Q&A: What Will Democrats Do With Two Extra Seats In State Legislature?

OPB | Nov. 05, 2014

Democrats in the Oregon Legislature fared far better election night than their counterparts in Congress. The latest tally shows Democrats picking up one seat in the Oregon House and at least one seat in the Oregon Senate.

State Bond For Scholarships Fails, Local School Measures Mostly Pass

OPB | Nov. 05, 2014

Measure 86 lost by double digits. But 15 out of 18 local school measures passed.

Northwest Election Summary: Guns, Governors And Pot

NWNews | Nov. 05, 2014

The Republican capture of the U.S. Senate was the big national news last night. But in the Northwest, the toughest fights weren’t over Senate seats but ballot initiatives – on guns, pot and genetically engineered foods.

'No' Campaign Declares Victory In Genetically Engineered Foods Battle

OPB | Nov. 04, 2014

Oregon voters narrowly rejected a proposal to label genetically engineered foods in the state.

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Democrats Make Gains In Oregon Legislature

Northwest News Network | Nov. 5, 2014 5:11 p.m.

Democrats in the Oregon legislature fared far better in Tuesday's elections than their counterparts in Congress.

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Now That Pot’s Legal, Should Oregon End Medical Marijuana?

OPB | Nov. 5, 2014 8:45 p.m.

With the ushering in of legal recreational pot, what should happen to Oregon’s sprawling medical marijuana program, which has supplied Oregonians with pot for more than a decade?

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Ballot Counting To Continue Wednesday In Clark County Races

OPB | Nov. 4, 2014 11:45 p.m.

 More than 80,000 ballots have been counted in Clark County, Washington, but elections officials say as many as 40,000 ballots may still need to be tallied.

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Oregon Judges' Employment Measure Passes

OPB | Nov. 4, 2014 9 p.m. | Portland

Oregon voters have approved Measure 87, which allows state judges to serve with the Oregon National Guard or to teach at state universities.

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Measure 86 Defeated, Would Have Borrowed To Fund Secondary Education

OPB | Nov. 4, 2014 9 p.m. | Portland

A majority of Oregonians oppose Measure 86, which would have allowed the state to borrow money for a scholarship fund for Oregon students pursuing college or career training.

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Measure 89, Oregon Equal Rights Amendment, Wins Approval

OPB | Nov. 4, 2014 9 p.m. | Portland

Oregon voters have passed a ballot measure that would amend the Oregon Constitution to prohibit discrimination based on a person's sex.

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Oregon Incumbents Hold On To US House Seats

OPB | Nov. 4, 2014 9 p.m. | Portland

Oregon's Congressional delegation mostly competed in low profile races for the midterm election. Results released by the Oregon Secretary of State's Office show that all of the state's incumbent representatives held on to their seats.

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Voters Reject Measure 90's 'Top Two' Primaries

OPB | Nov. 4, 2014 8:45 p.m. | Portland

Oregon voters have rejected Measure 90, which would have created a nonpartisan primary for all candidates. The top two would have advanced to the general election, regardless of party.

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Voters Defeat Driver Cards For Undocumented Oregonians

OPB | Nov. 4, 2014 8:45 p.m. | Portland

Oregon voters have rejected Measure 88, a referendum on the state law that would have allowed driver cards for Oregonians who can't prove they’re in the country legally.

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Kitzhaber Reelected, Will Serve Fourth Term As Oregon Governor

OPB | Nov. 4, 2014 8:15 p.m. | Portland

Gov. John Kitzhaber has held on to his job, despite ethics complaints that dogged him during the final weeks of his reelection bid.

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Incumbent Sen. Jeff Merkley Defeats Monica Wehby In Oregon Race

OPB | Nov. 4, 2014 8:15 p.m. | Portland

Democratic Senator Jeff Merkley will continue to represent Oregon in Washington, D.C., for another term.

Elections | Nation

8 Obama Jokes That Stood Out From The White House Correspondents Dinner

NPR | April 26, 2015 12:30 a.m.

Every year, the president sits for a dinner with Washington reporters and delivers something of a stand-up routine. From his "bucket list" to Hillary Clinton, here's what he came up with this year.


With Tears And Thanks, Attorney General Eric Holder Says Goodbye

NPR | April 25, 2015 11:09 a.m.

In his final day on the job, Holder offered NPR some final reflections including recent criticism of weaponized drones and why he calls same-sex marriage the "civil rights struggle of our time."


Read Their Lips: No New Taxes. Pledge Season Is Officially Open.

NPR | April 25, 2015 11:04 a.m.

For more than a quarter century, Republicans have been asked to sign a pledge not to raise taxes. The first two presidential candidates this year have signed it, but there could be one big holdout.

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Pop-Up Podcast: Same-Sex Marriage And The Supreme Court

NPR | April 25, 2015 2:03 a.m.

As the Supreme Court prepares to hear arguments on same-sex marriage, NPR's legal and political correspondents break down the historic case.

Elections | Nation

Young Trafficking Victim's Story On NPR Leads To Senator's Amendment

NPR | April 24, 2015 3:55 p.m.

Hearing the NPR story of a young woman's struggle to wipe away her conviction on prostitution charges inspired New Hampshire Sen. Jeanne Shaheen to introduce legislation to help other victims.

Elections | Nation

As Governors Eye The White House, Home Takes A Back Seat

NPR | April 24, 2015 3:15 p.m.

Governing is messy, but slumping approval ratings for hopefuls like Scott Walker and Chris Christie likely won't have much impact on the presidential contest.

Elections | Nation

#TBT: With Year To Go In White House, First Lady Runs For Senate

NPR | April 24, 2015 12:57 p.m.

It was almost unthinkable at the time, but Hillary Clinton wouldn't be where she is today without taking the bold chance on running for a U.S. Senate seat in a state where she never lived.

Elections | Nation

Clinton Faces Bad Headlines And More Questions Of Scandal

NPR | April 24, 2015 10:52 a.m.

From questions surrounding the Clinton family foundation to a congressional investigation into Benghazi, Hillary Clinton's campaign is pushing back against allegations of scandal.

Elections | Nation

Has The Senate Found It's More Fun To Be Functional?

NPR | April 24, 2015 9:27 a.m.

If this Senate is getting some traction, it's not yet a threat to anyone's legislative hall of fame. Much higher hurdles loom, including highway funding, spending bills and the debt ceiling.

Elections | Nation

Senate Confirms Loretta Lynch For Attorney General

NPR | April 23, 2015 12:26 p.m.

On a mostly party-line vote, a handful of Republicans joined the chamber's Democrats to approve the long-delayed nomination to replace Eric Holder.

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