politics

No New Wind Turbines
9:16 am
Thu May 9, 2013

No New Wind Farm Construction In PNW This Year

You may have seen wind turbines springing up all over the Pacific Northwest in the past decade. So far this year, the region’s wind industry has faced a different story. For EarthFix, Courtney Flatt has more.

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Bae's Release
8:14 am
Fri May 3, 2013

Oregon Senators Call For Bae's Release

Federal authorities say they’re working on the release of Kenneth Bae – the University of Oregon graduate believed to be in a North Korean prison. Government-run news outlets in North Korea say Bae has received as much as a 15-year sentence from the country’s Supreme Court for allegedly undermining the government.

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Lobbyist Dinners
8:03 am
Fri May 3, 2013

Washington Lawmakers Defend Frequent Dinners With Lobbyists

Two Washington state lawmakers are defending their frequent dinners with lobbyists. The meals show up in monthly reports filed with the state’s Public Disclosure Commission. Olympia Correspondent Austin Jenkins has been digging into those reports.

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Budget Debates
7:48 am
Fri May 3, 2013

Social Service Advocates Don't Want To Be Left Behind In Budget Debate

Deborah Favors stands in front of her apartment in Stayton, Oregon.
Credit Chris Lehman

Oregon lawmakers will find out later this month how much money will be available to spend in the upcoming budget cycle. So right now, there’s a lot of behind-the-scenes maneuvering in the budget-writing process. Education, as usual, is in line for the biggest piece of the pie. But human service advocates say after years of budget turmoil, this year could be their chance to restore funding for Oregon’s social safety net. Salem Correspondent Chris Lehman reports:

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Washington Lobbyists
7:05 am
Wed May 1, 2013

The Influence Game: Wining And Dining Washington Lawmakers After Hours

Austin Jenkins Northwest News Network

Originally published on Thu May 2, 2013 4:39 pm

In the first three months of this year, lobbyists in Washington state spent more than $200,000 on entertainment. Much of that money was spent to wine and dine state lawmakers during the just-concluded 105-day session. But what are lobbyists and their clients getting in exchange for picking up the tab?

After the legislative day ends up at the Capitol, it’s pretty common for some of the players to decamp. They go to one of a handful of usually higher-end Olympia establishments. This is where – over a meal, perhaps a bottle of Washington wine – the work continues.

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Washington Legislative Session
7:59 am
Mon April 29, 2013

Washington Legislature Adjourns, But Not For Long

The Washington Legislature adjourned Sunday night.
Credit Austin Jenkins / Northwest News Network

The Washington legislature has adjourned after a 105-day session. The final gavels fell just after six o’clock Sunday night.

Owen: “The 2013 regular session of the 63rd legislature is adjourned Sine Die"

But the adjournment won’t last long. Governor Jay Inslee immediately called a special session for two weeks from now because the House and Senate failed to come to agreement on a two-year budget. Olympia Correspondent Austin Jenkins reports.

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Washington Budget
7:35 am
Mon April 29, 2013

Washington Budget Writers ‘Light Years Apart’ As Special Session Looms

Hunter-Hill.jpg: Members of the Washington Senate’s majority coalition huddle during a break in floor action on the final day of the regular session.
Credit Austin Jenkins / Northwest News Network

Washington Governor Jay Inslee will give lawmakers a two week cooling off period before calling them back into special session. That announcement Sunday evening followed the formal adjournment of the regular 105-day session.

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Washington Special Session
6:45 am
Thu April 25, 2013

Special Session Looms In Olympia

Washington’s 105-day legislative session ends this Sunday. House Democrats took a nearly $1 billion tax vote Wednesday. But there’s still no budget deal. Olympia Correspondent Austin Jenkins says Governor Jay Inslee stopped short of saying a special session will be necessary.

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Hair Styling Laws
5:39 am
Mon April 22, 2013

Oregon House Set To Vote On Natural Hair Care Measure

BBC World Service

Originally published on Fri April 19, 2013 4:27 pm

African-American hair stylists are asking the Oregon legislature to scale back the rules surrounding traditional braiding techniques. The Oregon House is set to vote Monday on a measure that would ease the training requirements for hair treatments that don't involve chemicals.

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Oregon Sales Tax
7:22 am
Mon April 15, 2013

On Tax Day, Oregon Lawmakers Consider A Sales Tax

One of the most politically sensitive topics in Oregon is up for debate at the state capitol Monday. Lawmakers will hold a hearing on whether to ask Oregon voters to approve a sales tax. Salem Correspondent Chris Lehman reports.

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