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Rep. Greg Walden (R-Hood River) answered questions about COVID-19 and other current topics during his appearance at a Hood River Rotary Club meeting held via Zoom last week.

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Senior U.S. Senator of Oregon, Ron Wyden, held a town hall July 1 in Sherman County at the Grass Valley Pavilion to talk with citizens about their concerns. Topics included rural broadband, agriculture, veterans, green energy, health care, Iran, North Korea and hemp production.

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The recall effort against Sen. Chuck Thomsen has failed. Chief petitioner Lara Dunn of Hood River said Monday said COVID restrictions impeded efforts to gather enough signatures by the June 2 deadline. She said signature gatherers collected 2,600 signatures in just a few short weeks.

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U.S. Senators Jeff Merkley and Ron Wyden have announced that $5 million in federal funding will be distributed to 102 rural health clinics in Oregon to help boost their coronavirus testing capacity.

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Wasco County voters elected Matthew Ellis as their new District Attorney, retained county commissioner Steve Kramer and approved a revised charter for the City of The Dalles in the May 19 primary election.

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Oregon voters can vote from the comfort of your own home with vote by mail ballots, and the Wasco County elections team is working to make sure ballots will mail out on time on April 29 (earlier for Military/Overseas and absentee voters), said County Clerk Lisa Gambee in a press release.

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Two candidates have filed for Wasco County Commission, position #2, and will be on the May 19 primary ballot. Incumbent Steve Kramer will face a challenge from local attorney Marcus Swift for Wasco County Commission, position #2, in the May 19 primary election. Both candidates filed as nonpartisan.

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The Wasco County Board of Commissioners unanimously passed a resolution in opposition to the passing of cap and trade bills during the Oregon legislature’s short session on Thursday, Feb. 27 at the Wasco County Courthouse.

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SALEM—Democrats in the Oregon House moved Thursday to force Republicans back to the Capitol Thursday, issuing subpoenas to 21 state representatives that would compel them to explain their disappearing act from Salem.

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SALEM — The Capitol became a place without Republicans Tuesday, an extraordinary act of defiance of the control by Democrats.Their absence is grinding to a halt votes in the House and the Senate, plugging the political pipeline meant to cure immediate needs of Oregonians.

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The Wasco County Board of Commissioners will consider Senate Bill 1530, or cap and trade, at 3 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 27, at the county courthouse, 511 Washington St., suite 302.

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The Oregon Legislature swung back into action in February. With Democrats holding the majority of the House of Representatives with 38 members, Daniel Bonham, Republican house caucus deputy leader and 59th district representative, is part of the minority with 22 members.

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