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Democrats will remain in charge of both chambers of the Oregon Legislature when the new session opens Jan. 9, but will lack the 60% majorities required to pass revenue-raising measures on their own.

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wo media organizations have called Democrat Tina Kotek the winner for Oregon governor in a close race against Republican Christine Drazan.

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Ballot returns in both Wasco and Hood River counties are trending below return levels in recent mid-term elections, according to election officials.

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Columbia Gorge News reached out to candidates for Klickitat County Sheriff for a further interview on the issues. Incumbent Bob Songer did not respond to multiple requests, but below is a summary from a recent interview with Garique Clifford, who is running against Songer and is currently hired on by the Skamania County Sheriff's Office.

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Heather Jobe, who is running for the position of Klickitat County Auditor in the Nov. 8 election, stepped down from her position as chief deputy auditor earlier this month.

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Oregon Democrats have created a voter guide website that appears ahead of the Oregon Voter Pamphlet online in an attempt to "confuse Oregon voters and spread misinformation ahead of the midterm election," according to the Oregon House Republican Caucus, citing a story first reported by the Oregonian.

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Local candidates met earlier this month to speak on the issues in advance of the November 8 election. Here we highlight the most relevant questions pulled from the two and a half hour event. A full recording of the candidate’s night is available on Youtube: search “Dallesport/Murdock Candida…

Thrive Hood River and the Historic Hood River Hotel will host a November Election Candidate Forum on Wednesday, Oct. 26 at 6 p.m.

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On Oct. 8, supporters joined nationwide Women’s March events at the Gorge-wide Vote Pro-Choice rally at Overlook Memorial Fountain on State Street in Hood River. Participants gathered in support for women’s rights, reproductive rights and pro-choice candidates on the November ballot.

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Thrive Hood River and the Historic Hood River Hotel are will host a November Election Candidate Forum on Wednesday, Oct. 26 at 6 p.m.

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Ron Wyden, a champion of mail ballots since his initial election to a vacant U.S. Senate seat in early 1996, is defending their use against attacks from 2020 election deniers.

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Ongoing election coverage for the Nov. 8 general election, featuring races pertaining to the Columbia River Gorge, Oregon and Washington.

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The three top candidates for governor engaged in a sharp, rapid-fire debate in Bend on Tuesday, dipping into their campaign talking points during 90 minutes of rehashing old feuds while promising new beginnings.

Unaffiliated candidate Betsy Johnson, Democrat Tina Kotek and Republican Christine Drazan offered different recollections of their shared time together in the Legislature.

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The Wasco County Republican Party hosted their 50th Beef & Burgundy Dinner and Auction at the The Dalles’ Shilo Inn.

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Joe Yetter is the Democrat candidate in Oregon’s recently revised 2nd Congressional District. Yetter is running against the Republican incumbent, Rep. Cliff Bentz. He was interviewed at Cousin’s Inn and Restaurant in The Dalles as he concluded a road trip that included an appearance at the Pendleton Round-Up.

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HOOD RIVER ­— Urban renewal is near the top of the City of Hood River’s project goals. Listed as a critical project, formation of the Westside Urban Renewal District is gaining traction while the already established Columbia Cascade Urban Renewal District — listed as a significant priority — has more than $4 million to spend on infrastructure upgrades. The Columbia Cascade District was established in 1987 and encompasses most of downtown and sections of Industrial Street.

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The rifle type used in the deadly Bend shooting on Aug. 28 has enjoyed a popularity boom among millions of gun owners, while it is reviled by gun control advocates as an icon of mass murder.

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Below are the full preliminary results out of Klickitat County, as of 8:17 p.m., Aug 2. Out of 16,045 voters, 4,264 ballots have been counted, with an estimated 1,412 ballots left to count. Ballot counting resumes Wednesday at 5 p.m. 

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During the first general election debate in a race for who will become the next governor of Oregon, the three candidates empathized with many Oregonians dissatisfied with where the state is headed. Each of the three women, however, offered differing solutions to the state’s myriad of issues …

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U.S. Rep. Cliff Bentz, R-Ontario, has raised 32 times more in campaign contributions than Democrat Joe Yetter in the race for the 2nd Congressional District, according to federal reports.

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Candidates for contested races in Washington's 2022 primary election answer a questionnaire. Now including Klickitat County sheriff and Klickitat County clerk

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U.S. Rep. Cliff Bentz said Friday, June 24, that he was unaware that a colleague had recommended a presidential pardon for his Jan. 6, 2021, vote to challenge the 2020 election results in Pennsylvania.

Editor’s note: U.S. Senator Ron Wyden held town hall meetings in The Dalles and Hood River on June 3. The following summary draws from both.

As of 1 p.m. on Wednesday, May 18, Secretary of State Shemia Fagan reported 937,445 ballots had been returned of 2,948,373. That pegs the statewide voter turnout at 31.8%, slightly above the 2018 turnout, the last non-presidential year primary election in Oregon.

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Three of four top Republican candidates for governor say they would welcome an impending decision by the U.S. Supreme Court to overrule a 50-year federal recognition of abortion rights under the U.S. Constitution.

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A Columbia Gorge News reader found statements from Hood River County Board of Commissioners candidate Kathleen Sanders in an Oregonian/OregonLive article titled “Why these Oregonians are willing to lose their jobs by refusing COVID-19 vaccines,” alarming. A pharmacist, Sanders described in t…

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A virtual candidate forum featuring candidates for Hood River County Board of Commissioners will be held Thursday, April 28 at 6 p.m.

Klickitat County Democrats will be welcoming 4th Congressional Candidate Doug White to White Salmon for a town hall, 6:30 p.m. on April 6 in the Columbia High School library and via Zoom and Facebook Live.

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A retired U.S. Army colonel from Douglas County, a conservative activist who switched from a race in Arizona and a 2020 candidate for the U.S. Senate in Arizona have filed to run against US Rep. Cliff Bentz, R-Ontario.

Hosted by Donna L. Cohen, “Civics for Adults: Elections and Campaign Finance” is a workshop covering topics related to the electoral systems and presenting specific ideas for bi-partisan civic/political engagement.

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A mystery proposal to change the way vacancies among Oregon’s U.S. senators are filled surfaced over the weekend and set off a wave of speculation that Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Oregon, could opt out of his 2022 re-election bid or not serve his full six-year term if elected.

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The Wasco County Board of Commissioners agreed in early January to a settlement reached with Opioid distributors nationally in which the county was a “non litigating” entity, meaning the county was supportive of the settlement process but was not active in the litigation.

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News organizations and nonprofit groups in Oregon have teamed up to learn what voters want candidates for governor to be talking about as they compete for votes. They seek Oregonians to participate in an upcoming “Let’s Talk” 90-minute virtual listening session to share their understanding o…

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