Senate

Oregon GOP Primary
6:12 am
Wed May 21, 2014

Wehby Defeats Conger In Oregon GOP Senate Primary

Monica Wehby greets supporters at an election night rally in Oregon City.
Credit John Rosman

In Oregon's GOP Senate primary, Monica Wehby handily defeated Republican rival Jason Conger for the right to take on Democrat Jeff Merkley this fall. Wehby posted a wide margin of victory despite some last-minute embarrassing revelations. Correspondent Chris Lehman reports.

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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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Washington Senate
7:12 am
Mon March 4, 2013

Despite Pledge To Cooperate, Partisan Recriminations in Washington Senate

Austin Jenkins Northwest News Network

Originally published on Fri March 1, 2013 5:29 pm

OLYMPIA, Wash. - Three months ago, 23 Republicans and two breakaway Democrats seized control of the Washington state Senate. At the time, Majority Leader Rodney Tom, one of the Democrats, pledged a new spirit of bipartisanship.

“The public out there is hungry for us to come together, to work together in a collaborative manner and that’s exactly what this coalition is trying to accomplish,” he said.

But as the halfway point of the legislative session approaches, the Washington state Senate has become a hotbed of partisan recriminations.

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Senate Controversy
6:32 am
Fri January 18, 2013

Embattled Washington State Senator Defends Behavior

Senator Pam Roach conducts a
Credit Photo by Austin Jenkins / Northwest News Network

A Washington state senator with a long record of reprimands for her treatment of staff is taking the offensive. Republican Pam Roach Thursday fired back at her accusers – they include some fellow Republicans. The move comes just as fresh allegations of staff mistreatment emerge. And a narrow majority coalition takes power in the Washington senate. Olympia Correspondent Austin Jenkins reports.

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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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Rural School Aid
5:12 am
Fri March 9, 2012

Secure Rural Schools Amendment Passes US Senate

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Oregon Senators, Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley, have secured their colleagues' support of several million dollars in aid to counties in timber country. As Oregon Public Broadcasting's April Baer reports, the Senate voted 86 to 12 in favor of an amendment to extend the Secure Rural Schools Act.

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Washington Gay Marriage
6:04 am
Thu February 2, 2012

Wash. Senate Votes To Approve Same-Sex Marriage

Richard Cannon and Richard Bullock have been together nearly 25 years, and watched the gay marriage vote from the Senate gallery.
Photo Credit: Austin Jenkins Northwest News Network

OLYMPIA, WASH. – The battle to allow gay marriage in Washington has cleared a major hurdle. The Washington state Senate voted [last night] Wednesday night to approve same-sex marriage. The vote was 28 to 21. Four Republicans voting with the majority. Olympia Correspondent Austin Jenkins was there for the historic debate.

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Washington Gay Marriage
5:53 am
Thu February 2, 2012

Gay Marriage Passes Wash. Senate After Civil Debate

Gay rights supporters applaud after the Washington senate votes to approve same-sex marriage.
Photo Credit: Austin Jenkins Northwest News Network

OLYMPIA, Wash. – Four Washington Republicans joined majority Democrats Wednesday night to approve a same-sex marriage bill in the state Senate. The historic vote represents a major step forward for gay rights supporters. Olympia Correspondent Austin Jenkins was there for the debate.

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