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
4:53 pm
Mon September 15, 2014

Oregon Could Implement Retirement Plan For Private-Sector Workers

Oregon State Treasurer Ted Wheeler
Credit Oregon State Treasury

Oregonians could have another option when it comes to saving for the future.

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Health and Medicine
2:52 pm
Fri September 12, 2014

Cover Oregon Officials Set To Face State Lawmakers

State lawmakers are set to grill the leaders of Cover Oregon on Monday and Tuesday.
Credit Cover Oregon

The leaders of Oregon's struggling health insurance exchange will be grilled by state lawmakers in a series of hearings at the capitol on Monday and Tuesday.

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Government and Politics
8:09 am
Fri September 12, 2014

Measure 90 Would Bring Top Two Primaries To Oregon

File photo of the Oregon State Capitol in Salem
Credit Chris Phan / Flickr

This fall, Oregon voters will choose between five candidates for U.S. senator and six candidates for governor. It could be the last time the general election ballot is this crowded in Oregon.

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Crime, Law and Justice
5:10 pm
Fri September 5, 2014

Oregon Warns Unlicensed Medical Marijuana Dispensaries To Close

Credit Mjpresson / Wikimedia

Oregon is warning some unlicensed medical marijuana dispensaries to close their doors. This summer, the state has sent letters to nine storefront pot dealers ordering them to shut down.

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Government and Politics
5:43 pm
Wed August 27, 2014

Court Turns Down Latest Attempt To Intervene In Oregon Gay Marriage Case

File photo of the James R. Browning U.S. Court of Appeals Building in San Francisco.
Credit Wikimedia

A federal judge in Oregon this spring cleared the way for same-sex marriages to begin when state officials refused to defend the voter-approved ban in court. Now, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals has turned down an attempt by the National Organization For Marriage to step in.

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Government and Politics
4:05 pm
Wed August 27, 2014

Oregon Revenue Forecast Steady, But Kicker A Possibility

Credit Chris Phan / Flickr

Oregon's economy is humming along at a good clip, according to the latest outlook released Wednesday by state economists.

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Government and Politics
5:47 pm
Tue August 26, 2014

Kitzhaber Creates Commission To Study Capitol Statue Squabble

A statue of early pioneer missionary Jason Lee stands in the U.S. Capitol Building ... for now.
Credit Architect of the Capitol

Each state is represented by two statues in the United States Capitol Building. Some Oregon lawmakers have tried repeatedly to replace one of their state's specimens.

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Government and Politics
3:59 pm
Tue August 26, 2014

Recall Effort In Southern Oregon City Falls Short

Breeze Botanicals owner Brie Malarkey stands in front of the medical marijuana dispensary at the heart of a recall election in Gold Hill, Oregon.
Credit Chris Lehman / Northwest News Network

An attempt to remove most of the city council in the southern Oregon city of Gold Hill has fallen short.

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Government and Politics
7:41 am
Fri August 22, 2014

Marijuana Dispensary Leads To Small Town Political Showdown

Brie Malarkey owns Breeze Botanicals in Gold Hill, Oregon.
Credit Chris Lehman / Northwest News Network

The town of Gold Hill, Oregon is in turmoil. Two-thirds of its City Council is the subject of a recall election on Monday.

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Government and Politics
8:29 am
Thu August 21, 2014

Major Parties Oppose Oregon's Top Two Primary Ballot Measure

The Citizens Initiative Review, a group of Oregon voters brought together to consider the pros and cons of a Top Two primary system, have issued their recommendation: They're against it.

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