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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Oregon GOP chair Bill Currier said the effort came up just short, and he vowed to try again in coming months.
Despite interest around the state, it's unclear whether either campaign can clear the high bar for forcing a recall election.
Public employee unions have historically been one of the reasons Democrats enjoy a stranglehold on Oregon politics. But that might be changing.
Oregon labor groups are still upset over a vote on pensions. But as the 2020 election nears, are they truly willing to leave their favorite party in a lurch?
Of 43 open cases containing at least one count of aggravated murder, the state's only capital crime, the vast majority will now proceed under a reduced murder charge.
Oregon Gov. Kate Brown announced Wednesday she will not call a special session next week, after consensus failed to materialize around a bill to alter the death penalty.
Misha Isaak's appointment had received intense scrutiny after allegations he improperly pressured a state official.
Republicans in the Oregon House of Representatives have a new leader as they head into the 2020 election cycle. And nearly every staffer in the House Republican Office has reportedly tendered their resignations.
Sources say new lawmakers and one corporate lobbyist are working to force a leadership change in the Oregon House Republican Caucus.
Ginger McCall had been on the job for less than 18 months. She said she was pressured in her job by Gov. Kate Brown's office.
In a filing this week, the group accuses Rep. Tiffiny Mitchell, D-Astoria, of supporting policies that would kill jobs in her coastal district.
The governor and attorney general support it. Prosecutors are lobbying for it. But there's still uncertainty over whether lawmakers will come together to tweak the state's death penalty laws.
Sheriffs and officials around the Oregon say lawmakers ignored their true costs for supervising and treating offendors, warning of dire consequences.
The decision comes after revelations that a recently passed bill could impact decades-old murder cases.
Grassroots activists plotted for months to try to recall the governor. They didn't expect competition from the Republican Party.
On this week's show, we look at Oregon Gov. Kate Brown's continuing fundraising and explain why she's still collecting donations.