Oregon GOP launches effort to recall Democratic Gov. Kate Brown

Oregon Republican Party Chairman Bill Currier on Monday filed a petition to recall Gov. Kate Brown. The recall effort would face a high hurdle: recall organizers would need to gather more than 280,000 valid signatures within 90 days. Source: Oregon GOP launches effort to recall Democratic Gov. Kate Brown

Northwest is closer to getting ultra high speed rail between BC, Seattle, and Portland

With the latest study, the Northwest is inching closer to an ultra-high-speed rail project to connect Vancouver BC, Seattle, and Portland, with hour-long trips between them. Source: Northwest is closer to getting ultra high speed rail between BC, Seattle, and Portland

State: Health insurance rates cut premiums $44 million

The Oregon Division of Financial Regulation on Monday issued final rate decisions for small businesses and individuals who buy their own health insurance, saying reductions bring a $44 million break for policyholders from what they might have paid. Source: State: Health insurance rates cut premiums $44 million

Oregon Liquor License Fees To Increase For First Time In Generations

The cost of renewing a liquor license in Oregon will go up this year. In some cases, it’s the first increase since at least 1949. That year, Harry Truman was president, Wiley E. Coyote made his cartoon debut, and Perry Como spent weeks atop the Billboard charts. That year, it cost $100 to renew an Oregon off-premise liquor license. […]
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Capitol roundup: No state dog for Oregon

The statehouse air conditioning is off, while votes from 2019 session still raise steam. With the Legislature gone until next year, lawmakers can’t be blamed for the hot air filling the Capitol this month. Ramped-up renovation of the 80-year-old statehouse is the culprit: The air conditioning is off until July 29, and the whole place […]
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City Sued Over Portland Harbor Superfund Site Cleanup Planning Efforts

The city of Portland is being sued over its plan to use up to $12 million from a surcharge on customers’ sewer bills to help pay to plan the Portland Harbor Superfund clean up. Source: City Sued Over Portland Harbor Superfund Site Cleanup Planning Efforts

Efforts Aim To Stitch Together West Coast Hiking Trails

Long-distance hiking can be the experience of a lifetime. It also can present dicey to mundane hurdles, like having to hike stretches along busy highways or logging roads. Source: Efforts Aim To Stitch Together West Coast Hiking Trails

Editorial: Any new carbon bill should return money to Oregonians

The 2019 session of the Oregon Legislature was a doozy. With supermajorities in each house, Democrats didn’t have to worry about passing most tax bills, which they did with abandon. Republicans stewed until those in the Senate found a way to force their Democratic counterparts to the bargaining table. They picked up their papers and […]
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Future Oregon transportation director will oversee billions in state highway overhaul

Oregon is searching for a transportation director who will take on challenges from crumbling roads and bridges to reducing greenhouse gas emissions. Source: Future Oregon transportation director will oversee billions in state highway overhaul

Following reported ICE raids, local advocacy group warns of unconfirmed ICE activity in Oregon

In light of reported immigration raids planned to be carried out over the past weekend in several major U.S. cities, an Oregon advocacy group says they’ve received unconfirmed tips of recent activity involving the federal agency charged with enforcing immigration laws. Source: Following reported ICE raids, local advocacy group warns of unconfirmed ICE activity in […]
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