Government and Politics

Solar Power Advocate Investigated
5:08 pm
Fri September 14, 2012

Solar Power Advocate Likely Violated State Ethics Law

Solar power advocate Mike Nelson.
Liam Moriarty KPLU

One of the Northwest’s leading solar power advocates likely used his state position to help a company he was working for get an unfair tax designation. That’s the conclusion of a state ethics board investigation released Friday.

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Oregon Senator Resigning
4:40 pm
Fri September 14, 2012

Oregon State Sen. Frank Morse To Resign

Oregon state Sen. Frank Morse will resign his seat.
Campaign photo Northwest News Network

Long-time Oregon state Sen. Frank Morse says will resign his seat. In an emotional speech on the floor of the state Senate Friday, Morse said he no longer has the energy for what he called a “marathon with no finish line.”

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Wash. Auditor Candidates Feud
4:42 pm
Wed September 12, 2012

Wash. State Auditor Candidates Clash Over Character At Debate

Republican James Watkins (L) and Democrat Troy Kelley are vying for Washington State Auditor.
Campaign photos Northwest News Network

Character is quickly becoming a key issue in the race for Washington State Auditor. Republican James Watkins and Democrat Troy Kelley sparred Wednesday over the question of honesty as they debated before a business audience.

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Pocatello's Gay Rights Law
4:13 pm
Tue September 11, 2012

Pocatello Moves To Become Idaho’s Second City With Gay Rights Law

Pocatello, Idaho, is on track to become the state’s second city to ban discrimination based on sexual orientation. The city council there is drafting an ordinance to protect gays and lesbians in matters of housing and employment.

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Wash. State Auditors Race
4:36 pm
Thu September 6, 2012

Explosive Allegations In Wash. State Auditors Race

Troy Kelley, the Democratic candidate for Washington state auditor, has been accused of past corrupt business practices.
TVW

Past allegations of corrupt business practices have come back to haunt Troy Kelley, the Democratic candidate for Washington state auditor. Kelley’s Republican opponent Thursday launched a website containing hundreds of pages of court documents. Some of them contain accusations that Kelley misappropriated funds and attempted to move the money offshore.

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Power Of Partisan Rhetoric
4:39 pm
Tue September 4, 2012

Can Partisanship Trump Education Level On Hot Button Issues?

Your understanding of a hot-button issue could depend on which of these men you support.
Northwest News Network

As Democrats gather in North Carolina for their convention, there’s new research from the Northwest on the power of partisan rhetoric. Turns out, your core political beliefs can trump your education level when it comes to understanding the basic facts of a highly contentious issue.

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Democratic Party Donor
5:30 pm
Fri August 31, 2012

New Age Spiritual Leader Risks 'Ridicule' To Support Wash. Democrats

The gate to Ramtha's School of Enlightenment, Yelm, Wash.
Richard David Ramsey Wikipedia

She is perhaps the Northwest’s most famous new age spiritual leader. JZ Knight of the Ramtha School of Enlightenment in southwest Washington. Now Knight has a new role: major political donor. She recently wrote a $50,000 check to the state Democratic Party.

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Marion County Strike
4:38 pm
Fri August 31, 2012

Marion County Workers Authorize Strike

More than 700 workers in one of Oregon's largest counties are one step closer to walking off the job. Members of the Marion County Employee Association have voted by a three-to-one margin to authorize a strike.

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Oregon Revenue Outlook
4:35 pm
Wed August 29, 2012

Oregon Revenue Picture Brightens Slightly

Oregon lawmakers got some good news about the state's revenue outlook on Wednesday.
Gregg M. Erickson

Oregon lawmakers got some short term good news Wednesday: state revenues are predicted to be a little higher than previously thought. But the long-term outlook remains gloomy.

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Marijuana Potency
6:17 pm
Thu August 23, 2012

On The Eve Of Legalization Votes, Marijuana Potency On The Rise

The marijuana available today is likely much stronger than it as in the past
Rad Racer en.wikipedia

This week, we’re taking a look at some of the claims made about marijuana. Voters in Oregon and Washington will decide this November whether to legalize pot. Ballot measures in both states would allow the drug to be sold in state-licensed stores. The Oregon initiative would allow people to grow their own. One of the claims made by opponents of the legalization measures is that the marijuana of today is much more potent than the pot smoked decades ago. Salem Correspondent Chris Lehman looked into whether that’s true.

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