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May. 23
Salem City Council will discuss infrastructure bond, street painting program Monday
2022 PRIMARY May. 21
Marion, Polk counties see highest voter turnout in 10 years for non-presidential primary
Marion County's voter turnout ballooned last minute after Clerk Bill Burgess said his office received about 26,000 ballots on election day.
FreeOREGON POLITICS May. 20
Drazan wins Oregon governor primary with about a quarter of Republican voters
Democrat Tina Kotek and nonaffiliated candidate Betsy Johnson announced high-profile endorsements Thursday.
2022 PRIMARY May. 19
Hoy declares victory in mayor's race as Griggs concedes
An updated ballot count Thursday showed Hoy with 55% of the vote.
FreeOREGON POLITICS May. 19
One congressional race in Oregon remains close, most incumbents advance easily
U.S. Rep. Kurt Schrader, a seven-term incumbent, trails attorney Jamie McLeod-Skinner in the 5th Congressional District.
2022 PRIMARY May. 18
Hoy still ahead in mayor’s race as Marion, Polk count most ballots
With the majority of local ballots now counted, Tuesday night trends held in city races, with progressive candidates ahead in two of three contested council seats and the mayor’s race. Thousands of ballots are still uncounted, with next results expected Thursday evening.
May. 18
Marion County about halfway through ballots, with majority to be tallied by end of day Wednesday
2022 PRIMARY May. 17
ELECTION RESULTS: Todd concedes Marion County district attorney race to Clarkson
Paige Clarkson is winning re-election as Marion County's District Attorney according to the latest ballot counts Wednesday. Her opponent Spencer Todd, a Salem-based public defender, conceded the race Wednesday afternoon.
2022 PRIMARY May. 17
ELECTION UPDATE: Hoy up over Griggs in mayor's race with thousands of ballots left to count
LATEST RESULTS: Salem City Council President Chris Hoy was ahead with about 55% of the vote following initial counts Tuesday night over planning commission chair Chane Griggs. Thousands of ballots remain to be counted in Marion County, with the next update expected around 5 p.m. Wednesday.
2022 PRIMARY May. 17
ELECTION RESULTS: View the 2022 primary election results in local races
First ballot returns Tuesday showed Chris Hoy ahead of Chane Griggs in the Salem mayor's race and progressive candidates winning two of three contested council seats, but a substantial number of ballots remain to be counted.
FreeOREGON POLITICS May. 17
Many Oregon candidates breeze to victory with no primary opponents
Six legislators will take their seats in January without worrying about the general or primary election, and nearly 100 more have no primary opponents.
FreeVOTE 2022 May. 17
Questions about Oregon-Idaho boundary, taxes, tobacco and guns on local ballots
Voters won’t just choose candidates, but weigh in on taxes and local laws.
May. 16
Fewer than 20% of eligible Marion County voters cast ballots a day out from primary
2022 PRIMARY May. 16
Defense attorney nonprofit asks state leaders to condemn Clarkson’s political mailer
In a letter Saturday, 23 previous presidents of the Oregon Criminal Defense Lawyers Association said recent political mailers promoting Marion County District Attorney Paige Clarkson’s re-election unfairly disparaged criminal defense attorneys.
May. 16
Let city councilors hear your thoughts on Salem infrastructure bond
Free2022 PRIMARY May. 15
VOTE 2022: Haven't voted yet? Salem Reporter's local guide to the 2022 election
Here are all of our Q&As with city candidates and stories about other local races in one place to help as you fill out your ballot.
FreeOREGON NEWS May. 15
Oregon’s Agriculture Department Director Alexis Taylor nominated by White House to serve in USDA
A White House announcement said she was nominated to serve as under secretary for trade and foreign agriculture affairs.
May. 13
Fewer than 15% of eligible Marion County voters cast ballots ahead of May 17 primary
2022 PRIMARY May. 12
Public defense leaders ask Oregon’s attorney general to withdraw Clarkson endorsement
In a letter Thursday, leaders of public defense offices around Oregon requested Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum to double back her endorsement of Clarkson for Marion County district attorney. The ask comes after a political mailer promoting her re-election drew the ire of civil rights activists, the state’s chief justice and nearly a dozen attorneys who said the flier defamed them.
