Local Politics

Politics Kitzhaber doesn't expect consensus from GMO panel Kitzhaber doesn't expect consensus from GMO panel
Gov. John Kitzhaber told members of his newly created task force on genetically engineered agriculture that he does not expect them to reach a consensus or produce any specific proposals for next year's legislative session.
Politics Oregon drops proposed ban on pot-laced munchies Oregon drops proposed ban on pot-laced munchies
Oregon officials are backing off their proposal to prohibit sales of pot-infused treats at Oregon medical marijuana stores after receiving hundreds of emailed comments opposing the ban.
Politics Oregon congressional map pleases both parties Oregon congressional map pleases both parties
The 2010 election gave Oregon an evenly divided House of Representatives and a power-sharing agreement between Republicans and Democrats, and the result was a redistricting process that left both parties relatively happy.
Politics Oregon dismays medical pot shops with munchies ban Oregon dismays medical pot shops with munchies ban
Hash brownies, space cakes and other pot-laced munchies won't be among the items allowed at Oregon medical marijuana dispensaries, state officials said, and that's drawn criticism from pot-shop advocates.
Politics State, contractor blamed for Cover Oregon problems State, contractor blamed for Cover Oregon problems
An independent review of Oregon's troubled health insurance exchange has found poor management, an overly ambitious scope and shoddy work by technology contractor Oracle as some of the reasons for Cover Oregon's failed launch.
Politics Oregon AG to implement gay marriage if ban falls Oregon AG to implement gay marriage if ban falls
Oregon's attorney general told a federal court Tuesday why she believes the state's voter-approved ban on same-sex marriages violates the federal constitutional rights of homosexual couples. Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum added that Oregon is prepared to implement gay marriages if a federal judge strikes down the ban.
Politics States looking at $0 community college tuition States looking at $0 community college tuition
Nothing sparks consumer demand like the word "free," and politicians in some states have proposed the idea of providing that incentive to get young people to attend community college.
Politics FBI balks at background checks on Wash. pot business owners FBI balks at background checks on Wash. pot business owners
The FBI is refusing to run nationwide background checks on people applying to run legal marijuana businesses in Washington state, even though it has conducted similar checks in Colorado — a discrepancy that illustrates the quandary the Justice Department faces as it allows the states to experiment with regulating a drug that's long been illegal under federal law.