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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 »

Rep. Walden Responds to State of the Union

Oregon Second District Representative Greg Walden expressed disappointment in President Obama’s State of the Union address Tuesday night.Read More »

Clackamas GOP Chair Seeking to Lead Oregon Republicans

By Jim McCoy Tue 8th January NewsPoliticsRepublican Party
Clackamas County Republican Chairman John Lee Jr. says he'll run for chairman of the state Republican Party. Lee announced his bid Tuesday, touting success electing conservative candidates to local offices in Clackamas County and winning on several local ballot measures.Read More »

Oregon Stays "Blue"

By Jim McCoy Wed 7th November News2012 electionPolitics
Democrats have retained their grip on all of Oregon's partisan statewide offices and chose President Barack Obama for a second time.Read More »

Three County Commissioner Races Remain Close

By Jim McCoy Wed 7th November News2012 electionPolitics
While the presidential election was pretty well settled at around 8 p.m. Tuesday night, three county commissioner races in southern oregon are still close to call. In Jackson County, Republican Doug Breidenthal leads Democrat Jeff Scroggin by 2,200 votes. Cherryl Walker leads by Bob Just by 115 vote in Josephine County. A member of Just’s campaign staff says there remains 900 votes to count.Read More »

County Commissioner Races Highlight Southern Oregon Races

By Jim McCoy Tue 6th November NewselectionsPolitics
Among the hottest races in southern Oregon are the races for positions on the Jackson and Josephine County Board of Commissioners. Doug Breidenthal, Jeff Scoggin are competing to fill the vacancy being left in Jackson County by the retiring C.W. Smith.Read More »

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