May. 12
Rally in support of trans kids planned Friday at Oregon Capitol
2022 PRIMARY May. 11
Oregon chief justice “disturbed” by Clarkson’s political mailer targeting defense attorneys
Bobbin Singh, executive director of the Oregon Justice Resource Center, asked Chief Justice Martha Walters Friday to remove Paige Clarkson from her Criminal Justice Advisory Committee over concerns about a recent campaign mailer that 11 defense attorneys said defamed them.
2022 PRIMARY May. 10
District Attorney Clarkson “defamed” defense attorneys in political mailer, attorneys’ letter says
A recent mailer promoting Clarkson’s re-election raised tensions in the race for Marion County district attorney in the May 17 primary. Nearly a dozen Salem-based criminal defense attorneys said in a letter that the campaign piece demonized them and their profession.
CITY GOVERNMENT May. 10
Salem can cover costs for now, but gaps are coming
One-time Covid relief payments and grants set to expire in 2024 are currently funding many city programs to address homelessness, and the city’s general fund continues to collect less in taxes than it costs to provide status quo services like police, fire and parks.
FreeOREGON POLITICS May. 6
Proposal to decriminalize sex work won’t appear on Oregon ballots
Supporter says he’ll continue pushing to make it legal to buy or sell sex.
Free May. 5
Poll: Drazan leads crowded Republican field for Oregon governor
FreeOREGON NEWS May. 5
$15 million for expanded abortion care in Oregon will take months to distribute
The state money could fund brick-and-mortar clinics in eastern Oregon, or funds that provide financial help for patients seeking abortions.
FreeOREGON POLITICS May. 4
THEIR WORDS: Those who want to be governor answer for rural matters
Candidates for Oregon governor were asked to describe how they specifically would deal with rural issues if elected. A statewide media collaboration, including Salem Reporter, assembled answers from most of those on the May 17 ballot.
FreeOREGON HEALTH CARE May. 4
Abortion rights protected in Oregon regardless of Supreme Court ruling
Legislators and abortion providers say more policy fixes and money may be needed.
SALEM POLITICS May. 4
PHOTOS: Salem march for abortion rights
A crowd of hundreds gathered at Riverfront Park, then marched to the Oregon Capitol Tuesday in protest of a leaked Supreme Court opinion which suggests the nation's highest court is likely to strike down Roe v. Wade.
SALEM POLITICS May. 3
Hundreds march in Salem abortion rights rally
A crowd marched from Riverfront Park to the Oregon Capitol Tuesday in protest of a leaked Supreme Court opinion which suggests the nation's highest court is likely to strike down Roe v. Wade.
OREGON HEALTH CARE May. 3
Overturning Roe v. Wade would strain local abortion access, clinics with out-of-state patients, Planned Parenthood leaders say
Abortion remains legal in Oregon without restriction, with a Salem Planned Parenthood clinic providing both medication and surgical procedures.
FreeABORTION POLITICS May. 3
Next Oregon governor could change state’s approach to abortion after Supreme Court decision
Democrats, independent Betsy Johnson and Republican Jessica Gomez oppose the Supreme Court’s expected decision.
May. 3
Abortion rights rally planned for Riverfront Park Tuesday evening
FreeOREGON POLITICS May. 2
THEIR WORDS: Candidates for Oregon governor on the housing shortage
Every candidate running for Oregon governor was asked to identify specific actions they would take if they were governor to put Oregonians into homes. The work is a collaboration of more than 60 newsrooms in Oregon, including Salem Reporter
May. 2
Hear from city, county candidates at NAACP forums on Tuesday, Wednesday
FreeOREGON POLITICS May. 2
How to find fundraising and spending in Oregon politics
Information is available online, but it’s not always easy to find or understand. Here's a walkthrough so you can do your own research.
FreeOREGON POLITICS May. 1
Oregon governor's race - a new approach by the state's press
After listening to voters from around the state, newsrooms in Oregon worked together to be sure no candidate for governor was overlooked. Here's how this effort, which included Salem Reporter, developed.
Free2022 PRIMARY Apr. 29
VOTE 2022: Salem Reporter's local guide to the 2022 election
Here are all of our Q&As with city candidates and stories about other local races in one place to help as you fill out your ballot.
2022 PRIMARY Apr. 29
Commissioner Pope, former Dallas Councilor Garus contend for Polk County Board seat
Craig Pope believes his decade-plus experience and relationships developed as a Polk County commissioner warrant his re-election to Position 2. Four years after resigning from the Dallas City Council, Micky Garus said he filed for the seat because the county is in need of better service from its elected officials.
