House Speaker Tina Kotek, Republican Senators Join Call to Abolish Cover Oregon

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Cover Oregon is beginning to resemble a soccer ball. After Senate President Peter Courtney (D-Salem) on Friday vowed to introduced legislation abolishing the scandal-plagued public corporation formed to establish a health insurance exchange, two Republican state senators facing tight re-election battles issued statements over echoing and amplifying Courtney's sentiment. The senators who face tough ...   More
 
Monday, September 8, 2014 NIGEL JAQUISS

Key Republican Won't Vote for Gun Control Bill

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A state Senator in a key swing district said this morning she will not support a controversial gun control bill. "It is disappointing that we are focusing on such a divisive topic when the issue that deserves our attention is mental health care," Sen. Betsy Close (R-Albany) wrote in a statement. "A better funded, more effective mental health care system will do far more to prevent mass gun violence ...   More
 
Thursday, February 6, 2014 KATE WILLSON

State Rep. Sara Gelser Will Run for Key Senate Seat

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State Rep. Sara Gelser (D-Corvallis) announced today that she will seek the Oregon Senate seat currently held by Sen. Betsy Close (R-Albany).  Currently, Democrats hold a 16-14 advantage in the Legislature's upper chamber. That means Republicans need convince only one Democrat to vote their way to bring the chamber to stalemate. In the past session, GOP senators have been been able to do so effectively, ...   More
 
Monday, September 16, 2013 NIGEL JAQUISS

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