politics

Oregon Legislature
6:22 am
Mon January 14, 2013

Oregon Lawmakers To Be Sworn In

The Oregon state capitol building.
Credit Photo by M.O. Stevens / Wikimedia Commons

Oregon lawmakers return to Salem Monday for a legislative session that's expected to be full of debate over economic and public safety issues. Democrats will control both chambers of the legislature and the governor's office, but that doesn't mean there won't be disagreements. Salem Correspondent Chris Lehman reports.

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Juvenile Parole
6:22 am
Thu January 10, 2013

Budget Fallout: Juvenile Re-Arrest Rates Spike After Parole Is Cut

Juvenile parole counselor Mel Fundanet meets with a 15-year-old offender and his father.
Credit Photo by Austin Jenkins / Northwest News Network

We’re starting to see real world fallout from some of the state budget cuts made in last few years. One of the clearest examples in Washington is juvenile parole. Turns out the chief suspect in a recent high profile bar shooting had committed a previous murder – but did not qualify for intensive parole supervision because of cutbacks. One study finds juveniles who don’t receive parole are far more likely to be re-arrested within nine months of their release. Olympia Correspondent Austin Jenkins reports.

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Washington Budget Proposal
6:06 am
Wed December 19, 2012

Outgoing Washington Governor Proposes Taxes, End Pay Cuts

Washington Governor Chris Gregoire has completed one of her last tasks before leaving office in January. The Democrat Tuesday proposed a $34 billion budget for the next two years. It includes a combination of cuts, pay increases for state employees and proposed taxes for education. Olympia Correspondent Austin Jenkins has details.

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Gregoire's Legacy
7:31 am
Tue December 18, 2012

Gregoire’s Legacy: Children’s Health, Navigating Recession, Gay Marriage

Gov. Gregoire announces she won’t seek a third term.
Credit Photo by Austin Jenkins / Northwest News Network

Washington Governor Chris Gregoire will leave office January 16th. During her eight years as governor, the Democrat often referred to herself as a “recovering lawyer.” Polls showed the former attorney general struggled to connect with voters. She could come off as a fierce technocrat. But her two-terms in office were marked by challenges that affected her on a deeply personal level. Olympia Correspondent Austin Jenkins has this look at the governor’s legacy.

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Oregon Budget
6:49 am
Fri November 30, 2012

Kitzhaber's Budget Relies On Cost-Cutting Measures

Oregon Governor John Kitzhaber.
Credit Photo by Chris Lehman

Oregon Governor John Kitzhaber's proposed budget relies on cost-cutting measures to public pensions, health care and prisons. The Democrat will unveil his two-year spending plan at the state capitol Friday. Salem Correspondent Chris Lehman got an early look and has this report.

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Wash. State Budget
3:56 pm
Thu November 29, 2012

Budget Chair: Total Shortfall = $2.76 Billion

Washington House of Representatives

Originally published on Thu November 29, 2012 4:23 pm

Governor-elect Jay Inslee and Washington lawmakers face a nearly $3B conundrum in the next two-year budget. That's the stark assessment of House Budget Chair Ross Hunter, D-Medina.

Hunter outlined the bigger-than-previously-reported budget gap in a PowerPoint slide presentation to fellow House Democrats at the start of two days of pre-session meetings at the Capitol.

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Death Penalty Moratorium
6:16 am
Mon November 19, 2012

One Year After Death Penalty Moratorium, Little Has Happened

A view of Oregon's execution chamber.
Credit Photo courtesy Oregon DOC

One year ago this week, Oregon Governor John Kitzhaber stunned the state and made international headlines when he issued a moratorium on the death penalty. He said he hoped his action would spur state lawmakers to a conversation about the death penalty. But so far, there's little momentum for the legislature to act on the issue. Salem Correspondent Chris Lehman reports.

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WA Political Divide
8:35 am
Wed November 7, 2012

Eastern WA's Red Counties Overwhelmed By Blue

This map shows shows Washington's political divide, at least in the open race for governor.
Credit Photo Credit: Washington Secretary of State

Last night’s election put Washington’s electoral map on display. For the most part, western counties near the Puget Sound voted one way, while Eastern Washington voted more conservative on the issues of same-sex marriage, legalizing marijuana and in the race for governor.

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Election Day Churches
6:06 am
Mon November 5, 2012

Pastors Use Pulpits To Ease Election Day Rancor

In this election, some Northwest churches hope to ease the rancor of politics. Photo by York Minster by way of Creative Commons
Credit Photo by York Minster / Creative Commons

In this election, religion has sometimes played a divisive role. But on election night, churches throughout the Northwest — and the country — will try to use their pulpits to ease the rancor of politics. Deena Prichep explains.

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Political Advertising
6:33 am
Fri November 2, 2012

Who In The NW Helps Pay For Swing State Ads

Northwest voters are spared most presidential campaign ads. But Northwest money still plays a part in them. A handful of big spenders from the region are bolstering major super PACs behind a barrage of ads now hitting swing states. Jessica Robinson reports.

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