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Smith runs as write-in

When Sherman County Commissioner Mike Smith narrowly lost the Republican primary last May to challenger Joe Dabulskis, plenty of people asked him to run a write-in campaign. He wasn’t interested at the time, but has decided to throw his hat in the ring after all.

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Hats on for Wyden

U.S. Senator Ron Wyden, D-Ore., left, admires a knitted children’s hat during a visit to the Loren Kaufman Veterans Clinic in The Dalles. The hat was made by Virginia Wang, right, who was knitting in the waiting room when Wyden stopped at the clinic on his way to Pendleton. “I’m known as the ‘hat lady at Safeway,” she told the senator. “I love making hats, that’s why God put me on this earth,” she added. She makes an average of two each day, and has made 1,016 hats so far this year. She gives them away, she explained, and Wyden selected a red one for his youngest daughter, who is three years old, but insisted she accept cash to purchase more yarn.

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Wyden hopeful about election

U.S. Sen. Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) has been camped out at the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia most of the week, and in an exclusive interview with The Dalles Chronicle on Thursday, he said he’s happy with the way the convention has gone and with the party’s prospects for November.

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Walden addresses GOP

U.S. Rep. Greg Walden was one of the first speakers at the Republican National Convention in Cleveland that began Monday, and has been present each night since. “I think it’s a political convention with a lot of players but I think it’s all coming together,” he said in a telephone interview with The Chronicle Thursday morning prior to an appearance on C-Span.

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The Dalles group close to France attack

Five women from The Dalles on a month-long tour of Europe left a fireworks show in Nice, France, just 10 minutes before an attacker drove a truck into the crowd, killing over 80. After the Bastille Day fireworks show finished Thursday night, Paula Fairclo and her friends first headed to a café to get gelato, but decided against it because the crowds on the mile-long seaside promenade were too massive.

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Dedicated to Bernie

Solea Kabakov, a lifelong peace activist and resident of The Dalles, will be a delegate for Bernie Sanders at the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia in July. She is one of two pledged delegates for Sanders from the Second Congressional District, which covers much of eastern Oregon.

Walden talks Trump, vets

U.S. Rep. Greg Walden, R-Ore., was asked tough questions during Saturday’s town hall in The Dalles about his endorsement of GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump. Walden announced his support of Trump following a May 12 meeting that was also attended by House Speaker Paul Ryan and Reince Priebus, chair of the Republican National Committee.

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Walden hosts TD town hall

U.S. Rep. Greg Walden, R-Ore., has good news to deliver at Saturday’s town hall in The Dalles about progress to rename the local veterans’ clinic after a soldier who earned the Medal of Honor for heroism in Korea. The town hall will be held in Wasco County will be held at 8:30 a.m. on May 21 at the Fort Dalles Readiness Center, 402 E. Scenic Drive.

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Kramer retains county seat

Ballot return was 50 percent

Early results, Wasco County Commissioner, Position 2

Results so far, updated 10:40 p.m.: Wasco County Commissioner, Position 2: Rodger Nichols, 45.50 percent, with 2,434 votes. Incumbent Steve Kramer, 54.1 percent, with 2,894 Votes. Final update in a.m.

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Election night

Oregon voters have until today at 8 p.m. to turn in their ballots for the May primary. Local drop boxes are located at the Wasco County Courthouse, 511 Washington Street in The Dalles, and Maupin City Hall, 408 Deschutes Avenue. The Dalles Rotary Club will also be collecting ballots from motorists outside the courthouse. As of Monday, 34.79 percent of Wasco County ballots had been returned, compared to 29.3 percent statewide. After the polls close, election results will be posted on The Dalles Chronicle’s Facebook page and at thedalleschronicle.com.

Ballot count rises

With a week left in the May 17 primary, 19.98 percent of Wasco County voters have mailed their ballots. The returns for the major parties are as follows: 1,284 of 5,054 Democrats, 1,014 of 4,472 Republicans and 161 of 636 Independents. Residents have until Thursday to mail ballots and ensure delivery since postmarks do not count.

Romero: Term limits vital

Paul J. Romero, Jr., of Prineville is a Constitutional Conservative who has never before held a public office, but believes it is time to send incumbent U.S. Rep. Greg Walden, R-Ore., into retirement.

Walden: Reform plan ready

U.S. Rep. Greg, R-Ore., thinks the “anti-establishment” political climate in the 2016 election cycle is generated by frustration about governance under the Obama Administration.

Stine seeks senate seat

Young challenger for Wyden in Senate race

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