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Special session looms as virus hammers economy

Special session looms as virus hammers economy

Portland Tribune - News
State leaders are waiting to see how what the federal response shapes up before lawmakers return to the Capitol.
Congressional District 5 candidate debate canceled

Congressional District 5 candidate debate canceled

Portland Tribune - Politics
UPDATE: Due to COVID-19 concerns, North Clackamas Chamber of Commerce no longer hosting forum Tuesday, April 7
Candidates line up as Oregon's election season heats up

Candidates line up as Oregon's election season heats up

Portland Tribune - News
Key House and Senate races could be highly contested as Republicans hope to gain ground on Democratic supermajorities.
Outbreak hits pandemic, Oregon cases rise to 19

Outbreak hits pandemic, Oregon cases rise to 19

Portland Tribune - News
Gov. Kate Brown is preparing to take more measures in response to the outbreak while issues over testing and supplies continue to linger.
Congress jumps into virus fight with food, economic relief…

Congress jumps into virus fight with food, economic relief…

Portland Tribune - News
Oregon Sen. Ron Wyden and U.S. Rep. Suzanne Bonamici join lawmakers to tackle effects of quarantines on businesses, schools, elections and nutrition…
Urban League CEO Johnson won't run for Marion County Senate…

Urban League CEO Johnson won't run for Marion County Senate…

Portland Tribune - News
Post held by the late Jackie Winters attracts Republican incumbent Boles and two local Democrats to May primary.
Federal funds will bolster Oregon's COVID-19 response

Federal funds will bolster Oregon's COVID-19 response

Portland Tribune - News
State health officials see more than a dozen cases in seven counties with nearly 300 people under watch for the coronavirus.
Abrupt session ending left pile of bills in its wake

Abrupt session ending left pile of bills in its wake

Portland Tribune - News
Lawmakers' quick exit left unfinished business in the House and Senate, including funding for housing projects and wildfire fight.
Oregon governor: Exec order on climate change sidesteps…

Oregon governor: Exec order on climate change sidesteps…

Portland Tribune - News
Governor said actions needed in response to legislative inaction and to protect future generations; Republicans plan a legal challenge.
State cranks up emergency response as COVID-19 spreads

State cranks up emergency response as COVID-19 spreads

Portland Tribune - News
Governor's declaration clears the way for more resources as new novel coronavirus cases reported in three counties.
State Emergency Board pours $5 million into COVID-19 fight

State Emergency Board pours $5 million into COVID-19 fight

Portland Tribune - News
Flood relief, coronavirus response led Oregon's emergency spending following a stalemate in short legislative session.
MY VIEW: Removing the dams on the Lower Snake River is…

MY VIEW: Removing the dams on the Lower Snake River is…

Portland Tribune - Politics
Dave Markham, president and CEO of Central Electric Cooperative Inc., opposes removal of lower Snake River dams
Brown vows 'aggressive action' on climate legislation

Brown vows 'aggressive action' on climate legislation

Portland Tribune - Politics
It's unclear how much the governor can do though an executive order to implement provisions of the stalled cap and trade bill
Oregon state lawmakers call it quits in Salem

Oregon state lawmakers call it quits in Salem

Portland Tribune - Politics
Legislative leaders drop the gavel on 'failed short session' as Republicans stay away from Capitol.
GOP offers to return for budget work; Democrats reject…

GOP offers to return for budget work; Democrats reject…

Portland Tribune - Politics
A looming March 8 deadline pushes tough issues to the last minute as Republican walkout blocks action on several bills.
Brown: Hospitals, equipment and money big concerns as…

Brown: Hospitals, equipment and money big concerns as…

Portland Tribune - Politics
Oregon governor outlined her concerns in a letter to Vice President Mike Pence about resources the state needs to confront the outbreak.
Washington County: COVID-19 fight an emergency

Washington County: COVID-19 fight an emergency

Portland Tribune - Politics
Short-term resolution enables state and federal aid, streamlined purchasing; specific measures will wait.
Last Republicans standing? Lawmakers await colleagues return

Last Republicans standing? Lawmakers await colleagues return

Portland Tribune - News
Central Oregon's Tim Knopp and Cheri Helt face political dilemmas as they stay in the Capitol after other Republicans flee to block climate bill…
GOP walkout Day 3: Both sides dig in

GOP walkout Day 3: Both sides dig in

Portland Tribune - News
Hints of a possible deal drift through Capitol as legislative leaders express little appetite for compromise.
16 minutes? GOP walkout strands state's bills, budgets

