gubernatorial candidate's Tualatin apartment violates Constitution's mandate that he inhabit his Bend district.

GOP, Independent candidates make case to publishers

Portland Tribune - News
Knute Buehler and Patrick Starnes addressed the convention of the Oregon Newspaper Publishers Association. Gov. Kate Brown did not attend.

IPO works to recruit third party members

Portland Tribune - News
Alex DiBlasi, the Pacific Green nominee for governor, withdrew his candidacy Friday and joined the Independent Party of Oregon.

Report knocks Oregon property tax system

Portland Tribune - News
The new report, released Wednesday, examined Oregon and three other states - Michigan, Massachusetts and New York - with limits on property taxes.

OHA grapples with patients' chronic pain v. opioid crisis

Portland Tribune - News
The Oregon Health Authority is considering a policy to severely limit chronic pain patients' access to opioids through the Oregon Health Plan.

Buehler offers 'pro-choice' health care plan

Portland Tribune - News
The GOP nominee for governor outlined some broad goals for building on Oregon's existing health care reform.

Sanctuary repeal qualifies for ballot

Portland Tribune - News
Initiative Petition 22 - Stop Oregon Sanctuaries - had more than enough valid signatures to secure a place on the ballot for the Nov. 6 general…

Council approves a less-costly plan for new Lake Oswego…

Lake Oswego Review - News
54,300-square-foot building will sit at Third Street and A Avenue; current structure will be replaced with a parking lot

Pot business license applications bury liquor commission

Portland Tribune - News
A hiatus in new marijuana license application processing meant to ease a backlog increased the workload by 70 percent.

Voters could see up to four initiatives on ballot

Portland Tribune - News
Grocery taxes, publicly funded abortion, tax enactment restrictions and ending the state's sanctuary law are all in the queue for the November ballot.

Oregon gay rights leader Jerry Weller dies at age 69

Portland Tribune - News
Gerald K. Weller lead Portland Town Council, which advocated for LGBTQ rights across Oregon.

Initiative would require sixth graders study firearms safety

Portland Tribune - News
Gun rights advocates have filed an initiative petition to make firearms safety instruction mandatory in the sixth grade in Oregon public schools.

Senators react negatively to Trump's court nominee

Portland Tribune - News
Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley, both Democrats, say confirmation of Brett Kavanaugh opens the way for five conservatives on Supreme Court to overturn…

Independents unwitting beneficiary of campaign finance law

Portland Tribune - News
A law passed in 2017 was intended to drive out 'dark money' from election, but the wording of one exemption may force statewide debate hosts to…

AG investigating tax vote initiative's signature gathering

Portland Tribune - News
The investigation is unlikely to interfere with that measure going before voters in November, according to the state elections division.

Constituent calls police on canvassing lawmaker

Clackamas Review - News
The incident spurred the creation of the hashtag CampaigningWhileBlack and made national headlines

Oregon senators offer views on how to block Trump's court…

Portland Tribune - News
Ron Wyden, Jeff Merkley agree that a handful of Republicans must join minority Democrats; Wyden says new justice could 'turn back the clock' on…

Hayes seeks 'fresh start' with bankruptcy

Portland Tribune - News
The former first lady of Oregon threatened for a month to file for bankruptcy, but her filing still lacks details such as her monthly income and list…

Audit sounds alarm at animal shelter

Portland Tribune - News
Problems continue to fester two years after critical audit of Multnomah County facility.

Merkley: Bipartisan opposition only hope to derail Trump…

Clackamas Review - News
Oregon Democrat tells town hall attendees in Clackamas that Democrats and their allies lack the votes to block a replacement for Justice Anthony…

High costs underpower electric vehicle surge

Portland Tribune - News
Chevy Bolt touted as most affordable, but it's all relative, and advocates say public incentives are still needed.

Inventory: State has 62,000-plus affordable units

Portland Tribune - News
A new database, with affordable housing addresses and expiration dates, set to be unveiled to the public later this month, is designed to help…

State imposes new water testing rules in wake of algae…

Portland Tribune - News
About 150 to 200 water systems in the state may be affected by the new rules, according to the Oregon Health Authority.

Anti-union group launches campaign on Janus decision

Portland Tribune - News
The Freedom Foundation plans an email and canvassing campaign to inform Oregon's public-sector workers that union fees are no longer mandatory.

Cornelius City Council won't back Metro housing bond

Forest Grove News-Times - News
A resolution of support for the affordable housing tax measure was voted down on a 2-2 deadlock.

Bill expanding sea lion killing passes U.S. House

Portland Tribune - News
Rep. Kurt Schrader warns winter steelhead face 90% extinction risk in Willamette River.

DMV worker who made migrant comment leaves ODOT

Portland Tribune - News
Lori McAllen, a Linn County DMV worker, purportedly wrote on Facebook that migrants should be shot at the border.

