Oregon’s new secretary of state plans to publish monthly databases with information about campaign finance scofflaws.
State ethics watchdogs have launched a full investigation into former Secretary of State Shemia Fagan’s conduct while in office, including her $10,000-per-month consulting gig for marijuana entrepreneurs and whether she accurately reported her income and expenses to the state.
The latest town hall for Washington County residents to meet with Oregon’s junior Senator Jeff Merkley (D-Oregon) will be held in Hillsboro Saturday, July 15 at 1 p.m.
Gov. Tina Kotek tapped LaVonne Griffin-Valade, a longtime government auditor in the Portland area, to become Oregon’s next secretary of state, an appointment that marks the end of a tumultuous chapter for the office following the resignation of Secretary of State Shemia Fagan in early May amid a moonlighting scandal.
Suzanne Weber, representing Banks, Timber, Buxton, Manning, and the North Coast and Columbia County, will not be eligible to run again for her seat in 2026 after ten unexcused absences in the State Senate.
A judge upheld a restraining order a woman filed against Banks’ representative in the Oregon House Tuesday, writing that the woman who accused Stout was credible and Stout was not.
Since Nov. 7, Brian Stout, R-Columbia City, has been subject to a five-year order of protection from a former campaign volunteer who reported that he had sexually assaulted her and threatened her life. A Columbia County judge will continue hearing arguments over whether the order should remain in place later this spring.
Kotek plans to declare a homelessness state of emergency and sign an executive order calling for more housing on her first full day in office Tuesday.
As Oregon gears up for a legislative session in two weeks, several local legislators will be sworn in January 9. Find out who’s representing your interests in Salem.
Oregon’s ethics watchdog advised Friday that legislative leaders can’t hire family members for political caucuses, though lawmakers still can hire their spouses and children as personal assistants.