politics

Oregon Education Chief
7:07 am
Thu May 31, 2012

Educators Praise Kitzhaber's Selection For Ed Role

A state panel will vote Thursday on Oregon Governor John Kitzhaber’s choice to oversee a dramatic shift in the way the state runs public education. The governor selected Rudy Crew after a nationwide search. Crew is the former head of public school districts in New York, Miami, Tacoma and elsewhere. The head of Oregon's largest teacher's union thinks it's a good choice.

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Cell Phone Tax
6:39 am
Thu May 24, 2012

How A Lobbyist And His iPad Helped Stop A Telephone Tax

Washington's cable industry created a series of ads to appeal to people who get their phone through broadband cable.
Photo by Kevin Mooney Northwest News Network

It’s no secret that interest groups influence state lawmakers. But it’s not often clear how that actually happens. Much of the action occurs behind-the-scenes. So we’re going to give you a rare glimpse inside the influence game -- to see how lobbyists help shape public policies that affect our everyday lives. Olympia Correspondent Austin Jenkins reconstructs how a lobbyist and his iPad changed the course of a $1 billion piece of legislation.

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Lane County Budget
7:17 am
Wed May 23, 2012

Lane County To Cut Budget By More Than 15 Million

Like many Northwest counties, Lane County is experiencing a budget shortfall. The county Budget Committee has approved more than 15 million dollars in cuts to youth services, the sheriff's office and medical examiner among others. Desmond O'Boyle has more.

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Oregon Attorney General Election
6:41 am
Wed May 16, 2012

Rosenblum Wins Democratic Attorney General Primary

Former state judge Ellen Rosenblum celebrates her victory in the Democratic primary for Oregon Attorney General.
Photo by Michael Kilman. Northwest News Network

Oregon Democrats have chosen former state judge Ellen Rosenblum as their nominee for Attorney General. She defeated form federal prosecutor Dwight Holton in Tuesday's primary election by a wide margin. But it's still not clear if Rosenblum will face any opposition in the general election this fall. As correspondent Chris Lehman reports, marijuana became a key issue in the race.

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Portland Mayoral Race
6:21 am
Wed May 16, 2012

Hales, Smith Ahead In Portland Mayoral Race

Results from Portland's Mayoral primary show a veteran city leader and a charismatic state legislator advancing to a November runoff. From Oregon Public Broadcasting, April Baer reports.

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Oregon Write-Ins
6:07 am
Tue May 15, 2012

Oregon GOP Tries Write-In Strategy To Fill Two Nominations

Tomorrow’s Tuesday’s primary election in Oregon could include some write-in candidates for two statewide offices. The state GOP is encouraging its members to fill in names for state Treasurer and Attorney General. As Salem Correspondent Chris Lehman reports, it doesn't take much to win a write-in nomination.

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Seattle Obama Address
6:18 am
Fri May 11, 2012

Obama Reaffirms Gay Rights Stance At Seattle Fundraiser

President Obama made a quick fundraising trip through Seattle Thursday. The trip included his first appearances since announcing his support for gay marriage. Democrats at the fundraiser were quick to show their appreciation. But they also predicted that his stance will energize his opponents as well as his supporters. KUOW’s Amy Radil reports.

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Oregon Representative race
6:03 am
Thu May 10, 2012

Oregon Democratic State Representative Faces Serious Challenge From Within Party

Jeff Reardon knocks on doors in southeast Portland.
Photo by Chris Lehman Northwest News Network

There’s a lot of news lately about conservative challengers to Republican “establishment” candidates. This week, Indiana Senator Dick Lugar lost to a Tea Party backed opponent.

But it’s not just a Republican phenomenon. In next week’s Oregon primary election, a Democratic state representative is facing a serious challenge after frequently riling members of his own party. Salem Correspondent Chris Lehman reports.

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Washington Assisted Suicide
6:39 am
Thu May 3, 2012

Search For Jazz Singer’s Roots Brings Together Two Julias

Mildred Bailey, 1947, New York City.
Photo courtesy of the William P. Gottlieb Collection

In the late 1930s, a sweet-voiced singer from the Northwest helped propel the nation into a new era of music, known as swing. Her name was Mildred Bailey -- sometimes called the “Rockin’ Chair Lady,” for her signature song ...

Bailey went down in history as a white vocalist who helped popularize jazz singing. Except, she wasn’t white. Bailey was half Coeur d’Alene Indian – a fact that received little attention, until recently. Correspondent Jessica Robinson has this story of two women, both named Julia, who Mildred Bailey brought together decades after her death.

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May Day Rallies
6:48 am
Wed May 2, 2012

Northwest Rallies On May Day

Demonstrators gathered and marched near the state capitol building in Salem.
Photo by Chris Lehman Northwest News Network

Oregon Governor John Kitzhaber says he'll convene a workgroup to study possible changes to the state's driver's license laws for undocumented immigrants. That news prompted cheers at a May Day rally in front of the state capitol Tuesday evening. Thousands of people marked the day with demonstrations in Salem, along with other cities across the Northwest. Correspondent Chris Lehman has this report from the march in Salem.

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