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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Of all the ballot fights Oregonians could expect later this year, abortion may be the most surprising.
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.
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.
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.
The Oregon Legislature approved expanding a tax break for small businesses on Monday afternoon, despite many lawmakers expressing misgivings.
The Independent Party of Oregon nomination remains undecided.
The governor has called a special session on May 21 in hopes of passing a tax break for roughly 12,000 businesses.
There’s a record number of women running for political posts this election cycle. Some are motivated by the federal political landscape, others by the Me Too movement.
Shemia Fagan ousted incumbent Sen. Rod Monroe in a competitive state Senate race dominated by housing issues.
Oregon’s primary election is days away, and candidates are making their final frantic pleas to voters.
House Democrats voted last year to cut a business tax break. Now they're being asked to expand it in a special session.
Oregon's primary election is a week and a half away, and some of the state’s most fascinating races are happening in Portland-area local government.
The state allegedly placed young children in a mold-ridden home that reeked of cat urine, with foster parents who physically and sexually abused the children.
Some lawmakers are quietly considering proposals on gun control and wider tax breaks for the special session. Oregon Gov. Kate Brown and other leaders have said that's unwelcome.
Ballots for the May 15th primary are arriving this week, and we’ve got you covered on the latest "OPB Politics Now" podcast.
What was once considered a "safe" seat is now in play, and the result could shift the balance in the Oregon Legislature and change state housing laws.
The former lawmaker tapped to champion the state’s business interests as the head of Oregon Business & Industry resigned Wednesday after being accused of making racially insensitive remarks.
State Rep. Dallas Heard was selected to replace Sen. Jeff Kruse in the state Senate. Kruse resigned after a pattern of “engaging in unwelcome physical contact toward females in the workplace.”
Security footage from inside the homeless shelter where a man was fatally shot by Portland police over the weekend could reveal more details of what happened moments before the man’s death.