Dirk VanderHart covers Oregon politics and government for OPB. Before barging onto the radio in 2018, he spent more than a decade as a newspaper reporter—much of that time reporting on city government for the Portland Mercury. He’s also had stints covering chicanery in Southwest Missouri, the wilds of Ohio in Ohio, and all things Texas on Capitol Hill.
Dirk’s byline has appeared in USA Today, The New York Times, The Houston Chronicle, The Columbus Dispatch, The Oregonian, and more. He’s got a journalism degree from Michigan State University.
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The effort was a test of fledgling political group Timber Unity's might. It's the third time opponents have failed to recall a Democrat this year.
The decision suggests Oregon Secretary of State Bev Clarno has wide latitude in deciding whether proposed measures pass constitutional muster. Opponents vowed to appeal.
The announcement frees up Bentz to campaign full time, but leaves Senate Republicans without their climate change expert.
Sen. Jeff Golden, D-Ashland, says his proposal eliminates undue influence in politics, but the idea will face plenty of critiques.
In recent weeks, policy makers have floated an array of ideas for a new bill to regulate Oregon's greenhouse gas emissions. The bill is likely to include concessions to opponents.
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Legislators from Washington and Oregon are getting a crash course in the scuttled "Columbia River Crossing" project — and thinking of what they might do differently this time around.
Oregon’s only Republican in Congress announced he’s retiring next year.
Documents reveal that Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler asked for more than 100 National Guard troops to be ready to respond to an Aug. 17 rally. Gov. Kate Brown shot down the idea within hours.
The decision could mark the end of three decades of public service and should set off a dog fight for Oregon's only reliably Republican district.
The top three Democrats vying for the state’s second-highest office are all planning their own proposals for limiting money.
Oregon Secretary of State Bev Clarno ruled that the proposal did not meet constitutional requirements.
In this week's grab bag episode of "OPB Politics Now," OPB news director Anna Griffin and OPB political reporters Jeff Mapes and Dirk VanderHart discuss a newsy week in Portland-area politics.
With the addition of Rep. Jennifer Williamson, the Oregon secretary of state field now includes three Democrats who can run a viable campaign.
Oregon GOP chair Bill Currier said the effort came up just short, and he vowed to try again in coming months.
Despite interest around the state, it's unclear whether either campaign can clear the high bar for forcing a recall election.
Public employee unions have historically been one of the reasons Democrats enjoy a stranglehold on Oregon politics. But that might be changing.