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…]

Oregon Senate president tags Boquist with cease and desist for hostile conduct

SALEM — Senate President Peter Courtney has directed a Republican state senator to “cease and desist” intimidating communications with other senators and legislative employees. Courtney made the demand to state Sen. Brian Boquist, R-Dallas, in a Nov. 15 letter obtained by the Oregon Capital Bureau that cited “hostile, intimidating and[Read More…]