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Decision not to redo death penalty law met with anger, joy

Sep. 19, 2019 7:24 PM EDT

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — Republican lawmakers were left fuming and justice reform advocates elated after Oregon's governor decided against calling a special session of the Legislature to have lawmakers review a new law narrowing death penalty cases. Despite assurances by Democratic lawmakers during the 2019...

Oregon Governor: No special session on death-penalty law

Sep. 18, 2019 9:05 PM EDT

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — Oregon Gov. Kate Brown says she will not call a special session of the Legislature because of questions raised about whether a new law which narrows death penalty cases is retroactive. Brown said Wednesday that while it's clear there's a misunderstanding regarding the intent of the words...

Governor's lawyer declines court nod amid uproar

Sep. 17, 2019 9:07 PM EDT

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — Oregon Gov. Kate Brown's general counsel declined an appointment to the Court of Appeals after the state's public records advocate accused him of unethical behavior, a situation Brown said she deeply regretted and took responsibility for on Tuesday. Public Records Advocate Ginger McCall...

Resignation of Oregon public records advocate stirs doubts

Sep. 12, 2019 5:38 PM EDT

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — Oregon Gov. Kate Brown came to office pledging greater government transparency, and in 2017 pushed the Legislature to create a first-ever public records advocate. Now, the abrupt resignation of advocate Ginger McCall, who accused Brown's general counsel of undue influence and unethical...

Public records panel to meet Friday over transparency role

Sep. 12, 2019 10:10 AM EDT

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — Oregon's public records advisory panel will hold in a special meeting Friday to discuss ways to bolster its independence from the office of Gov. Kate Brown. The Oregonian/OregonLive reports the council will meet by phone at 3:30 p.m. and the state's public records czar, Ginger McCall,...

Editorials form around Oregon

Sep. 11, 2019 11:18 AM EDT

Selected editorials from Oregon newspapers: ___ The Oregonian/OregonLive, Sept. 11, on Oregon Public Records advocate Ginger McCall's resignation: Even for those familiar with the lack of transparency from Oregon Gov. Kate Brown's administration, the circumstances leading up to the sudden resignation by Oregon...

Official wants independence for new Oregon transparency role

Sep. 10, 2019 9:16 PM EDT

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — An Oregon official who is resigning her job aimed at making government more transparent is urging her successors to defend the independence of the new office in the face of attempted influence by the governor's office. Public Records Advocate Ginger McCall, who announced her resignation...

Oregon public records advocate quits, citing interference

Sep. 9, 2019 10:04 PM EDT

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — Oregon's first public records advocate announced her resignation Monday, saying Gov. Kate Brown's office abused its authority and wanted her to secretly work for the governor while giving the impression she was working in the public interest. Ginger McCall said when she accepted the...

Oregon under pressure to provide services for at-needs kids

Sep. 6, 2019 6:52 PM EDT

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — Children with intellectual and developmental disabilities being attacked and locked up in isolation. This is what some kids from Oregon were subjected to after being sent to out-of-state facilities because of a lack of services in their home state. They're coming back, and now the state...

Editorials from around Oregon

Sep. 4, 2019 5:37 PM EDT

Selected editorials from Oregon newspapers: ___ The Albany Democrat-Herald, Sept. 4, on natural disaster preparedness: September is National Preparedness Month, and it's not as if you need to look too far to find a poster child for the occasion. This week, look no further than the Bahamas, devastated by the...