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Oregon House Speaker Says Tolls May Be Needed On All Of Portland's Freeways


Oregon House Speaker Tina Kotek said Friday that the state needs to move more aggressively to implement tolls on the region’s entire freeway network if they are going to pay for widening projects on Interstate 5.

'OPB Politics Now': A 2020 Legislative Session Preview


Oregon lawmakers will convene February 3, 2020 for this year's legislative session.

US Court Dismisses Suit By Youths Over Climate Change


An Oregon-based youth advocacy group named Our Children's Trust and Earth Guardians filed a lawsuit in 2015 on behalf of the youngsters, seeking an injunction ordering the government to implement a plan to phase out fossil fuel emissions and draw down atmospheric carbon dioxide emission.

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Reporters Challenge New Restrictions In Trying To Cover Senate Impeachment Trial

Authorities are cracking down on the places correspondents may go, with whom they may talk and for how long. News outlets don't want to go along.

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Multnomah County Commission Appoints Replacement For Rep. Jennifer Williamson's House Seat

Multnomah County commissioners unanimously voted to appoint Akasha Lawrence-Spence as their replacement for former state Rep. Jennifer Williamson, D-Portland, who resigned in December to run for Oregon secretary of state.

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Former Multnomah County Commissioner Loretta Smith Joins Race For Portland City Council

Smith is one of six to notify the city’s election office of plans to run for the position left open by the late Portland City Commissioner Nick Fish.

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Judge Finds Oregon Secretary Of State Improperly Rejected Ballot Measures

The two measures would force Oregon to transition to emissions-free electricity. They are now free to proceed. 

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AG Sues To Stop Trump Administration From Ending Food Assistance For 21K Oregonians

Oregon is joining 14 states in suing the Trump administration over its decision to eliminate food assistance for nearly 700,000 Americans. More than 21,000 Oregonians could lose their benefits on April 1.

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Oregon Refugee Agencies Supported By Federal Judge's Ban Of Trump Order

Refugee support agencies in Oregon can breathe more easily after a federal judge in Maryland blocked President Trump’s executive order requiring state and local leaders to “opt into” resettlement, on Wednesday.

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Rose Quarter Freeway Project Faces Big Debate Over Design, Cost Of Highway Covers

A new state transportation report calls for quick action on figuring out what kind of caps should go over a proposed Interstate 5 expansion project in downtown Portland. Critics say it's more important to get the design right than to rush things.

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Former Portland Mayor Sam Adams Seeks Comeback Against Chloe Eudaly

Former Portland Mayor Sam Adams wants a political comeback, and he's challenging Commissioner Chloe Eudaly. 

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Oregon Legislature Once Again Discusses Safe Firearms Storage

The House and Senate Judiciary Committees met in a joint session Wednesday and discussed legislation requiring gun owners to secure their firearms when not in use.

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New Burdens On The Horizon For Portland's Public Campaign Financing Program

The director of the city’s Open and Accountable Election program, Susan Mottet, said she’ll likely have to lower the match rate if she’s not granted more funding from the city.