California School Bond Backers Have Some Selling To Do, Poll Shows

Nov 25, 2019

California voters have resoundingly approved tens of billions of dollars in state school construction bonds over the last two decades. But a new survey suggests that voters have yet to similarly warm up to the latest and heftiest proposal to come before them.


The next scheduled Oregon legislative session is months away.  But committees do some work between sessions, including committees considering how to reform Oregon's campaign finance laws, which place very few limits on contributions or contributors. 

Most other states have some restrictions, and Senator Jeff Golden (D-Ashland) is determined that Oregon join them.  The Senate Campaign Finance Committee he chairs recently met to discuss the framework of a bill. 

For decades, Ken Medenbach has been driven by his belief that the federal government cannot own land.

It’s a notion that’s gotten him arrested repeatedly when he built homes on government property. In 2016, it led Medenbach to Oregon’s Malheur National Wildlife Refuge, which he and others occupied for more than a month.

But today, with the federal government still controlling vast amounts of property in Oregon, Medenbach has another idea: He’s running for Congress.

The Oregon Liquor Control Commission Thursday banned vitamin E acetate from inhaled cannabis products.

Public health investigators with the U.S. Centers for Disease Control have identified vitamin E acetate as the potential ingredient causing the national outbreak of vaping-related illnesses.

Forty-two people, including two in Oregon, have died from the illness, according to a news release from the OLCC.

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New data from the Oregon Department of Education shows the number of K-12 students experiencing homelessness in the state grew by about two percent last year. But homelessness looks different between rural and urban areas.

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Half a dozen industrial fans hum inside a football field-size warehouse in White City. Lined up on the ground in neat rows are 500 white plastic bags, each three-foot by three-foot. The bags are full of hemp.

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Richard V. Spencer has been terminated as secretary of the Navy after his handling of the case of a Navy SEAL accused of war crimes came under rebuke by the defense secretary.

"Secretary of Defense Mark T. Esper has asked for the resignation of Secretary of the Navy Richard Spencer after losing trust and confidence in him regarding his lack of candor over conversations with the White House involving the handling of Navy SEAL Eddie Gallagher," the Defense Department said in a statement on Sunday.

‘The California Price’: Why It Costs So Much To Build A Home In The Golden State

Nov 24, 2019
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The sound of electric saws slicing through plywood pierces the air in the Twelve Bridges neighborhood in Lincoln, a suburb outside Sacramento where new single-family homes are rising. Despite the progress, Mike Wyatt, like many housing developers in this state, is frustrated. 

U.S. District Court Judge Michael Simon heard arguments Friday afternoon in downtown Portland about whether to continue to prevent a Trump administration rule that would require immigrants to have health care from going into effect.

A recent ruling by the Oregon Supreme Court has banned a controversial policing practice: No longer can officers use a broken taillight or a failure to signal as a justification for scouting a driver’s car for illegal guns or drugs.

The ruling instructs officers to stick to questions “reasonably related” to the reason the driver was pulled over, effectively ending law enforcement’s ability to turn a routine traffic stop into a fishing expedition for a more serious offense.

U.S. Attorney General William Barr criticized Oregon’s new court rules that block federal immigration agents from making arrests at or near courthouses unless officers have a judicial warrant. The Nov. 21 letter was also signed by Department of Homeland Security Acting Secretary Chad Wolf and warned Washington state’s supreme court chief justice about adopting similar rules.

Molly Tuttle's facility on acoustic guitar is already well-known, but on her recently released debut album When You're Ready (Compass Records), she also displays her songwriting skills. She sat down with Eric Teel to talk about her upbringing in a musical home, her practice routine, and her recent haul of awards.

Republican Senators, White House Map Out Impeachment Trial

Nov 22, 2019

As the House appears to wrap up the investigative phase of its impeachment inquiry, a group of Senate Republicans met Thursday with White House officials, including counsel Pat Cipollone, to map out how a potential trial on articles of impeachment of President Trump could play out in the upper chamber.

During an extended phone interview with Fox & Friends on Friday morning, the president said he would like Rep. Adam Schiff, the chair of the House Intelligence Committee, to be called as a witness.

"Frankly, I want a trial," he said.


Drivers of cars that use little or no gasoline can smile as they drive past gas pumps.  But in Oregon as of January 1, 2020, the smile may slump come time to renew a vehicle registration. 

Because another set of fees clicks into place with the new year, designed to increase the revenue for Oregon's transportation system.  And since high-MPG (miles per gallon) cars don't buy much gas or pay gas taxes, their registrations will be more expensive. 

But registration fees will be somewhat lower for people enrolled in the pay-by-mile OReGO program

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One major outcome of the Oregon Governor's Council on Wildfire Response was a number: four billion.  That's the amount of money estimated to do all the work to make Oregon's forests more fire resistant, less prone to catastrophic fires. 

It's a big number, but still less than the estimates of damage if Oregon has more large and destructive fires.

State officials are worried about a possible mess at Pacific Northwest airports and driver licensing offices. Next October, the Transportation Security Administration will stop accepting regular Washington and Oregon driver licenses to pass through airport screening checkpoints.

The California Restaurant Association filed suit against the city of Berkeley Thursday alleging that its recently approved ban on the use of natural gas in newly constructed buildings will have "uniquely negative impacts" on the culinary community.

The marathon of testimony in Democrats' impeachment inquiry this week confirmed that the Ukraine affair, like so many earlier subplots in the era of President Trump, boils down to two big questions:

What do the president's words mean? Can the president do what he did?

The answers to those questions have been a partisan inkblot test since Trump exploded onto the political scene, and now they are burning again as House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and House Democrats decide how they'll move ahead in a showdown over impeachment.

The blunt-force killing of a juvenile bobcat last month after it entered a Eugene school prompted enough controversy to trigger a legislative hearing Wednesday at the Capitol in Salem.

The hour-long “fact-finding hearing,” as it was labeled, saw legislators question veterinarians, animal advocates and officials with Oregon State Police and the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife.

The Oregon Senate Republican who complained Democrats created a hostile workplace in the state Legislature has withdrawn his complaints.

In a letter, Sen. Alan Olsen, R-Canby, wrote he continues to believe referring to someone as a "terrorist" creates a harmful work environment, but nonetheless he was withdrawing the complaints lodged.