Lauren Dake

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Lauren Dake is a political reporter and producer for Oregon Public Broadcasting.

Before OPB, Lauren spent nearly a decade working as a print reporter. She’s covered politics and rural issues in Oregon and Washington. She’s spent time in a maximum-security prison in Bogota, Colombia (for a story!) and sat in a sweat lodge on the Warm Springs Indian Reservation.

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Sen. Rob Wagner (D–OR) chairing the Oregon Senate Committee on Education during the first public hearing for Senate Bill 664 on Feb. 20, 2019.

Oregon Senate will have new leader for first time in about 20 years

On Friday night, Oregon state senators nominated Rob Wagner, of Lake Oswego, to serve as their next Senate president. The full Senate will vote on the nomination in January. Wagner was first appointed to the state Senate in 2018 and has recently served as caucus leader.


Tobias Read is Oregon's new treasurer.

Oregon’s treasurer wants $90B pension fund to drop fossil fuels

Oregon State Treasurer Tobias Read wants the state to stop investing in companies that contribute to global warming, divesting the state's pension fund from all fossil fuels and other carbon-producing companies by 2050. Read said the state’s pension fund would be able to do this while still protecting people’s retirement accounts and maximizing financial returns. The Oregon Public Employees Retirement Fund serves about 160,000 people and is currently valued at about 90 billion dollars.


Oregon Gov.-elect Tina Kotek promises to move swiftly to address homelessness crisis

Tina Kotek, the soon-to-be governor of Oregon, said she spoke to her two opponents, Republican Christine Drazan and Betsy Johnson, the unaffiliated candidate, on Thursday morning. “I let them know that I’ll focus on the problems all three of us agree need fixing,” Kotek said on Thursday at a Portland press conference.



Democrat Tina Kotek will be Oregon’s next governor

Kotek is the longest-serving House Speaker in Oregon history and will be Oregon’s first openly lesbian governor. She has promised a more proactive, but still compassionate, approach to homelessness and crime in Oregon, than her predecessor, Gov. Kate Brown.





Betsy Johnson: ‘I’m not going to surrender a place I love without one hell of a fight’

Betsy Johnson, the unaffiliated candidate for governor, is lagging in the polls behind Democrat Tina Kotek and Republican Christine Drazan. But she's not letting it stop her. “Sitting around watching Oregon in a death spiral, I have one last fight in me, and this is it,” Johnson said. “And I’m not going to surrender a place I love without one hell of a fight.”

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