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Oregon state Senate President Peter Courtney pauses after declaring in the state Senate on Tuesday, Feb. 25, 2021, that amid a boycott by Republican senators, not enough lawmakers were present to reach a quorum. The drastic move by Republicans in Oregon highlights how pitched the debate over how to respond to global warming is becoming, with the GOP saying leaving the Capitol was the only way to halt legislation they view as too extreme in a Legislature dominated by Democrats. Democrats warn that doing nothing at this point is too dangerous. In an interview with The Associated Press, Courtney, the longest-serving legislator in Oregon history, said he has not found a way out of the impasse and is broken hearted. (AP Photo/Andrew Selsky)

Oregon climate battle: GOP walkout reveals sharp divisions

Feb. 25, 2020 5:53 PM EST

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — A rebellion by GOP politicians in liberal Oregon intensified Tuesday when Republican members of the House joined their Senate counterparts in a walkout, freezing legislation on climate change, wildfire mitigation, homeless assistance and a landmark compromise between the timber industry...

Gov. Kate Brown of Oregon denounces a walkout by Republicans in the state Senate that prevented a quorum on Monday, Feb. 24, 2020 in Salem, Ore. Republican lawmakers are trying to doom a contentious climate change bill. Brown said the Republicans are not against the climate policy but are against the Democratic process. (AP Photo/Andrew Selsky)

GOP lawmakers walk out after Oregon climate bill advances

Feb. 24, 2020 5:23 PM EST

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — Republican senators slipped out of the Oregon State Capitol on Monday, preventing the state Senate from convening in an attempt to doom a bill aimed at stemming global warming. The walkout was a repeat of action the GOP took last year to kill similar climate change legislation, a...

Connecticut Gov. Ned Lamont delivers the State of the State during opening session at the State Capitol, Wednesday, Feb. 5, 2020, in Hartford, Conn. (AP Photo/Jessica Hill)

States step up funding for Planned Parenthood clinics

Feb. 21, 2020 8:51 AM EST

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Severalstates have begun picking up the tab for family planning services at clinics run by Planned Parenthood, which last year quit a $260 million federal funding program over a Trump administration rule prohibiting clinics from referring women for abortions. States including New...

Oregon House GOP members refuse to appear for session

Feb. 18, 2020 9:58 PM EST

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — Most Republican lawmakers refused to attend a Tuesday night session of the Oregon House of Representatives amid a slowdown over anger at a sweeping bill on climate change. Earlier, Republican lawmakers, who are a minority in the House, insisted that bills coming to the floor be read in...

Oregon governor calls for breaching 4 Snake River dams

Feb. 15, 2020 5:30 PM EST

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — The governor of Oregon has come out in favor of removing four hydroelectric dams on the Snake River in Washington state, saying that is the best way to increase endangered salmon runs. Gov. Kate Brown, a Democrat, sent a letter to Washington’s Democratic Gov. Jay Inslee this week,...

Oregon state Sen. Jeff Golden speaks to demonstrators opposed to a plan to build a natural gas pipeline and marine export terminal in Oregon, at the Department of State Lands in Salem, Ore., Tuesday, Feb. 4, 2020. Golden said he expects the battle to go to the courts if the Trump administration tries to ram the project through despite denials of state permits. Demonstrators held signs depicting salmon, which environmentalists say are among fish species that would be impacted by the proposed 230-mile (370-kilometer) feeder pipeline and export terminal. (AP Photo/Andrew Selsky)

Trump appointees weigh plan to build pipeline in Oregon

Feb. 14, 2020 5:17 PM EST

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — Thursday was the day that a federal agency had been expected to make a decision on a proposed natural gas pipeline and marine export terminal in Oregon, and both opponents of the project and the Canadian energy company behind it awaited word from Washington. But Thursday came and went,...

Oregon Editorial Round-Up

Feb. 14, 2020 12:59 PM EST

From The Bulletin, Feb. 12, on how to donate to victims of the Umatilla County floods: The Umatilla River did not discriminate when it overflowed its banks last week in a near perfect storm of wind, rain and snow in Pendleton, surrounding towns and on the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation....

FILE - This undated file photo shows a large fir tree heading to the forest floor after it is cut by an unidentified logger in the Umpqua National Forest near Oakridge, Ore. Oregon Gov. Kate Brown on Monday, Feb. 10, 2020, unveiled an agreement between environmental groups and timber companies in Oregon, which have clashed for decades, for a road map for overhauling forest practice regulations. Brown, whose office brokered the memorandum of understanding, called it

Timber companies, environmentalists sign 'historic' pact

Feb. 10, 2020 7:53 PM EST

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — Environmental groups and timber companies in Oregon, which have clashed for decades, on Monday unveiled a road map for overhauling forest practice regulations, a step that Gov. Kate Brown called “historic.” The agreement came after the two sides quietly held meetings,...

In this Jan. 27, 2020, photo, Knute Buehler, a Republican candidate for a seat in the U.S. House of Representatives, poses for a photo during an interview with The Associated Press in Bend, Ore. In 2018, the Republican party's candidate for governor of Oregon painted himself as a centrist, criticized President Donald Trump's environmental stance and said he didn't want to be linked to divisive national figures. Buehler lost to incumbent Gov. Kate Brown. Now, Buehler is running for a seat in Congress in a district covering a conservative swath of Oregon, and has taken Trump into a tight embrace. (AP Photo/Andrew Selsky)

Oregon candidate, once a Trump critic, now embraces him

Feb. 8, 2020 10:39 AM EST

BEND, Ore. (AP) — In 2018, the Republican party's candidate for governor of Oregon painted himself as a centrist, criticized President Donald Trump's environmental stance and said he didn't want to be linked to divisive national figures. Knute Buehler lost to incumbent Gov. Kate Brown by almost 120,000...

FILE - In this Nov. 29, 2017 file photo, Seema Verma, administrator of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, speaks during a news conference in Newark, N.J.  Governors of both parties are warning that a little-noticed regulation proposed by the Trump administration could lead to big cuts in Medicaid, restricting their ability to pay for health care for low-income Americans. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez, File)

Governors warn Trump rule could lead to big Medicaid cuts

Feb. 6, 2020 6:54 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Governors of both major political parties are warning that a little-noticed regulation proposed by President Donald Trump's administration could lead to big cuts in Medicaid, reducing access to health care for low-income Americans. The arcane fiscal accountability rule proposed by the...