16 minutes? GOP walkout strands state's bills, budgets

Portland Tribune - News
UPDATE: House session without Republican lawmakers takes less time than you need to microwave lunch, as Capitol climate turns chilly.
Walk Out: GOP goes to 2019 playbook to stop…

Walk Out: GOP goes to 2019 playbook to stop…

Portland Tribune - News
Senate Republicans jammed a stick in the legislative machinery Monday. Everyone in Salem saw it coming.
Free speech? Privacy? Bill on masks hits wall of opposition

Free speech? Privacy? Bill on masks hits wall of opposition

Portland Tribune - News
Civil rights groups, others say legislation could derail state's attempt to end mass incarceration.
Oregon Senate GOP: Climate bill walkout begins

Oregon Senate GOP: Climate bill walkout begins

Portland Tribune - News
Cap-and-trade, designed to reduce Oregon's carbon emissions, has been a touchstone for both parties in the short 2020 legislative session.
Governor wants $7.5 million for earthquake early warning…

Governor wants $7.5 million for earthquake early warning…

Portland Tribune - News
Bill also creates a program to improve readiness for a quarter-million Oregon households in quake zones.
Legal changes advance to help Oregon's mentally ill…

Legal changes advance to help Oregon's mentally ill…

Portland Tribune - News
Legislation to clarify options and process for judges dealing with those found unfit to stand trial passes Senate, moves to the House for final…
GOP no-shows slam brakes on House work

GOP no-shows slam brakes on House work

Portland Tribune - News
Speaker Kotek strips one Republican of a top post, worries major bills won't get attention as session crawls.
Suit seeks penalty for $73,000 donated to Portland mayor

Suit seeks penalty for $73,000 donated to Portland mayor

Portland Tribune - News
An advocate with Honest Elections claims city auditor has not enforced campaign finance limits for Mayor Ted Wheeler.
West Linn police: Ex-chief survived earlier investigations

West Linn police: Ex-chief survived earlier investigations

Portland Tribune - News
Oregon DOJ probed the same three cops, including Terry Timeus, at the heart of a current police misconduct payout.
Merkley honored for supporting Job Corps centers

Merkley honored for supporting Job Corps centers

Portland Tribune - Politics
Sen. Jeff Merkley received the Franklin D. Roosevelt Service and Conservation Corps Leadership Award
Lawmakers drop bill on threats to houses of worship

Lawmakers drop bill on threats to houses of worship

Portland Tribune - News
A work group will come up with recommendations after groups express concerns about legislation.

Audit: Tourism agency should be more transparent

Portland Tribune - News
Audit: Tourism agency should be more transparent
Secretary of state auditors say Travel Oregon needs to strengthen contracting controls to stretch it's budget.

Cap-and-trade amendments borrow from Republicans,…

Portland Tribune - News
Cap-and-trade amendments borrow from Republicans,…
Democrats mull possible changes to controversial climate legislation some worry could delay fuel regulations.

Funding bill could give troopers a ride on Oregon…

Portland Tribune - News
Funding bill could give troopers a ride on Oregon…
Despite its hefty cost, legislation has broad support among lawmakers and groups representing law enforcement.

Appeals court gives green light to forestry measures

Portland Tribune - News
Appeals court gives green light to forestry measures
Justices say political initiatives comply with state constitution, but a deal between forestry and conservationists could make decision moot.

Oregon lawmakers say adios to a pile of proposed…

Portland Tribune - News
Oregon lawmakers say adios to a pile of proposed…
Legislators whittle legislation as the short legislative session passes deadline for action.

Bill giving records advocate independence heads to…

Portland Tribune - News
Bill giving records advocate independence heads to…
Committee sends legislation to the Senate floor without changes intended to keep council tied to governor's office.

Climate activists swarm Oregon Capitol to support…

Portland Tribune - News
Climate activists swarm Oregon Capitol to support…
Hundreds of demonstrators raise their voices and signs to urge legislators to act on greenhouse gas emissions.

Historic Oregon timber agreement a 'new approach'

Portland Tribune - News
Historic Oregon timber agreement a 'new approach'
Gov. Brown, environmentalists and forestry groups endorse a breakthrough political deal to reform forest practices.

Lawmakers craft plan to relieve Oregon dental care…

Portland Tribune - News
Lawmakers craft plan to relieve Oregon dental care…
Proposals would use dental therapists to expand access and lower costs for care for children, rural residents and low-income families.

Campaign finance changes worry election advocate

Portland Tribune - News
Campaign finance changes worry election advocate
Critic Dan Meek calls proposed campaign system change measure an 'anti-reform bill.'

