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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Brown brokered a deal between union officials and large corporations. Justice officials say there's no evidence of criminality.
Dian Rubanoff strenuously denies allegations she gave interns incorrect advice about their ability to sue the Legislature over claims of sexual harassment.
Labor Commissioner Brad Avakian has accused legislative leaders of permitting a culture that downplays harassment and overlooks victims.
House Speaker Tina Kotek and others issued denials in response to a civil rights complaint accusing them of permitting sexual harassment.
The man who filed the election complaint against the governor and others last week says he didn't write it — and he won't say who did.
Attorneys say that access has resulted in positive outcomes for their clients.
It’s a new world for the powerful public employee unions in Oregon now that the U.S. Supreme Court has ruled states can’t require public employees to pay dues to unions that represent them in the workplace.
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The man who killed by exposure to the Substation Fire burning east of The Dalles died while trying to save a neighboring property, the Wasco County Sheriff's Office has confirmed.
The new Accountable Justice Action Fund bankrolled nearly $700,000 in spending for Washington County DA candidate Max Wall. It doesn't have to disclose its donors.
Initiative Petition 22 would scrap Oregon's longstanding protections for undocumented immigrants. Opponents have vowed to battle the measure.
After issuing a violation notice Monday, the city now says it's taking a "hands-off" approach to a fence encircling the Portland ICE building.
Oregon Republican Rep. Greg Walden says he’s applauding the presidential pardon of Dwight and Steven Hammond, whose sentencing was being protested by the 2016 Malheur occupation in Eastern Oregon.
Multnomah County voters passed the same changes in 2016, but their legality is unclear.
Govs. Kate Brown and Jay Inslee have joined with four other leaders in a stinging letter to the Trump administration.
Hayes owes sizable legal fees after a court fight with The Oregonian/OregonLive and could face steep ethics penalties.
The Oregon Health Authority issued the new temporary rules on Friday.
Federal agents Thursday morning arrested nine protesters involved in the occupation outside the Immigration and Customs Enforcement building in Southwest Portland.
The Oregon Supreme Court court declined to approve ballot language for the proposal, likely dooming supporters hopes of making history in the state.