Reporter And Producer
Lauren Dake is a political reporter and producer for Oregon Public Broadcasting.
Before OPB, Lauren spent nearly a decade working as a print reporter. She’s covered politics and rural issues in Oregon and Washington. She’s spent time in a maximum-security prison in Bogota, Colombia (for a story!) and sat in a sweat lodge on the Warm Springs Indian Reservation.
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Oregon lawmakers in the House approved a measure on Thursday that could end up raising taxes on cigarettes.
Oregon Gov. Kate Brown is calling a special legislative session for the first week of July.
With a vote on a controversial climate bill looming, Oregon Senate Republicans are threatening to once again leave the building in an effort to prevent Democrats from passing the legislation.
More than a year after allegations of sexual misconduct rocked the Oregon Legislature, lawmakers are overhauling their rules and creating a new equity office.
The Oregon Legislature is headed into its final weeks, and there is too much happening to fit into one podcast.
Oregon lawmakers approved a measure on Thursday that could allow the state to adopt daylight saving time year-round.
A scathing audit released more than a year ago found many problems within the Child Welfare system. Today, many of the same problems exist.
Washington state has removed all their foster youth from a for-profit facility in St. George, Utah after becoming concerned for the children’s safety. Oregon still has kids there.
A measure to prevent racially motivated calls to 911 passed the Oregon Senate on Monday.
'OPB Politics Now:' The Cost Of Changing Election Campaign Finance Limits And Remembering Jackie Winters
This week at the Oregon Legislature, lawmakers started work on campaign finance limits that don’t go quite as far as you might expect. And they mourned one of their own.
For nearly a month now, Republicans have relied on a provision in the Constitution requiring that all bills be read in their entirety before final passage. That changed Wednesday.
Republicans in the Oregon state Legislature are outnumbered. So, they've relied on arcane procedural moves to gain leverage.
A report from Oregon Child Welfare officials paints a rather rosy picture of a facility in Utah where most of Oregon’s out-of-state foster youth are housed. That impression of Red Rock Canyon School in St. George, Utah, stands in stark contrast to a much more damning picture revealed in an account from Utah’s Department of Human Services.
Republicans must now navigate how to gracefully return to the Oregon Capitol while ensuring their walkout accomplishes something, at least in the eyes of voters.
On this week's episode, we look at the Republican walkout at the Oregon Capitol. Who wins, who loses and how does it all end?
Oregon Senate Republicans who have left the state Capitol — and possibly the state — to prevent a vote on a multibillion-dollar business tax have released a list of demands to Democrats.