politics

Coal Export Terminals
6:27 am
Tue June 18, 2013

Climate Change Concerns Enter Into Coal Export Debate

Heavy equipment moving coal at a mine in Wyoming.
Credit Katie Campbell

There are now three coal export terminals under consideration in the Pacific Northwest.

The prospect of exporting coal from Wyoming and Montana to be sold on the Asian market has many raising questions about the local and regional environmental impacts of moving that coal through the Northwest.

Ashley Ahearn reports on how that issue is playing into the debate over coal exports in Washington and Oregon.

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Oregon Education Budget
6:48 am
Mon June 17, 2013

Threatened 'No' Vote Puts Oregon Education Budget In Limbo

Oregon Legislature

Originally published on Fri June 14, 2013 3:59 pm

The Democratic-controlled Oregon Senate is scheduled to act Monday on the largest single portion of the state spending plan: Money for K-12 schools. But there's a chance the vote will be delayed. That's because a single Democrat has come out against the proposal, throwing a monkey wrench into the process.

This would be the second time the schools budget is held over to another day. With less than two weeks left before the scheduled adjournment, Democratic state Senator Chris Edwards continues to hold out for more money for schools.

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Washington Revenue Debate
7:45 am
Fri June 14, 2013

Washington Revenue Debate Not Over With Estate Tax “Fix”

The checks will not be in the mail Friday morning. Washington Governor Jay Inslee signed legislation late Thursday night to halt the issuance of refunds to the heirs of some multi-million dollar estates. At a midnight bill signing, Inslee – a Democrat – praised the legislature for voting to fund schools in lieu of refunds for wealthy families. But he also said he wants lawmakers to find additional sources of revenue for the next budget.

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Mental Health Debate
6:14 am
Mon May 27, 2013

Mental Health Debate Personal For One Oregon Lawmaker

After last December’s mass shootings in Oregon and Connecticut, Democrats and Republicans in the Oregon legislature called for increased funding for mental health care. Now, there’s a proposal under discussion that would expand such programs in a big way, but it remains caught up in a debate over how to fund it. Salem Correspondent Chris Lehman spoke with one lawmaker for whom mental health care is a very personal issue.

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Fictitious Driver Licenses
6:50 am
Wed May 22, 2013

Inslee Signs Law Allowing Fictitious Driver License Program To Continue

Austin Jenkins Northwest News Network

Originally published on Tue May 21, 2013 5:41 pm

Washington Governor Jay Inslee has signed a law that will allow the state’s fictitious driver license program to continue – but only for undercover law enforcement activities. At the bill signing Inslee backed away from a previous statement that he would apply a broad definition of the term “law enforcement.”

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Portland Fluoridation
6:29 am
Wed May 22, 2013

Fluoride Measure Fails In Portland

Unofficial results show Portland's fluoridation measure going down by a resounding 60-to-40 margin. Oregon Public Broadcasting's April Baer reports opponents got the upper hand despite being outspent two-to-one.

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Eugene City Fee
6:26 am
Wed May 22, 2013

Eugene Voters Soundly Defeat City Fee Ballot Measure

Eugene voters soundly defeated a ballot measure that would have imposed a monthly fee on residents to help pay for public safety and social services. KLCC’s Angela Kellner reports.

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Missionary Statue
6:27 am
Tue May 21, 2013

Oregon House Votes To Remove Missionary, Install Politician In Statuary Hall

Architect of the Capitol

Originally published on Tue May 21, 2013 11:39 am

The Oregon House voted Monday to remove a statue of pioneer missionary Jason Lee from a prominent place in the U.S. Capitol. In its place they propose to put a statue of former Oregon Republican governor and U.S. Senator Mark Hatfield.

Each state gets two spots in the the U.S. Capitol's Statuary Hall. Supporters of the change say it's time to honor a more modern and prominent figure in Oregon's history.

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Oregon Senate
6:55 am
Mon May 20, 2013

Oregon Senate In ‘Holding Pattern’ As Injured Senator Mulls Comeback

A key Oregon state lawmaker could return to the capitol as early as this week. Democratic Senator Betsy Johnson broke her pelvis in a car accident last month. Her absence has delayed some potentially close votes. Salem Correspondent Chris Lehman reports.

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Adoption Bill
6:38 am
Tue May 14, 2013

Adoption Bill Aims For More Access To Paperwork

Courtesy Laura Batt

Originally published on Mon May 13, 2013 7:43 pm

Oregon lawmakers are considering a measure that would make it easier for people who were adopted as children to access court records about their biological family. A House committee could vote to advance the measure Tuesday.

Oregon Senate Bill 623 is what is sometimes called a housekeeping bill. It's pretty boring, really. The measure clarifies who gets access to certain kinds of paperwork and how they go about getting it.

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