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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 Sent Foster Children With Disabilities Out Of State, Hearing Reveals

Tense hearing reveals more details about the Oregon's foster care children who have been sent out of state, including that several children sent away have intellectual or developmental disabilities.

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Gov. Kate Brown Issues Executive Order Aimed At Improving Child Welfare System

Gov. Kate Brown issued an executive order Thursday establishing a Child Welfare Oversight Board charged with improving the state’s beleaguered child welfare system. It will report directly to her. 

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Oregon Foster Care Children Of Color Disproportionately Sent Out Of State

The number of foster care children who are being sent to out-of-state private residential treatment facilities are disproportionately children of color.

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Advocacy Group Alleges Oregon's Foster Care System 'Revictimizes Children'

A national advocacy group filed a class-action lawsuit Tuesday against the Oregon Department of Human Services, alleging the agency revictimizes children in its foster care system and has failed to address documented problems for at least a decade.

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Oregon Lawmakers Want Answers On Out-Of-State Foster Care Kids

Oregon lawmakers want to know why the number of foster care children being sent out-of-state skyrocketed and how a 9-year-old could be sent to Montana for six months without a welfare check.  

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Halfway Home, Oregon Legislators Still Face Huge To-Do List

Roughly halfway through the 2019 Oregon legislative session, April 9 marked the last day most bills could either be moved out of committee or shelved for another year.

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Advocates Say Oregon Foster Child Abandoned, Drugged Out Of State

A 9-year-old Oregon girl in foster care sent to an out of state facility had been largely abandoned and sometimes drugged, advocates say.  The case illustrates the ongoing challenges Oregon has with finding appropriate places of care for vulnerable children.

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'OPB Politics Now:' Gun Bills And A New Secretary Of State

Security in the state Capitol was extra tight this week as lawmakers considered whether to expand the state’s gun control laws.

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Effort Underway To Bring Out-Of-State Foster Kids Home To Oregon

There is an effort underway to bring back home some of Oregon’s foster care children who are placed in out-of-state facilities.

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Oregon Lawmakers Consider Paid Family Medical Leave

Oregon lawmakers are considering a bill that would create a statewide family and medical leave insurance fund.

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'OPB Politics Now:' Oregon’s Troubled Foster Care System

In this episode of "OPB Politics Now," we take a closer look at what’s plaguing the state’s child welfare system.

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What Oregon Can Learn From Tennessee's Child Welfare Approach

The Oregon child welfare system is in crisis. But now there's some optimism that a shift in mentality — and resources — could help alleviate some of the state’s troubles. Tennessee offers hope. 

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Oregon Legislature To Pay $1.1 Million In Damages To Victims Of Harassment

The Oregon Legislature will pay more than $1.1 million in damages to eight women who were sexually harassed at the state Capitol as part of a settlement agreement with the state’s Bureau of Labor and Industries.

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Oregon Senate President Courtney Takes Medical Leave Amid Scrutiny

Oregon Senate President Peter Courtney is taking a medical leave of absence from the Legislature at a time when he’s under increasing scrutiny for how he handled claims of sexual harassment.

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Oregon Democratic Chair To Lawmakers: Do What's Needed To End Harassment

The chair of the Oregon Democratic Party urged members of the Oregon state Senate on Monday to “take whatever steps are necessary” to show they are committed to eradicating harassment at the state Capitol.

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Rent Control Is Now The Law In Oregon

Gov. Kate Brown has signed rent control and a limit on no cause evictions into law. 

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Oregon Passes 1st-In-Nation Statewide Rent Control

The Oregon House voted 35-25 Tuesday to make Oregon the first state in the nation to adopt statewide rent control and make it harder for landlords to evict tenants without a reason. The law takes effect as soon as the governor signs it.

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Former Oregon Legislative Interns File Suit Alleging Sexual Harassment

The former interns filed a civil lawsuit in Marion County Circuit Court Tuesday saying they were subject to sexual harassment while working for Kruse. Their suit claims legislative leaders failed to protect them.

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Effort Underway To Lower Voting Age In Oregon To 16

There is an effort underway in Salem to change Oregon's legal voting age from 18 to 16 years old.