FreeOREGON POLITICS Apr. 28
Candidates for Oregon governor tackle state issues in unique Q&A
Issues from crime and safety to climate change to education were put to every candidate running for governor in Oregon. Here's how they responded in a statewide media collaboration in which Salem Reporter participated.
FreeOREGON POLITICS Apr. 28
Oregon state senator’s ‘heightened rhetoric’ will get another federal court review
Sen. Brian Boquist gets to pursue claims that Oregon Senate President Peter Courtney and others punished him for free speech, court rules.
2022 PRIMARY Apr. 27
VOTE 2022: Q&A with mayoral candidates Chris Hoy, Chane Griggs
Hoy is the current city council president, state representative and a former law enforcement officer. Griggs is chair of the city's planning commission and a former assistant director of the Oregon Department of Corrections. Here's where they stand on major city issues.
2022 PRIMARY Apr. 27
Salem gets a true mayor’s race involving two civic veterans
An expensive race for Salem mayor has drawn candidates positioning themselves as qualified to tackle homelessness, livability and the development of affordable housing in Salem: Chris Hoy, Salem City Council president, and Chane Griggs, Salem Planning Commission chair.
Apr. 26
Salem Councilor Jackie Leung ends House campaign
2022 PRIMARY Apr. 25
VOTE 2022: Q&A with ward 8 candidates Chris Cummings, Micki Varney
Cummings, an IT business owner; and Varney, a salmon biologist and current city councilor, are running for the west Salem seat. Here's where they stand on major city issues, and who's backing their campaigns.
2022 PRIMARY Apr. 22
VOTE 2022: Q&A with ward 6 candidates Julie Hoy, Stacey Vieyra-Braendle
Hoy, a singer and restaurant owner; and Vieyra-Braendle, an occupational therapist, are running the east Salem seat on the city council. Here's where they stand on homelessness, public safety, affordable housing and more.
FreeSTATE NEWS Apr. 21
Biden drops into Portland, reels off benefits of infrastructure money for Oregon
President Joe Biden and Oregon's top Democrats shared how billions will flow to Oregon for jobs and projects in an event in Portland.
2022 PRIMARY Apr. 21
VOTE 2022: Q&A with ward 4 candidates Dynee Medlock, Deanna Gwyn
Gwyn, a real estate broker, and Medlock, a network specialist, are running for an open seat representing south central Salem on the city council. Here's where they stand on homelessness, public safety, affordable housing and more.
SALEM POLITICS Apr. 20
Salem council candidate Deanna Gwyn has rarely voted, records show
The south Salem real estate broker, one of two candidates for Ward 4, has voted just twice in the past decade, missing the 2016 and 2018 general elections along with primaries and special votes. Her voting record is unique among the nine candidates running for city offices.
2022 PRIMARY Apr. 20
VOTE 2022: Q&A with city council candidate Linda Nishioka
Linda Nishioka is running unopposed to represent south central Salem, Ward 2, on the Salem City Council. We asked for her views on homelessness, affordable housing, bringing jobs to Salem and more.
FreeOREGON POLITICS Apr. 19
Oregon man facing charges for Jan. 6 ends campaign for governor
Reed Christensen said his health prevents him from continuing to run.
Free2022 PRIMARY Apr. 19
VOTE 2022: What to know about the May 17 primary election in Salem
Even though it’s a primary, several local races, including the city’s next mayor, will likely be settled in May. Here’s Salem Reporter’s guide to what’s on your ballot and how to check or change your voter registration.
AROUND OREGON Apr. 18
‘Total chaos’: Delays dog Oregon’s drug decriminalization law
Nearly $300 million in state funding intended to pay for new treatment beds remains unspent.
FreeOREGON POLITICS Apr. 15
Oregon officials strive to rebuild trust in elections as 1 in 5 don’t believe 2020 results
Nearly half of the Republicans who responded to a recent survey endorsed a false claim that voter fraud changed the results of the 2020 election.
Free Apr. 14
Poll: Kotek leads Read in Democratic governor primary, many voters undecided
FreeOREGON POLITICS Apr. 13
Republicans running for Oregon governor defended the Jan. 6 Capitol attack. One was there
Video of their remarks at a private forum came to light Tuesday when a conservative group complained about being censored by YouTube.
FreeOREGON POLITICS Apr. 12
House Democrats’ PAC buys ads for Carrick Flynn in CD6, irks other candidates
It’s the second race in which Oregon Democrats say D.C. Dems are putting their thumb on the scale.
