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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Sen. Floyd Prozanski said the Legislature should be convened to fix the bill. Rep. Jennifer Williamson said the bill is already working.
Demonstrations in downtown Portland were largely non-violent Saturday as the two opposing groups stayed mostly separated.
It feels like the Oregon legislative session just ended, but we are already seeing the fallout from some of the laws that passed.
Jamie McLeod-Skinner, a Democrat who ran for Rep. Greg Walden's congressional seat, is the first entrant in what could be a hotly contested race for an open statewide seat in Oregon.
Oregon lawmakers had sought to ensure a new law limiting capital punishment had no impact on old cases. A recent Washington County ruling suggests they failed.
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Oregon Gov. Kate Brown decided not to veto money for a dam project in Newport nor a bill easing ditch-clearing rules for irrigators.
Gov. Kate Brown on Friday signed a raft of bills aimed at making voting easier, and helping Oregonians understand who's funding political ads.
Senate Bill 1013 sharply reduces the crimes punishable by death in Oregon.
In order to force a recall election, the Oregon GOP needs to collect more than 280,000 valid signatures in three months.
After determining it could not dock Republicans' pay, Senate leadership is sending $3,500 invoices for a June walkout.
A newly released investigation found many of Mazen Malik's claims of discrimination unfounded. Legislative committees will take the matter up this month.
The findings by a Senate conduct committee Monday are an interim step while an investigation into remarks by Boquist plays out.
2019 saw one of the most dramatic and impactful legislative sessions anyone in the Capitol can recall — one marked by stark extremes.
On a special episode of OPB Politics Now, we’ll look at how the 2019 legislature has changed life for Oregonians.
Democrats wound up passing many of their top priorities in 2019, but relationships in the Capitol suffered.
Democratic state senators have asked that Sen. Brian Boquist, R-Dallas, stay off the Senate floor. He said Sunday he is not a threat.
A complaint against Sen. Brian Boquist, R-Dallas, will be considered by the Oregon Senate's conduct committee in coming weeks.
Nine of the Oregon Senate's 12 Republicans showed up to the chamber floor for the first time in 10 days with more than 100 bills on the docket.