Dirk VanderHart, OPB

Dirk VanderHart

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Portland, OR, United States

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  • Portland Mercury

Recent articles by Dirk:

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On Election Day eve, Oregon’s turnout is more sluggish than past years

The relatively slow pace of ballot returns doesn't mean Oregon voters won't turn out in sizeable numbers — just that they're not doing so yet. → Read More

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Workplace complaint stalls against Tina Kotek, after committee deadlocks

Republicans on the House Conduct Committee said Kotek created a hostile workplace for another lawmaker in 2019. Democrats disagreed. → Read More

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Phil Knight spends big to help Oregon Republicans regain power in state Legislature

The Nike co-founder has given to legislative races in the past, but never to this degree. → Read More

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Oregon GOP taps a new leader after another chair resigns

Gresham restaurateur Justin Hwang is the new party chair. Oregon Republicans have had three different leaders since March. → Read More

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Oregon lets schools ban guns on campus, but few districts have made that choice

Eight months after lawmakers granted schools the ability to issue blanket gun prohibitions, only about 13% of public school districts have put the policy change into place. More are in the process. → Read More

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President Joe Biden is coming to Portland to tout infrastructure spending, raise money for Democrats

The president tapped Oregon as a stage as he makes the case for Democratic success. He'll also talk to private donors. → Read More

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Yamhill County chair faces recall in Tuesday election

County Commissioner Lindsay Berschauer has been a fractious presence on the county board since winning office in 2020. Opponents say she's brought unacceptable partisanship to the job. → Read More

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Oregon Legislature adjourns 2022 session with billions in new spending

After weeks of slow progress, lawmakers wound up adjourning three days earlier than required. → Read More

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Oregon to lift masking rules March 19

The announcement comes as new COVID-19 hospitalizations and cases are plummeting in Oregon. → Read More

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Harassing election workers could lead to prison under Oregon bill

The bill comes as instances of threats and harassment have spiked nationwide following the 2020 election. → Read More

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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