Local Politics

Politics Sen. Cantwell ties NFL tax status to Redskins name Sen. Cantwell ties NFL tax status to Redskins name
A U.S. senator threatened the NFL with legislation over Washington's nickname, a letter was dispatched to the other 31 team owners, and the issue was linked to the league's others recent troubles Tuesday as the anti-"Redskins" movement took its cause to Capitol Hill.
Politics Wealth gap report paints grim picture for Oregon Wealth gap report paints grim picture for Oregon
A new report showing that rising income inequality could negatively affect state tax revenue comes amid a push by Gov. John Kitzhaber, legislative Democrats and others to overhaul Oregon's tax code.
Politics Town Hall Special: 'Guns in America' Town Hall Special: 'Guns in America' (Video)
A special Town Hall meeting hosted by KOMO, our sister station in Seattle, discussing the two competing Washington initiatives on guns and background checks was held Friday, Sept. 12, 2014.
Politics Wehby's ad features gay marriage plaintiffs Wehby's ad features gay marriage plaintiffs
Two of the plaintiffs who filed a lawsuit that led to Oregon allowing same-sex marriage are throwing their support behind Republican Senate candidate Monica Wehby.
Politics Cover Oregon scrambles to fix tax credit error Cover Oregon scrambles to fix tax credit error
Cover Oregon is trying to figure out how many people who enrolled in private health insurance plans may owe more tax money as a result of the exchange's blunder in calculating federal tax credits.
Politics 'Your Voice, Your Vote:' Gert Boyle and her donation to the Knight Cancer Institute 'Your Voice, Your Vote:' Gert Boyle and her donation to the Knight Cancer Institute (Video)
In the first segment of this week’s show, Columbia Sportswear Chairwoman Gert Boyle joins host Steve Dunn. Boyle made a $100 million anonymous donation in July to the Knight Cancer Institute at OHSU. But Willamette Week figured it out. In the second segment, Rick Dancer, the producer of “The Hatfield Project,” talks about his new documentary that examines the life of Mark Hatfield, a political legend in Oregon, who served as the state’s governor and U.S. Senator.
Politics Kitzhaber rejects GOP call for special session to end Cover Oregon Kitzhaber rejects GOP call for special session to end Cover Oregon
The Republicans' call came a day after Democratic Senate President Peter Courtney announced his plans to introduce legislation during the 2015 session to end the troubled state health exchange that included its website that was never fully functional for the public to use to sign up for health insurance.
Politics Kitzhaber, Courtney recommend dissolving Cover Oregon Kitzhaber, Courtney recommend dissolving Cover Oregon
Although Oregon has decided to scrap its flawed online health insurance exchange and is hooking up to the federal portal, state officials are still trying to decide what to do with the agency that has been running it.
Politics New Merkley ad targets Wehby, Koch brothers' money New Merkley ad targets Wehby, Koch brothers' money
U.S. Sen. Jeff Merkley's campaign released a new television ad on Wednesday meant to tie his Republican challenger Monica Wehby to the billionaire industrialist Koch brothers, whose group has pummeled the Democratic incumbent with negative ads for weeks.