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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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'OPB Politics Now': Oregon Legislative Preview

The Oregon Legislature takes up a jam-packed agenda when it gets underway next week. We’ll give you a quick rundown of the major issues.

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Gov. Kate Brown Demands Big Educational And Environmental Changes

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.

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Oregon Capitol Harassment Problem 'Starts And Stops With Us,' House Speaker Tells Lawmakers

The ongoing debate about sexual harassment was front and center in Salem Monday when lawmakers convened for the legislative session that begins next week.

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The Fight To Push The Oregon Senate To The Left Begins

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.

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Oregon Speaker Says Harassment Report 'Disturbing' But Incomplete

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.

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'OPB Politics Now': New Era In City Hall, Hostile Environment At Capitol

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.

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Investigation: Harassment Made Oregon's Capitol A Hostile Workplace

The Oregon Bureau of Labor and Industries says top lawmakers didn't curb sexual harassment they knew or should have known was occurring. 

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'OPB Politics Now:' The Right To Privacy Vs. The Public’s Right To Know

In June, Oregon Secretary of State Dennis Richardson announced he had brain cancer. Richardson has long been a fixture in Salem.

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'OPB Politics Now:' Combating Sexual Harassment In Oregon, Washington Legislatures

Legislators in Oregon and Washington promise to clean up their act next year when it comes to combating sexual harassment in their own ranks.  

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Hearing At Capitol Shows How Difficult Changing Salem's Culture Will Be

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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'Convince Us If You're For Real': Lawmakers Reopen I-5 Bridge Talks

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.

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State Senator Says Culture At The Oregon Capitol Hasn't Improved

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. 


'OPB Politics Now:' Kate Brown’s $23.6 Billion Budget And A Looming Tax Hike

Oregon's economy is buzzing. Unemployment rates are low. Yet, the state of Oregon is facing a budget shortfall.

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Kate Brown’s Chance To Make Her Mark On Oregon

Before 8 p.m. Tuesday, the conversation was about whether Kate Brown has a vision. Now, the question is what kind of legacy she might be able to craft as Oregon governor.


'OPB Politics Now:' Learning From Washington About Gun Control And A Carbon Tax

Next year, Oregon lawmakers plan to take up gun control and climate change. And coincidentally, Washington voters just considered the same issues.

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Republican Cheri Helt Wins Oregon House District 54 Race

The House seat representing Central Oregon in the statehouse will remain in Republican hands.

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Oregon Re-Elects Gov. Kate Brown; Knute Buehler Concedes

Democratic Gov. Kate Brown has won another four years in office, her first full term as governor since taking over for John Kitzhaber.

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'OPB Politics Now': It's Election Night, And We Have Winners

OPB's politics team breaks down the wins and losses in the 2018 midterm election in this special episode of "OPB Politics Now."

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Oregon Governor Candidates Make Final Plea — Aimed At White Suburban Women

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.

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Independent Party Candidate Drops Bid For Oregon Governor, Backs Brown

The Independent Party of Oregon's candidate for governor, Patrick Starnes, withdrew from the race Tuesday and endorsed incumbent Kate Brown.