Local Politics

Politics Oregon bill seeks to curb underage drinking deaths Oregon bill seeks to curb underage drinking deaths
The law would provide limited amnesty for those younger than 21 who seek medical aid for themselves or others for drinking too much. It would give protection from an alcohol possession citation if the evidence came as a result of their seeking help.
Politics Oregon Senate considers expanded background checks Oregon Senate considers expanded background checks (Photo Gallery)
The husband of former Arizona congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords, Mark Kelly, appeared before Oregon legislators on Thursday to speak in favor of expanded background checks for gun sales, as Republicans contended the Democrat-proposed legislation is "political posturing" as Oregon's May primary nears.
Politics Paging Dr. Kitzhaber: What did Gov. know about Cover Oregon collapse? Paging Dr. Kitzhaber: What did Gov. know about Cover Oregon collapse? (Video)
KATU’s review of thousands of pages of emails and reports, as well as interviews with many of the key people involved, suggest that either Kitzhaber knew more than he has acknowledged about Cover Oregon's failed website, or that he and his staff somehow remained oblivious to the unfolding disaster despite numerous attempts to bring it to their attention.
Politics Battle shapes up over GMO sugar beets in Oregon Battle shapes up over GMO sugar beets in Oregon
National sugar beet growers join Oregon Farm Bureau's fight to defeat ballot measure from organic farmers to prohibit genetically modified crops in Southern Oregon.
Politics Oregon lawmakers will have to re-balance budget Oregon lawmakers will have to re-balance budget
An expensive wildfire season and a decrease in anticipated revenue will force Oregon lawmakers rework portions of the state budget when lawmakers return to Salem for a five-week legislative session that begins on Feb. 3.
Politics Bridge, guns return when Legislature convenes Bridge, guns return when Legislature convenes
A plan to replace the Interstate 5 bridge over the Columbia River is just one of several high-profile issues that will be rehashed for a second consecutive year when Oregon lawmakers return to Salem on Feb. 3 for a five-week legislative session. Gun control, clean fuels, Native American mascots and genetically modified crops also may be getting an additional round of debate.
Politics Another suit filed to halt timber sale, stop logging Another suit filed to halt timber sale, stop logging
Conservation groups are challenging a timber sale that demonstrates the kind of ecosystem-driven logging that would be fast-tracked under Sen. Ron Wyden's bill to increase harvests from federally owned property in western Oregon.
Politics Opinion: Protect neighbors from pot stink Opinion: Protect neighbors from pot stink
The legal right to grow marijuana for medical purposes should not confer the right to inflict overpowering odors on one's neighbors. And a city that attempts to protect everyone's interests is doing what a local government should do.