Local Politics

Politics Oregon voters get 2nd shot at 'top-two' primaries Oregon voters get 2nd shot at 'top-two' primaries
For the half-million Oregon voters who reject party labels, the May election ballot can be pretty boring.

Shut out of the Republican and Democratic primaries, this growing bloc of voters is left with a handful of nonpartisan local races and a perplexing question: Is it necessary to vote for all these judges running unopposed?
Politics Groups launch campaigns on GMO labeling in Oregon Groups launch campaigns on GMO labeling in Oregon
In a TV ad paid for by advocates of labeling genetically modified foods in Oregon, voters are told 64 countries have such requirements and labels didn't lead to an increase in their food costs.
Politics Now a progressive champion, Merkley eyes 2nd term Now a progressive champion, Merkley eyes 2nd term
Jeff Merkley, who was chosen by the Democratic Party establishment over a liberal activist in his first run for U.S. Senate, makes an unlikely hero for the party's left wing.
Politics Exclusive poll shows race to legalize marijuana in Oregon too close to call Exclusive poll shows race to legalize marijuana in Oregon too close to call
A SurveyUSA poll conducted for KATU showed that Oregonians back legalizing recreational marijuana, with 44 percent of likely voters supporting it and 40 percent opposed. But the razor-thin margin and wide disparity of support among demographics means turnout could end up deciding whether it passes.
Politics State fines Richardson, OKs Kitzhaber CPR video
Oregon election officials are fining the campaign of Republican governor candidate Dennis Richardson $365 because he was late to report that he stayed rent-free in a Lake Oswego home.
Politics State budgets $2 million for Cover Oregon lawsuit State budgets $2 million for Cover Oregon lawsuit
In a letter to Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum, Governor Kitzhaber said he's fired state managers in charge of Cover Oregon, and now it's time to hold accountable the website's main technology contractor.