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State business and labor groups have been working on legislation to limit campaign contributions in state races. Oregon is one of just five states with no limits on political contributions. These negotiations come as a proposal, known as Initiative Petition […]

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The Oregon Elections Division announced a new multi-year initiative to promote the state’s campaign finance laws. The compliance program has been named CLEAR and will be implemented in three phases. Oregon is currently working on a website overhaul of Oregonvotes.com […]

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Oregon’s Secretary of State Shemia Fagan announced her resignation on May 3, after reports revealed Fagan has been working a side job as a consultant for a failing marijuana dispensary chain. The Office of the Secretary of State is currently […]

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January 6, 2023  •  

Oregon’s Elections Director Resigns

Oregon’s Elections Director, Deborah Scroggins, announced her resignation to be effective January 20 after being hired just 18 months ago. Scroggins noted in her resignation letter that mis- and disinformation made the work of administering elections extremely challenging. Secretary of […]

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City Hall in Portland, ME - by: Billy Hathorn

A commission created to review the current government structure in Portland, Oregon has voted to put a comprehensive governmental restructuring proposition on the ballot this November. Voters will get to decide on expanding the number of City Council members to […]

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Oregon’s campaign finance system web provider, Opus Interactive, is asking all users to change passwords following a ransomware attack Sunday night. Hackers infiltrated Opus Interactive, granting them access to a C&E Systems database. C&E Systems handles campaign finance compliance and […]

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Oregon Senate Chamber - photo by Cacophony

The Oregon Legislative Assembly adjourned sine die March 4, after voting on 60 bills on their last day in session. Highlights from the short session include access for low-income Oregonians to air conditioners, financial aid for low-income families, and mandated […]

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Honest Elections Oregon has hit an administrative roadblock in their crusade to bring campaign contribution limits to the state. Oregon, one of five states without campaign contribution limits, has seen municipalities take matters into their own hands. Honest Elections Oregon […]

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January 20, 2022  •  

Gov. Kate Brown Appoints New Justices

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Gov. Kate Brown has tapped Appeals Court Justice Roger Dehoog to the Oregon Supreme Court. Dehoog is replacing retiring Justice Lynn Nakamoto after six years on the state’s highest court. Brown appointed Judge Ramon Pagan to replace Dehoog and has […]

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January 17, 2022  •  

Change in Oregon House Leadership

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The Oregon House Democratic Caucus nominated Rep. Dan Rayfield as speaker, replacing Rep. Tina Kotek. House Democrats have also elected Rep. Julie Fahey as majority leader to replace Rep. Barbara Smith Warner. These changes within the party stem from a […]

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Advocacy groups have filed three ballot measure proposals with the Office of Oregon Secretary of State, focusing on limiting campaign contributions and increasing donor disclosure requirements. For the proposals to be placed on the 2022 ballot, each proposal would need […]

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Speaker of the House Tina Kotek announced she will resign from the Oregon Legislature January 21 to focus on her campaign for governor. Kotek’s resignation allows her to avoid a House rule prohibiting representatives from fundraising during any legislative session. […]

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December 14, 2021  •  

Oregon Adjourns Special Session

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The Oregon Legislature adjourned after their one-day special session. Lawmakers passed a $215 million emergency rental assistance bill, with $100 million earmarked to immediately assist the looming eviction crisis. Policymakers also passed a bill to combat illegal cannabis sellers, assist […]

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The City of Portland’s Open and Accountable Elections Program has voted and accepted new administrative rules for candidates participating in the program. The new rules change the name of the program to the Small Donor Elections Program. The new guidelines […]

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