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Oregon adds gender identity to hate crime protections

Jul. 17, 2019 6:27 PM EDT

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — Gender identity will be added as a protected class as Oregon's hate crime laws see the most significant update since the 1980s under a new measure signed by the governor that also closed a loophole that gave lesser sentences to perpetrators who committed hate crimes alone. "Our hate...

Editorials from around Oregon

Jul. 17, 2019 12:20 PM EDT

Selected editorials from Oregon newspapers: ___ Mail Tribune, July 14, on the state Legislature's failure to deliver fire aid: The 2019 legislative session will be remembered more for what it didn't accomplish than for what it did, thanks in large measure to the two walkouts staged by Senate Republicans to block...

Oregon passes law saying schools must teach the Holocaust

Jul. 15, 2019 7:27 PM EDT

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — Oregon public school students will be required to learn about the Holocaust and other genocides under a bill signed into law by Gov. Kate Brown on Monday, a measure that was in response to spikes in anti-Semitic incidents across the country. The law was introduced by 14-year old Claire...

Oregon GOP launches effort to recall Democratic Gov. Brown

Jul. 15, 2019 7:06 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — The chairman of the Oregon Republican Party has filed paperwork to launch a recall against Democratic Gov. Kate Brown, citing some of the laws passed in the 2019 legislative session. The Oregonian/OregonLive reports Chairman Bill Currier in the Monday filing also pointed to Brown's...

Editorials from around Oregon

Jul. 10, 2019 3:30 PM EDT

Selected editorials from Oregon newspapers: ___ Corvallis Gazette-Times, July 9, on nonunanimous jury verdicts: Even busy legislative sessions like the one that wrapped up last week leave a long list of unfinished business. One of the surprises in the closing days of the 2019 session was its failure to refer to...

Police staffing increased in presence of Oregon senator

Jul. 8, 2019 5:26 PM EDT

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — A Republican lawmaker who threatened the Senate president and Oregon State Police on the eve of a revolt by GOP senators over a climate-change bill must give notice before coming to the Capitol, where state troopers will beef up their presence, a Senate committee decided Monday. The...

Oregon senator, a war veteran, now under fire for threats

Jul. 5, 2019 4:39 PM EDT

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — An Oregon state senator who once worked in the world's hotspots as a contractor and soldier now finds himself under fire over threats he made during a Republican revolt over climate legislation. Sen. Brian Boquist, a veteran who served in Iraq, warned Senate President Peter Courtney that...

Oregon GOP finds ways to fight Democrats' grip on power

Jul. 3, 2019 7:00 PM EDT

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — When Democrats won a supermajority in the Oregon Legislature last November, it seemed they had a clear path ahead to combat global warming, enact gun control and pursue other liberal goals. Instead, it's been a bumpy road. Eight months after Democrats toasted their victories, they have...

Oregon Democrats learn limits of control after GOP walkout

Jul. 3, 2019 1:42 PM EDT

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — When Democrats won a supermajority in the Oregon Legislature last November, it seemed they had a clear path ahead to combat global warming, enact gun control and pursue other liberal goals. Instead, it's been a bumpy road. Eight months after Democrats toasted their victories, they have...

Oregon governor ready to take lead on divisive climate plan

Jul. 1, 2019 5:33 PM EDT

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — Oregon Gov. Kate Brown said Monday that she's ready to use her executive power to lower carbon emissions following a nine-day Republican walkout that derailed landmark climate legislation and embroiled the state in a political crisis pitting liberal cities against rural residents. The...