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Paris Achen


Salem, OR, United States

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Past articles by Paris:

Legislators to feds: No drilling off Oregon's coast

Oregon legislators this year want to permanently prohibit oil and gas drilling off the Oregon Coast although no one has shown an interest in poking a hole in the coastal floor. → Read More

Starnes continues crusade for campaign finance reform

Patrick Starnes, former candidate for governor, earns a living now as a carpenter renovating an 1878 house in Brownsville. → Read More

Businesses work to comply with new state pay equity rules

Workers across Oregon could receive pay raises under the state's unique pay equity law that goes into force Jan. 1, but state officials have been late directing employers how to obey. → Read More

Patrick Starnes drops out, endorses Gov. Kate Brown

Patrick Starnes, a Brownsville cabinetmaker who took the political stage to spotlight campaign finance reform and third-party inclusion, announced Tuesday that he was dropping out of the race and endorsing Democratic incumbent Gov. Kate Brown. → Read More

Merkley nominated to be temporary U.N. ambassador

Oregon U.S. Sen. Jeff Merkley has been nominated to be a U.S. ambassador to the 73rd Session of the General Assembly of the United Nations. → Read More

State sued for withholding proposed legislation

Portland business lawyer Greg Chaimov is suing the state to force the release of proposed legislative concepts that have routinely been released as a public record in years past. → Read More

More school days might not equal more instruction time

Gov. Kate Brown and Rep. Knute Buehler, GOP nominee for governor, have both proposed a mandate for a minimum 180-day school year — in line with the national average. → Read More

Gov. Brown releases 7-step education policy agenda

Gov. Kate Brown released her seven-step education policy agenda Monday, Aug. 27, components of which will be included in her proposed 2019-21 state budget, her spokeswoman said. → Read More

OTC moves forward on tolling application

The Oregon Transportation Commission voted unanimously Thursday, Aug. 16, to seek federal approval for tolling Interstates 5 and 205 through the Portland area and to study creating a seamless loop of tollways around the city. → Read More

Survey: Brown and Buehler tied for governor

The first public results from a survey of likely voters shows a close race between Gov. Kate Brown and Rep. Knute Buehler for the state's highest office. → Read More

Independents unwitting beneficiary of campaign finance law

The Independent Party of Oregon is using a relatively new state law to try to spur hosts to include the party’s nominee, Patrick Starnes, in upcoming gubernatorial debates.The legislators who proposed the law in 2017 say their intent was not to force media companies and other debate hosts to → Read More

Inventory: State has over 62,000 affordable units

The amount of subsidized rental units in the state lags far behind the need for affordable housing, according to a statewide inventory compiled by Oregon Housing and Community Services. → Read More

Supreme Court ends mandatory union fees

The court ruled 5-to-4 in Janus v. AFSCME Council 31 that mandatory union fees violate free speech rights of workers who object to union positions. → Read More

Knute Buehler releases tax returns

GOP nominee and his wife reported income of nearly $1 million and paid almost $250,000 in federal taxes in 2017. → Read More

SCOTUS ruling likely won't resolve Sweet Cakes case

A U.S. Supreme Court ruling Monday in favor of a Colorado baker who refused to sell a custom wedding cake to a gay couple because of his religious beliefs is unlikely to resolve a similar case pending review by the Oregon Supreme Court. → Read More

Nonmedical vaccination exemptions at record high

A 2013 law to increase the mandatory vaccination rate has failed to produce sustainable improvement in the number of nonmedical exemptions sought by parents and guardians. → Read More

Tax-free grocery initiative closer to November ballot

A grocery company-backed campaign for IP 37 turned in nearly 180,000 signatures to the secretary of state's office Wednesday. → Read More

Governor Brown releases tax returns

Gov. Kate Brown and her husband made more than $152,000 and paid about $36,000 in state and federal taxes. → Read More

What city is luckiest when it comes to Megabucks?

A majority of winners — 25 — bought tickets outside of the Portland metro area. → Read More

Initiative would ban the sale of assault weapons

The proposal would ban semiautomatic rifles and pistols that have the capacity for a detachable magazine holding more than 10 rounds of ammunition. → Read More