Trump travel ban 'fodder for our enemies,' Wyden…

Portland Tribune - News
Sen. Ron Wyden visits Immigrant and Refugee Community Organization in Portland on Friday, June 29.

Eight demonstrators cited during sweep of ICE…

Portland Tribune - News
UPDATE: Protesters taken into custody as officers face federal charges as barriers removed from Southwest Macadam Avenue building.

Buehler unveils education platform

Portland Tribune - News
The GOP nominee for governor says Gov. Kate Brown's biggest failure has been 'indifference to fixing Oregon's public schools.'

IP 43 supporters throw in the towel on 2018 measure

Portland Tribune - News
Challenges to ballot title made collecting needed signatures by July 6 deadline difficult.

Kitzhaber: More needs to be done to protect health…

Portland Tribune - News
Former governor headlines discussion of needed reforms to program serving one in four Oregonians.

Fee waiver for new accessory dwelling units fixed…

Portland Tribune - Sustainable Life
Portland City Council adopts a $400 fee for homeowners wanting to avoid paying system development charges on new ADUS, to enforce new restrictions on…

Supreme Court: Ballot title for gun control measure…

Portland Tribune - News
It's unclear whether supporters have enough time to collect the 88,184 signatures to get the measure on the ballot.

Supreme Court ends mandatory union fees

Portland Tribune - News
Oregon's public union leaders say the decision won't stop a union 'renaissance' in the state and country.

Oregon could open campaigns to cryptocurrency…

Portland Tribune - News
Secretary of State Dennis Richardson claimed last week that the change would 'expand participation' in state elections.

Woodburn teen enters City Council race

Portland Tribune - Politics
Juan Arriaga, who recently graduated from Woodburn High School, is running in Ward 5

Check your pay stub: New tax begins

Portland Tribune - News
Beginning July 1, Oregonians will notice a new deduction of $1 per $1,000 from their paychecks to generate revenue for public transportation.

Oregon joins suit challenging family separations

Portland Tribune - News
The lawsuit proceeds despite an executive order by President Donald Trump June 20 ordering the end of the separations.

Backers drop gun storage initiative for now

Portland Tribune - News
'We are not discouraged and look forward to working with legislators to pass this important measure in the 2019 session.'

Ban on food taxes would be a first

Portland Tribune - News
What will soon be titled Measure 103 could affect taxes on fuel, bottle deposits and even state Medicaid funding, according to a recent analysis.

Seattle man pleads guilt to energy tax credit scam

Portland Tribune - News
Martin J. Shain founded a sham company to buy and sell business energy tax credits.

Boquist asks court to strike down state tax bill

Portland Tribune - News
A state senator from Dallas says the passage of a measure denying certain business owners the ability to take a federal deduction on their state…

Hackers attack state email system

Portland Tribune - News
A phisher sent out 8 million spam emails from Oregon.gov and paralyzed state employees' ability to reply to emails from the public.

Protest lays siege to Portland ICE headquarters

Portland Tribune - News
Community members protest Trump administration immigration policies and support asylum seekers detained in Sheridan correctional facility.

IPO threatens legal action if nominee not in…

Portland Tribune - News
The Independent Party of Oregon says organizers have to invite its gubernatorial nominee, Patrick Starnes, to debates or face the consequences.

Portland's Ueland State Dept. nomination withdrawn

Portland Tribune - News
The Washington Post reported in March that 'eight of the top 10 State Department jobs are vacant, and some of the people Tillerson managed to get…

Challenges say gun storage plan 'unduly burdens…

Portland Tribune - News
The court challenge drastically shortens the time supporters have to gather signatures to get Initiative Petition 44 on the ballot.

Lawmakers blast immigration detention in Oregon

Portland Tribune - News
Sens. Jeff Merkley, Ron Wyden, Reps. Suzanne Bonamici, Earl Blumenauer decry conditions at Sheridan federal prison south of Portland.

Cause of state network outage still unknown

Portland Tribune - News
The core network that supports 80 state agencies collapsed Saturday, June 9, and state officials still don't know why.

Study: A fifth of rural Oregon kids live in poverty

Portland Tribune - News
A report from Save the Children places Oregon 24th among states in terms of how its rural children are faring economically.

Brown, Buehler lose IPO nomination

Portland Tribune - News
Gov. Kate Brown, a Democrat, and GOP gubernatorial nominee Knute Buehler both had sought the Independent Party of Oregon nomination for governor.…

Final defendant in Malheur takeover sentenced

Portland Tribune - Politics
All 18 defendants have been sentenced or cleared after the Malheur Wildlife Refuge takeover in 2016.

Buehler's tax returns show donations, about $1…

Portland Tribune - News
GOP nominee and his wife released returns as part of a campaign pledge showing they paid almost $250,000 in federal taxes in 2017.

