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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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'OPB Politics Now:' Republicans Walk Out, Again

Senate Republicans staged another walkout in the Oregon Legislature this week. And things quickly turned tense.

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Oregon House Approves Paid Family Medical Leave

Oregon lawmakers approved a bill on Thursday that would create a statewide family and medical leave insurance fund.

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Oregon House Approves Sending A Cigarette Tax Hike To Voters

Oregon lawmakers in the House approved a measure on Thursday that could end up raising taxes on cigarettes.

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Gov. Kate Brown Prepares For Special Legislative Session, Republicans Threaten Walk Out

Oregon Gov. Kate Brown is calling a special legislative session for the first week of July.

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Oregon Senate Republicans Signal They Might Walk Out, Again

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.

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Oregon Lawmakers Move To Create An Equity Office To Curb Harassment

More than a year after allegations of sexual misconduct rocked the Oregon Legislature, lawmakers are overhauling their rules and creating a new equity office.

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Oregon Lawmakers Consider Paid Family Medical Leave

In the remaining weeks of the legislative session, Oregon Democratic lawmakers hope to pass a paid-leave bill to allow Oregon workers 12 weeks of paid family leave. 

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'OPB Politics Now:' It’s Legislative Pop Quiz Time

The Oregon Legislature is headed into its final weeks, and there is too much happening to fit into one podcast.

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Oregon Passes Permanent Daylight Saving Measure, Bill Goes To Governor

Oregon lawmakers approved a measure on Thursday that could allow the state to adopt daylight saving time year-round.

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Oregon's Child Welfare Problems Persist, Audit Shows

A scathing audit released more than a year ago found many problems within the Child Welfare system. Today, many of the same problems exist. 

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As Washington Pulls Foster Kids From Facility, Oregon Children Remain

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.   

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Bill To Stop Racially Motivated 911 Calls Passes Oregon Senate

A measure to prevent racially motivated calls to 911 passed the Oregon Senate on Monday.

Politics | local | News | Election

'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.

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2 Conservative Lawmakers Join Democrats To End Delay In House

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. 

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What's The Minority Party To Do? Oregon Republicans Find Ways To Delay

Republicans in the Oregon state Legislature are outnumbered. So, they've relied on arcane procedural moves to gain leverage. 

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As Oregon Touts Yoga At Out-Of-State Facility For Foster Youth, Utah Cites Mistreatment

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.

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Senate Democrats Appear To Give Up Gun Control, Vaccine Bills To Get GOP Back

Democratic leaders in the Oregon Senate have agreed to give up high-profile bills on gun control and vaccines in exchange for the end of a Republican walkout

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Republicans Have Left The Building, Now They Need To Figure Out How To Come Back

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.

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'OPB Politics Now:' Republicans Walked Out, But Now What?

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? 

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Oregon Republicans Signal What Might Bring Them Back To Senate

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.