Election 2018

JPR has gathered all our coverage of Election 2018 here, in one place. So, if you missed our stories about any of the candidates or ballot measures you'll be voting on, you can catch up, refresh your memory or delve a little deeper to make your final decision.

The Republican Governors Association is bullish on Knute Buehler.

In a state where a Republican hasn’t sat in the governor’s office since early 1987, the national political action committee is showing signs it might be willing to put down big money to help Buehler beat Democratic Gov. Kate Brown in November.


In emails to supporters, Gov. Kate Brown’s campaign has lambasted her Republican opponent for accepting “big checks.” But Brown just accepted a whopper.

According to her most recent campaign filing disclosures, Brown received a $500,000 contribution from Emily’s List on Aug. 10. The Washington, D.C-based political action committee supports candidates who are Democratic, pro-choice women. The PAC gave an additional $25,000 to Brown last year. 

UPDATE (Aug. 27, 4:10 p.m. PT)Nearly half of the sheriffs in Oregon have signed onto a letter asking voters to repeal the state's 30-year-old sanctuary law this fall.

The letter released Monday says the state's "statute undermines respect for law in significant ways."

Earlier this month, the chair of the Democratic Party of Oregon sent a personal email to a member of her own party, urging him to withdraw from a race for the Oregon House.

Jeanne Atkins started her note by recognizing Nathan Boddie’s passion for the issues that matter to Central Oregon. Then she told him he should realize he's no longer the best choice for Bend or the region.

For much of the summer, the race for Oregon governor has been marked by attack ads. Now, the campaign of Democratic Gov. Kate Brown says opponents have gone too far.

In a letter sent to Oregon television stations on Monday, an attorney for Brown says a recent ad by the group Priority Oregon broke the law by including an outright lie. Brown’s camp is demanding the stations cease airing the ad, though there’s no legal requirement they do so.

Gov. Kate Brown’s re-election campaign is the largest donor to a group called Defend Oregon’s Values, which is running TV ads attacking Republican challenger Knute Buehler.

Buehler Annouces Plan To Fight Homelessness

Aug 13, 2018

Republican gubernatorial candidate Knute Buehler outlined his vision Monday in Portland to get people without shelter off the streets. He said his plan would end unsheltered homelessness in Oregon in the next five years.

Standing in front of a fountain in Portland’s Old Town neighborhood, Buehler also said if elected he would hire a chief homeless solutions officer.

“After the election and before I’m sworn in, in December, I’ll convene a statewide summit to listen and gather the best ideas for solving this crisis," Buehler said.

Here Are The 12 Ballot Propositions On California’s November 2018 Election

Jul 1, 2018
Andrew Nixon / Capital Public Radio

Californians will vote on a dozen ballot measures this fall, a decline from the 17 that appeared during the last presidential election — but still a testament to the fact that “citizens love” the initiative process, according to one expert.

“Poll after poll shows that not only citizens support strongly the initiative process, but they believe they do a better job making policy then the Legislature and the governor,” said Wesley Hussey, an associate professor of political science at Sacramento State.


Grants Pass voters rejected a bond issue for two new middle schools and other physical plant upgrades in the May primary on Tuesday. 

Meanwhile, a bond issue that would have created new career and technical education (CTE) facilities in the Medford School District was losing in early returns.


Voters in two parts of Douglas County voted to form new library districts in Tuesday's election. 

Douglas County Measure 10-161 creates a new Lower Umpqua Library District centered around Reedsport, with  property taxes to fund library services.  Volunteers had kept the Reedsport library open for the last year.

Andrew Nixon / Capital Public Radio / Wikimedia Commons

When the six leading candidates for California governor debated Tuesday night in San Jose for what might be the only time in this final month before the June 5 primary election, their tactics illustrated each campaign’s strategy as the race enters a crucial stretch.

Ben Adler/Capital Public Radio

California Republicans gathered in San Diego this weekend for their state convention, as the party prepares to defend at least seven congressional seats in the November midterm elections.

Congressional incumbents and candidates walked a fine line between voicing support for President Donald Trump, who is deeply unpopular in California, and trying to keep the focus of their campaigns on other issues.

For four straight elections, Oregon U.S. Representative Peter DeFazio (D-Springfield) has faced Republican Art Robinson in the general election for the 4th Congressional District. 

That could change this November, because Robinson faces several opponents in the primary election next week (May 15th; ballots went out in late April). 

Curry County Commissioner Court Boice also is making a bid for a move to Washington, along with Jo Rae Perkins of Albany, Michael Polen of Grants Pass, and Stefan Strek of Pleasant Hill. 

The fourth district is big, running from the California state line up to the Mid-Willamette Valley, and including the whole South Coast. 

Oregon Voter's Pamphlet

The occupant of the Oregon State Senate District 3 seat will change this fall, for the second time in a little more than two years.

Alan Bates died in office in the late summer of 2016; Alan DeBoer won the special election for a two-year term but opted not to run again.

A flock of candidates from both parties filed for the open seat. Today we visit with the two Republicans filed, Curt Ankerberg and Jessica Gomez

Oregon Voter's Pamphlet

The occupant of the Oregon State Senate District 3 seat will change this fall, for the second time in a little more than two years. 

Alan Bates died in office in the late summer of 2016; Alan DeBoer won the special election for a two-year term but opted not to run again.  A flock of candidates from both parties filed for the open seat. 

Today we visit with Democrats Julian Bell, Athena Goldberg, Jeff Golden, and Kevin Stine

Oregon Blue Book

Oregon's Second Congressional District demonstrates the enthusiasm for politics abroad in the land this year. 

Where a total of four candidates filed to run for the seat in 2016, more than ten have entered their names in 2018. 

We visit with the seven Democrats hoping to face incumbent Greg Walden in November: Eric Burnette, Michael Byrne, Jim Crary, Raz Mason, Jamie McLeod-Skinner, Jennifer Neahring, and Tim White

Oregon Blue Book

Oregon's May 15th primary is coming up fast.  Voter registration closes on Tuesday, April 24th, and ballots go out the end of the same week. 

We begin our interviews with candidates in key primary races with the Republicans challenging Greg Walden for the nomination for Congress, District 2, in Oregon. 

Paul Romero, Jr. and Randy Pollock have both filed to run against Walden, and both have agreed to join us for a joint interview. 

Liam Moriarty/JPR News

Oregon’s sprawling Second Congressional District is the size of Missouri and encompasses roughly the eastern two-thirds of the state. Greg Walden -- the only Republican in Oregon’s delegation -- has represented the district since 1999, and has routinely been re-elected by huge majorities.

This year, seven Democrats are competing for the chance to unseat Walden in the fall.