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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

'OPB Politics Now': Special Legislative Session Nixed, Rose Quarter Project Moves Forward

The Oregon legislature will not come back for a special session to deal with COVID-19 — at least not yet.

local | News | Politics | Health | Nation | Business

Governor: Oregon Companies Want To Make Protective Gear But Are Stymied By Federal Regulations

Last week, public health officials in Oregon warned they only had a two week supply of protective gear left.

NW Life | local | News | Health | Nation | Family | World

Emergency Hospital Being Set Up In Salem

Gov. Kate Brown is setting up 250 emergency hospital beds at the state fairground in Salem, in the latest measure to prepare for an increase in the number of people stricken with COVID-19.

Health | News | local

Gov. Kate Brown Restricts Visitors At All Nursing and Residential Care Facilities

Gov. Kate Brown announced on Tuesday she is restricting visitors at all nursing and residential care facilities, adult foster homes and group homes for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities in her latest efforts to stem the spread of coronavirus.

Nation | Health | News | local

Oregon Orders All Restaurants And Bars To Restrict Access, And Bans Groups Larger Than 25

Oregon Gov. Kate Brown announced Monday she is banning seated dining at the state’s bars and restaurants and banning gatherings of more than 25 people.

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Washington Gov. Closes Bars, Restaurants As Oregon Gov. Brown Considers Similar Measure

Gov. Kate Brown is weighing closing bars and restaurants, but stopped short on a call with reporters Sunday night from announcing a closure.

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Oregon Leaders Say Coronavirus Means Major Economic Problems

Workers and businesses will both need help to prevent a serious economic downturn, Oregon state leaders say.

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Gov. Brown Orders All Oregon Schools To Close

Gov. Kate Brown has announced that all K-12 schools in the state of Oregon will be closed Monday through the end of March.

Election | local | Politics | News

2020 Political Races Come Into Focus After Oregon Filing Deadline

Tuesday was the deadline for people seeking seats in the Oregon Legislature. Here are the highlights.

local | Politics | News | Climate change

He Led 3 Republican Walkouts. Now He's Calling It Quits.

The top Republican in the Oregon Senate, who led his colleagues on three walkouts to protest a plan to fight climate change, won't seek re-election.

Environment | News | local | Politics

Oregon Republicans Will Return To Capitol Sunday Even Though Session Is Over

In the upcoming months, both Republicans and Democrats will be jockeying to control the narrative about the walkout before the upcoming 2020 elections.

Politics | News

'OPB Politics Now': A Legislative Failure

The Oregon Legislature ended its 2020 session this week in a complete failure after Republicans walked out.

local | Politics | News

Oregon's 2020 Legislative Session Ends With Little To Show After Republican Walkout

The 2020 Oregon legislative session is effectively over, with very little show after an acrimonious dispute between lawmakers.  

local | Politics | News

Impasse In Salem Continues As Mandatory Adjournment Nears

The impasse between Oregon's Democrats and Republicans over a sweeping climate change bill continued Monday, stretching into the sixth day in the Senate and the fifth day in the House, and threatened to derail the rest of the legislative session.

Health | Politics | News | local | Climate change | Economy | Business | Environment

With Oregon Republicans' Walkout Ongoing, New Routines Are Forming In The Capitol

At this point in a legislative session, lawmakers would normally be finalizing state budgets and starting to prepare for adjournment. Instead, mornings in the Capitol have a new ritual.

Politics | News

'OPB Politics Now': A Legislative Session On The Brink Of Collapse

Oregon Republican legislators from both the House and Senate walked off the job this week in protest of a major climate bill.

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State Sen. Shemia Fagan Enters Oregon Secretary Of State Race

State Sen. Shemia Fagan, D-Portland, is entering the Democratic primary for Oregon secretary of state, after her friend and former House Majority Leader Jennifer Williamson dropped out of the race.

Sustainability | Politics | Transportation | local | Energy | Climate change | News

No Sign Of Compromise As Oregon Republican Boycott Grows

Oregon Republican representatives walked away from the Capitol a day after GOP state senators took the same step.

News | Politics | local | Energy | Business | Environment

'OPB Politics Now': Cap And Trade Creeps Forward Amid A Looming Walkout

The Oregon Legislature crept closer to a vote on a controversial plan to fight climate change this week.  

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With Oregon Republicans Ready To Walk Out, Gov. Brown Tries To Bargain

GOP state senators could flee the Capitol next week to block a climate bill. Oregon Gov. Kate Brown has been trying to keep them in the building.