PHOTOS: Timber industry and supporters protest at Oregon Capitol

Protesters flooded the capitol Thursday in opposition of House Bill 2020. (Saphara Harrell/Salem Reporter) Trucks parked at the Oregon State Fairgrounds early Thursday before heading to the state Capitol. (Troy Brynelson/Salem Reporter) (Troy Brynelson/Salem Reporter) Many protesters carried American flags, waving them on the overcast, drizzling morning. (Saphara Harrell/Salem Reporter) A man[Read More…]

Seeking Latino representation, Oregon farmworker union throws muscle into Salem-Keizer school board races

Miguel Barrientos, a paid field organizer for Pineros y Campesinos Unidos del Noroeste, walks door-to-door in southeast Salem, canvassing for school board candidates Raul Marquez and David Salinas. (Rachel Alexander/Salem Reporter) Miguel Barrientos wore a button-down shirt and sneakers as he walked along Townsend Way in southeast Salem on a[Read More…]

GOP firebrand crashes Oregon’s polite politics

Jonathan Lockwood, spokesman for three Oregon legislators in this undated photo that he provided. Grayson Dempsey was at a Girl Scouts camp in the Columbia River Gorge with her 8-year-old daughter in August when her phone started buzzing. Social media accounts were sending notification after notification. Dempsey, the director of[Read More…]

State proposes near-record fine for union-backed group’s foul-up with voter ballots

Defend Oregon, a union-backed political action committee supporting progressive ballot measures is facing the second largest election penalty in state history for failing to deliver 97 ballots it collected from Multnomah County voters on Election Day last fall. The state Elections Division, part of Oregon Secretary of State Dennis Richardson’s[Read More…]