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As Cap-And-Trade Bill Moves Forward, Republicans Head For Exits

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With a committee vote Monday, Senate Bill 1530 crossed the threshold Republican senators have long warned would lead them to walk out. Now they have.

Scientists Gather In The PNW To Study Risks Of Microplastic Pollution

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The goal is to create a mathematical risk assessment for microplastic pollution in the region similar to predictions used to game out responses to major natural disasters such as earthquakes.

Separatist Group Seeks To Move Oregon Border To Create 'Greater Idaho'

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The Northwest's latest separatist cause to spark popular interest would move the Oregon and California borders to create "Greater Idaho," despite being practically infeasible.

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After The Nevada Caucuses, Bernie Sanders Is The Man To Beat

The Vermont senator won the most votes in Iowa. Now he's won New Hampshire and Nevada outright. That makes him the front-runner for the Democratic nomination.

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Federal Watchdog Criticizes Energy Dept. For Hanford Cleanup, Tunnel Collapse

A new watchdog report says the federal government hasn't done enough to prevent structural failures at the Hanford Nuclear Site's aging facilities.

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Bloomberg: 3 Women Who Made 'Complaints About Comments' Can Seek NDA Releases

The announcement comes two days after Mike Bloomberg faced tough questions about the issue in a Democratic debate.

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Washington Rep Accused Of Domestic Terrorism To Emcee Clark County GOP Event

The Clark County Republican Party has apparently tapped Rep. Matt Shea, a Washington Republican accused of domestic terrorism, to emcee an upcoming event.

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Oregon Metro Expected To Refer $250M Homeless Services Measure To May Ballot

Metro, the regional government for the Portland area, is expected to refer a measure to the May 2020 ballot that could raise $250 million for services to ease chronic homelessness.

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Portland Landlord Coalition Sues City, Alleging Landmark Rental Screening Rules Violate Rights

Just over a week before Portland’s landmark rental screening rules are slated to take effect, a coalition of landlords have hit the city with a federal lawsuit claiming the sweeping regulations violate their rights, making property owning in Portland so risky and confusing that some threaten to leave the business altogether.

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GOP Candidate Tim Eyman Concealed Campaign Contributions, Says Judge

A Thurston County judge has found that anti-tax activist and Republican candidate for governor Tim Eyman concealed more than $700,000 in campaign contributions related to his initiative work over a six-year period.

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'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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Nevada Caucuses 2020: Live Results And Analysis

The Democratic presidential primary has moved west for the Nevada caucuses. Follow live coverage on OPB.org.

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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.