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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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Oregon Lawmakers Hire Lawyer To Fight Sexual Harassment Complaint

Oregon lawmakers are preparing to defend themselves against accusations that they underplayed reports of sexual harassment at the state Capitol.

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After Bombshell Complaint, Capitol Officials Push Back

House Speaker Tina Kotek and others issued denials in response to a civil rights complaint accusing them of permitting sexual harassment.

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Buehler Lives In Bend, Deschutes County Clerk Says

The Deschutes County Clerk determined on Tuesday that Knute Buehler, the Republican candidate for governor, does live there despite an elections complaint to the contrary.


'OPB Politics Now': The Fight Over Oregon’s Unions

It’s a new world for the powerful public employee unions in Oregon now that the U.S. Supreme Court has ruled states can’t require public employees to pay dues to unions that represent them in the workplace.

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Democrats Raise Questions About Where GOP Candidate For Governor Lives

A day after a poll showed the governor’s race possibly tightening, the Democratic Party of Oregon asked the state to investigate whether Knute Buehler is violating the state Constitution.  

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Oregon State Senator Who Was Harassed Gives Ideas On How To Improve Policies

An Oregon state senator who was at the center of an investigation into unwanted touching weighed in on how the policies could be improved.

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Gov. Kate Brown Calls On Democrat Nathan Boddie To Withdraw Candidacy

Oregon Gov. Kate Brown and other leaders called on Nathan Boddie on Monday to step aside.

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Bend Legislative Candidate Accused Of Groping

More allegations against Democrat Nathan Boddie, who is vying for one of the most hotly contested seats in the Oregon Legislature.

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Politicians Of Color Often Face Uncertainty While Canvassing In Oregon

At a time when the nation is grappling with race and policing, politicians of color in Oregon say they are often faced with uncertainty while canvassing.

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Oregon Attorney General Considers Investigation Into Election Fraud

Oregon’s top attorney is considering whether to investigate if a crime was committed during the process of putting one of the more controversial initiatives on the November ballot.

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Democratic Battle Over Key Legislative Race In Bend Intensifies

An internal Democratic battle over one of the most coveted legislative seats in the state intensified on Wednesday.  

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Oregon Voters Could Decide To Make It Harder For Legislature To Raise Revenue

Oregon voters will likely have a chance this November to decide whether they want to make it harder for politicians to curtail current tax breaks and raise fees.

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Oregon House Democrats Pull Support For Bend Legislative Candidate

Oregon House Democrats’ chances of increasing their majority in the Oregon statehouse diminished after they pulled support for Democratic candidate Nathan Boddie on Monday.

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Oregon Politicians At All Levels Call For Immigrant Families To Be Reunited

The debate over the Trump administration’s practice of separating children from their parents has infiltrated politics at every level in Oregon.

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Backers Of Oregon Gun Storage Measure Call Off Effort — For Now

Backers of a proposal that would have required Oregonians to lock up their guns are shelving their effort for now.

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Sexual Harassment Policies Struggle To Protect Oregon Legislature's Staff

After a high-profile sexual misconduct case where a state senator resigned, legislative leaders asked the Oregon Law Commission to review policies to ensure the Capitol is a harassment-free workplace.

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'OPB Politics Now': Oregon’s Potential Ballot Fight Over Abortion

Of all the ballot fights Oregonians could expect later this year, abortion may be the most surprising.

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Oregon Governor Calls For Stronger Oversight Of Child Care Facilities

After Oregon failed to alert parents that their children were in imminent danger at a day care in Portland, Gov. Kate Brown called on the state to do a better job managing child care facilities.

Oregon Failed To Tell Parents This Portland Day Care Was Considered A Danger To Children

State regulators suspected trouble at a fancy home day care in Portland and shut it down. But it took days for parents to discover that the state considered their provider a danger to their children.

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To Pass An Unpopular Tax Break, Kate Brown Used Political Heft — And The Telephone

Gov. Kate Brown faced pushback from both sides of the aisle when it came to passing a business tax break, but the bill passed with relative ease and speed.