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Gov. Kate Brown Wants Voters To Approve Tax For Affordable Housing

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Brown wants to raise money by taxing real estate transfers. But voters prohibited such taxes eight years ago.

Trump Defense Team Wraps Up Arguments, Setting Stage For Senators' Questions

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The president's legal team did not end up using the full amount of time allotted, ending after just a couple hours on Tuesday. "I think we've made our case," White House counsel Pat Cipollone said.

Milwaukie Becomes 1st City In Oregon To Declare A Climate Emergency

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Milwaukie has become the first city in Oregon to declare a climate emergency. Its resolution calls for more rapid action on reducing carbon and for the city to become carbon neutral by 2045.

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Oregon, Washington Attorneys General Again Sue Trump Administration To Block 3D-Printed Guns

Washington State Attorney General Bob Ferguson is leading a coalition of 21 states, including Oregon, Colorado, Virginia, Maryland, Connecticut and Washington, D.C., in a federal lawsuit against the Trump Administration over newly announced arms export rules.

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Washington Lawmaker Wants Hairstyles Protected Under State's Anti-Discrimination Law

Citing the case of a high school wrestler in New Jersey who was forced to cut his locs before he could compete, a Washington state lawmaker is proposing legislation to protect certain hairstyles under Washington’s anti-discrimination law.

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What To Watch For As Trump's Legal Team Resumes Its Impeachment Defense

President Trump's defense team will continue its side of the impeachment trial, expected to argue that the president was legally justified in freezing military assistance to Ukraine.

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Democrats Renew Demand For Bolton Testimony In Senate Trial After New Report

House impeachment managers press the Senate to call the former national security adviser to testify, after a New York Times report said Trump tied Ukraine aid to investigation of his political rivals.

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Oregon Union Leaders Say They Will File Initiative Aimed At Stopping Legislative Walkouts

Union leaders are proposing an anti-walkout ballot measure after Republicans twice left the Capitol last year to stop legislation they didn't like.

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Oregon Senate Scraps Campaign Finance Committee Months Ahead Of Major Vote

Senate President Peter Courtney elected not to bring the relatively new committee back for the 2020 session, as voters prepare to vote on campaign finance limits. 

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ODOT On Local Concerns For I-5 Widening Project: 'We’re In A Listening Mode'

The Oregon Transportation Commission, seeking to bolster support for its controversial Interstate 5 widening project in Portland, on Thursday promised to do more to study numerous environmental and social concerns raised by local officials and critics.

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'OPB Politics Now': The Political Fight Between Sam Adams And Chloe Eudaly

An already chaotic season in Portland city politics ratcheted way up recently when former Mayor Sam Adams entered the fray.

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Jordan Cove Energy Project Withdraws Application For Key Oregon Permit

The Jordan Cove Energy Project has abruptly withdrawn its application for a key permit from the state of Oregon. It’s not immediately clear what the withdrawal means for the Jordan Cove project.