Apr. 11
AGENDA: Salem City Council meets Monday to consider motion on request for proposal of mobile crisis unit
FreeOREGON VOTING Apr. 5
Rise in nonaffiliated voters spurs push to open Oregon primaries
Nonaffiliated voters are the largest bloc in the state, but they can’t pick candidates in most primary elections.
SALEM CITY GOVERNMENT Apr. 4
Salem’s mayoral candidates agree on key issues during debate
Candidates Chane Griggs and Chris Hoy shared similar views on housing, infrastructure and a climate action plan for Salem, though each said their experience makes them the right fit for the job.
FreeOREGON POLITICS Apr. 3
Bentz raises alarm about cartels as House votes to decriminalize marijuana
U.S. Rep. Cliff Bentz of Ontario leads the opposition, citing cartels in the state, as the House votes to decriminalize marijuana federally.
FreeOREGON POLITICS Mar. 30
Auditors: Oregon ranks high for domestic terrorism, Legislature should do more
Oregon is one of 16 states that doesn’t define domestic terrorism in criminal law.
SALEM INFRASTRUCTURE Mar. 30
Councilor floats a “bike vision” for Salem streets
As Salem leaders plan for a major infrastructure bond on the November ballot, a trio of cycling advocates, including city councilor Virginia Stapleton, are proposing a network of protected bike lanes and cycling infrastructure along major roadways to improve safety and make biking more accessible to all.
Mar. 29
Merkley schedules remote Marion County town hall for Thursday, March 31
FreeOREGON POLITICS Mar. 28
Wyden says he will press for even more economic sanctions against Russia
Merkley says Oregonians “overwhelmingly” support sanctions already imposed over Ukraine war.
Mar. 25
AGENDA: Salem City Council meets to consider new Meyer Farm subdivision proposal
Mar. 24
Oregonians concerned about hospital capacity, political polarization, survey says
FreeOREGON POLITICS Mar. 22
Oregon Supreme Court won’t clear way for voters to consider campaign finance limits
A coalition of good government groups asked court to intervene after secretary of state rejected proposed ballot measures.
Mar. 21
Hollie Oakes-Miller drops out of mayor's race, leaving two candidates
FreeOREGON NEWS Mar. 19
Bentz presses agencies to act on wildfire commission – after voting against legislation
Oregon’s lone Republican in the Congressional delegation wants action report on commission not yet formed.
OREGON NEWS Mar. 15
Bentz compares Ukraine war to Cuban Missile Crisis of 1962
U.S. Rep. Cliff Bentz, R-Oregon, said developments in Ukraine show the importance of proper funding of U.S. military sources. He addressed the war in a speech on Monday, March 14, in Ontario.
FreeOREGON POLITICS Mar. 15
Oregon state House and Senate primaries are set. Here’s what you need to know
Nearly 200 people are vying for legislative seats, but only a handful have contested primaries.
LEGISLATURE Mar. 9
Short legislative session proves fruitful for Salem’s homelessness efforts
Legislators give Salem millions to fund shelter and an affordable housing project.
SALEM CITY GOVERNMENT Mar. 9
Salem City Council to see fresh faces as newcomers run for four seats, three vie for mayor
Only one of the four seats on the council is uncontested. Three want to succeed Chuck Bennett as mayor. The election is on May 17.
FreeOREGON NEWS Mar. 9
Oregon primary elections for governor, Congress, other races are set
Nearly 400 candidates filed to run for state or district races ahead of the May 17 election. Governor's race draws more than 30 candidates.
FreeOREGON NEWS Mar. 5
Oregon Legislature ends 2022 session with big spending, policy changes, little political rancor
Money will move to just about every part of life in Oregon to aid individuals, families and communities
FreeOREGON POLITICS Mar. 4
Oregon Legislature passes bill mandating overtime pay for farmworkers
The proposal, which will affect the state’s 86,000 farmworkers and the 10,000 farms in the state, heads to Gov. Kate Brown.
FreeOREGON POLITICS Mar. 3
Budget plan would aid low-income Oregonians and help with housing, child care, job training
The budget, which most Republicans oppose, is up for a vote in the House after being endorsed by the Joint Ways and Means Committee
SALEM CITY GOVERNMENT Mar. 2
Salem City Council denies proposed subdivision on historic farm citing concerns about tree removal
In a 5-2 vote, the council chose to deny the planning administrator’s approval, asking the developer to preserve more trees.
