Local Politics

Politics FBI balks at background checks on Wash. pot business owners FBI balks at background checks on Wash. pot business owners
The FBI is refusing to run nationwide background checks on people applying to run legal marijuana businesses in Washington state, even though it has conducted similar checks in Colorado — a discrepancy that illustrates the quandary the Justice Department faces as it allows the states to experiment with regulating a drug that's long been illegal under federal law.
Politics 2014 election takes shape after filing deadline 2014 election takes shape after filing deadline
Sixteen members of the Oregon Legislature aren't seeking re-election. Two will face primary challengers. And 24 won't have any opponent at all in the primary or general election.
Politics Oregon Legislature approves budget, adjourns Oregon Legislature approves budget, adjourns
The state Legislature voted Friday to approve funding for cancer research facilities at Oregon Health & Science University, got the budget back in balance and then adjourned the 2014 session.
Politics Oregon House delays bill on pot dispensary bans Oregon House delays bill on pot dispensary bans
Oregonians began applying Monday for state permits to open medical marijuana dispensaries, even as the Legislature once again delayed voting on a bill that would grant local governments the power to forbid such shops.
Politics 12 Oregon ballot measures dropped in compromise 12 Oregon ballot measures dropped in compromise
Public employee unions and anti-union petitioners agreed Monday to a cease-fire on competing ballot measures, avoiding an expensive and bruising showdown between unions and business interests.
Politics Battle between religious freedom and gay rights heats up in Oregon Battle between religious freedom and gay rights heats up in Oregon(Video)
A ban on same sex marriage in Texas, wiped away by a federal judge, and the right to refuse doing business with gays in Arizona, ripped up by the governor. Those are two big decisions in the southwest are still being debated in the Northwest, and set precedents for similar issues that could go before Oregon voters come November.
Politics Cover Oregon website developer pulls 100 workers off project Cover Oregon website developer pulls 100 workers off project(Video)
Oracle Corp. is pulling nearly two-thirds of its software developers from Oregon's troubled health insurance exchange project, even though the public still doesn't have access to the promised seamless, swift sign-ups for coverage, and key features are unfinished.