Tag Archives: Politics

When It Comes To Wildfire, Politics Lag Behind Science

Western politicians who represent fire-prone regions are reluctant to tell their smoke-weary constituents that there sometimes needs to be more fire in the forest. Rich Fairbanks walks a forest trail through a stretch where two wildfires have burned in the last six years. The ground is mostly bare, and the tree trunks are striped with […]
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Interfering in elections | Opinion |

Oregon was one of Cambridge Analytica’s targets. Anyone who wants to see the extent to which entities from outside the United States are becoming involved in U.S. elections need look no further than Oregon’s 4th Congressional District. Source: Interfering in elections | Opinion | Eugene, Oregon

West Coast Democrats Behind ‘Great Blue Wall’ Push Progressive Climate Agenda

Later this week, Washington Gov. Jay Inslee and Oregon Gov. Kate Brown will discuss how the West Coast can push a progressive agenda to curb carbon emissions. For years, Inslee — who has been called the green governor — has pushed to tax his state’s biggest polluters. But with a Republican-controlled state Senate, the ambitious […]
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Poised for West Coast Dominance, Democrats Eye Grand Agenda

State Library Ed. Note: Story added because it discusses the possibility on intrastate policies being enacted by West Coast states. It is the stuff of liberal fantasies: a vast, defiant territory, sweeping along the country’s Pacific coastline, governed by Democrats and resisting President Trump at every turn. A single election in a wealthy Seattle suburb […]
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As Democrats seek to repair national image, party passes law in Oregon requiring insurers to cover abortion at no cost | Opinion

Just as Democrats are kicking up their efforts to prove the party can be a comfortable home for centrist voters, leftists in Oregon passed a law making that pitch even more laughable than it already was. Source: As Democrats seek to repair national image, party passes law in Oregon requiring insurers to cover abortion at […]
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Business & Labor Politics | Oregon Governor Kate Brown

Business & Labor Politics | Oregon Governor Kate Brown Source: Business & Labor Politics | Oregon Governor Kate Brown . Radio | OPB

Oregon City resident launches effort to recall Gov. Kate Brown

Arin Marcus, who is associated with the Safer Oregon PAC, sought to remove Gov. John Kitzhaber from office in 2015 for the then-governor’s alleged failure to intervene in Marcus’s child custody case. Source: Pamplin Media Group – Oregon City resident launches effort to recall Gov. Kate Brown

Success and frustration | Opinion

The 79th regular session of the Oregon Legislature finished its work Friday, having fulfilled its fundamental responsibility to pass a balanced budget. But the budget was balanced in a way that brings to mind economist Herbert Stein’s Law: If something can’t go on forever, it will stop. The structural problem in Oregon’s public accounts can […]
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The Legislature: the good, the bad and the really ugly | Editorials

Oregon’s 2017 legislature is over and managed another patch job for the budget. It kicked the can until next time on more substantive, structural changes to deal with the state’s biannual budget crisis from such things as pension costs. Source: The Legislature: the good, the bad and the really ugly | Editorials | heraldandnews.com

Health care provider tax get closer to ballot

The tax package, signed by Gov. Brown on Monday, is meant to help offset the state’s increased Medicaid costs. Source: Pamplin Media Group – Health care provider tax get closer to ballot