Scott Kalama helps Louie Pitt fill out a census form online in Warm Springs, March 12, 2020. 

Scott Kalama helps Louie Pitt fill out a census form online in Warm Springs, March 12, 2020. 

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  • Before the novel coronavirus outbreak was declared a pandemic, the big story in Oregon legislative politics was the walkout by state Republicans to prevent Democrats from passing a cap-and-trade bill. Without a quorum, Democratic lawmakers were not able to pass the bill and the 2020 session ended. In response, Gov. Kate Brown issued a 14-page executive order that directs sweeping changes to mitigate climate change. Angus Duncan, who heads the state’s Global Warming Commission, breaks down exactly what’s in the order, the changes it mandates, and how Oregonians will be affected.

 

  

  • The 2020 census is underway, but the coronavirus pandemic has delayed or canceled some training and field operations. That could make historically undercounted communities even harder to count. Esperanza Tervalon-Garrett, campaign manager for We Count Oregon, tells us about the campaign’s outreach efforts during the pandemic.

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