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
5:47 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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Government and Politics
3:56 pm
Wed August 20, 2014

Changes On The Way For 'No Fly List'

Credit caribb / Flickr

Changes are coming to the federal government's "No Fly List." But it's not clear yet what those changes will be.

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Government and Politics
2:39 pm
Tue August 12, 2014

Oregon Treasurer Can't Seek Re-election

Oregon Treasurer Ted Wheeler
Credit Oregon State Treasury

Oregon's attorney general issued an opinion this week that says Democrat Ted Wheeler is not eligible to win election to a second four-year term.

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Government and Politics
5:11 pm
Wed August 6, 2014

Oregon Will Consider Washington's Top Two Primary System

Washington voters got another chance this week to take the state's relatively new Top Two primary system for a spin. This year Oregon voters will choose whether to shift to a similar method of choosing candidates.

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Government and Politics
5:51 pm
Mon August 4, 2014

Oregon 'Driver Card' Campaign Kicks Off

Credit Oregon DMV

Oregonians will vote this fall on whether its residents should be able to apply for driver’s licenses regardless of their immigration status. Supporters of the measure kicked off their campaign Monday.

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Education and Training
5:44 pm
Mon July 28, 2014

Northwest States Vary On 'No Child Left Behind' Waivers

Oregon is waiting to hear whether its application for a continued federal waiver from the No Child Left Behind law will be approved.

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Food, Agriculture, and Animals
4:05 pm
Wed July 23, 2014

Oregonians Will Vote On GMO Labeling Initiative

File photo of supporters of a GMO labeling initiative rallying in front of the Oregon capitol earlier this month.
Credit Chris Lehman / Northwest News Network

An initiative that will give Oregonians the chance to vote on whether food companies should label products that contain genetically engineered ingredients qualified for the November ballot Wednesday.

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