Elections officials report dip in early voting

Marion County Clerk Bill Burgess shows the different ballot styles in Marion County. (Claire Withycombe/East Oregonian) Voters are turning ballots in more slowly than the last time Oregon elected a governor, according to the state Elections Division, as big money continues to flow to the campaigns of Democrat Kate Brown[Read More…]

Peer mentoring program helps prepare Oregon’s incarcerated youth for life on the outside

Josefina, 22, is one of seven graduates in Oregon Youth Authority’s peer mentoring pilot program. The program gives her state certification and gives her the opportunity to mentor other youth while incarcerated. (Aubrey Wieber/Salem Reporter) Editor’s note: Youth in this story are identified by their first names only at the[Read More…]

After public backlash, Gov. Brown orders the state to release school performance ratings

Gov. Kate Brown, embroiled in a sudden political firestorm, on Wednesday directed her state education administrators to immediately release school performance data they intended to withhold until after the election. The state Department of Education had provided what are generally known as “school report cards” to local districts Oct. 4,[Read More…]

Oregon gubernatorial candidates continue to get — and spend — millions. Will their dollars sway voters?

Rep. Knute Buehler and Gov. Kate Brown face off in the first of three gubernatorial debates in Portland on Oct. 2 (Jaime Valdez/Portland Tribune) Two weeks from election day, a spending frenzy continues in the race to be Oregon’s governor. Gov. Kate Brown and state Rep. Knute Buehler have combined to spend millions of dollars[Read More…]

Labor commissioner files motion asking to hold legislative leadership in contempt of court

SALEM — Outgoing Oregon Labor Commissioner Brad Avakian is again taking the Legislature to task over sexual harassment, this time in Multnomah County Circuit Court. Avakian wants a state judge to find legislators and staff in contempt for failing to comply with subpoenas in the administrative case he’s brought against[Read More…]