Challenges aimed at rifle ban initiative pile up at…

Portland Tribune - News
UPDATE: Supreme Court sets June 18 deadline for state AG to respond to challenges by gun groups and others who say the certified ballot title doesn't…

Council approves controversial urban growth plan

Portland Tribune - News
Three-to-one vote clears the way for taller buildings along the Willamette River, in Old Town/Chinatown, and in other parts of the Central City.

PSU's new student body president is the son of…

Portland Tribune - News
In this Q&A, Luis Balderas Villagrana talks about what it's like to be a DACA recepient, what students like him need to succeed and where he feels…

Immergut nominated to federal bench

Portland Tribune - News
The former U.S. Attorney for Oregon has been a Multnomah County circuit judge since July 2009.

Report: Food stamp fraud, misuse small, but costs…

Portland Tribune - News
Oregon investigators claim five merchant convictions for food stamp fraud and $525,000 in court-ordered restitution.

Mayor's chief of staff takes job as TriMet COO

Portland Tribune - News
As chief of staff and director of strategic initiatives for Mayor Ted Wheeler, Henderson was responsible for a number of economic growth and transit…

Richardson diagnosed with brain cancer

Portland Tribune - News
The secretary of state, who is second in line to the governor, said he has begun treatment for the tumor, which was caught 'early.'

'Tax parity' initiative closer to 2020 ballot

Portland Tribune - News
A proposed constitutional amendment to equalize tax rates for different types of businesses has enough signatures to secure a draft ballot title.

Political momentum building for family leave law

Portland Tribune - News
Lawmakers push to end a system in which 'vast majority of Oregonians . . . are forced to make impossible choices' when medical issues arise.

Lawmakers sponsor bill ensuring migrants' access to…

Portland Tribune - Politics
Wyden, Merkley want more protections for children of detained immigrant parents.

Walters to be state's first female chief justice

Portland Tribune - News
The Oregon Supreme Court has for the first time in history selected a woman to serve as chief justice of the state's highest court.

Colorado case not likely to resolve other LGBTQ…

Portland Tribune - News
A June 4 U.S. Supreme Court opinion doesn't resolve the question of whether merchants can refuse services to same-sex couples based on the merchants'…

Public asked to weigh in on statewide housing plan

Portland Tribune - News
A long-awaited proposal is scheduled to be released by the end of this year or beginning of 2019.

Despite legal threat, union memberships rise

Portland Tribune - News
A case being contemplated by the U.S. Supreme Court could overturn mandatory public sector union dues, but Oregon unions think the blow could be…

Wyden says Trump tariffs will produce 'economic…

Portland Tribune - Politics
White House says steel and aluminum tariffs will protect U.S. workers, enhance national security.

Forest Grove native named to lead Planned…

Forest Grove News-Times - News
Emily McLain, daughter of Rep. Susan McLain, is the next executive director of PPAO.

Nonmedical vaccination exemptions at record high

Portland Tribune - News
A 2013 law to increase the mandatory vaccination rate has failed to produce sustainable improvement in the number of nonmedical exemptions sought by…

Lawmakers seek answers after PSU student found in…

Portland Tribune - News
Amtrak says there's no evidence of a hate crime after Aaron Salazar found by tracks in California.

Oregon Senate confirms Kathy Wai to TriMet Board

Clackamas Review - News
North Clackamas school board member becomes youngest board member ever serving transit riders

State economist predicts 2019 taxpayer 'kicker'

Portland Tribune - News
Changes in tax law, booming economy boost state revenues beyond official projections.

State eases rules on building officials

Portland Tribune - News
An emergency rule by the Oregon Building Codes Division would have effectively shut down the building programs of dozens of smalls cities that use…

Ethics commission asked to weigh in on special…

Portland Tribune - News
Republican state senator questions whether governor called the session to bolster her campaign.

Job growth slowing, but unemployment at 'record low'

Portland Tribune - News
Oregon employers report having a difficult time filling their job vacancies.

Tax-free grocery initiative closer to state's…

Portland Tribune - News
A grocery company-backed campaign for IP 37 turned in nearly 180,000 signatures to the secretary of state's office Wednesday.

State grapples with gaps in I.T. project oversight

Portland Tribune - News
Certain state agencies, such as the Secretary of State's Office, are exempt from laws passed in 2014-15 to require state agencies to have independent…

Lawmakers begin cap-and-trade discussions

Portland Tribune - News
The state joint legislative committee on carbon pricing heard from an expert who said a well-crafted carbon-pricing plan could be good for the…

Primary voters set up competitive race for Oregon…

Portland Tribune - News
Hardesty, Smith to duke it out for Portland City Council seat in November general election.

Schrader leading Wright in Democratic race for 5th…

Lake Oswego Review - News
Incumbent ahead with 86.5 percent of votes; Mark Callahan leads the field in the Republican primary

Buck, Lewis headed for Metro Council runoff

Lake Oswego Review - News
Lake Oswego city councilor wins primary handily, but margin isn't enough to avoid a showdown in November

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