Oregon’s third-party candidate not giving up on debate fight

The Independent Party of Oregon’s candidate for governor, Patrick Starnes, appears at the first gubernatorial debate. (File/Portland Tribune) Patrick Starnes, a cabinetmaker and gubernatorial candidate from the Independent Party of Oregon, on Tuesday filed an elections complaint that could test a 2017 state law that encourages debate hosts to invite[Read More…]

Independent candidate for governor stymied in debate effort

Patrick Starnes, gubernatorial candidate from Brownsville, makes a point at a debate Tuesday in Portland. (Jaime Valdez/Portland Tribune) Despite a herculean effort to nudge the state’s two-party status quo, Patrick Starnes, Independent Party of Oregon candidate for governor, has been left out  of the final two gubernatorial debates. Starnes, a[Read More…]

Sharp questioning from youth pin back Oregon gubernatorial candidates

State Rep. Knute Buehler, R-Bend, and Gov. Kate Brown debate in Portland Tuesday night. Independent candidate Patrick Starnes also participated. (Jaime Valdez/Portland Tribune) PORTLAND — The most challenging force facing gubernatorial candidate Knute Buehler in his first debate wasn’t incumbent Gov. Kate Brown. It was Rose Lawrence, a 15-year-old from[Read More…]

Buehler’s record shows inconsistent approach to immigration

DACA recipients protest at the Capitol in August. (Paris Achen/Portland Tribune) Knute Buehler, Republican nominee for governor, has staked inconsistent positions on immigration, a review of his public record establishes. The Republican legislator from Bend has voted against state legislation that protects immigrants but supported tighter controls over racial profiling.[Read More…]

Poll shows Oregon governor’s race essentially tied

Republican Knute Buehler, running for Oregon governor. (FILE Portland Tribune/Jaime Valdez) The governor’s race between Democratic incumbent Kate Brown and GOP candidate Rep. Knute Buehler remains hair-raisingly close, according to a new poll by Clout Research. The phone poll of 679 likely voters between Sept. 20 and 23 shows that[Read More…]