politics

Oregon Initiatives
5:52 pm
Thu July 3, 2014

No Big Surprises On Signature Deadline Day

The deadline to turn in signatures to qualify initiative petitions in Oregon produced no big surprises.
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The deadline to turn in signatures to qualify initiative petitions in Oregon produced no big surprises Thursday. But Oregonians could still have a range of controversial topics to decide this fall.

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Washington Initiatives
4:43 pm
Tue July 1, 2014

Washington Voters May Decide Class Size And Money In Politics Measures

Initiative promoter Tim Eyman (right) unloading boxes of petitions for a ballot measure.
Credit Austin Jenkins / Northwest News Network

This is the season for summer concert lineups. But there’s another lineup coming this fall - the one on your ballot. Thursday is the deadline for initiative sponsors in Washington and Oregon to submit their petitions to qualify for the November election. Pot legalization and GMO-labeling are among the issues likely to make the ballot in Oregon. In Washington, it’s guns, money and class-size.

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Idaho GOP
5:09 pm
Fri June 20, 2014

Does Idaho GOP’s Inner Turmoil Matter Outside Political Circles?

Members of Idaho’s Democratic Party are set to gather this weekend in Moscow.
Credit Idaho Republican Party

Members of Idaho’s Democratic Party gather this weekend in Moscow. It’s expected to be a much calmer event than the Republican convention the week before. That convention left Idaho Republicans still debating who the party chair is after their convention devolved in chaos. And they still don’t have a new platform.

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Candidate Background Checks
4:47 pm
Fri May 16, 2014

Carfax For Candidates? Non-Profit Offers Politician Background Checks

Some 300 candidates are vying for 162 local, state and federal positions in Washington state.
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It’s a mid-term election year. Even so, some 300 candidates are vying for 162 local, state and federal positions in Washington state alone. So who are these would-be officeholders and what kind of troubles may they have had in the past? Formal background checks for candidates are not a part of the typical vetting process. But a former candidate wants to change that.

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Northwest Politics
5:55 pm
Tue May 6, 2014

New Poll Has Mixed Results For Merkley

A new public radio poll shows that incumbent U.S. Sen. Jeff Merkley may be more vulnerable than previously thought.
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A new public radio poll shows that incumbent U.S. Senator Jeff Merkley may be more vulnerable than previously thought. The survey commissioned by Oregon Public Broadcasting found that heading into this year's election, less than half of voters have a favorable opinion of the first-term Democrat.

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Northwest Politics
5:39 pm
Mon May 5, 2014

Republicans Hope To Gain Seats In State Legislatures

The Senate Chamber at the Oregon State Capitol in Salem, Ore.
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Republican strategists are eyeing state legislatures this year in hopes of taking more control of the legislative process. But political analysts don't expect major changes in northwest statehouses.

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NWPR Books
9:33 am
Sat May 3, 2014

Ralph Nader Seeks A United Front Against Corporate America

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SCOTT SIMON, HOST:

Ralph Nader has never been elected president, but his new book has a broad-based coalition of endorsements that range from Grover Norquist on the right to Robert Reich and Cornel West on the left, in which Mr. Nader finds in a partisan time the outlines of a new political force that crosses all party lines. His new book is "Unstoppable: The Emerging Left-Right Alliance To Dismantle The Corporate State." Ralph Nader joins us in our studios. Thanks so much for being with us.

RALPH NADER: Thank you very much, Scott.

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NWPR Books
2:40 pm
Sun April 6, 2014

In Book's Trial Of U.S. Justice System, Wealth Gap Is Exhibit A

Courtesy of Random House

Originally published on Sun April 6, 2014 3:56 pm

Investigative journalist and author Matt Taibbi has long reported on American politics and business. With an old-school muckraker's nose for corruption, he examined the events leading up to the 2008 financial crisis in Griftopia. With Gonzo zeal, he described a two-party political system splintered into extreme factions in The Great Derangement.

And in his newest book, Taibbi sets out to explain what he thinks is a strange state of affairs:

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Legal Defense Fund
4:14 pm
Wed March 12, 2014

Facing Ethics Charge, Washington Lt. Gov. Wants Legal Defense Fund

Washington Lieutenant Governor Brad Owen
State of Washington

Originally published on Wed March 12, 2014 3:43 pm

In the 1990s an embattled President Clinton created a legal defense fund. Now, four-term Washington Lt. Gov. Brad Owen wants all state elected officials to have that option.

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Oregon Ballot
5:35 pm
Mon March 3, 2014

Kitzhaber Claims Truce In Potentially Divisive Ballot Measures

File photo of Oregon Governor John Kitzhaber
Chris Lehman Northwest News Network

Originally published on Mon March 3, 2014 5:27 pm

Oregon Governor John Kitzhaber says he's brokered a deal that will avoid a potentially divisive battle at the ballot box this fall.

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