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Lauren Dake

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Portland, OR, United States

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  • OPB
  • The Guardian
  • The Columbian

Past articles by Lauren:

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State lawmakers consider lifting ban on self-service gas in Oregon

House Bill 4151 dives into the seemingly age-old controversy in Oregon of whether it’s time to allow for self-service gas pumps. Oregon remains only one of two states that doesn’t allow drivers to pump their own gas. But this time, the discussion is coming in the midst of a global pandemic and nationwide workforce shortage. → Read More

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2021 Oregon Legislature halfway point: Policies take a backseat to the politics

Last week, the 2021 legislative session reached its half-way point. The hope that the unprecedented crises facing the state — homes ravaged by wildfires, people dying of COVID-19, a racial reckoning movement underway — would inspire political unity has all but died. → Read More

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Oregon lawmakers approve bill to turn hotels and motels into housing, shelters

Oregon state lawmakers approved a measure on Wednesday that embodies the times we are living in: The bill would ease the ability to convert hotels and motels — pummeled by the coronavirus pandemic — into long-term affordable housing for people who lost their homes in the wildfires or who are otherwise unhoused. → Read More

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Poll: Oregonians hold negative views of governor, mixed on state’s COVID-19 response

In a recent poll of Oregonians, majorities said they support increasing the state«s minimum wage to $17 an hour in 2022, oppose allowing prisoners to vote. Survey participants said homelessness is the state»s most pressing crisis. → Read More

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3 finalists selected to replace seat held by former Rep. Hernandez

Hernandezs resignation effective today; Multnomah County commissioners will select from three finalists. → Read More

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Rep. Diego Hernandez’s resignation effective March 15

On Monday afternoon, Hernandez revised the date of his departure from the Oregon state Legislature, saying he plans to stay in office through March 15, rather than March 31 as he had originally proposed → Read More

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Judge clears the way for Oregon House vote to expel Rep. Diego Hernandez

Rep. Diego Hernandez’s attempt to stop the House of Representatives from voting on whether to expel him from the state Legislature failed on Friday after a judge ruled. → Read More

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US lawmakers request investigation into youth congregate care facilities, including one Oregon relied heavily on

Several members of Congress are requesting the Office of Inspector General investigate youth congregate care and residential facilities, including those operated by a company Oregon previously sent dozens of foster youth to for treatment. → Read More

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Oregon lawmakers kick off hearings into alleged harassment by Rep. Diego Hernandez

A nine-month long investigation into Hernandez’s behavior found the state lawmaker created a hostile workplace environment and made two women feel pressure to either rekindle their relationships with the East Portland lawmaker or risk jeopardizing their careers. Another woman who was in a long-term relationship with the lawmaker said he was controlling and abusive. → Read More

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Gov. Brown backtracks on decision to shield COVID-19 details

Gov. Kate Brown orders the Oregon State Health Authority to continue to release detailed data. → Read More

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Gov. Kate Brown moves to close three Oregon prisons

Gov. Kate Brown is using her executive authority to close three Oregon prisons, a move her office said would save the state more than $44 million dollars. → Read More

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Oregon state lawmakers delay gathering for 2021 legislative session, brace for armed protests

Oregon state lawmakers are preparing for the possibility of another armed protest at the Capitol in Salem and will delay gathering in-person on the first day of the 2021 legislative session. → Read More

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Oregon US Rep. Kurt Schrader against impeaching Trump, reportedly likens it to ‘lynching

U.S. Rep. Kurt Schrader, considered the most moderate Democrat in Oregon’ congressional delegation, reportedly told his colleagues in the House Democratic Caucus on Friday that he was against impeaching President Donald Trump for inciting the mob that broke into the U.S. Capitol. Then Schrader likened the attempt to remove Trump to a “lynching,” according to reports from ABC News. → Read More

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Gov. Kate Brown will ease COVID-19 related restrictions placed on schools, urges more to reopen in February

Oregon Gov. Kate Brown is easing the statewide restrictions placed on school districts with the goal of seeing more students return to in-person instruction by February; the governor’s latest announcement comes despite a continued surge in the number of people being diagnosed with the coronavirus in the state. → Read More

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Far-right protesters disrupt Oregon Legislature special session

Oregon State Police declared on unlawful assembly at the State Capitol Monday as a group of far-right protesters led by Patriot Prayer attempted to storm the building. → Read More

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Most Oregon counties remain in ‘extreme risk’ categories for spreading COVID-19

Most Oregon counties are currently at “extreme risk” for the spread of COVID-19 and will continue to see ongoing restrictions in an attempt to curb the spread of the virus. → Read More

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Unlikely allies: How Kate Brown and Mike Pence ended stalemate in Portland

Inside the three days that ended Oregon's seemingly hopeless standoff with the Trump administration. → Read More

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Oregon Governor Plans To Release Inmates To Reduce Risk Of COVID-19

Oregon Gov. Kate Brown is preparing to release medically vulnerable inmates as the number of incarcerated individuals who have tested positive for coronavirus climbs to more than 160. → Read More

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Lawsuit Filed Against Portland Nursing Home With Nearly 30 COVID-19 Deaths

A lawsuit filed against Health Care at Foster Creek alleges staff misled families and failed to keep people safe. → Read More

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Gov. Kate Brown Lays Out COVID-19 Testing And Contact Tracing As Keys To Reopening Oregon

The governor warned reopening Oregon wouldn’t happen all at once and would be slower than what anyone wants. But, she said, certain regions of the state could happen as soon as May 15. → Read More