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
5:35 pm
Fri July 18, 2014

Oregon Gubernatorial Candidates Clash In First Debate

GOP challenger Dennis Richardson (left) and incumbent Democratic Governor John Kitzhaber debated in Salem Friday.
Credit Michael Clapp / OPB

Oregon's two leading candidates for governor faced each other on a debate stage for the first time Friday. Republican challenger Dennis Richardson repeatedly questioned incumbent Democrat John Kitzhaber's commitment to the job during a 75-minute faceoff in Salem.

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Government and Politics
11:55 am
Fri July 18, 2014

Oregon Gubernatorial Candidates Tangle In First Debate

GOP challenger Dennis Richardson (left) and incumbent Democratic Governor John Kitzhaber debated in Salem Friday.
Credit Michael Clapp / OPB

Democrat John Kitzhaber and Republican Dennis Richardson traded barbs Friday during the first debate of the 2014 Oregon governor's race. The 75 minute face-off was held during a meeting of the Oregon Newspaper Publishers Association in Salem.

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Government and Politics
11:45 am
Fri July 18, 2014

Oregon Candidates For Governor Debate In Salem

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Oregon's Democratic governor John Kitzhaber squared off with his Republican challenger, state Representative Dennis Richardson, in the first gubernatorial debate of the year. A panel of newspaper editors will question the candidates in the 90-minute debate held in Salem.

Our Salem correspondent Chris Lehman is there and is tweeting from the event. You can follow him on Twitter at @CapitolCurrents

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Government and Politics
4:34 pm
Fri July 11, 2014

Democrat Challenging Walden On Health Care

Democrat Aelea Christofferson is challenging Republican Greg Walden for Oregon’s 2nd Congressional seat.
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Aelea Christofferson, the Democrat taking on Greg Walden, Oregon's only Republican member of Congress, released an attack ad Friday blasting Walden's opposition to the Affordable Care Act.

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Government and Politics
4:42 pm
Thu July 3, 2014

No Big Surprises On Oregon's Signature Deadline Day

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The deadline to turn in signatures to qualify initiative petitions in Oregon produced no big surprises Thursday. But Oregonians could still have a range of controversial topics to decide this fall.

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Environment and Planning
6:01 pm
Wed July 2, 2014

Farmers Urge EPA To 'Ditch' Proposed Clean Water Act Revisions

Angela Bailey farms decorative trees and shrubs near Gresham, Oregon.
Credit Chris Lehman / Northwest News Network

Water is a common and often contentious issue in the West. But now, farmers across the country are also riled up because the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency wants to revise the 1972 Clean Water Act.

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Food, Agriculture, and Animals
4:10 pm
Wed July 2, 2014

Oregon GMO-Labeling Campaign Submits Signatures

Supporters of an initiative that would require labeling of foods containing genetically engineered ingredients rally in front of the Oregon capitol Wednesday.
Credit Chris Lehman / Northwest News Network

Oregon voters may get the chance to require food companies to label products that contain genetically engineered ingredients. Sponsors of an initiative to require that turned in more than 150,000 signatures Wednesday in an effort to make the ballot this November.

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Crime, Law and Justice
5:01 pm
Mon June 30, 2014

Oregon To Investigate Failed Firearm Background Checks

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It's a crime for convicted felons or people with certain known mental health problems to attempt to buy a gun. But until recently not much happened in Oregon if someone tried to skirt the law.

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Government and Politics
5:10 pm
Thu June 26, 2014

Oregon Marijuana Campaigners Turn In Petitions

Chief petitioner Anthony Johnson prepares boxes of signatures to submit to the Oregon Secretary of State's office in Salem.
Credit Chris Lehman / Northwest News Network

Oregon could soon follow Washington and Colorado in legalizing recreational marijuana.

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Government and Politics
3:15 pm
Tue June 24, 2014

Oregon Voters Could Decide On 'Top Two' Primary System

Chief petitioner Jim Kelly turns in six boxes of signatures for the top two primary initiative.
Credit Chris Lehman / Northwest News Network

Oregon voters might have the chance to overhaul the state's primary voting system this fall. Sponsors of an initiative to create a "top two" primary turned in six cases of signatures to the Oregon Secretary of State's office Monday.

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