Latest Oregon state government News

Oregon, Washington governors to talk Interstate Bridge

Nov. 16, 2019 12:28 PM EST

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — The governors of Oregon and Washington will meet Monday in Vancouver to show their commitment to restarting the long-discussed project to replace the Interstate Bridge. The Oregonian/OregonLive reports Govs. Kate Brown and Jay Inslee have both expressed interest in reviving the...

Oregon’s chief justice bars ICE from courthouse arrests

Nov. 14, 2019 8:13 PM EST

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — Seeking to halt federal agents from arresting people in courthouses for immigration violations, Oregon’s Supreme Court chief justice on Thursday prohibited civil arrests in state courthouses unless the arresting agency has a judicial arrest warrant. This sets up a potential...

High court hears ‘Climate change kids’ lawsuit arguments

Nov. 14, 2019 8:46 AM EST

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Lawyers for two young Oregonians who are suing the state over the effects of climate change argued their case Wednesday before the Oregon Supreme Court. The Oregonian/OregonLive reports 19-year-old Ollie Chernaik and 23-year-old Kelsey Juliana, both of Lane County, filed the case in...

Push to remove redistricting from Oregon Legislature

Nov. 13, 2019 10:53 AM EST

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — Oregon voters may be asked next year to take the redrawing of congressional and legislative boundaries out of the hands of elected politicians. Oregon Public Broadcasting reports a coalition that includes a variety of political and government watchdog groups on Tuesday said they are...

Timber interests propose pro-logging initiatives

Nov. 8, 2019 2:36 PM EST

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — A group of retired foresters backed by the timber industry filed three initiative petitions this week looking to counter what they say are "radical anti-forestry ballot initiatives being pursued by environmental extremists." The Oregonian/OregonLive reports the measures would give...

Prison nurse accused of starving inmate faces discipline

Nov. 7, 2019 5:47 PM EST

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — The Oregon State Board of Nursing has proposed suspending the license of a nurse practitioner accused of basically starving an inmate who collapsed and later won a $1.5 million settlement from the state. The Oregonian/OregonLive reports the agency plans to impose a 90-day suspension...

Air quality advisory over smoky conditions extended

Nov. 7, 2019 7:50 AM EST

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — The Oregon Department of Environmental Quality says smoky skies and stagnant air are expected to hang around in Oregon and southwest Washington for another week. The Oregonian/OregonLive reports the agency initially issued an air quality advisory Monday, but on Wednesday extended the...

McLeod-Skinner won't run again for 2nd District seat

Nov. 1, 2019 5:32 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Rep. Greg Walden's Democratic opponent in the 2018 election won't run for the seat again even though the Republican congressman has announced he won't seek reelection to a 12th term. Jamie McLeod-Skinner said Friday that after talking with others, she decided that the best way she can...

AG won't defend secretary of state over ballot measures

Oct. 31, 2019 4:15 PM EDT

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — Oregon Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum is refusing to defend Secretary of State Bev Clarno in litigation over Clarno's rejection of three proposed ballot initiatives to tighten state forestry laws. The Oregonian/OregonLive reports that Rosenblum also challenged Clarno's legal basis for...

Knute Buehler, others, consider congressional run

Oct. 29, 2019 6:29 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — A day after U.S. Rep. Greg Walden said he would not seek re-election, former state lawmaker and Republican gubernatorial candidate Knute Buehler announced on Twitter that he's considering seeking his party's nomination. The Oregonian/OregonLive reports at least two other Republicans...