politics

Two candidates vie for open seat in Portland Community College Zone 7 race

A 24-hour ballot drop site at the Banks Public Library. Photo: Chas Hundley Two candidates running for the Portland Community College Board of Directors open elected seat for the Zone 7 position, which encompasses far west Washington County and parts of northwestern Columbia County, have a similar passion for guiding[Read More…]

House passes bill to restrict some military surplus use by law enforcement agencies

The Oregon Capitol building in Salem. Photo: Chas Hundley The Oregon House of Representatives passed a bill prohibiting law enforcement agencies from receiving certain types of U.S. military surplus equipment from the federal government, including armored drones, grenades, and firearms silencers, among other types of gear. Nine House representatives from[Read More…]

Here are the candidates running for office in the May special district election

A 24-hour ballot drop site at the Banks Public Library. Photo: Chas Hundley The filing window is now closed for the May 18 special district elections, and it’s a competitive field this time around. Here are the candidates running for local office in the Banks area and surrounding communities. Six candidates[Read More…]

Wyden gives update on unemployment, other benefits from American Rescue Plan

United States Capitol. Photo: Chas Hundley Senator Ron Wyden (D-Oregon) held a hybrid press conference and town hall meeting via Zoom on March 12 where he discussed how the $1.9 trillion American Rescue Plan directly benefits Oregonians. Wyden said Oregon will receive $5 billion overall from the bill, including the[Read More…]

Oregon’s Rep. Peter DeFazio eyes national infrastructure bill, looks to use earmarks

United States Capitol. Photo: Chas Hundley Oregon U.S. House Rep. Peter DeFazio (D-Springfield), chair of the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, told Punchbowl News he plans to introduce a five-year infrastructure and highway bill that authorizes a wide range of national projects.    What made this newsworthy prior to the prospective bill’s[Read More…]

U.S. House passes $1.9 trillion pandemic aid bill

United States Capitol. Photo: Chas Hundley The U.S. House of Representatives passed early Saturday morning what many observers and lawmakers now call the COVID-19 Economic Relief Act, a $1.9 trillion pandemic stimulus package that provides $1,400 direct payments to most American taxpayers, aid for businesses, cities, schools, and an extension[Read More…]

Oregon Legislative News: Rep. Susan McLain on the challenges of legislating during COVID-19

The Oregon Capitol building in Salem. Photo: Chas Hundley Oregon House District 29 Rep. Susan McLain (D-Hillsboro) said the 2021 legislative session, which is being held virtually due to COVID-19 restrictions, is, to say the least, a challenging year. Hearings on new bills in the coronavirus era still take place[Read More…]

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