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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Major League Baseball might be coming to Portland. Tolling might be coming to Oregon freeways. And a day of reckoning might be coming to the state Legislature.
The state Legislature's and labor bureau have racked up hefty legal fees as they fight over sexual harassment at the Capitol — and costs are only climbing.
After losing repeatedly in court, the Oregon Legislature will cooperate with an investigation into sexual harassment at the Capitol.
Capitol officials face a Wednesday deadline to produce sensitive documents in an ongoing harassment investigation.
At their yearly summit, some of the state's largest business interests offered a new vision for solving Oregon's fiscal woes.
After being ordered to produce documents by Dec. 5, top Oregon lawmakers are asking a higher court for a reprieve from an investigation into sexual harassment at the Capitol.
Oregon's economy is buzzing. Unemployment rates are low. Yet, the state of Oregon is facing a budget shortfall.
Oregon Gov. Kate Brown's $23.6 billion spending plan proposes tax hikes for health care, thousands of new housing units and dedicated money to fight the federal government.
Rep. Carl Wilson says his depleted caucus isn't even a "speed bump" for dominant Democrats in the upcoming session. He's focused on winning seats in the 2020 election.
The suit is similar to cases filed in other states. It suggests unions have been breaking the law, in the wake of a landmark U.S. Supreme Court decision.
Lawmakers and other officials have refused to comply with subpoenas since August. A Multnomah County judge said Monday that's not legal.
The pair of Peter Courtney and Ginny Burdick has led the Senate caucus since 2015, but have seen recent rumblings of dissatisfaction.
Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler had perhaps the worst week of his tenure. Is the problem this particular mayor or Portland’s unique form of government?
According to a complaint filed last week, officials with the group Our Oregon said they found the box of ballots after election night had passed.
The two interns were harassed by former state Sen. Jeff Kruse. They've come forward publicly for the first time as part of an ongoing legal fight.
In its most pointed response to date, the Legislature says Labor Commissioner Brad Avakian's complaint against lawmakers is "reckless" and "improper."
Next year, Oregon lawmakers plan to take up gun control and climate change. And coincidentally, Washington voters just considered the same issues.