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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Gov. Kate Brown and challenger Knute Buehler agree on a lot. But they've clashed when it comes to expanding health care coverage.
In 2015, Buehler supported a bill that would have tightened Oregon's loose vaccination law.
Portland voters will make history next month, when they elect the city’s first-ever woman of color to the City Council — either Loretta Smith or Jo Ann Hardesty.
Gov. Kate Brown and state Rep. Knute Buehler touched on abortion, vaccines, and the death penalty for the first time in a debate. The candidates will not meet again before Nov. 6.
In their second meeting, the candidates were far more willing to go after the other's record and temperament.
Gov. Kate Brown and Rep. Knute Buehler have raised more than $20 million combined, and backers of a ballot measure on grocery taxes are spending heavily.
The Oregon state representative from Bend is presenting a strong challenge to Gov. Kate Brown in a year when Democrats are expected to surge across the nation.
The campaigns opposing Measures 103 and 104 are both affiliated with the union-backed group Our Oregon.
Changes to the federal tax code might mean taxpayers owe more to the State of Oregon than expected next year, officials say.
A new class-action lawsuit is the latest attempt by foes of public employee unions to reduce their political influence.
A “goodbye party” for departing Republican Oregon lawmakers drew scrutiny because of the inclusion of disgraced former Sen. Jeff Kruse among the honorees.
In a lawsuit filed in April, the county argued that Oregon's marijuana laws violate federal law, and should be scotched.
The former lead attorney for the Oregon Legislature filed the suit. The Independent Part of Oregon is considering joining in.
The GOP candidate for governor says he doesn't think local police should enforce immigration law. But he supports a ballot measure that would kill an existing statute that says they can't.
OPB news director Anna Griffin and political reporters Lauren Dake and Dirk VanderHart explore the tricky intersection of sports, celebrity and politics on this week’s episode of OPB Politics Now.
Portland officials say the city's controversial ordinance outlawing camping on public property isn't going anywhere.
A 35-page document filed Friday also seeks to rebuff claims that legislators allowed a culture of sexual harassment.
Southwest Washington’s teachers are on strike, and almost half of Oregon’s sheriff’s despise one of the country’s oldest sanctuary laws.