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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It's the second suit attacking "fair-share" payments in Oregon this year. And it comes days before an expected ruling by the U.S. Supreme Court.
The agency said it would resume operations "once security concerns have been addressed." Protesters have camped outside since Sunday.
Oregon Sen. Brian Boquist filed a lawsuit Tuesday in state tax court. He says Democrats illegally passed a bill earlier this year.
State Sen. Betsy Johnson and Rep. Brad Witt say they're surprised anyone still cares about the 2016 endorsement.
A group of protesters has camped outside of an ICE outpost in Portland, blocking cars and drawing support.
Supporters of the proposal had been bracing for weeks of delay. Instead, the court ruled they can begin collecting signatures immediately.
The initiative likely won't have time to collect 88,000 valid signatures. Supporters are planning an announcement next week.
Of all the ballot fights Oregonians could expect later this year, abortion may be the most surprising.
Josephine County officials have suffered a setback in an ongoing effort to crack down on cannabis grows in the county — but a far weightier fight is still in play.
The Multnomah County District Attorney's Office released grand jury transcripts Monday into the shooting death of John Elifritz, a man killed by police at a Portland homeless shelter in April.
The anti-tax proposal is likely to make November's ballot. Some believe its impact would be felt far beyond the grocery aisle.
Richardson revealed he has a small brain tumor via an online newsletter. He says he's optimistic.
Walters will take the reins of Oregon's highest court in July.
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A drinking water advisory in Salem could be lifted this weekend. Rumblings of the chaos the warning caused will linger.
Oregon National Guard troops will bring large water tanks to Salem. The attorney general plans to investigate reports of price-gouging for bottled water.
Sen. Brian Boquist had asked the Oregon Government Ethics Commission to opine on whether Governor Kate Brown called the session as an election stunt.
Nearly 700 pages of documents from an internal Police Review Board review show John Elifritz sustained nine gunshot wounds and had sliced his own neck.