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SALEM — Since the divisive November national elections, Oregon lawmakers and a member of its congressional delegation are seeing unprecedented public participation in the political process, and they are hoping the engagement will help solve a budget crisis.

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OLYMPIA, Wash. — Tina Podlodowski has been elected the next chair of Washington’s Democratic Party, ousting an incumbent who had been criticized by some in the party for what was seen as lackluster results last November.

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  • ANDREW SELSKY The Associated Press
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SALEM — Oregon’s governor and legislative leaders predicted a tough legislative session this year on Thursday because of budget deficits, while Democrats are also focused on insulating the state from President Donald Trump’s executive orders on immigration, health care and other issues.

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OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — In a story Jan. 19 about a bill that would give students control of school-sponsored media, The Associated Press erroneously reported the status of similar legislation in other states. In 2007 Oregon passed a student expression law. Other bills have been filed in Vermon…

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PORTLAND — Lea Vlcek of Elkton describes herself as a long-time feminist. Feminists changed the world for women, she said, opening shelters for battered women, improving women’s health and opening up jobs to women where none had been before.

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A change in U.S. House rules making it easier to transfer millions of acres of federal public lands to states is worrying hunters and other outdoor enthusiasts across the West who fear losing access; however, a local timber industry spokesman said state management of federal forest lands cou…

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Alana Lenihan is in good health and has insurance through her husband’s job at Lowe’s. So she won’t be directly affected by the apparently imminent repeal of the Affordable Care Act.