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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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Oregon Sending Foster Children To Facilities Accused Of Abuse

Oregon Child Welfare officials are knowingly sending foster care youth to out-of-state facilities where investigators have reported allegations of abuse. 

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Oregon Senators Pass 1st-In-Nation Statewide Rent Control

The Oregon Senate voted 17-11 Tuesday to make Oregon the first state in the nation to adopt statewide rent control. The bill, which goes to the House next, also makes no-cause evictions harder.

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Oregon State Senator Blames Tobacco Taxes For Eric Garner's Death

An Oregon state senator blamed the death of a black man choked by police officers in New York City on high tobacco taxes Thursday in an effort to convince his fellow lawmakers not to increase cigarette taxes.

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Sexual Harassment Training In Salem Upsetting And Offensive

Sexual harassment, and how to prevent it in the future, has been a hot topic in Salem over the past year and a half. But at a recent harassment training, the trainer joked about "snitches (getting) stitches" and left staffers feeling offended and disheartened. 

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Oregon Ships Foster Care Children To Other States — And The Number Is Growing

Oregon doesn't have enough placements for foster care children. So, the state is shipping some of the most vulnerable across state lines. And the number has jumped in recent years. 

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Lawmakers Gear Up To Make Oregon The 1st With Statewide Rent Control

Oregon appears poised to pass first-in-the-nation, statewide rent control legislation.

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Racist Slurs Yelled At Portland High School Basketball Team

When state Sen. Lew Frederick heard the story of racist slurs being yelled at a high school basketball girls team from Portland recently, he wasn’t surprised.

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Oregon Legislators Offer Grim Picture Of Public Schools, And Big Recommendations

A legislative report unveiled Thursday details a grim picture of Oregon's public schools.

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Oregon Legislature Kicks Off Work To Curb Campaign Spending

Gov. Kate Brown, who was part of the state’s most expensive governor’s race, told lawmakers on Wednesday that it’s time to curb the amount of political money spent in the state.

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Oregon Legislative Preview: Democrats In Charge With Ambitious Agenda

The 2019 session of the Oregon Legislature kicks off Jan. 22. With Gov. Kate Brown's re-election and new supermajorities in both chambers, Democrats will bring an ambitious agenda to the Capitol.

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'OPB Politics Now': Oregon Legislative Preview

The Oregon Legislature takes up a jam-packed agenda when it gets underway next week. We’ll give you a quick rundown of the major issues.

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Gov. Kate Brown Demands Big Educational And Environmental Changes

For the first time in her tenure, Gov. Kate Brown has a full four-year term stretching ahead of her — and the State of the State address she gave Monday reflected an ambitious agenda from raising billions to stabilize the state’s public schools to curbing carbon emissions.

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Oregon Capitol Harassment Problem 'Starts And Stops With Us,' House Speaker Tells Lawmakers

The ongoing debate about sexual harassment was front and center in Salem Monday when lawmakers convened for the legislative session that begins next week.

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The Fight To Push The Oregon Senate To The Left Begins

Newly elected Oregon lawmakers are hoping to join the more progressive members of the Democratic caucus and push the more moderate Senate to the left.

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Oregon Speaker Says Harassment Report 'Disturbing' But Incomplete

Oregon House Speaker Tina Kotek conceded on Friday that the labor department's investigation into sexual harassment at the state Legislature offers a troubling picture, but she called into question the report’s completeness.

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'OPB Politics Now': New Era In City Hall, Hostile Environment At Capitol

It’s a new era at Portland City Hall as Commissioner Jo An Hardesty replaces Dan Saltzman, one of the longest-serving city officials ever.

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Investigation: Harassment Made Oregon's Capitol A Hostile Workplace

The Oregon Bureau of Labor and Industries says top lawmakers didn't curb sexual harassment they knew or should have known was occurring. 

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'OPB Politics Now:' The Right To Privacy Vs. The Public’s Right To Know

In June, Oregon Secretary of State Dennis Richardson announced he had brain cancer. Richardson has long been a fixture in Salem.

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'OPB Politics Now:' Combating Sexual Harassment In Oregon, Washington Legislatures

Legislators in Oregon and Washington promise to clean up their act next year when it comes to combating sexual harassment in their own ranks.  

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Hearing At Capitol Shows How Difficult Changing Salem's Culture Will Be

In the midst of the #MeToo movement, Oregon’s legislative leadership said they were committed to changing the culture of the statehouse in Salem.