Contrary to what the major parties would like you to believe, an Independent can get elected Governor in Oregon. When 38% of Oregon voters are with neither of the two big parties (Democrats only have 36% of the vote Republicans have even less (26%), an Independent candidate only needs the la…

What does the Fourth of July mean to you?  What does the Fourth of July mean to me?  To some it is just another summer holiday to consume some beer and hot dogs, and maybe go to a parade.  It is a summer vacation, maybe with a camp-out with friends for potato salad, pork-n-beans and burgers.

U.S. Rep Suzanne Bonamici (D-Ore.) recently visited 123 detained men at the federal prison in Sheridan, Oregon. She was accompanied by Sens. Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) and Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.) as well as U.S. Rep Earl Blumenauer (D-Ore.).

I don’t know if Philip Kanton has an axe to grind or was hit by the wrong end of a choker, but his assessment, reasoning, and conclusion are all absolutely false. We need more programs like the Clatskanie Natural Resources Program and more instructors like Jeff Skirvin.

For over a century the Oregon constitution denied the legislature authority to interfere with city charters and granted local control of city charters exclusively to local citizens. That safe haven for city charters may end if Philomath, Corvallis and the League of Oregon Cities lose their J…

Sen. Jeff Merkley (D-OR), the top Democrat on the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Agriculture, announced key provisions in the Senate Agriculture Appropriations bill that will help Oregon’s rural communities. The bill was voted out of committee today on a unanimous, bipartisan vote.

With all the talk about a national infrastructure package, a key component of the debate that’s missing is where the rubber will, metaphorically speaking, hit the road. And that’s in counties, cities, and towns throughout the country where local leaders will be figuring out how to best inves…

The comments that I made in the five-minute presentation to County Commissioners regarding lawsuits were made only to demonstrate that I had a strength in keeping the county out of and/or successful in defending lawsuits. It was not done for the purpose of “casting stones” as the Sheriff sta…

One hundred and fifty years ago, no family or community was untouched by the bloodiest conflict in American history — the Civil War. The four-year-long struggle claimed the lives of over 620,000 soldiers — which is more Americans than died in both World Wars, Korea, and Vietnam combined.

U.S. Sen. Jeff Merkley, an Oregon democrat and member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, released a statement after President Donald Trump announced that he would pull the U.S. out of the Iran nuclear deal. In the statement, Merkley called the move a mistake for enormous proportions …

This spring, high school seniors across NW Oregon are making their final decisions about what to do after graduation. For too many students the decision is fraught with financial concerns. I worked my way through community college, and graduated from college and law school with a manageable …

One of the responsibilities that parents take most seriously is protecting their children from injury, whether it is buckling seat belts in a car or wearing a helmet while riding a bike. And when their kids become teenagers and want to participate in sports or other activities, parents do ev…