Latest Peter Courtney News

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 Democrats aim to change quorum after GOP walkouts

Aug. 23, 2019 6:36 PM EDT

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — After two walkouts this year by minority Republican senators in the Oregon Legislature, Democrats said Friday they will ask voters to change quorum rules, allowing the statehouse to convene with only a simple majority of lawmakers present instead of the current two-thirds requirement....

Oregon will spend $9M on new Interstate Bridge project

Aug. 17, 2019 9:20 AM EDT

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Oregon will spend $9 million on a revived effort to replace the Interstate Bridge over the Columbia River, a decision officials say is intended to show the state's growing commitment to the project. The Oregonian/OregonLive reports top transportation decisionmakers approved a plan...

APNewsBreak: Oregon lawmaker's threats triggered fear

Aug. 1, 2019 1:25 PM EDT

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — An Oregon state senator's threats against the Senate president and the state police on the eve of a walkout by Senate Republicans in June sent a wave of fear through the Capitol. Some who work in the marbled, domed building wept, expressing fear of returning to the job, emails obtained...

Editorials from around Oregon

Jul. 31, 2019 1:04 PM EDT

Selected editorials from Oregon newspapers: ___ Mail Tribune, July 31, on public records ruling: A retired judge's ruling in a public-records case is certainly "confusing," in the words of a newspaper-industry lawyer, but then, so is the statute the judge ruled on. The Legislature should clarify it. At issue is...

GOP senator sues Democrats over fines, access to Capitol

Jul. 26, 2019 7:58 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — An Oregon Republican senator who boycotted the Capitol over a climate change bill has filed a lawsuit against a Democratic leader and other legislative officials. Earlier this month, a legislative committee voted to require Sen. Brian Boquist, of Dallas, to provide 12 hours' notice...

Senate leader Courtney says he's sticking around

Jul. 21, 2019 12:23 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Oregon Senate President Peter Courtney says he has no plans to step aside, despite a bruising legislative session that saw two walkouts by Republicans and criticism from some of his fellow majority Democrats about the Legislature's failure to pass a climate change bill and other...