oregon politics

Independent Party
7:42 am
Tue February 10, 2015

Oregon Now Has Third Major Political Party

Independent Party of Oregon co-founder Dan Meek, who founded the Party in 2006, hangs up a poster in Portland.
Credit AP Images

Oregon now has a third major political party. The Oregon Secretary of State announced Monday that the Independent Party has achieved the status that until now, was enjoyed by only Democrats and Republicans.

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Oregon License
6:55 am
Tue August 5, 2014

Oregon Driver Card Campaign Kicks Off

Credit Oregon Department of Licensing

Oregonians will vote this fall on whether its residents should be able to apply for drivers’ licenses regardless of their immigration status. Supporters of the measure kicked off their campaign yesterday.

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Oregon Senate Race
4:28 pm
Tue October 15, 2013

GOP State Representative Aims To Unseat Senator Merkley

Jason Conger speaks to supporters at a museum in Oregon City.
Chris Lehman Northwest News Network

Originally published on Tue October 15, 2013 4:14 pm

The partial government shutdown and possible default this week loomed over an announcement Tuesday from the highest-profile challenger in next year’s U.S. Senate race in Oregon.

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Oregon Senate Race
5:24 pm
Fri August 16, 2013

Merkley Draws First Challenger In 2014 Senate Race

Chris Lehman Northwest News Network

Originally published on Fri August 16, 2013 5:17 pm

Oregon Democratic U.S. Senator Jeff Merkley has drawn his first challenger for the 2014 U.S. Senate race. Republican businesswoman Jo Rae Perkins announced Friday that she's seeking the GOP nomination in next year's election.

Perkins has never held elected office but has chaired the Linn County Republican Party.

In a press conference outside the Oregon capitol in Salem, Perkins described herself as socially and fiscally conservative. "I'm not an elitist. I'm not a wealthy woman," she said. "I'm a hard-working woman married to a carpet installation contractor."

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Oregon Budget
5:03 pm
Mon June 17, 2013

Oregon K-12 Budget Hits Legislative Roadblock

M.O. Stevens Wikimedia

Originally published on Mon June 17, 2013 4:58 pm

The largest portion of the Oregon state spending plan hit a major roadblock in the legislature Monday.

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Unmanned Aircraft
5:34 pm
Fri March 15, 2013

Hobbyists Welcome Proposed Changes To Drone Legislation

People who fly unmanned aircraft for fun say new changes to an Oregon drone bill have addressed their concerns. An Oregon Senate panel will consider the measure Wednesday.

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Democrats Win Oregon House
6:00 am
Thu November 8, 2012

Oregon House Control Likely To Return To Democrats

Photo of democratic Oregon House Representative Tina Kotek.
Credit Photo Credit: Oregon State Legislature

Democrats are optimistic they have won the majority in the Oregon House. The chamber has been evenly divided for the last two years, and both parties campaigned furiously to break the log jam.

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Portland Mayor Race
7:35 am
Wed November 7, 2012

Hales Wins Landslide In Portland Mayoral Race

Photo of City Hall in Portland, Oregon.
Credit Photo Credit: Wikimedia Commons

Voters have chosen Charlie Hales as Portland's next Mayor. Unofficial results show Hales coasting to a 62 percent lead over Jefferson Smith, with a significant write-in vote at nearly 8 percent.

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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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