Independent Party Seeking Formal Recognition In Oregon

By Jim McCoy Mon 9th February NewsIndependent PartyPolitics
The Independent Party of Oregon wants the Secretary of State to quickly certify the party, after it picked up enough members to qualify as a major political party. State law sets a mid-August deadline for Secretary of State Kate Brown to recognize a new major party. Party officials say they hope she'll do it soon so they can prepare for 2016 elections.Read More »

Sen. John McCain To Visit Oregon On Behalf of Wehby

By Jim McCoy Thu 2nd October NewsDr. Monica WehbyPoliticsSen. John McCain
Arizona Sen. John McCain is in Oregon to try to help rescue Republican Monica Wehby's U.S. Senate bid. McCain talked about health care, military spending and veterans issues with Wehby and several dozen supporters in Gresham on Thursday.Read More »

Merkley Attempts To Tie Wehby To National GOP Agenda

By Jim McCoy Mon 9th June NewsMonica WehbyPoliticsSen. Jeff Merkley
Democratic Sen. Jeff Merkley is rolling out a new television ad that seeks to align his Republican rival with the national GOP agenda. A Merkley campaign spokesman says the ad began airing over the weekend and will ramp up Monday.Read More »

Polling Shows Tight Oregon Gubernatorial, Senatorial Races

The campaign for Republican gubernatorial candidate Dr. Monica Wehby is touting a Daily Caller/Vox Populi poll showing the challenger in a dead heat with incumbent Democratic Sen. Jeff Merkley.Read More »

State Rep. From Medford Seeking Re-Election

By Jim McCoy Fri 17th January NewsPoliticsRep. Sal Esquivel
State Representative Sal Esquivel of Medford says there’s still work to be done, so he will run for a sixth term representing Oregon’s 6th District this fall. The Medford native and real estate broker is a Republican who graduated from Medford high in 1966, before serving in the U.S. Army in Vietnam and later working in the wood products industry.Read More »

Kitzhaber Announces Re-election Bid

By Jim McCoy Mon 9th December NewsGov. John KitzhaberPolitics
Democrat John Kitzhaber was once known as Dr. No for vetoing Republican legislation but now says he's running for governor a fourth time on a record as a centrist. He said Monday he'll seek a fourth term.Read More »

Bend Republican To Challenge Merkley

By Jim McCoy Tue 15th October NewsJason CongerJeff MerkleyPolitics
A state representative has joined the race for the Republican nomination to challenge Democratic U.S. Sen. Jeff Merkley. Jason Conger of Bend said Tuesday the economy is sputtering, and he will focus on job creation if he's sent to Washington, D.C. The 45-year-old Conger was elected to the state House in 2010 and re-elected two years later.Read More »

Pro-Administration, Pro-Long Candidates Win School Board Races

By Jim McCoy Wed 22nd May NewsPoliticsschool board elections
School board candidates viewed as supportive of Medford School Superintendent Phil Long were elected to the board. Incumbent Jeff Thomas won comfortably, while Marcia Prendergrast retained her seat, holding off three challengers. For position two, incumbent Paulie Brading- a critic of Long- was defeated by Larry Nicholson, who returns to the board.Read More »

Legislative Panel Approves Oregon Tuition Bill

By Jim McCoy Mon 18th February Newsillegal immgrantsPolitics
A bill allowing illegal immigrants to pay in-state tuition at Oregon universities has cleared its first legislative hurdle.A House committee approved the measure on Monday, sending it to a vote in the full House. Oregon requires university students to pay higher out-of-state tuition if they can't prove they are legally in the United States.Read More »


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