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Dirk VanderHart

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Portland, OR, United States

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Past articles by Dirk:

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Judicial panel upholds Oregon Democrats’ new congressional districts

The five-judge panel found there was no proof that Democrats had engaged in illegal gerrymandering. → Read More

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Democratic lawmaker supports lawsuit challenging Oregon legislative maps passed by his party

As part of a new court challenge, state Rep. Marty Wilde, D-Eugene, says he was punished for suggesting he might challenge a sitting senator. → Read More

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After slow start, redistricting proposals get moving in Salem

Lawmakers convened for a special session on Monday, but delayed action repeatedly. → Read More

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Oregon House Speaker Tina Kotek confirms to colleagues she’s running for governor

Four House Democrats said on Tuesday they'd been contacted by Kotek. The House Speaker becomes the most prominent candidate in either party to enter the race. → Read More

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Oregon taxpayers could see record $1.9 billion ‘kicker’ refund next year

Thats the latest news from state economists. → Read More

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Expelled Oregon lawmaker Mike Nearman could be among nominees for his old seat

Whether or not county commissioners would tap a person whod have no pull in the Capitol is uncertain. → Read More

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Another Oregon Republican faces recall over gun-control bill

State Sen. Lynn Findley opposed Senate Bill 554. Some constituents say he should have walked out over it. → Read More

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Oregon House expels state Rep. Mike Nearman, plotter of Capitol incursion

Nearman refused to resign in the face of overwhelming evidence he would be ejected from the Legislature. The four-term Republican lawmaker becomes the first person ever expelled from the Oregon House. → Read More

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Tensions on display in Oregon House, as Nearman expulsion effort moves forward

A debate over a relatively minor rule change resulted in a brief shouting match this week. → Read More

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Oregon Rep. Mike Nearman intended to allow demonstrators to breach Capitol, new report suggests

A workplace investigation into Nearmans actions on Dec. 21 could lead to consequences when lawmakers take up the matter next week. → Read More

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Gov. Kate Brown vetoes bill allowing ‘lane splitting’ by Oregon motorcyclists

Motorcycle riders have advocated the law for years, saying they're safer when they can ride between slow moving cars. Brown disagreed. → Read More

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Bill targeting two senators’ role in Oregon GOP may be dead

The two main sponsors of Senate Bill 865 requested that a hearing scheduled for later in the day be scrapped. → Read More

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Gov. Kate Brown blasts Oregon lawmakers’ school funding plan

In a biting letter sent Monday, the governor said the plan was likely illegal, and could harm some students. → Read More

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Second COVID-19 case detected in Oregon House in 1 week

The chamber had already canceled floor sessions after the week’s first case. People with the virus have now been confirmed in the state House four times this legislative sesssion. → Read More

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Oregon lawmakers reach deal to end delay tactics slowing session

Democrats agreed to give up a stranglehold on drawing new political maps in exchange for an easier path to pass their agenda. → Read More

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Oregon Capitol aides are one step closer to forming a union

The state's Employment Relations Board has rejected the Legislature's arguments against the organizing effort. → Read More

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Oregon Legislature’s budget ‘rebalance’ includes big new spending

Whats typically a sleepy budget technicality this year contains some notable compromises — and potential controversy. → Read More

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Oregon could see a ‘kicker’ despite pandemic’s toll

The latest forecast from state economists show tax revenues are expected to come in far higher than anticipated. → Read More

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Oregon GOP ousts chair, taps state Sen. Dallas Heard as new leader

Heard is one of three current or former Republican state senators who swept into party leadership after a vote Saturday. → Read More

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Judge tosses Republican challenge to Gov. Kate Brown’s emergency authority

Three state lawmakers and one Washington County businessman had argued Oregons emergency law is too broad. → Read More