politics

Letter to the Editor: Why Kristi Wilson belongs on the PCC Board of Directors

Deanna Palm is a Hillsboro resident and a former Zone 7 PCC Director When I think of Kristi Wilson, many qualities come to mind: A tireless worker with nearly two decades of experience and public service in Washington County. A champion in advancing career opportunities for youth and adults. A[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…]

Diesel fuel under fire in Oregon legislature

The Oregon Capitol building in Salem. Photo: Chas Hundley A bill sponsored by Rep. Karin Power (D-Milwaukie) would prohibit the sale of petroleum diesel fuel for use in any motor vehicle by January 2027, and although no meetings or hearings are scheduled yet by the Joint Committee on Transportation, observers[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…]

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