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 On Twitter @capitolcurrents.


Economy, Business, Finance, and Labor
4:02 pm
Tue January 6, 2015

Oregon Governor Urges Business Leaders To Remember Those Left Behind

Gov. John Kitzhaber
Office of the Governor

At a business summit in Portland Tuesday, Oregon Governor John Kitzhaber urged business executives not to forget about those left behind in the state's economic recovery.

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Government and Politics
5:50 pm
Fri January 2, 2015

Kitzhaber Prepares His Fourth Inauguration Speech

File photo. John Kitzhaber delivers his third inaugural address on January 10, 2011 at the state capitol in Salem.
Colin Fogarty Northwest News Network

Oregon Governor John Kitzhaber has until January 12 to put the finishing touches on his inaugural address. But writing the speech should be old hat to the governor.

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Economy, Business, Finance, and Labor
3:20 pm
Fri December 26, 2014

Oregon, Washington Minimum Wage Set For Increase

The minimum wage is going up by 15 cents an hourin both Washington and Oregon to $9.47 in Washington and $9.25 in Oregon.

The new year will mean higher pay for low-wage workers in Oregon and Washington. The minimum wage in both states is set for an increase.

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Food, Agriculture, and Animals
4:31 pm
Mon December 22, 2014

Egg Prices Rise As New California Regulations Kick In

Some grocery stores, including this one in Salem, are warning customers of higher egg prices.
Chris Lehman Northwest News Network

Get ready to shell out more money for eggs. Some Northwest stores are warning of higher egg prices as new regulations on hen houses take effect in California next month.

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International Affairs
9:49 am
Thu December 18, 2014

Northwest Exporters Eye New Opportunities In Cuba

File photo of The Cuban Capitol in Havana.
Nigel Pacquette Wikimedia

Northwest farmers and orchardists are among the potential beneficiaries if the U.S. and Cuba normalize their relationship and the trade embargo ends.

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Crime, Law and Justice
5:12 pm
Wed December 17, 2014

Federal Court Turns Down Oregon's Attempt To Sue For-Profit College

The 9th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled against the State of Oregon in a lawsuit against the company that operates the University of Phoenix.

Oregon has failed in its attempt to recover millions from a bad investment in a for-profit university.

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Government and Politics
5:11 pm
Fri December 12, 2014

Oregon Could Soon Have Third Major Political Party

The Independent Party is on the cusp of becoming Oregon’s third major political party.

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Government and Politics
11:38 am
Thu December 11, 2014

Supporters Of Oregon Food Labeling Measure Concede Defeat

File photo of Elections workers in Salem hand-counting Marion County ballots.
Chris Lehman Northwest News Network

Supporters of a food labeling measure in Oregon have conceded defeat, more than one month after the election.

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Crime, Law and Justice
5:46 pm
Wed December 10, 2014

Amid State Capitol Holiday Festivities, Demonstrators Protest Police Shootings

Amy Wojcicki, a spokeswoman for Oregon Governor John Kitzhaber, reads a statement from the governor.
Chris Lehman Northwest News Network

Political protest mixed with holiday festivities in Salem Wednesday.

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Environment and Planning
4:35 pm
Tue December 9, 2014

Oregon Land Board Ponders Future Of Elliott Forest

The Elliott State Forest is in southwest Oregon.
Francis Eatherington Flickr

A large state-owned forest in Oregon might end up in new hands.

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