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 two measures would force Oregon to transition to emissions-free electricity. They are now free to proceed.
Despite changes to address Republican concerns, Sen. Herman Baertschiger Jr. says his outlook on a cap-and-trade proposal hasn't budged.
For the last decade, out-of-state law firms have played an increasing role in Oregon politics. It's paid off.
News | Environment | Politics | local
The latest proposal for regulating the state's greenhouse gas emissions has won over some skeptics — but risked support in other areas.
The proposal would aim to make it easier to site homeless shelters in cities around the state. Portland took a similar step in 2015.
Deputy Secretary of State Rich Vial would not discuss his reasons for leaving the office.
The suit is the latest escalation in a growing confrontation between Oregon's only statewide Republican official and environmental interests.
Chair Deborah Kafoury has signaled she wants to appoint a replacement who will not run for the Southwest Portland seat in this year's election.
This week brought two stunning changes to Oregon’s largest city: Police Chief Danielle Outlaw's departure and Portland Commissioner Nick Fish's death.
The Department of Justice typically defends state agencies. In this case, it is siding with groups who say Secretary of State Bev Clarno misunderstands Oregon law.
News | Transportation | local
Seventeen years after it was first proposed, the "Idaho stop" arrives in Oregon on New Years Day.
It's the latest twist in a saga that helped lead to an armed occupation at the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge.
This week we discuss the growing political fight to expand the Portland Rose Quarter area where there is chronic freeway congestion.
State Rep. Jennifer Williamson's early departure creates a vacancy in her deep-blue Portland district.
The race to replace U.S. Rep. Greg Walden, R-Oregon, got even more interesting this week as former gubernatorial candidate Knute Buehler jumped in.
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.