A federal judge in Texas today joined judges in other red stakes including Utah and Oklahoma in ruling that state-level bans on same-sex marriage violate the U.S. Constitution, the Dallas Morning NewsMore
After losing to incumbent Secretary of State Kate Brown in 2012, Dr. Knute Buehler, a Bend orthopedic surgeon, might have done what other recent state-wide GOP candidates such as former Portland Trail Blazer Chris Dudley have done—abandoned politics. That would be understandable.
The GOP has not held the Oregon governor's office since 1987, one of the longest dry spel...
The maneuvering around House Bill 4143A, which would allocated unclaimed monies from class action lawsuits to legal aid for low-income Oregonians, will continue Tuesday morning in an 8 am meeting of the Senate Judiciary Committee. The bill has generated strong feelings on both sides, with trial lawyers, Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum and former Gov. and AG Ted...More
Proponents of the $2.8 billion Columbia River Crossing project have shown their hands.
Prior to the current 35-day legislative session, Gov. John Kitzhaber laid down conditions for his continued support for the project.
"Oregon must either decisively move the project to construction or refocus and reprioritize our resources. A project in limbo is the worst and most exp...
In an oddly-timed move, the Oregon House Republican caucus held leadership elections tonight and tossed out its second ranking member, State Rep. Julie Parrish (R-West Linn).
It's unusual for a caucus to choose its leaders in the middle of a legislative session, although GOP caucus spokesman Shawn Cleave says that the decision of House Republican Whip Rep. Wally Hicks (R-G...
Oregon United for Marriage will fight discriminatory ballot measure
Yesterday's announcement by Oregon Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum that she will not defend the state's constitutional ban on same-sex marriage will at least temporarily change the focus of Oregon United for Marriage, the campaign working toward a November same-sex marriage ballot me...
The chances of the Oregon Legislature passing a Columbia River Crossing bill have taken a major hit. State Sen. Bruce Starr (R-Hillsboro) announced in a statement this afternoon that he will not vote for pending CRC legislation if it comes to the floor during this February's session. Starr, who has focused on transportation issues his entire legislative career, has been a...
Tobias Read and Jennifer Williamson kicked off agenda of legal-aid lunch
Two state lawmakers were kicked off the agenda of a legal-aid luncheon today, where they were scheduled to talk about a bill opposed by powerful interests.
This morning, Rep. Tobias Read (D-Beaverton) and Jennifer Williamson (D-Portland) sought and received excused absences from their legislative committee work to travel to Portland to address the a lunch held by The Lawyers' Camp...
Lawmakers move to fix a gaping hole in class action lawsuit awards.
Earlier this month, Oregon consumers won a stunning victory over BP West Coast Products.
A Multnomah County
circuit jury found customers of BP-franchised service stations are owed