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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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.
The ongoing debate about sexual harassment was front and center in Salem Monday when lawmakers convened for the legislative session that begins next week.
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.
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.
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.
The Oregon Bureau of Labor and Industries says top lawmakers didn't curb sexual harassment they knew or should have known was occurring.
In June, Oregon Secretary of State Dennis Richardson announced he had brain cancer. Richardson has long been a fixture in Salem.
Legislators in Oregon and Washington promise to clean up their act next year when it comes to combating sexual harassment in their own ranks.
In the midst of the #MeToo movement, Oregon’s legislative leadership said they were committed to changing the culture of the statehouse in Salem.
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After a group of Washington lawmakers torpedoed the Columbia River Crossing project, it’s taken years to convince Oregon they are committed to replacing the bridge.
More than a year ago, claims of sexual harassment rocked the Oregon state Capitol. Some believe the culture hasn't improved. But for the past several months, a group has been working to change that.
Oregon's economy is buzzing. Unemployment rates are low. Yet, the state of Oregon is facing a budget shortfall.
Next year, Oregon lawmakers plan to take up gun control and climate change. And coincidentally, Washington voters just considered the same issues.
The House seat representing Central Oregon in the statehouse will remain in Republican hands.
Democratic Gov. Kate Brown has won another four years in office, her first full term as governor since taking over for John Kitzhaber.
OPB's politics team breaks down the wins and losses in the 2018 midterm election in this special episode of "OPB Politics Now."
Leading up to the final stretch of the election, Oregon’s gubernatorial candidates worked hard to make their final pitch to a key demographic group: college-educated, white suburban women.
The Independent Party of Oregon's candidate for governor, Patrick Starnes, withdrew from the race Tuesday and endorsed incumbent Kate Brown.