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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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2nd Utah Facility Housing Oregon Foster Youth To Close

A second Utah facility where Oregon sends foster care children is shutting down. Three Oregon youth live at the Mount Pleasant Academy and will be transferred to other facilities.

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Utah Facility Housing Oregon Foster Youth To Close After Reports Of Abuse

Red Rock Canyon School, a Utah treatment facility where Oregon placed foster youth, is closing amid reports of abuse.

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Triumphs And Bruising Battles Made Oregon’s 2019 Legislative Session One For The Books

2019 saw one of the most dramatic and impactful legislative sessions anyone in the Capitol can recall — one marked by stark extremes.

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OPB Politics Now: The Wild, Weird 2019 Oregon Legislature

On a special episode of OPB Politics Now, we’ll look at how the 2019 legislature has changed life for Oregonians. 

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As Republicans Return, Oregon Senate Moves At Blistering Pace

Nine of the Oregon Senate's 12 Republicans showed up to the chamber floor for the first time in 10 days with more than 100 bills on the docket.

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Does Oregon Republican Walkout Mean The End For Peter Courtney's Tenure?

Peter Courtney is the longest-serving Senate president in Oregon history. But does the Republican walkout signal the end of his tenure?

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Oregon Republicans' Return Uncertain After Cap And Trade's Apparent Demise

In a speech Tuesday, Senate President Peter Courtney, D-Salem, said Oregon House Bill 2020 does not have enough votes to pass. 

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Fate Of Climate Bill In Question As Oregon Senate Standoff Continues

Rumors abound that the state's signature proposal for reducing greenhouse gas emissions could be in trouble.

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'OPB Politics Now:' Republicans Walk Out, Again

Senate Republicans staged another walkout in the Oregon Legislature this week. And things quickly turned tense.

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Oregon House Approves Paid Family Medical Leave

Oregon lawmakers approved a bill on Thursday that would create a statewide family and medical leave insurance fund.

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Oregon House Approves Sending A Cigarette Tax Hike To Voters

Oregon lawmakers in the House approved a measure on Thursday that could end up raising taxes on cigarettes.

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Gov. Kate Brown Prepares For Special Legislative Session, Republicans Threaten Walk Out

Oregon Gov. Kate Brown is calling a special legislative session for the first week of July.

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Oregon Senate Republicans Signal They Might Walk Out, Again

With a vote on a controversial climate bill looming, Oregon Senate Republicans are threatening to once again leave the building in an effort to prevent Democrats from passing the legislation.

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Oregon Lawmakers Move To Create An Equity Office To Curb Harassment

More than a year after allegations of sexual misconduct rocked the Oregon Legislature, lawmakers are overhauling their rules and creating a new equity office.

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Oregon Lawmakers Consider Paid Family Medical Leave

In the remaining weeks of the legislative session, Oregon Democratic lawmakers hope to pass a paid-leave bill to allow Oregon workers 12 weeks of paid family leave. 

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'OPB Politics Now:' It’s Legislative Pop Quiz Time

The Oregon Legislature is headed into its final weeks, and there is too much happening to fit into one podcast.

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Oregon Passes Permanent Daylight Saving Measure, Bill Goes To Governor

Oregon lawmakers approved a measure on Thursday that could allow the state to adopt daylight saving time year-round.

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Oregon's Child Welfare Problems Persist, Audit Shows

A scathing audit released more than a year ago found many problems within the Child Welfare system. Today, many of the same problems exist. 

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As Washington Pulls Foster Kids From Facility, Oregon Children Remain

Washington state has removed all their foster youth from a for-profit facility in St. George, Utah after becoming concerned for the children’s safety. Oregon still has kids there.   

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Bill To Stop Racially Motivated 911 Calls Passes Oregon Senate

A measure to prevent racially motivated calls to 911 passed the Oregon Senate on Monday.