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.


Government and Politics
5:56 pm
Fri April 18, 2014

Oregon Same-Sex Marriage Case Hits Federal Court This Week

Chantal Andrea

Attorneys for a group that wants to overturn Oregon's law barring same-sex marriage will make their case to a federal judge in Eugene Wednesday.

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Government and Politics
3:51 pm
Mon April 7, 2014

Kitzhaber Off To Big Fundraising Lead In Oregon Governor's Race

Incumbent Democrat John Kitzhaber (L) has built a sizeable fundraising lead over his likely Republican challenger Dennis Richardson.
Campaign photos

The troubled roll-out of Oregon's health insurance exchange isn't hurting the state's governor when it comes to political fundraising.

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Economy, Business, Finance, and Labor
4:58 pm
Mon March 17, 2014

Oregon Panel To Look At Ways To Increase Rates Of Retirement Savings

401(K) 2013 Flickr

The responsibility of saving for retirement is falling more and more on the shoulders of employees.

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Government and Politics
6:25 pm
Tue March 11, 2014

Filing Day Marks Unofficial Kick-Off To Oregon Campaign Season

A state elections worker puts another name up on the board in the Oregon House showing candidates who have filed to run in the May 2014 primary.
Chris Lehman Northwest News Network

Oregon candidates are off to the races. The campaign season unofficially got underway Tuesday with the deadline to file to run in the May primary.

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Government and Politics
7:51 am
Mon March 10, 2014

Annual Sessions: Are They Working?

Matt Howry Flickr

Until recently, Oregon was one of the only states where lawmakers met every other year. In 2010, voters approved a plan for the legislature to meet annually.

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Government and Politics
5:22 pm
Fri March 7, 2014

Oregon Lawmakers Gavel 2014 Legislative Session To A Close

File photo of the Oregon State Capitol Building
M.O. Stevens Wikimedia

The Oregon legislature has wrapped up its 2014 legislative session. The final gavel fell Friday afternoon as lawmakers wrapped up the loose ends on a handful of bills.

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Government and Politics
4:18 pm
Thu March 6, 2014

As Session Drags On, Oregon Lawmakers Tangle Over Class-Action Bill

Chris Phan Flickr

Oregon lawmakers are struggling to finish their work before this weekend's deadline to adjourn.

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Government and Politics
5:19 pm
Wed March 5, 2014

Feds Confirm Investigation Into Cover Oregon

Headquarters of the Government Accountability Office in Washington, D.C.
Rob Ketcherside Flickr

Federal officials confirmed Wednesday that they will investigate the troubled roll-out of Oregon's health insurance exchange website.

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Health and Medicine
4:00 pm
Wed March 5, 2014

Oregon Lawmakers May Allow Temporary Marijuana Dispensary Bans


Oregon lawmakers are hashing out a compromise on whether to allow cities and counties to ban medical marijuana dispensaries.

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Government and Politics
4:32 pm
Tue March 4, 2014

Oregon Lawmakers Try To Avoid Another Cover Oregon Fiasco

The website for Oregon's health insurance exchange still isn't fully functional.
Cover Oregon

Oregon lawmakers say they want to avoid another high-profile tech blunder like the problems facing the state's online health insurance exchange.

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