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Oregon is one of only five U.S. states that place no limits on how much money a person can give to state political campaigns. Our comic explains how Measure 107 would allow that to change.
Oregon could become the first state to decriminalize drug offenses.
Democratic incumbent Jeff Merkley tries to keep his seat against Jo Rae Perkins, an Albany activist and QAnon supporter.
Two state senators who have at times represented the edge of their political party — one leaning further left than some of her colleagues, the other an unwavering conservative — are vying for a powerful statewide position that is considered best run from the middle, in a nonpartisan fashion.
The person in charge of Oregon’s treasury has a finger on every tax dollar that comes into state coffers. Their decisions can dictate how cheaply Oregon is able to borrow money, and therefore how efficiently those tax dollars are spent on major projects. And they help chart the course for around $100 billion in investments that play a major role in addressing Oregon’s ongoing pension crisis.
The state attorney general runs the Oregon Department of Justice, which is primarily responsible for advocating for and defending the state in court as well as enforcing state laws.
After nearly 22 years as Oregon’s 2nd Congressional District representative, Republican Greg Walden is retiring from Congress. That leaves a race without an incumbent this year for the massive district that covers more than half the state. Democrat Alex Spenser and Republican Cliff Bentz are the leading candidates for the seat.
Voters in Oregon’s 4th Congressional District haven’t sent a Republican to Congress since 1972. But the current race between incumbent Rep. Peter DeFazio, D-Springfield, and GOP challenger Alek Skarlatos is drawing national attention to a degree not recently seen in the district.
Portland metro area races
Amid protests, COVID-19 and a racial reckoning, Portland’s incumbent seeks to become the first second-term mayor in a generation.
After facing budget cuts last year, the Portland Parks and Recreation Bureau's financial situation has only worsened due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Multnomah County wants to raise taxes on wealthier households to create preschool for all children.
While the proposal to scrap the city’s system of police oversight and replace it with a new body faces little in the way of formal opposition, the measure has its fair share of skeptics who warn it will face significant legal challenges if approved.
Metro, a three-county Portland area regional government, is asking voters to fund transportation-focused programs over the next 15 years. If passed, the measure would place a tax of up to 0.75% on the payrolls of certain employers in the Portland metro area starting in 2022.
Jay Inslee is seeking a rare third term. Loren Culp is a first-time candidate. And that’s just the beginning. Washington's race for governor is a study in stark contrasts.
Carolyn Long and Jaime Herrera Beutler face off again on Nov. 3. The rematch had inspired outside media and political watchdogs to speculate if southwest Washington, the GOP’s last territory on the western seaboard, may flip.
Washington’s secretary of state race is a hot one. Democrats see an opportunity to end nearly 60 years of GOP control of the office. Republicans are fighting to hold the office in a tough election year.