A conservative super PAC with ties to the Koch brothers is buying into Oregon's Senate race. Gov. John Kitzhaber picked up some surprising donations. And a national Republican group is targeting Oregon's Legislature. Here's a look at some of the more interesting news in Oregon politics this week, and it's all about the money.
Democratic Gov. John Kitzhaber and Republican state Rep. Dennis Richardson of Central Point squared off Friday, July 18, 2014 in Oregon first gubernatorial debate. The debate was sponsored by the Oregon Newspaper Publishers Association.
Republican leaders in Oregon have abandoned a legislative candidate after learning he served eight months in a Michigan jail on accusations he assaulted his mother's boyfriend and then punched her in the mouth when she tried to intervene.
Republican state Rep. Dennis Richardson presented himself as the future and Gov. John Kitzhaber as the past as the two gubernatorial candidates met in their first debate.
Oregon Gov. John Kitzhaber and his Republican rival, Dennis Richardson, are preparing to square off in the campaign's first debate.
Oregon voters will get to decide in November whether to ditch Oregon's partisan primary elections.
A new poll shows strong support among Washington voters for a ballot initiative that would require background checks on all firearm sales in the state.
Peter Zuckerman, spokesman for New Approach Oregon, argues why Oregonians should support an initiative, if it makes it to the ballot, to legalize, to tax and regulate marijuana.
A stalemate in Congress over transportation funding threatens to delay highway projects slated to begin next year, Oregon Department of Transportation officials said this week.
The city of Astoria's longest-serving mayor, Willis Van Dusen, says he won't run for re-election.
Two gun initiatives headed toward Washington's November ballot have attracted nearly $3.6 million in contributions so far.
The campaign for a ballot initiative to decrease public school class sizes has already raised nearly $630,000. Most of the money is from the Washington Education Association, the statewide teachers union.
An Oregon congressman is asking the Interior Department to work with states to curb gray wolf hunting around Yellowstone National Park.
Some Oregonians believe the entire state needs an ordinance similar to the one in Multnomah County. Others say Multnomah County commissioners overstepped their bounds when they passed the ordinance more than a year ago, and they're going to court this week.
Oregon agriculture officials say the state has no authority over genetically modified crops once they are deemed safe for commercial use by federal regulators.