Category Archives: Oregon Legislature

Editorial: The rise of Oregon’s global warming taxes

Oregon AAA, its subsidiary AAA AutoSource (which sells cars and trucks) and the Oregon Trucking Association are suing the state over a new “privilege tax.” They are asking the state Supreme Court to see a so-called new privilege tax for what it is — a sales tax by another name used to spend money in a way […]
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Barreto re-elected to House GOP leadership team

State Rep. Greg Barreto (R-Cove) has been re-elected to serve as deputy leader of the Oregon House Republicans heading into the 2018 short legislative session. Rep. Mike McLane, of Powell Butte, will once again serve as House Republican leader when the session begins Feb. 5, the caucus announced Thursday. Source: Barreto re-elected to House GOP […]
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Gelser files formal complaint against colleague, demands expulsion; new details

State Sen. Sara Gelser has filed a formal legislative complaint against Ted Kruse, charging her fellow senator with sexual misconduct. Gelser, a Democrat from Corvallis, also has called for the expulsion of Kruse, a Republican from Roseburg. Source: Gelser files formal complaint against colleague, demands expulsion; new details

Jackie Winters named Minority Leader of Oregon Senate, first black person to hold position

The Oregon Legislature’s Senate Republican Caucus selected Sen. Jackie Winters, R-Salem, as the new Minority Leader on Wednesday. The decision makes her the first black person to lead an Oregon legislative caucus and one of the few black women who have been caucus leader of any state legislature. Source: Jackie Winters named Minority Leader of […]
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Oregon state senator calls for expulsion of colleague, says 15 women sexually harassed

Oregon state Sen. Sara Gelser on Wednesday provided her first detailed account of what she says was sexual harassment by fellow Sen. Jeff Kruse. She also said he may have subjected up to 15 other Capitol staffers to unwanted touching. Source: Oregon state senator calls for expulsion of colleague, says 15 women sexually harassed

Knopp loses leadership bid in state senate

GOP caucus roiled by attempt to oust lawmaker accused of improper touching. Sen. Tim Knopp, R-Bend, was denied the top GOP job in the state Senate on Wednesday when a caucus roiled by sexual harassment allegations against a member deadlocked on choosing a new minority leader. Source: Knopp loses leadership bid in state senate

Jackie Winters named Minority Leader of Oregon Senate, first black person to hold position

The Oregon Legislature’s Senate Republican Caucus selected Sen. Jackie Winters, R-Salem, as the new Minority Leader on Wednesday. Source: Jackie Winters named Minority Leader of Oregon Senate, first black person to hold position

Salem Sen. Jackie Winters selected as Senate Republican Leader

Salem Republican Sen. Jackie Winters was elected by her peers to serve as the new Republican Leader Wednesday, presenting herself as a collaborator willing to listen and compromise to get goals accomplished. Source: Salem Sen. Jackie Winters selected as Senate Republican Leader

Sen. Jeff Kruse accused in formal complaint of unwanted touching of at least 15 women

Sara Gelser, D-Corvallis detailed in a formal complaint a years-long pattern of unwanted touching and harassment by Sen. Jeff Kruse, R-Roseburg. Source: Sen. Jeff Kruse accused in formal complaint of unwanted touching of at least 15 women

Editorial: Salem’s excuse factory aims at OSU-Cascades

Central Oregonians should not forget what the Legislature did this year to deny funding to OSU-Cascades. Especially because the Legislature could be about to do it again. The Legislature gave the campus money to launch a campus to serve the fastest-growing part of the state. But now as demand and the community’s population grow, state […]
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