Last August, the Register-Guard editorial board praised Oregon’s congressional delegation for its response to the Trump administration’s inhumane border policies. We observed that no lawmaker had done more than Oregon Sen. Jeff Merkley to call attention to the separation of immigrant familie…
If you traveled to Southern Oregon last summer, you might have caught a glimpse of what the new normal will look like across the U.S. West: In Ashland, where smoke from wildfires forced the cancellation of more than two dozen performances at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, it was common to …
Apparently with nothing better to do, a group of Oregon lawmakers has decided to take on the state’s nonprofit hospitals. The hospitals, they contend, don’t behave the way good charities should, and the state should step in and correct the situation.
When State Rep. Janelle Bynum was canvassing her district last summer, a woman called 911 because she was concerned that Bynum, who is black, was “casing” the neighborhood.
We suppose we should be grateful that the Oregon Legislature has even acknowledged the slow-motion crisis that is the Public Employees Retirement System. The problem is that the action the Legislature is primed to take this session — in the form of Senate Bill 1049 — is basically the same st…
Democratic leaders in the Oregon Senate agreed to give up on two high-profile bills in exchange for ending the Republican walkout. But as it often does, the squabbling of partisan politics by Oregon’s representatives has endangered the very people they are sent to Salem to protect.
Seventy-five days and nearly $1 million later, the Oregon-Washington measles outbreak is over. But thanks to growing opposition to vaccinations, it’s unlikely to be the last.
Time and again, the leaders of Oregon’s Department of Human Services vow to do better to protect children in foster care. After news articles or lawsuits reveal abuse, deplorable living conditions or deaths of foster children, DHS’ top managers appear before legislators assuring them they’ll…
With about two months remaining in the legislative session, we’ve reached the point at which the focus is narrowing onto the biggest and most contentious issues in the Capitol — and at least some Democrats are starting to sense that, despite their super-majorities in both chambers, they may …
A bill proposed in the Oregon State Legislature aiming to ban clearcutting in forestland watershed is bad news for Oregonians.
When it comes to advocating for their children’s schools, Oregon families are a force of nature. They organize bake sales, car washes and auctions for a fundraising cycle that never ends. They give up national holidays to rally at the state Capitol for more education dollars. And from local …
The U.S. Supreme Court last week said it will consider overturning a criminal conviction by a 10-2 jury vote in Louisiana — potentially a big step toward eliminating the use of nonunanimous verdicts in criminal cases in the only state where they’re currently allowed.
Ever since the U.S. Supreme Court’s 2018 Janus decision changed how public-sector unions can operate, those unions and their allies have been working to change laws to their advantage.
Just about every day has some sort of holiday attached to it these days. March 3 was National If Pets Had Thumbs Day, March 6 was National Frozen Food Day, and Sunday was National Find a Pay Phone Booth Day.
The snow is mostly gone, but stories of complete strangers shoveling driveways, clearing trees, and checking on their neighbor keep pouring in.
Here’s an item from Salem that you might have missed last week: The state’s economists are predicting that legislators will have a record amount of revenue with which to work as they craft a spending plan for the 2019-21 two-year budget cycle.
With a Democratic supermajority in the Oregon Legislature and the backing of legislative leaders, passage of Senate Bill 608 has seemed a political inevitability from the start of the session.
Oregon legislators will consider a slew of gun control proposals this session including SB 501, a catchall bill, and a few lesser bills that mostly propose portions of what the larger bill sets out to do.
The Roseburg Veterans Affairs Medical Center is set to have new leadership next month, giving veterans their fifth director in five years.
The Oregon Department of Education last week released high school graduation rates for the class of 2018, and there was good news in the numbers: The on-time graduation rate for the state rose to nearly 79 percent.