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 Oregon legislature will not come back for a special session to deal with COVID-19 — at least not yet.
The order is among the strongest actions Brown has taken to limit economic consequences for those impacted by the ongoing public health crisis.
Oregon Gov. Kate Brown exhibited none of the symptoms state officials say they're prioritizing for limited public health lab testing. Her test came back negative.
A legislative committee in Oregon has recommended temporarily banning all evictions and foreclosures, increasing homeless shelters and more to address the coronavirus pandemic.
The decision mimics a move announced by the federal government last week.
Lawmakers stress that they must act quickly, but no one knows how much money the state will have to spend.
The order allows Oregonians to venture out for essential errands and for some exercise. It takes effect immediately.
Under the governor's order, residential evictions for nonpayment of rent will cease for 90 days.
An eviction freeze, no-interest loans, and to-go cocktails are on the table.
Oregon Gov. Kate Brown announced Monday she is banning seated dining at the state’s bars and restaurants and banning gatherings of more than 25 people.
In a five-page statement, the former emergency room doctor says Oregon must act more urgently for the expanding crisis.
Gov. Kate Brown's administration was certain it could handle the coronavirus — then the pandemic arrived.
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The executive order Gov. Kate Brown issued Tuesday contains similar provisions to a cap-and-trade bill that failed this month. But it adds more sweeping steps, too.
Republicans and Democrats unanimously supported funds for flood repairs and the coronavirus — but money aimed at climate change was different.