Wasco County Clerk Lisa Gambee, who oversees the local elections process, is getting a lot of phone calls that reflect confusion about the difference between an “unaffiliated” or “Independent” voter. She said the calls began after the Oregon Capital Bureau reported that the Independent Party of Oregon (IPO) had opened its primary to unaffiliated voters.April 17, 2018 3 p.m. read more..
Oregon Senator Cliff Bentz, R-Ontario, will ride in the Northwest Cherry Festival Parade in The Dalles and the performance stage has been renamed after him in recognition of his public service to District 30 residents. The stage was previously named after Ted Ferrioli, R-John Day, who left the Legislature last fall to serve on the Northwest Power and Conservation Planning Council.April 12, 2018 3 p.m. read more..
Jamie McLeod-Skinner believes “government needs to know when to help and when to get out of the way,” something she says U.S. Rep. Greg Walden, R-Ore., has failed to do, which is why she is seeking to replace him in Congress. “I’ve always seen serving in a public office as serving the public trust,” she said.April 9, 2018 3 p.m. read more..
SALEM — The Independent Party of Oregon (IPO) wants you to know that if you're registered to vote in Oregon, but don't belong to a political party, you can still cast a ballot in their primary May 15. You'll need to ask the Secretary of State for that ballot, though.April 5, 2018 3 p.m. read more..
Scott Hege is proud of the work the county commission has done in recent years but believes he can always do better. That requires a thick skin, communication and a focus on problem solving, qualities he says are important in a county commissioner.April 5, 2018 3 p.m. read more..
Roy Justesen wants to make big changes to the Wasco County Board of County Commissioners to help create a louder voice for everyone within Wasco County, specifically amplifying the voices of the rural community and addressing land-use issues.April 5, 2018 3 p.m. read more..
Her campaign motto is “Moral Courage + Rural Dignity,” and Raz Mason is excited to be one of seven Democrats trying to unseat U.S. Rep. Greg Walden, a Republican. “I woke up early one January morning, and I thought, ‘I have to do this, I’ve got something to say,’” she said. “We need fewer walls and more bridges. We have nothing to lose; we can try it another way.”April 3, 2018 3 p.m. read more..
Kathy Schwartz believes that her public service background and willingness to ask hard questions will bring the change that she says Wasco County needs to move forward. A resident of The Dalles, Schwartz is running for County Commissioner, Position 3, against incumbent Rod Runyon.April 2, 2018 3 p.m. read more..
Students at The Dalles High School participated in a 17-minute national walkout March 14 at 10 a.m. The date and length of the walkout were a tribute to the 17 victims who were fatally shot on Valentine’s Day at Marjory Stoneman Douglass High School in Parkland, Fla.March 15, 2018 3 p.m. read more..
Dr. Jenni Neahring has made a couple of stops in The Dalles during the past month as her campaign to unseat U.S. Rep. Greg Walden, a Republican, shifts into high gear. Neahring, a Democrat who resides in Bend, decided to join a crowded field of candidates for the May election. She believes her unique perspective as a palliative care physician will benefit citizens in the Second Congressional District.March 8, 2018 3 p.m. read more..
SALEM — An effort to insert an amendment in Oregon's Constitution making health care a right died amid concerns by lawmakers that it would expose the state to lawsuits. Such an amendment would have been unprecedented among U.S. states, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures.March 1, 2018 3 p.m. read more..
Health care started things off but youth care took center stage in Sen. Ron Wyden’s town hall Saturday in Odell. “This has got to be the time we talk about it,” Wyden said about school safety as the nation reels from the killing of 17 people at Stoneman Douglas High School in Florida last week.February 27, 2018 3 p.m. read more..
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