Is Obamacare A Success? We Might Not Know For A While

Fans and foes want to know whether the Affordable Care Act is meeting its goals. But, for good reasons, there are no clear answers yet.

Former Councilman Challenging Deschutes County DA In May Race

OPB | March 18, 2014 6:12 a.m.

Two candidates are running for Deschutes County district attorney this spring. The incumbent is being challenged by a former member of the Bend City Council.

State Of The City: Hales Touts Renewal Reforms, Paving Streets, New Business

OPB | March 14, 2014 1:22 p.m.

In a half-hour speech, Hales touted his successes cutting the city budget and paying down debt, paving 83 miles of streets, and attracting businesses to Portland.

Polk County Sheriff: Deputies Will No Longer Respond to All Emergency Calls

OPB | March 01, 2014 1:10 p.m.

The sheriff in Polk County says he is cutting back on patrols due to the failure of a public safety levy last November. In Columbia County, if a levy fails in May, the jail could close.

Multnomah County Voter Notification Cards Contain Wrong Information

OPB | March 03, 2014 1:30 p.m.

About 3,200 Multnomah County voters will receive voter notification cards with some incorrect information.

Unions Agree To Drop Competing Ballot Measures

OPB | March 03, 2014 4:14 p.m.

Gov. John Kitzhaber announced Monday that the state's largest public employee unions and sponsors of right-to-work and dues check-off measures have agreed to formally withdraw 12 competing measures from the 2014 ballot measure process.

John Edwards Resumes Career As Trial Attorney

NPR | April 16, 2014 10:56 p.m.

The former U.S. senator and Democratic presidential hopeful is one of three attorneys representing a boy in a medical malpractice case in North Carolina.

Bloomberg Seeks To Alter Gun Debate With $50 Million, And Moms

NPR | April 16, 2014 3:54 p.m.

Former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg is committing more of his considerable fortune to getting gun safety laws passed. The initiative will support a grass-roots effort that seeks to enlist women.

Holy Bible Could Become Louisiana's Official Book

NPR | April 16, 2014 12:51 p.m.

Lawmakers have proposed a bill that would make the Bible the state's official book, but critics say it is unconstitutional and would open Louisiana up to legal challenges.

From Stick Figures To Portraits, Bush Frees His Inner Rembrandt

NPR | April 15, 2014 1:26 p.m.

Former President George W. Bush worked with many world leaders while in office. Now, he's unveiling 24 portraits he painted of some of them. The exhibit will be at his new presidential library.

Gingrich 2012 Campaign Still Owes $4.7 Million

NPR | April 15, 2014 12:13 p.m.

Topping the list of the former GOP presidential candidate's creditors is a air charter company called Moby Dick Airways. The second biggest creditor? Newt Gingrich himself.

In Connecticut, An Obama Campaign Replay

NPR | April 15, 2014 9:01 a.m.

Democratic Gov. Dannel Malloy is one of the nation's most vulnerable incumbents, thanks to a weak economy. He's hoping to eke out a win using policies and strategies favored by the president.

Backlash Over State Party's Progressive Agenda May Hobble Udall

NPR | April 15, 2014 8:35 a.m.

When Democrats took control of Colorado's statehouse, they pushed through gun control, civil unions and environmental bills. Then voters pushed back, and Sen. Mark Udall is feeling the fallout.

New IRS Commisioner Grapples With Tumult And Tax Code

NPR | April 14, 2014 3:42 p.m.

IRS Commissioner John Koskinen discusses the challenges of running the government's tax collection arm, in the face of sequestration cuts and congressional scrutiny.

A 'Roller Coaster' Year For Texas Town Rocked By Blast

NPR | April 14, 2014 3:42 p.m.

Some lawmakers say a deadly fertilizer plant explosion in West last year could be the state's best opportunity to pass needed safety measures. But it's going to be an uphill battle.

John Boehner Foe Targets 'Electile' Dysfunction

NPR | April 14, 2014 2:19 p.m.

A high school French teacher who's challenging Speaker John Boehner has come up with a novel campaign approach: an ad spoofing virility drug commercials.

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