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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Transportation
5:40 pm
Wed February 25, 2015

Electric Vehicle Backers Push For Tax Incentives

Electric vehicle manufacturers had a show-and-tell in front of the Oregon capitol building Wednesday.
Chris Lehman Northwest News Network

Oregon lawmakers are considering a possible hike in the gas tax this session. Supporters say it's needed in order to offset stagnant revenues due to more fuel efficient vehicles.

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Government and Politics
2:54 pm
Fri February 20, 2015

Kate Brown Tells Reporters She Wants To 'Put My Own Imprint On Oregon'

Kate Brown takes questions during her first press conference as Oregon Governor.
Chris Lehman Northwest News Network

Oregon's new governor promised continuity for the most part as she faced the press for the first time since taking the oath of office on Wednesday.

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Government and Politics
3:01 pm
Thu February 19, 2015

Oregon Economists Predicting 'Likely' Kicker

Shaundd Wikimedia

Oregon taxpayers could receive an unexpected windfall next year.

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Government and Politics
12:03 pm
Fri February 13, 2015

Oregon Governor John Kitzhaber Resigns

File photo of Oregon Governor John Kitzhaber and his fiancee Cylvia Hayes.
Michael Clapp OPB

Oregon Governor John Kitzhaber announced his resignation Friday afternoon under a cloud of pressure and scrutiny, cutting short his record-setting fourth term in office. The governor says his resignation is effective at 10 a.m. Wednesday, Feb. 18.

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Government and Politics
2:08 pm
Thu February 12, 2015

Top Oregon Democrats Call On Kitzhaber To Resign

Senate President Peter Courtney speaks with reporters at the Oregon Capitol on Thursday.
Chris Lehman Northwest News Network

    

Top Oregon Democrats are calling on Governor John Kitzhaber to resign. The request comes as the governor faces intense pressure and an ethics investigation.

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Government and Politics
2:56 pm
Mon February 9, 2015

Oregon Attorney General Says She's Investigating Governor Kitzhaber

Oregon Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum has opened an investigation of Governor John Kitzhaber and first lady Cylvia Hayes.
Office of the Governor

Oregon Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum has opened an investigation of Governor John Kitzhaber and first lady Cylvia Hayes.

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Health and Medicine
5:54 pm
Fri February 6, 2015

Northwest Lawmakers Aim For Higher Immunization Rates

Should it be it harder for parents to opt out of vaccinating their children?
CDC

Some Northwest lawmakers want to make it harder for parents to opt out of vaccinating their children.

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Government and Politics
5:35 pm
Fri February 6, 2015

Kitzhaber Recall Efforts Could Prove Futile, For Now

File photo. At least two recall petitions have been filed against Oregon Governor John Kitzhaber.
Office of the Governor

Advisers to the Republican defeated last year by Oregon Governor John Kitzhaber have filed a recall petition against him.

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Government and Politics
1:03 pm
Fri February 6, 2015

Oregon Attorney General 'Considering Options' Regarding The Governor

File photo. Many are calling on Oregon's attorney general to investigate the governor and the first lady.
Michael Clapp OPB

Oregon Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum said recent allegations against Governor John Kitzhaber and first lady Cylvia Hayes are "serious and troubling."

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Government and Politics
4:11 pm
Tue February 3, 2015

Legislative Panel To Consider Possible Changes To Oregon Marijuana Law

A panel of Oregon lawmakers will consider changes to the voter-approved law that legalized marijuana in the state.
Austin Jenkins Northwest News Network

A panel of Oregon lawmakers will take a first look Wednesday at changes to Measure 91 -- the voter-approved legalization of recreational marijuana.

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