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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…]

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Oregon delegates call on feds to investigate Napa Valley winery’s pinot noir

Oregon’s Congressional delegation officially called for an investigation Tuesday into a Napa Valley winery accused of appropriating the state’s reputation for pinot noir. U.S. Sens. Jeff Merkley, Ron Wyden joined Reps. Earl Blumenauer, Suzanne Bonamici, Peter DeFazio and Kurt Schrader, all Democrats, in asking the Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and[Read More…]

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State wants to step up monitoring of water systems, large and small

State officials want more money to boost inspections of water systems that now face little scrutiny. (File/Pamplin Media Group) SALEM — Under a proposal from state health officials, most public water systems — from small housing developments to bigger cities serving thousands of residents —may have to pay higher monitoring[Read More…]

Thousands of Salem-Keizer students would attend different schools under boundary change proposal

New high school boundaries proposed under a draft boundary adjustment plan. (Courtesy/Salem-Keizer School District) Thousands of local students could be affected by attendance boundary changes proposed for more than half of Salem-Keizer schools. The plan, which will take effect next year, would also shift the district’s “feeder system,” which determines[Read More…]

Thousands of Salem-Keizer students would attend different schools under boundary change proposal

New high school boundaries proposed under a draft boundary adjustment plan. (Courtesy/Salem-Keizer School District) Thousands of local students could be affected by attendance boundary changes proposed for more than half of Salem-Keizer schools. The plan, which will take effect next year, would also shift the district’s “feeder system,” which determines[Read More…]

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Buehler calls on Trump to withdraw Kavanaugh from consideration hours before Senate confirmation process

On Thursday, Rep. Knute Buehler called for U.S. Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh to be withdrawn from consideration. (Jamie Valdez/Portland Tribune) State Rep. Knute Buehler, GOP candidate for governor, on Thursday called on President Trump to replace Brett Kavanaugh as nominee for the U.S. Supreme Court. “At this point I[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…]