Carbon-cap effort to highlight legislative ‘committee days’

Health care scandal and fires also on the agenda. A cap on carbon emissions, a health care scandal and fights over firefighting will pump political adrenaline into the Capitol this week. Lawmakers will return Monday for three “interim committee days,” or “Comm Days” for short. It’s a time for legislative housekeeping left over from the […]
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Lack of homes for sale weighs on Portland-area real estate market

A short supply of homes for sale is stifling activity in the Portland-area real estate market. Source: Lack of homes for sale weighs on Portland-area real estate market | OregonLive.com

State considers controversial carbon cap

GOP not sold on market pollution fix. Oregon would join an air pollution “market” stretching from California to Quebec under a plan unveiled Monday at the Capitol. The Senate and House environment committees held a joint meeting where Democrats touted a carbon “cap-and-invest” program they plan to introduce next year. “We are not on track […]
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After lawsuit targets parent for seeking records, state to audit Portland schools

Oregon’s secretary of state announced Monday he will audit Portland Public Schools, an unusual move prompted by his concerns over the district’s decision to sue a parent and reporter to keep records secret. Source: After lawsuit targets parent for seeking records, state to audit Portland schools | OregonLive.com

White House hits back at Oregon’s senators over appeals court nomination

In the ongoing dispute between the state’s two U.S. senators and the Trump administration, the White House counsel accuses the lawmakers of failing to consider the administration’s pick for a judicial vacancy on a federal appellate court. Source: White House hits back at Oregon’s senators over appeals court nomination | OregonLive.com

10 Oregon middle schools that excel at math

Test scores for every Oregon public school came out last week, and the results show which middle schools are getting the most students to master math. Source: 10 Oregon middle schools that excel at math | OregonLive.com

Editorial: Measure would rightly clarify what is a new tax

Oregonians may get the chance to vote next year on a pair of ballot measures that would have a significant impact on just about everyone in the state. Lawmakers will get what they deserve if the measure currently being called “A Tax Is a Tax” makes it to the ballot and is approved. It would […]
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Rain falls on Columbia gorge fire; flash flood watch runs through Tuesday

Rain is falling on the Eagle Creek fire, dampening fire activity but prompting new hazards: Flash floods and slides. Source: Rain falls on Columbia gorge fire; flash flood watch runs through Tuesday | OregonLive.com

Editorial: Oregon should change its smoke plan

Perhaps nothing has been more irritating this summer in Central Oregon than the persistent wildfire smoke. Almost every summer activity — those that weren’t canceled, anyway — came with an unwelcome lungful. Oregon’s Democratic Sens. Jeff Merkley and Ron Wyden and Rep. Greg Walden, R-Hood River, have called for changes in the way the federal […]
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Zinke recommendation to cut Cascade-Siskiyou questioned

One of the people who was behind the creation of the Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument says Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke’s recommendation to President Donald Trump recommending downsizing it has several errors. Source: Zinke recommendation to cut Cascade-Siskiyou questioned