Capitol Currents

Dispatches from public radio's correspondent at the Oregon Legislature. This is a venue for political and policy coverage of the state government in Salem and its impact on the people of Oregon. Chris Lehman is the Salem Correspondent for the Northwest News Network. Contact Chris at 503-689-1182 or clehman@opb.org. On Twitter @capitolcurrents.

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Government and Politics
5:43 pm
Tue October 28, 2014

The Twists And Turns Of The Oregon Governor's Race

Governor John Kitzhaber (left) and Republican challenger Dennis RIchardson.
Credit Campaign photos

The race for Oregon governor was supposed to be predictable. An incumbent Democrat is running in a state that hasn't elected a Republican as governor since 1982.

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Government and Politics
5:25 pm
Fri October 24, 2014

New App Lets You See If Your Facebook Friends Have Voted

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The latest get-out-the-vote tool is a new app lets Oregonians see if their Facebook friends have voted yet. If they haven't, the app lets the user badger them until they do.

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Government and Politics
2:47 pm
Thu October 23, 2014

Richardson Asks For Federal Investigation Of Kitzhaber

Oregon gubernatorial candidate Dennis Richardson
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The Republican running for governor in Oregon has asked for a federal criminal investigation into his opponent.

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Government and Politics
4:53 pm
Tue October 21, 2014

Big Bucks Pour In For Oregon Ballot Measure Campaigns

Credit Matt Howry / Flickr

Oregon’s ballot measure campaigns are continuing to pull in big-money donations.

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Government and Politics
8:24 am
Tue October 21, 2014

Richardson, Kitzhaber Clash In Final Debate

Democrat John Kitzhaber and Republican challenger Dennis Richardson faced off in their final debate in Medford Monday.
Credit campaign photos

Some Oregon voters have already cast their ballot, but the leading candidates for governor managed to squeeze in one last debate Monday night. 



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Food, Agriculture, and Animals
3:12 pm
Fri October 17, 2014

Money Battle In Oregon Food Labeling Measure Mirrors Washington

File photo of signs marking a field of genetically modified corn
Credit Lindsay Eyink

Oregon's Measure 92 appears to be the most expensive ballot measure campaign in the state's history.

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Government and Politics
5:17 pm
Wed October 15, 2014

Richardson Defends Votes He Made In Favor Of Kitzhaber Priorities

Oregon gubernatorial candidate Dennis Richardson
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Oregon gubernatorial candidate Dennis Richardson is defending votes he made in the legislature in favor of his opponent's political priorities. 

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Government and Politics
7:52 am
Wed October 15, 2014

Kitzhaber, Richardson Again Clash Over Role Of First Lady

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The behavior of Oregon first lady Cylvia Hayes provoked the sharpest exchanges during a gubernatorial debate in Portland Tuesday night on television station KGW.

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Economy, Business, Finance, and Labor
3:17 pm
Tue October 14, 2014

Oregon Supreme Court Hears Public Pension Arguments

Greg Hartman, lead attorney for the PERS coalition of public employees, delivers oral arguments before the Oregon Supreme Court in Salem. Pool photo.
Credit Thomas Patterson / Statesman Journal

Oregon's highest court is pondering the fate of cuts to the state's public pension system. Justices heard arguments Tuesday from attorneys for retired public workers and for the state.

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Government and Politics
3:25 pm
Fri October 10, 2014

Kitzhaber, Richardson Clash Over Role Of First Lady

John Kitzhaber and Dennis Richardson shared the stage at the Portland City Club.
Credit John Rosman / OPB

Oregon Democratic Governor John Kitzhaber and Republican challenger Dennis Richardson clashed Friday over the role of the state's first lady during a debate at Portland City Club.

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