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Lauren Dake

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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Recent Articles

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State Senator Says Culture At The Oregon Capitol Hasn't Improved

More than a year ago, claims of sexual harassment rocked the Oregon state Capitol. Some believe the culture hasn't improved. But for the past several months, a group has been working to change that. 


'OPB Politics Now:' Kate Brown’s $23.6 Billion Budget And A Looming Tax Hike

Oregon's economy is buzzing. Unemployment rates are low. Yet, the state of Oregon is facing a budget shortfall.

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Kate Brown’s Chance To Make Her Mark On Oregon

Before 8 p.m. Tuesday, the conversation was about whether Kate Brown has a vision. Now, the question is what kind of legacy she might be able to craft as Oregon governor.


'OPB Politics Now:' Learning From Washington About Gun Control And A Carbon Tax

Next year, Oregon lawmakers plan to take up gun control and climate change. And coincidentally, Washington voters just considered the same issues.

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Republican Cheri Helt Wins Oregon House District 54 Race

The House seat representing Central Oregon in the statehouse will remain in Republican hands.

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Oregon Re-Elects Gov. Kate Brown; Knute Buehler Concedes

Democratic Gov. Kate Brown has won another four years in office, her first full term as governor since taking over for John Kitzhaber.

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'OPB Politics Now': It's Election Night, And We Have Winners

OPB's politics team breaks down the wins and losses in the 2018 midterm election in this special episode of "OPB Politics Now."

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Oregon Governor Candidates Make Final Plea — Aimed At White Suburban Women

Leading up to the final stretch of the election, Oregon’s gubernatorial candidates worked hard to make their final pitch to a key demographic group: college-educated, white suburban women.

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Independent Party Candidate Drops Bid For Oregon Governor, Backs Brown

The Independent Party of Oregon's candidate for governor, Patrick Starnes, withdrew from the race Tuesday and endorsed incumbent Kate Brown.

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Gov. Kate Brown Dinged On Transparency

Less than two weeks out from election night and locked in a tight battle with her GOP rival Knute Buehler, the Democratic governor is taking two hits on transparency in a single day. 

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Where They Stand: Oregon's Gubernatorial Candidates On Education

Where Gov. Kate Brown and her GOP opponent Rep. Knute Buehler differ is how they suggest paying for the ambitious school reforms they are proposing.

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Oregon Republicans Ask For Ethics Investigation Into Brown Campaign

The Oregon Republican Party filed a complaint with the Oregon Government Ethics Commission on Wednesday, asking them to investigate whether Gov. Kate Brown used public funds for campaign purposes. 

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Where They Stand: Oregon's Gubernatorial Candidates On Housing, Homelessness

For years, it was local cities and counties that tackled housing issues. But now, the situation is so severe that for the first time in recent memory, one of the central debates in the gubernatorial race is how to fix the growing housing and homelessness emergency.

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Campaign Cash Reports Show Races For Oregon Governor, Ballot Measures Chugging Along

Gov. Kate Brown and Rep. Knute Buehler have raised more than $20 million combined, and backers of a ballot measure on grocery taxes are spending heavily.

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Oregon Gubernatorial Candidates Field Questions From High School Students

Knute Buehler attempted to make the first gubernatorial debate with Gov. Kate Brown a referendum on her leadership, but the format — fielding questions from high school students — made such a confrontation difficult.

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Can Gov. Kate Brown Sell Oregonians On Her Vision For The State?

In a state where Democrats outnumber Republicans and a year in which many strategists expect a blue wave of progressive wins, the race between Brown and her GOP opponent is considered competitive

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Oregon House Candidate Who Made False Claim Quits Key Race

Amanda La Bell, the Working Families Party candidate in the hotly-contested race to represent Bend in the Oregon House, is dropping out.

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'OPB Politics Now': The Politics Of Wildfire

Fires are getting bigger, fire season is lasting longer and it turns out the way we’ve been fighting fires for much of the last century was wrong.

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'OPB Politics Now': The Intersection Of Star Power, Sports And Politics

OPB news director Anna Griffin and political reporters Lauren Dake and Dirk VanderHart explore the tricky intersection of sports, celebrity and politics on this week’s episode of OPB Politics Now.

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International Hero Vies To Add Douglas County Commissioner To Resume

The power of celebrity has been proven in national and even statewide politics: Think former actor Ronald Reagan, comedian Al Franken and, more recently, "Sex and the City" star Cynthia Nixon. But can a celebrity win local office in Oregon?