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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…]

Gun sat unreported at Salem elementary school for hours

Chalk words of encouragement greeted students at Four Corners elementary the morning of Oct. 4, the day after a 10-year-old student brought a gun to school. (Courtesy/Salem-Keizer Public Schools) An unloaded handgun sat undetected Wednesday by school officials in a student backpack for hours at Four Corners Elementary School. 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…]