Local Politics

Politics Cover Oregon woes could mean delays for Oregonians Cover Oregon woes could mean delays for Oregonians
Problems plaguing Oregon's new health insurance exchange are leading to concerns that some of the most vulnerable Oregonians may face a break in coverage if they don't enroll by a December 15 deadline.
Politics State agencies recommend reining in medical pot State agencies recommend reining in medical pot
State agencies charged with making recommendations about the future of medical marijuana in Washington want to drastically cut how much pot patients are allowed to have, restrict what they can have it for, and make them obtain the weed at stores that are licensed under the state's recreational marijuana law.
Politics Votes on tax increases coming, but won't change outcome Votes on tax increases coming, but won't change outcome
Voters will weigh in on whether they would repeal or maintain five measures the Legislature passed this year that will bring the state about $200 million in revenue over the next two years. But regardless of the results, no laws will change.
Politics Panel OKs rules for Wash. state's marijuana industry Panel OKs rules for Wash. state's marijuana industry
Washington became the second U.S. state to adopt rules for the recreational sale of marijuana Wednesday, setting what advocates expect to become a template for the legalization of the drug around the world.
Politics Public safety levy would add police, jailers Public safety levy would add police, jailers
Umatilla County voters will decide Nov. 5 on two local option taxes that would add 18 patrol deputies to the sheriff's office, provide round-the-clock coverage across the county and increase the jail capacity by almost 40 percent.