Justin Hwang announces candidacy for state Senate

Gresham Outlook - News
Justin Hwang announces candidacy for state Senate
Restaurateur, entrepreneur plans run for vacant Oregon Senate District 25 position.

LO's Gudman jumps into state treasurer race

Portland Tribune - News
LO's Gudman jumps into state treasurer race
Former city councilor seeks Republican nomination to challenge Treasurer Tobias Read in rematch of 2016 race.

Courtney takes another shot at DUII bill

Portland Tribune - News
Courtney takes another shot at DUII bill
Legislation would lower blood alcohol level, affecting who gets stopped for driving under the influence.

Proposed bill: Wear a mask in a riot, face stiff…

Portland Tribune - News
Proposed bill: Wear a mask in a riot, face stiff…
Legislation planned by Scio representative comes in response to what she said was an 'alarming increase of violent riots in Oregon.'

Oregon? Cap-and-trade? Buckle up. The 2020…

Portland Tribune - News
Oregon? Cap-and-trade? Buckle up. The 2020…
Carbon emissions will be make-or-break for both parties. This year, Nike, Uber and Microsoft among the large companies in favor of a system to cut…

Band of Others: Joey Gibson and the face of…

Portland Tribune - News
Band of Others: Joey Gibson and the face of…
Patriot Prayer leaders insist they're not racists, but they continue to draw praise from white supremacists

Referendum rule change stirs political rumble

Portland Tribune - News
Referendum rule change stirs political rumble
Altered administrative rule could make referendum process more accessible by allowing earlier signature-gathering.

Oregon court puts measure limiting self-checkouts…

Portland Tribune - News
Oregon court puts measure limiting self-checkouts…
Labor-backed initiative to cap grocery store self-checkout stands to two per store a step closer to the ballot.

Boy's death puts focus on mental health care

Portland Tribune - Politics
Boy's death puts focus on mental health care
Elyejah Dean Hauff, 9, inspires conversations about suicide prevention, importance of speaking out

Initiative connects Oregon inmates with their…

Portland Tribune - News
Initiative connects Oregon inmates with their…
Portland nonprofit and Oregon Department of Corrections say effort would improve visitation areas and support families.

Merkley: Senate is on trial in impeachment debate

Portland Tribune - News
Merkley: Senate is on trial in impeachment debate
U.S. senator talks with Oregon reporters after the first day of opening arguments in case presented against President Trump.

Merkley: Impeachment trial a 'travesty' without…

Portland Tribune - News
Merkley: Impeachment trial a 'travesty' without…
Oregon Democrat offers observations on Senate proceedings involving President Trump in a call with local reporters.

Oregon public records council shores up support for…

Portland Tribune - News
Oregon public records council shores up support for…
Members say amendments drafted by League of Oregon Cities' lobbyist could 'torpedo' proposals.

Oregon Supreme Court ruling could alter energy…

Portland Tribune - News
Oregon Supreme Court ruling could alter energy…
Justices allowed energy siting rules that conservation groups say hurt public involvement and will greenlight questionable projects.

Oregon AG joins lawsuit to block food stamp changes

Portland Tribune - News
Oregon AG joins lawsuit to block food stamp changes
Federal program helps feed about 586,000 people in Oregon, but about 21,800 could lose benefits under Trump administration's rules.

Small-business owner tapped to fill Williamson…

Portland Tribune - News
Small-business owner tapped to fill Williamson…
Akasha Lawrence-Spence, community activist and real estate firm owner, will serve as a Portland-area state representative through 2020.

Oregon Republicans take wary peek at new carbon…

Portland Tribune - News
Oregon Republicans take wary peek at new carbon…
Some lawmakers urge incentives instead of big steps limiting greenhouse gas emissions to avoid repeat of 2019's GOP walkout.

Judge's ruling puts carbon-reduction initiatives…

Portland Tribune - News
Judge's ruling puts carbon-reduction initiatives…
Decision overturns secretary of state action and means proposed ballot measures do not violate Oregon's single-subject rule.

Oregon lawmakers unholster new gun-safety proposal

Portland Tribune - News
Oregon lawmakers unholster new gun-safety proposal
Proponents say measure could reduce gun deaths and injuries, but opponents dislike one-size-fits-all approach.

In a nod to base, Oregon Democratic Party…

Portland Tribune - News
In a nod to base, Oregon Democratic Party…
Unionization of the party's staff follows similar moves by labor-friendly campaigns elsewhere.

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