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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Food, Agriculture, and Animals
3:12 pm
Fri October 17, 2014

Money Battle In Oregon Food Labeling Measure Mirrors Washington

File photo of signs marking a field of genetically modified corn
Credit Lindsay Eyink

Oregon's Measure 92 appears to be the most expensive ballot measure campaign in the state's history.

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Government and Politics
5:17 pm
Wed October 15, 2014

Richardson Defends Votes He Made In Favor Of Kitzhaber Priorities

Oregon gubernatorial candidate Dennis Richardson
Credit Campaign photo

Oregon gubernatorial candidate Dennis Richardson is defending votes he made in the legislature in favor of his opponent's political priorities. 

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Government and Politics
7:52 am
Wed October 15, 2014

Kitzhaber, Richardson Again Clash Over Role Of First Lady

Credit Campaign photos

The behavior of Oregon first lady Cylvia Hayes provoked the sharpest exchanges during a gubernatorial debate in Portland Tuesday night on television station KGW.

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Economy, Business, Finance, and Labor
3:17 pm
Tue October 14, 2014

Oregon Supreme Court Hears Public Pension Arguments

Greg Hartman, lead attorney for the PERS coalition of public employees, delivers oral arguments before the Oregon Supreme Court in Salem. Pool photo.
Credit Thomas Patterson / Statesman Journal

Oregon's highest court is pondering the fate of cuts to the state's public pension system. Justices heard arguments Tuesday from attorneys for retired public workers and for the state.

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Government and Politics
3:25 pm
Fri October 10, 2014

Kitzhaber, Richardson Clash Over Role Of First Lady

John Kitzhaber and Dennis Richardson shared the stage at the Portland City Club.
Credit John Rosman / OPB

Oregon Democratic Governor John Kitzhaber and Republican challenger Dennis Richardson clashed Friday over the role of the state's first lady during a debate at Portland City Club.

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Government and Politics
4:20 pm
Mon October 6, 2014

Parties Jockey To Win Control Of Oregon Legislature

Sara Gelser (center) is surrounded by campaign workers and volunteers at her Corvallis field office.
Credit Chris Lehman / Northwest News Network

You need 16 votes to pass a bill in the Oregon Senate. Democrats control the Oregon Senate, 16-14, but one of their members often votes with Republicans on social and environmental issues.

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Government and Politics
5:23 pm
Thu October 2, 2014

John McCain Stumps For Oregon Senate Candidate Monica Wehby

Arizona Senator John McCain campaigned in Salem for Oregon GOP Senate hopeful Monica Wehby.
Credit Chris Lehman / Northwest News Network

Arizona Senator John McCain came to Oregon Thursday to stump for Republican Senate hopeful Monica Wehby.

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Government and Politics
5:32 pm
Tue September 30, 2014

Feds Hand Hiring Authority Back To BPA

File photo of the Bonneville Dam spillway
Credit Wikimedia

The U.S. Department of Energy says the Bonneville Power Administration can be in charge of hiring new employees again.

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Government and Politics
3:23 pm
Fri September 26, 2014

Hot Button Issues Divide Oregon Governor Candidates At Debate

Incumbent Democrat John Kitzhaber and Republican challenger Dennis Richardson held their second debate Friday in Sunriver.
Credit Campaign photos

Incumbent Democrat John Kitzhaber and Republican challenger Dennis Richardson faced-off in the resort town of Sunriver.

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Government and Politics
4:50 pm
Thu September 25, 2014

Money Flowing In To Oregon Political Campaigns

File photo of the Oregon Capitol Building in Salem
Credit Matt Howry / Flickr

Ballots go out in the mail to Oregon voters in less than three weeks. And that means right now is prime fundraising season for candidates and ballot measure campaigns.

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