OREGON POLITICS Mar. 1
Farmworker overtime bill passes Oregon House
After a party-line vote Tuesday, the proposal now heads to the Senate.
FreeOREGON SCHOOLS Mar. 1
Legislators push for money to train Oregon teachers in the science of reading
A majority of the state’s 4th and 8th graders are not proficient in reading, according to national data on student progress.
FreeOREGON NEWS Feb. 28
STATUS CHECK: Where key legislative bills are on week 4
Track nearly 30 bills on education, homelessness, crime, health care, justice, the environment and other issues to see where they are as the Oregon Legislature enters its final week of the 2022 session.
LEGISLATURE Feb. 25
Legislature says Salem can use state land for micro shelters
HB 4037 will allow the city to use underutilized state land to try to site micro shelter villages after a year of struggling to find new locations. It was proposed by Rep. Chris Hoy, who’s also a Salem city councilor, and now awaits the governor’s signature.
FreeOREGON POLITICS Feb. 24
Lawmakers poised to spend $400 million on housing projects
The Oregon Legislature is likely to spend $50 million on creating more transitional housing as part of Project Turnkey
FreeOREGON NEWS Feb. 22
Legislative plans could repair roads in rural Oregon, promote energy efficiency, help the homeless
The Democratic majority has identified seven priorities and brought Republicans to the table to spend $100 million in rural Oregon.
FreeOREGON NEWS Feb. 20
STATUS CHECK: Where key legislative bills are on week 3
Track nearly 30 bills on education, homelessness, crime, health care, justice and the environment to see where the issues that matter to you are in the legislative process.
FreeOREGON NEWS Feb. 18
Kristof’s exit leaves two-way race in Democratic primary for Oregon governor
What Nick Kristof will do with campaign cash of about $1.6 million remains a question now that he is shutting down his run.
FreeOREGON POLITICS Feb. 17
Oregon Supreme Court upholds decision to keep Kristof from running for governor
Kristof didn’t prove that he lived in Oregon by November 2019, court said.
OREGON NEWS Feb. 16
Republican legislators serving vast area of Oregon have tough time advancing their agenda
If Republicans were at the controls, Oregon's short legislative session would be dominated by talk of tax cuts, school choice and clipping Gov. Kate Brown’s wings.
FreeOREGON NEWS Feb. 15
Proposal to pay farmworkers overtime clears first hurdle in Legislature
The first vote on the plan, which would establish a 40-hour workweek, is partisan, with Democrats in favor and Republicans opposed.
Feb. 15
Salem councilor Jim Lewis resigns, triggering need for replacement
FreeOREGON NEWS Feb. 10
Oregon economic forecast: More money for lawmakers to spend, tax credits likely in two years
State government now expects to receive $1.5 billion more by the end of the budget period in 2023.
SALEM CITY GOVERNMENT Feb. 9
In final address, Mayor Chuck Bennett urges residents to pass infrastructure bond, consider public safety needs
The mayor’s speech touched on efforts the city is making to address homelessness and increasing needs of the city’s fire department.
FreeOREGON POLITICS Feb. 9
Oregon lawmakers looking to make child care more affordable, available
Spending $100 million won’t help all families find and afford care, lawmakers acknowledged.
FreeOREGON NEWS Feb. 7
Anti-tax activist Bill Sizemore seeks GOP nod for Oregon governor
Republican Bill Sizemore said he didn’t see any Republicans with a shot at winning the governor's race in the fall so he's now in the running.
FreeOREGON NEWS Feb. 4
Luxury sales tax proposed for Oregon to help low-income parents, former foster youth
An Oregon legislator is proposing a 3% sales tax on certain goods to fund help for Oregonians in need. Voters have consistently rejected a state sales tax.
FreeOREGON NEWS Feb. 3
In final State of the State address, Brown touts victories, pushes spending plan
Brown urged the Legislature to approve about $700 million for job training, housing and child care during a speech from her office.
FreeOREGON LEGISLATURE Feb. 1
Oregon legislators begin 2022 session with optimistic speeches, mask protests
Lawmakers have 35 days to pass bills and figure out how to spend $1.5 billion.
Feb. 1
AGENDA: Marion County commissioners consider support services, mentoring for people in criminal justice system
SALEM CITY GOVERNMENT Feb. 1
A quiet force working behind the scenes, Steve Powers heads for retirement
Salem Reporter sat down with outgoing City Manager Steve Powers to hear his thoughts on six years at the City of Salem, homelessness and communication.